The Abbe Underground is Back!


We launched the Abbe Underground in 2012 and, since then, it has undergone a couple of different iterations. Like with any new initiative, what we originally envisioned needed some tweaking and revision, some testing and surveying, and now we're happy to announce that the Underground is back!

The Abbe Underground is a group of young friends of the Abbe Museum who exemplify the future leadership of the Museum, as well as the cultural and artistic vitality of Bar Harbor and Mount Desert Island. The Underground offers the unique opportunity for young professionals and residents of the greater MDI area to experience culture, art, history, and merriment in support of the Abbe's mission. A diverse and active group full of changemakers, they are setting the course for the Abbe Museum's future.

The Abbe Underground presents A Twisted Path Unveiled, which invites guests to dive into our new exhibit, Twisted Path IV: Vital Signs. Alongside featured Wabanaki artists Jason and Donna Brown, of Decontie & Brown, you'll explore the relationship between art, fashion, and social commentary. Then, jump into a designer's shoes and create your own life inspired look - you might even win some prizes! Enjoy all of this while hanging out with friends, old and new, and eating good food - what's not to love! 

Join us at the Abbe Museum on May 4th from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, and a group of five or more is just $7 per person. There is no pre-ticketing for this event, but please RSVP

And don't forget to dress your finest! Leave some room in your fancy pants for your I.D. because we'll be checking at the door. 

Interested in joining? Contact us at or follow us on Facebook.

Jill Sawyer is the Abbe Museum's Advancement & Gallery Associate. She provides advancement support for the income generating activities and daily operations of the Abbe Museum and is also responsible for building and strengthening relationships with Native artists. In 2013 she spent 3 months in Manila, Philippines, evaluating the Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library Program. This experience became the foundation for her master’s thesis, which discusses the importance of advocacy and community outreach in museums.