About

Arta Maps & Charts

Arta Maps & Charts was originally established as Galeyrie Maps & Custom Framers by John and Sally Barrows almost 30 years ago. The company flourished under their collective vision, and when John passed away several years ago, Sally carried on the legacy until her recent retirement. Enter Abby.

After taking ownership of Galeyrie in October of 2017, Abby rebranded under the name Arta, continued to provide custom framing while developing the business to include community-based art events, image capturing/editing, product development, and so much more.

Due to the economic downturn caused by the current pandemic, Arta was forced to close its showroom in October 2020 and pivot to an online business. Arta continues to offer original maps and charts, quality reproductions, and digital scanning services. You can visit the new online shop here: CLICK

About Our Maps, Charts and Art

In addition to its significant digital library of maps and charts, Arta holds a number of original vintage maps, charts, and postcards, mostly of the State of Maine. Many of Arta’s maps were  hand-colored by former owner, John Barrows, including the complete set of Maine Atlas highway maps. Our archival prints are created from high-resolution scans, printed on enhanced heavyweight paper with permanent Lucia inks.

A Little Bit About Abby

Abby grew up north of Boston and settled in Portland to study at Maine College of Art. Instead of pursuing a life as a studio jeweler after graduating from the school’s metalsmithing & jewelry program in 2000, Abby launched into the publishing industry for almost  two decades as an author, illustrator, book designer, and consultant. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from fine art to children’s stories and can be seen in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world.

Now Abby applies her publishing and design experience to Arta, where she sources, edits and formats the beautiful prints and products you find here. If you don’t run into Abby at the local museum, you might find her getting her hands dirty in her vegetable garden or zooming around on her road bike.