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.

Our Story

Surf Point is the brainchild of Mary-Leigh Call Smart and Beverly Hallam, who, in Mary-Leigh’s 1988 Trust, commemorated their vision to transform their duplex home and surrounding property into a residency for artists, art historians, architects, critics and designers upon their passing.

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 Mass 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 her life and work.

For nearly fifty years, Mary-Leigh and Beverly lived at Surf Point, a modern home designed by Carter + Woodruff in 1971 and 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 are set within almost fifty acres of coast, forest and vernal pools, protected by a Conservation Easement and stewarded by the York Land Trust.

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, Deborah F. Taylor, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine J. Watson.

Executive Director

Yael Reinharz


  • January 4, 2019: The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), under direction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, has established a winter feeding program on Surf Point’s land for the state-endangered New England Cottontail Rabbit.

  • 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.

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us or add your name to our email list at: info [at] surfpointfoundation [dot] org or by mail at: Surf Point Foundation, P.O. Box 446, York, ME 03909-0446.

Established in 1988, Surf Point Foundation is a 501c3 private operating foundation 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.