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Meet our Staff

Our Mission:
Marketing and representing local artists, becoming a resource for art education, and celebrating the visual arts in the Bucksport Bay community.

Kathryn James, Executive Director

Besides her deep faith and love of artwork, Kathryn brings the experience of a lifetime in the workplace to the Lighthouse Arts Center. Her artistic and scholarship accreditation includes Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the State University of New York, primarily through long distance learning, as well as several years of personal study with watercolorist Paul Elliott in Upstate New York. She is a skilled watercolor artist and has taught classes for many years. Her thirty years working in various positions for a large corporation has given her knowledge in time management, organizational skills, employee oversight and development, customer service handling, public relations and corporate planning. And while she was doing all that, she completed the Famous Artists Course as well as wrote and self-published a biography. She is excited to enter this new aspect of her lifetime and to share her love of Christ through the beauty of art.

Sadie Personeni, Gallery Director

Sadie is a recent graduate of the University of Maine where she received her Bachelor's degree in Art Education and Studio Art, as well as earned her Maine K-12 Visual Arts Education Certification. Sadie grew up in the small town of South Berwick, Maine, where she discovered a love for creating art and found inspiration from her family, the surrounding community, and nature. While attending the University of Maine, Sadie found a passion for teaching and community based arts that she hopes to bring to the Lighthouse Arts Center. She enjoys experimenting in a wide array of media, but especially loves all forms of printmaking, ceramics, and drawing. Sadie is thankful to be a part of the Lighthouse Arts Center team and looks forward to involving the community and beyond in many exciting events, classes, and exhibitions to come!


  • 5 star review  It will be one of the best attractions in town. Take a walk on the water front and just see what they have done, WOW!,, I know Mindy and she is a love, she will make you more then welcome.

    thumb Eugene Bowden

    5 star review  Absolutely beautiful especially with its overlooking the river.. Nothing like it in this area. We needed it. Gives good feeling just walking through.

    thumb Sharon Robinson

    5 star review  Your new space is amazing! What a great addition to Bucksport.

    thumb Jim LeClair

    5 star review  wonderful feel good atmosphere with great art and friendly people

    thumb Rick Tardiff
  • 5 star review  A place not to be missed rather you live in the area or traveling thru. The artwork is amazing and it fits all venues. The building is beautiful in itself and has a wonderful view of Fort Knox, Penobscot Narrows Bridge and the river, Verona Island, and Prospect.

    thumb Cleo Cottrell

    5 star review  Christina and I are looking forward to the Grand Opening and seeing Christina's art displayed along side all the great artist showing at the gallery.

    thumb John Hylas Smith

    5 star review  A WIDE variety of art to enjoy or purchase. Art supplies are available on a limited basis, and the Lighthouse offers classes in many art forms. Wonderful view of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, and Bucksport waterfront.

    thumb Karin Elise Given

    5 star review  Worth the wait! I'm so glad it's finally here. This is going to be one of those landmark attractions in this part of Maine. Congratulations to Cathy James whose vision is making this possible for those of us who make art and want a beautiful place to showcase it.

    thumb Jim Counihan
  • 5 star review  Saw it for the first time today. It's a gem; Bucksport is so lucky to have this resource in the community.

    thumb Stephanie Leonard

    5 star review  Wow. Just wow. I even bought some very unique and inexpensive Christmas presents!! All I can say is don't be intimidated or think it's too fru fru. It's simply amazing inside!! Sorry I waited so long to come in. Will definitely be back

    thumb Amber Harvey

    5 star review  Gallery and learning center. Great group of artists. Many classes to choose from.

    thumb Laura Tasheiko

    5 star review  What a fantastic addition to the Town of Bucksport! Thank you for being here. :)

    thumb Leslie Seifert Wombacher
  • 5 star review  the lighthouse arts center is full of great smiles and mind blowing art check it out soon!

    thumb Maggie May Hopkins