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!

Sarah Thornton, Education Director

Sarah’s love for art started while she was a military brat, when her parents would take the family to local museums and sites wherever they were living. Looking back, they were great adventures which fueled her love of prehistoric and ancient art. Sarah’s passion for creating art started at an Art Center on a military base. That Art Center gave her the opportunity to flex her creative muscles by introducing her to ceramics. That creativity grew into a love of ceramic sculpture and hand-building. Sarah has a Bachelors in Studio Art from Hastings College and later received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Sarah is excited to utilize her passion for art and her business-related skills at the Lighthouse Arts Center. She is so grateful to be able to give others the opportunity to find and strengthen their creative selves, just like she did when she stepped into her first Art Center 25 years ago. The Lighthouse Arts Center is delighted to have Sarah on board. Watch for her own hand-building classes, as she works to develop the ceramics/pottery area as well as the Education Center overall.

Rene Davis, Marketing Director

Rene Davis has been a Maine resident all her life. She was raised in Belfast, where she worked in her parents’ gift shop. After graduating from Husson College, Rene worked at WABI- TV/WABI-AM/WBGW- FM as a copywriter. She met her husband Rick at WABI, where he was a videographer. Rene has utilized her marketing skills in various ways over the years: Coordinator for Muscular Dystrophy Association for 15 years, Sales Associate at WZON Radio, and handling promotions at WVII-TV. In 1998 Rene started her own advertising agency, and earned a reputation for quality work for many businesses, including representing the Bangor State Fair, Governors Restaurant, Feltbrook Golf Course and more. Due to family health issues, Rene spent the next few years in retail, including JC Penneys, Dicks Sporting Goods, and ended up retiring from Lowe’s as the HR Manager in 2016. Rene has volunteered her marketing and advertising skills with the Boys Scouts, MDA, Komen’s Race for the Cure, and many other organizations. Her positive outlook and wild enthusiasm is a wonderful addition to all aspects of the business, whether it’s the Gallery, the Education Center or Events Planning. For anyone who knows Rene, she can’t stay still for long, so we are happy to have her handling the Marketing and Advertising programs for the Lighthouse.

Jackie Govreau

Jackie Govreau came to us from Ocoee, Florida with her Mom. The Lighthouse depends on Jackie for all those extras that keep us functioning smoothly and sparkling. In addition, she utilizes her artistic and creative nature by supplying the Lighthouse Gallery with her hand-crafted Dog Snuggies, inspired by her beloved dog Nani. She takes great care of us here, especially with her awesome homemade cookies, and she brightens our days with her smiling personality and bright-eyed enthusiasm. We are very proud to have Jackie a part of our team.


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

    thumb Leslie Seifert Wombacher
  • 5 star review  Gallery and learning center. Great group of artists. Many classes to choose from.

    thumb Laura Tasheiko

    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  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  wonderful feel good atmosphere with great art and friendly people

    thumb Rick Tardiff
  • 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  Your new space is amazing! What a great addition to Bucksport.

    thumb Jim LeClair

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

    thumb Maggie May Hopkins

    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  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