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.

 Photo by Beverly Hallam.

Photo by Beverly Hallam.


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, Chair, Marc Gotlieb, Margaret Hickey, Rebecca Linney, Deborah F. Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine J. Watson.

Executive Director

Yael Reinharz


Contact Us

As we prepare to make our vision a reality, we invite you to contact us or add your name to our soon-to-be email list at: info [at] surfpointfoundation [dot] org or by mail at: Surf Point Foundation, P.O. Box 446, York, ME 03909-0446.

Surf Point Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization registered in the State of Maine. We invite you to review our Guidestar Profile and to be in touch if you are interested in making a donation.