Making and sharing art
The Green Lion started in 2015 as part of artist/owner David Morgan’s studio in Bath, Maine. He began by inviting a few artists to share the space and show their work. That winter was very quiet. Eventually, though, word began to spread, and in the autumn of 2016 the gallery moved to its current location on Front Street, with many more artists and a wide variety of work. We showcase the art of Maine and New England, and we also offer a variety of high-quality, unique art from around the world including a small but growing collection of historic and consigned work from the 18th century onward.
The gallery now represents an evolving roster of artists from two continents, with a continuing (but not exclusive) focus on printmakers. We house hundreds of prints, as well as an expanding collection of one-of-a-kind works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, and assemblages - and we are still a working print studio.
Each fine art print in the gallery is individually created by the artist - they are not mechanical, digital, or mass-produced reproductions. Our print collection includes many wood and linoleum-cut prints, as well as etchings, drypoints, engravings, lithographs, collagraphs, monoprints, and individually-crafted photographs. We celebrate the creative alchemy of the printmaking process, and appreciate the affordability and accessibility of handmade prints as an art form.
The gallery is open year round, with frequent new shows, ongoing workshops, open studio days, and community events.
Artist David Morgan founded the Green Lion in 2015, along with his print studio, the Merrymeeting Press.
"My creative journey, like my approach to printmaking, has had some curious transmutations. It began with photography in the 1970s, when it was still done with silver and light (but in the dark). It’s gone on to include sifting through earth and time as an archaeologist; many years of working with wood in all its forms, from house framing to hand-carved furniture; and then working with living trees and ecosystems as a practitioner of ecological restoration. Now it’s circled back to visual art, still with a connection to wood - and trees - through woodcut printmaking. It’s also come to include making other artists’ work available to the community, in Bath, and wherever our visitors may come from"