Surf Point - A Place for Artists
Founded with the visionary support of arts patron Mary-Leigh Smart and artist Beverly Hallam, and located on the coast of Maine, Surf Point Foundation is an inclusive residency program for visual artists and other professionals in the field.
For nearly fifty years, Mary-Leigh Smart and Beverly Hallam lived at Surf Point, a modern duplex home set 25 feet from the ocean. Up the rise from Surf Point is Wild Knoll, a 20th century colonial revival in which the poet and writer May Sarton lived from 1974-1995, at the invitation of Mary-Leigh and Beverly. The buildings, soon to be the sites of the residency program, are set within 46 acres of protected land that includes coast, forest and vernal pools stewarded by the York Land Trust.
Mary-Leigh Call Smart (1917-2017) was a passionate supporter of the the Maine arts community, and collected the work of many Maine-based artists. She was affiliated with the Barn Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Portland Museum of Art, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, University of New England, University of New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and others.
Her longtime friend Beverly Hallam (1923-2013), following a distinguished teaching career at Massachusetts College of Art, moved to Maine in 1963 to work as an artist. An early experimenter with acrylics, she produced a wide range of works in many media including painting, photography, and graphic arts. Her key papers and notebooks are housed within the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. A film was made about her work as part of the Maine Masters series, sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, and a monograph by Carl Little, “Beverly Hallam: An Odyssey in Art,” illustrates the life and work of this experimental artist.
Perhaps most important, Mary-Leigh and Beverly had a zest for life and a spirit of adventure, generosity, curiosity, and humor that imbues Surf Point with special meaning. We look forward to sharing that with the residents and guests that visit this site.
Board of Directors
Lisa Fischman, Marc Gotlieb, Margaret Hickey, David Linney, Rebecca Linney, Deborah F. Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine J. Watson, Chair.
October 13-15: Executive Director attends Alliance of Artist Communities’ Emerging Program Institute in Philadelphia.
September 10, 2018: “Oceanfront property in York to become a retreat for artists and writers” in Mainebiz.biz.
September 4, 2018: “Artists' Colony Becoming a Reality” in Seacoastonline.com.
August 18, 2018: Surf Point donates work by Beverly Hallam to benefit Ogunquit Museum Auction.
August 8: Inaugural meeting of Maine’s Artist Endowed Foundations, hosted by Ellis-Beauregard Foundation.
May 4-June 29, 2018: Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation shows works by Beverly Hallam in "Celebrating Maine's Artist-Endowed Foundations", with representation by the Ellis-Beauregard Fdn, Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, Heliker-LaHotan Fdn, Bob Crew Fdn, Kenneth Noland Fdn and Stephen and Palmina Pace Fdn.
April 29-May 4, 2018: Executive Director attends The Aspen Institute's Artist-Endowed Foundation Initiative Seminar in New York City.