Art Gallery


Townsend Real Estate also is an active fine art gallery. We have partnered with MECA ( Maine College of Art) to showcase the work of their very talented students in the Continuing Studies Program.  The show rotates every 2-3 months. There is a natural relationship between real estate and art.   We support both a gallery of fine homes and of fine arts.  Come in and visit us as we are open every day except Sunday and have periodical art openings with wine, cheese and live music to celebrate our new artists.     Our focus is concentrated on paintings that relate to our community and Maine.

Our current artist is a local painter, MJ Benson . The next art opening for this exhibit is September 28th , 2017 from 5:00-7:00. Subscribe to our posts to receive news on upcoming shows! Call anytime for a price list.



 MJ Benson


I’ve been obsessed with observing the natural world, especially the ocean, since my first visual memory. As a toddler, I remember the sensation of being able to hoist my nose over the edge of the counter, chubby fingers clinging to the corner, shifting on tip toes, and seeing the vast expanse of that flat, endless space, fascinated.
My current work is inspired by the wild and moody coast of Maine, in all its colors and movements. I paint en plein aire, as well as in my studio, hoping to create a multilayered blending of reality and memory.
My work, including photography, has been exhibited nationally and is in many corporate and private collections.
Selected Exhibitions
Painting: Paint for Preservation, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust – July 9, 2017 Townsend Real Estate and Gallery, Cape Elizabeth, ME – Solo, Summer 2017 Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, ME – Solo, April 2017 Engine RUMPUS Show, Biddeford, ME – February 2017 SEA Arts on the Hill Holiday Sale, Portland, ME – December 2016 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale Medici Artist 2014- 2016 Wellesley Marketplace, Wellesley, MA – November 2016 Yarmouth Art Festival, Yarmouth, ME – October 2016 Maine College of Art – Create V Show – September 2016 CIA Cafe – New Paintings, Two Person Show – May – July 2016 Maine College of Art – Collect Show – November 2015
Photography: Bakery Photo Collective, Portland, ME – Photo A Go Go – 2007-2014
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Sale- 1992-2013 (Medici 2007-09) Newburyport Arts Association, various exhibits – 2000 – 2007
Harvard University — EdM, 2000
School of the Museum of Fine Art/Tufts University – BFA, 1995



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