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About BRAF

A Rather Short History for a Really Long-Standing Art Foundation 

Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Inc.

Board Members

Andie Elwell, President

Annette Stormont, Past president

Robin MaCready, Secretary

John Butke, Treasurer

Wendy Bellows

Andre Benoit

Bruce Burnham

Clark Griffith

Ann Hedgcock

George Patton

Susie Porter

Sarah Wilde

The idea for Boothbay Region Art Foundation began in 1963 when 26 Boothbay artists, both year round and summer residents, saw a need to leave a legacy to this region that had given them both inspiration and livelihood. To start the idea rolling, an auction was held on the library lawn at which time a sum of $1,700 was collected. And thus, began the Boothbay Region High School Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Their aim was to further public interest in the arts, stimulate visual arts in the local schools, and raise funds to provide a scholarship for graduating students, pursing further education in the field of visual arts. 

By 1965, the original mission was accomplished and the group re-stated its mission to "create opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy, learn from and participate in the visual arts". With this well worded purpose, Boothbay Region Art Foundation Inc. began its present existence as a 501{c}(3). From 1966 to 1993, BRAF's gallery was located in the historic Brick House behind the House of Logan. From1994-2005, BRAF moved to 7 Townsend Ave where both sales and memberships increased. 
In 2006, another short move up to 1 Townsend Ave brought another substantial increase in sales. And here we are surviving through thick and thin arriving at our 56 year year of longevity, representing over 150 member/ artists.

BRAF's community outreach continues to include sponsoring the Annual Student Art Shows K-12 for two weeks in May/June exhibit, just prior to Memorial Weekend. We also award scholarships to graduating seniors, continuing their education in the visual arts.

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