To Top

Meet Kristin Emerson of Snug Harbor Gallery in South Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Emerson.

Kristin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I come from a line of photographers in Concord, MA – all drawn to nature. My grandmother took photos that matched entries in Thoreau’s Journals and presented them around NE along with the corresponding text. My father, a professional photographer, opened a studio and shop in Concord. Both my brother and I launched careers from that shop. The family legacy runs deep and continues in yet another generation.

Snug Harbor Gallery represents my own stamp and style. My stock of images taken over the years is called “Emerson Image Bank.” They are the big part of the gallery but I’ve added a host of other artists. I’m pleased to offer a gallery to the town and in turn meet visitors from near and far. This is my happy retirement.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to this gallery evolved through five years in the Greek and Roman Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, fourteen years running my father’s photo shop in Concord, MA, and twenty years running my own executive portrait studio in Boston’s Financial District.

Of course there have been challenges but I’ve loved it all and have tried to extract skills and wisdom along the way. I am probably the only one who sees a logical path through all that to Snug Harbor Gallery. My only real struggle has always been wanting to do more than time allows.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Snug Harbor Gallery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’ve spent years photographing simple beauty in nature. Now, I’ve turned that around and exhibit those images to create a space that has the same refreshing elements as the outdoors. Art can function a bit like a vacation when you dig your feet into warm sand, walk along forest paths or gaze at horizons. Nature’s designs, rhythms and cycles are calming. I display pieces that have the same refreshing effect.

I surround my photographs with work by other artists in a variety of media: paintings, pastels, watercolors, pottery. Likewise, I display a wide range of sizes and price points. I’ve added a splash of antiques too. The mix works. Visitors often express how good the space makes them feel. That’s when I feel satisfied and hope that is what the gallery is known for.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We have a great product. I am looking forward to reaching a wider audience with more of the same. We often have events that feature specific artists, themes, or styles. The result is a place for having fun, thinking and connecting.

Snug Harbor Gallery is nestled in the harbor section of Duxbury on the coast south of Boston. It’s great to be right here. Within steps are a wine shop, bakery with luncheon items, fresh fish shop and of course the harbor itself. I really can’t imagine a better excursion across town or down from the city for the day.


  • Artwork ranging from $25 to $2500, with plenty in between
  • Notecards featuring Emerson Images @ $4.25
  • Desk Calendar featuring Emerson Images @ $14

Contact Info:

Getting in touch: BostonVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in