© 2018 UpCountry Artists 

About Us



Upcountry Artists (UCA), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1986 to encourage, support, educate artists, and develop public awareness of the arts in Western Maine. Our members represent a variety of artistic media.



We hold quarterly meetings at which various programs such as marketing the arts, panel discussions, art critiques and workshops are held.

We keep our members informed of current shows, gallery openings, and other art-related opportunities through our monthly newsletter.


Upcountry Artists awards two scholarships annually to local high school graduates. These are awarded to two aspiring artists going on to study art or a related field. Applicants must present a portfolio of their artwork, a written statement of what art means to them, and proof of acceptance at a college/school of art, as well as a recommendation from their art teacher. The applications are then judged by a committee of UCA artists.  UCA also offers scholarship opportunities to its members to continue learning, taking classes, and exploring the arts.


Upcountry Artists puts on the annual UCA Art Show at the base lodge at Sugarloaf USA.  This art show is held Saturday and Sunday of Columbus Day weekend which coincides with Homecoming Weekend at Sugarloaf USA.  Member artists can apply for booth space at the show.


Artists Memberships

Individual Memberships are $25 per year.

Membership includes a link to your web page through our web site and Facebook page, which we use on all promotional material we produce and distribute.


Community Memberships

Business and organizations memberships are $25 per year. Membership includes a link to your page through our web site, which is then available to all of our members and potential customer for you.


The Sugarloaf Art Show

You must be a member of UCA in order to participate in our a popular annual juried two-day Sugarloaf Art Show. The show is held at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley during peak foliage and skiers homecoming.. It is heavily marketed, and our goal is to grow it in to a major showcase for western Maine. artists.



Two $1500 scholarships, plus scholarships for the Haystack School in Maine are awarded annually. Students must submit portfolios for review.


You are welcome to join us as a member, in fostering the arts here in the upcountry.  Click on the membership form link below.  You can also contact us by email for more info.


Membership Application Form


Sugarloaf Homecoming Show Application - 2019



Board Members:


Kathleen Perelka, President

Karen Campbell, Vice President

Paula Wade, Treasurer

Jean Benson, Secretary


Claudia Diller

Peggy Gallant

Joe Gambino

Wendy Rosenthal

Christy Whitmore


Members at Large:


Marcia Baker

Joe Ray

Fred O. Smith

Lucia Swallow

Nora West