Photo by Beverly Hallam.

Photo by Beverly Hallam.

Surf Point is the former dual residence of arts patron Mary-Leigh Call Smart and artist Beverly Hallam, set on 46 acres of land on the rocky coast of York, Maine. Two buildings rest on the site: a modern duplex by the ocean known as Surf Point, and Wild Knoll, a 20th century colonial revival in which the poet May Sarton lived from 1974-1995.

Mary-Leigh Smart (1917-2017) was a passionate supporter of the arts, devoted to strengthening the Maine arts community. Her affiliations were witness to that: the Barn Gallery, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the University of New England, the University of New Hampshire, Wellesley College and others.

Her longtime friend Beverly Hallam (1923-2013), following a distinguished teaching career at the Massachusetts College of Art, moved to Maine to work as an artist. An early experimenter with acrylics, she produced a wide range of works in many media, particularly painting and photography. Beverly's archives are housed within the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art.

Mary-Leigh and Beverly envisioned that the site on which they lived for nearly 50 years would become a residency for visual artists and writers to focus on the creation or completion of significant projects, and to share their work with the public in Maine.

 Photo by Beverly Hallam.

Photo by Beverly Hallam.

Board of Directors - Lisa Fischman, Marc Gotlieb, Margaret Hickey, David Linney, Rebecca Linney, Deborah F. Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine J. Watson, Chair.

Executive Director - Yael Reinharz


April 29-May 4, 2018: Executive Director attends The Aspen Institute's Artist-Endowed Foundation Initiative Seminar in New York City.

May 4-June 29, 2018: The 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. On view at 13 Brown Street, Portland.

August 18, 2018: Surf Point donates work by Beverly Hallam to benefit Ogunquit Museum Auction.

September 4, 2018: Surf Point featured in "Artists' Colony Becoming a Reality" in

We are proud members of the Alliance of Artist Communities.

Contact Us

As the Surf Point community prepares to make our vision a reality, we welcome your involvement, and invite you to contact us anytime at info [at] surfpointfoundation [dot] org or: Surf Point Foundation, P.O. Box 446, York, ME 03909-0446.