The Wright Gallery is a traditional fine art gallery in Kennebunkport, Maine that has been in business for 36 years. The gallery was opened in 1985 by Charlie Wright. Located in a 19th century post and beam building near the center of Cape Porpoise, pine paneling and hardwood floors provide a perfect backdrop for the traditional artwork it showcases. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a second floor deck with its view of the harbor and lighthouse.
A property expansion in the 1990’s enabled The Wright Gallery to feature more artists on the gallery’s second floor, by adding a third floor office and living space to the property.
Ahead of his time, Charlie also expanded the gallery’s online presence, building a website for it, as well as linking a web camera placed on the property, showing daily views of Cape Porpoise Harbor. The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (KCT) placed their webcam on nearby landmark, Goat Island. Though controlled by Charlie at his third floor gallery post, the KCT’s web camera is located on the actual lighthouse and provides viewers the opportunity to check out weather conditions, tidal activity, or simply to catch a glimpse of the harbor.
Alison (Senning) Smyth, an artist who grew up in Cape Porpoise, worked in many galleries over the years, eventually owning her own. In 2005 she merged her business, Ebb Tide Gallery, with Charlie’s. She served as manager at The Wright Gallery for several years, though eventually limited her gallery hours to part-time as she also worked as a paralegal.
A few years later Charlie brought on his daughter Bree Clark, an interior designer, to work with him in the gallery. Bree continued to run Wright Interiors while expanding her knowledge of the gallery business. In 2015 Bree took the gallery’s helm, but as you might imagine, running two business at the same time was more than a full-time job. In 2019 Alison and Bree formed a partnership, providing a way for each to work in more than one field while allowing the gallery to continue running smoothly.
However, 2020 brought change in many ways. Bree had reached the conclusion that she wanted to focus her energies on her interior design business. At the same time Alison had decided to focus her energies on her love of art. And so, the reins were handed over once again.
Alison is happy to say that The Wright Gallery, now in its 36th year, remains a fixture of the Cape Porpoise community and a destination for lovers of art.