In 1928, after working for O. L. Beckman as an apprentice sail maker, 13 year old Arthur opened his own sail loft on the docks of New Bedford, Mass. From there he progressed into making canvas tops and tarpaulins for the cranberry companies in the Cape Cod region and eventually expanded to canvas tops and interior upholstery for pleasure crafts in the area.
During World War 2, Arthur worked in the Boston Navy Yard sail loft. Wanting to be closer to his workplace, he relocated to Easton, Mass, where he reopened Art’s Canvas. He operated his canvas shop at this location for many years and it was here that his 2 sons began working with him.
In 1963, the youngest son, Matt, took over the business and, in 1971, he relocated to Belfast, ME. For 36 years he continued to expand his operation, offering a broad range of services including camper tops and upholstery, snowmobile and tractor seat repair, automotive upholstery and tonneaus, awnings and window shades.
In 2007, Art’s Canvas moved to their current location in Belmont, ME. It is still a family run business, employing three of Matt’s sons, a daughter and a daughter in-law. With a hands on, down to earth approach, Art’s Canvas has a reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction.
Art’s Canvas is one of the largest shops in the state of Maine offering a full line of upholstery and canvas services for car, boat, home and commercial applications.