The stretch of Main Street around the Farnsworth Museum  has seen a profusion of small galleries. The cream of the crop is Caldbeck Gallery (12 Elm St., 207/594-5935, www.caldbeck.com , 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue.–Sat. or by appt.), which stages group and solo shows of contemporary Maine artists.
Fine art, upmarket crafts, and handmade clothing are among the items for sale at Archipelago (386 Main St., 207/596-0701, www.thearchipelago.net , 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri.; 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.; 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.), featuring works made by craftspeople living on Maine’s  many islands.