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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, June 5, 2020

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View Greg Shattenberg's online exhibition of "Rewinding Romanticism" on the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts Website. There is a video of the artist explaining his process in his studio.  Image: Greg Shattenberg, Home with Faulkner, 1987, Mixed media, 14 x 17 inches

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Saturday, June 6, from 5 to 6pm   Mark your calendars for CMCA's first-ever virtual opening receptioncelebrating the exhibition Erin Johnson | Unnamed for Decades.   Spanning two galleries, the exhibition presents a series of new site-specific installations by artist Erin Johnson, the recipient of the 2nd annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship, awarded to a Maine artist in recognition of outstanding work.    Join us on Zoom as we virtually toast Johnson and view the exhibition live with Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. We'll hear from Johnson about her research and work, as well as remarks by guests Donna McNeil, Director, Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and Ellen Tani, A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. Register for the opening.   Note: 360° Virtual Tour of the exhibition along with Johnson’s video works can be viewed beginning June 6 on the CMCA website here

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ONLINE Wednesdays 6-7pm EST via Zoom.
 
Ongoing weekly drum classes for all levels! For invitation link and payment options and all other information visit www.annegretbaier.com

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Annegret Baier
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Musician, Percussionist, Vocalist, Multi Instrumentalist
Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Artists of all ages are invited to join ArtLab educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for fun, hands-on projects you can try at home! Looking to the varied artistic processes and ideas exhibited in Skirting the Line, participants will learn a variety of painting and image-making techniques to portray visual stories, experiences, and histories. Participate in real time or re-visit the videos when you need a creative pick-me-up! Videos will posted daily to cmcanow.org and facebook.com/cmcanow by 10:30 am.

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Sundays + Wednesdays - 11:00 AM (60 min) Thursdays - 7:00 PM (60 min) Rate: FREE - Tips welcome via Venmo or Paypal. Move your body, bump 'n' grind, and reclaim some confidence! Dance through some basic burlesque movements, all from the safety of your home. To join in, open the Zoom link shortly before each class time. Kinky Slippers is offering her burlesque classes FREE. If you're able, send her a tip! Online class rates are usually $10-$20. :) Send Venmo tips @KinkySlippers

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Nicole Wolf's Instagram explores the emotions and people behind closed businesses during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This photographic series is ongoing and reflects upon the difficulty small businesses are facing while capturing light and shadow with expert skill. 

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM EDT Please join the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Bernstein Shur’s Coronavirus Legal Response Team for a webinar to discuss the Maine reopening plan and new guidance on Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness followed by a live Q&A.   Our attorneys will spend the first half of the webinar discussing the Maine reopening plan and offering guidance to employers. This presentation will also address new guidance on loan forgiveness for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that are anticipated. The second half of the webinar will be a live Q&A format for COVID-19 employment-related questions.    Attendees are welcome to submit questions in advance for our panel, who will spend most of the webinar in a live Q&A format. To register, click here

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Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT Staycationland: Maine-inspired content from Maine magazine that provides a daily dose of positivity and respite when we all need it most. Join us to hear from industry experts on what tourism and hospitality will look like in Maine this summer, and how we can safely and responsibly support our local businesses.   Moderator: Bill Green   Host: Alexandra Polkinghorn, Executive Digital Editor, State 23 Media   Panelists:   Steve Lyons, Director of Maine Office of Tourism Bob Montgomery-Rice, President and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank Steve Hewins, President and CEO of Hospitality Maine Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of Nonantum Resort Don Oakes, CEO of Sea Bags Dana Moos, Director of Lodging and Hospitality Brokerage at The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty This event is proudly supported by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.   REGISTER HERE

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Monday – Thursday, May 25 – 28 | 6:30 – 8pm Zoom Workshop | $30 to participate Led by Kim Bernard, Pre-registration required; limited to 10 participants. The Artist Toolbox Workshop is designed for artists who want to develop the skills necessary to successfully represent themselves and advance professionally in the current art sector. Creating a strong body of work is the most important part of being an artist, but how do you pay the bills, juggle time, money, studio and life? This four-part workshop takes a deep dive into hi-priority topics such as image documentation, finding exhibiting venues, artist/gallery relationships, writing an artist statement, bio and resume, building a website, networking, getting exposure, social media, grant writing, finding residencies, time and money management, and sustaining an ongoing professional creative practice. Kim Bernard received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 1987, and her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. She mentors emerging artists individually, and teaches professional development workshops to artists nationally. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., including at the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Harvard University, The Art Complex Museum, and University of New Hampshire Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, ArtNews and Art New England. She is the recipient of a Piscataquis Region Artist Advancement Grant and grants from The Kindling Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Maine Arts Commission. She was artist-in-residence at the Physics Department at Harvard University, and at the University of New England. The Artist Toolbox is made possible by major support from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation.

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Factory 3

ONLINE VIA ZOOM, EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 6-8PM, $10-25. This online workshop involves an array of writing prompts and gives you a place to get your creative juices flowing. We will use techniques for capturing sensory detail, writing with rhythm, and creative story telling. Participants will have a chance to share their writing within the workshop. Myles Bullen is a Native American language artist using poetry and rap music as a conduit for storytelling and therapeutic practice. Myles has toured his music and poetry extensively throughout the United States and Europe, put out 3 records, multiples EPs, dozens of music videos and was voted “Best Hip Hop Artist” at Music Video Portland Awards in 2019. Myles is also a Teaching Artist who brings creative writing, poetry, and performance workshops to youth in public and private schools as well as youth development centers around the US. 

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Thursdays at 6pm EST via Facebook Live and IG Live . Join the Seacoast West African Dance & Drum Facebook Group and to stay tuned to Namory’s updates and payment options. 

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Embody the Rhythm brings weekly Guinea style West African Dance Classes to Portland, ME with dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, and live drum accompaniment from a talented crew of local drummers including master drummer Namory Keita from Sangbaralla, Guinea.

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All of our events, markets, and pop ups have been canceled in order to keep our community safe, which is unfortunately limiting sales opportunities for our members. We've created this online market with easy curbside pick up to help get their delicious products into your homes! Feeling extra generous and wanting your neighbor businesses to succeed? We'd greatly appreciate any donations directly to Fork Food Lab so we can continue to support our local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available to use towards a future event or fun workshop. Please check back frequently as new items will be added each week, and contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding our online market. Thank you so much! IMAGE: Mama Mo's Tunisian Peanut and Sweet Potato Dip. View the online market!

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Saturdays @ 7:00pm or Sundays@ 2:00pm! CSz Maine and The Fresnel Theater are going virtual! Starting this weekend we will be having ComedySportz Saturdays at 7pm and Sunday Matinees at 2pm. These matches will be streamed live through Zoom for those who wish to register ahead of time, as well as through YouTube live! These events will be pay-what-you-will, so please consider donating to support the ongoing function of the theater. We want to be able to keep the website running as we bring laughs to your living room! Only those on Zoom can vote for who wins, so reserve your spot now! Saturdays at 7pm or Sundays at 2pm

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Fridays from 10-11 a.m. Grab your coffee and join us for a Corner Conversation, a virtual neighborhood check-in hosted by little Woodfords and Friends of Woodfords Corner. The Corner Conversations series is our way to connect with our neighbors and discuss how we can help each other and the Corner during and after this difficult time. RSVP Here.

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Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour that will bring fresh air during social distancing measures! 

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

See local Flamenco dancer and MSA Mission Awardee Lindsey Bourassa in the film “El Lobo y La Paloma”. The program -- created, choreographed, and performed by Bourassa -- explores the theme of loss, connection, and ancestry through fully original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery. Screen the performance online.

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Where to swing dance in vacationland, with a focus on lindy hop in Southern Maine. Join Lindy Maine's online swing and tap classes

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The Official YouTube channel of NYT-Bestselling author and Mainer Catherynne M. Valente, writer of the Fairyland series, Space Opera, Radiance, Deathless, Palimpsest, and many other wily, wicked things. Check here for videos, book trailers, AMAs, and assorted goofiness! 

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Every Wednesday and Friday at 8 pm  
Locked Down with [P]HOME – Live Streaming Series Our live streaming series 'Locked Down with [P]HOME continues! Thank you to all who have tuned in! We hope it's helping to connect you to local musicians, live music and other music fans.
 We'll be featuring live music streams every Wednesday and Friday at 8 pm with with El Grande, Mike Taylor, Samuel James, Dove Pax, Hannah Harleen, Justin Maxwell, Sam Whitman, and Tom Faunce!   Check out the link below to watch our livestreams and see our upcoming schedule!   https://www.portlandhouseofmusic.com/lockeddownwithphome   Presented by Portland House of Music and Events and powered by CampTek Live.

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Our idea for the antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive, and forward looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in the state of Maine. View the online magazine here. IMAGE: Damir Porobic, Breathe 3, 2020, Archival pigment print, 38 x 38 inches.

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Shop Maine Open Online to help keep small retail shops in Maine alive during the COVID-19 crisis. While big online retailers such as Amazon and Walmart have seen an uptick in sales, small retailers and e-commerce businesses, especially here in Maine, have been hit hard. And while many other industries have had calls to action to support their employees, owners, and community, the small Maine retail and e-commerce market needs the same help. Please consider buying from these merchants who are facing huge losses and a daunting future. Give them extra care and patience as it is likely one person packing and shipping your product. If you are a small Maine retailer or online business, please add yourself to our list. And if you need help getting your shop online, please reach out to us at help@maineopenonline.com. Help spread the word and keep small Maine commerce on the map. Share @maineopenonline far and wide with the tag #MaineOpenOnline — the only way through this is together. Image: Sarah Madeira Day

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The Maine Crime Wave won't be happening this year, but that won't stop Maine's crime writers from getting together online to cause some mayhem. Please save the evening of Thursday, June 25 for a free reading, Q&A, book-buying extravaganza, and celebration of the winners of the Two Minutes in Quarantine flash fiction contest! Stay tuned for more details.  https://www.mainewriters.org/

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Ongoing - MWPA offers workshops across the state of Maine. With a variety of genres in a multitude of locations, there’s a workshop for all writers.  Please note: all workshops require advance registration. 

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Learn more about online lessons here. How lessons and rehearsals will work: The first week of lessons & ensembles will be used to check in with students and set reasonable/feasible goals based on key factors (instrument access, technology setup, etc.). Instructors and students will think creatively about how they can remain engaged with music on a daily basis, regardless of circumstances. Lessons and rehearsals will be a combination of live video-conferencing with the instructor and offline individual work on established goals/projects. Instructors will be available during offline lesson/rehearsal time to answer student questions and find/create/post student resources in Google Classroom. As always, lessons will be tailored to the needs of each student or ensemble. MAMM’s Registrar will set up lessons as events in GOOGLE CALENDAR. Families will receive an invitation to join the lesson via GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET. Click on the JOIN HANGOUTS MEET link to proceed. 

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Welcome to Mumbai to Maine: A Culinary Adventure! In celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday I’m excited to launch my podcast with a series, Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast. As you know Maine has one of the richest and most fascinating food and drink scenes in the country. This signature series will take a deep dive into Maine’s food story – past, present and future, showcasing Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers, food innovators and entrepreneurs. When I left Mumbai 24 years ago, I never dreamed or imagined that Maine would one day be my home, my happy place. I knew I had to find a portal to somehow share my passion for Indian cuisine and tie it into my deep love for Maine’s rich and dynamic food scene. This Bicentennial Food Podcast series is my gift to Maine on its 200th Birthday! I wanted to provide a platform, a portal of sorts to share some incredible ‘maker’ stories that capture Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and ethos. I’m hoping with this podcast I am able to deepen the dialogue and conversation as to why Maine is a formidable state for small businesses to thrive, create and innovate. 

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Due to Covid-19 developments, all group classes will take place ONLINE until further notice. To enroll, simply email Lindsey at Info@BourassaDance.com about which class(es) you are interested in. Once your payment is processed, you will receive class content in your email inbox each week by 5 pm on the day of your selected class. Content will include instructional videos that you can do at your leisure and as many times as you would like, as well as resources that highlight history, culture, a specific artist, structure and the like. This is the honor system, and a way to support the arts and small businesses through this trying time. Therefore, please do not share your link with others who are not enrolled in the online class(es). Thank you and let's keep dancing!

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Lindsey Bourassa
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7 p.m. Thursday. Through June 4. Palaver Strings on Facebook and @palaverstrings on Instagram. Palaver Strings is a Maine-based nonprofit musician-led string ensemble that’s in the midst of a 10-week Thursday night live-streaming performance series. This week’s features violinist Maya French, whose program will include Bach, Preludio from Partita III in E Major, Biber, Passacaglia in G Minor for Solo Violin and a mixture of traditional tunes. The series continues through June 4 and each week a different member of Palaver Strings will play some of their favorite pieces of music from their homes.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
5:00 PM  6:00 PM

The Virtual Palaver Gathering will support the  40 + live concerts in our upcoming 7th Season, as well as our second year of delivering music education in the Portland community. We look forward to another year of sharing live music and reflecting on social issues, in New England and beyond. We hope that you can tune in, and please consider extending an invitation to your friends and family around the globe. As this is a critically important fundraising time for Palaver, we kindly suggest a donation of $50.

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

Mayo Street Arts' Online Gallery featuring the work of painter Paul Brahms is now LIVE on our website. Paintings are specially priced from $125 and up and can be purchased directly through our site. 10% of art sales will go to the Portland Artist Relief Fund. Click here to check out the online exhibit with Paul Brahms through May 3, 2020. 

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The Gottabees have a fun new game, Please? No!, to play with your family. Find this and other excuses to giggle, gasp, cheer and play together on their blog.

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Sundays at 9:30am on 89.9, Presented by Maine Humanities Council & WERU Community Radio. "While we're not able to gather Maine communities for in-person Poetry Express events, we are able to capture Mainers reading Maine poetry. These recordings continue to air Sunday mornings at 9:30 am on WERU Community Radio." Listen to the archive

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Instructor: Hans Barklis | Tuition: $120 | Grades 7+ and adults Mondays 5:00pm – 6:00pm | 8 Sessions: Apr 20-June 1 | 5/18, 5/26*; 6/1, 6/8 *Note: Class on May 26 is a Tuesday The class focuses on Cuban rumba where there’s substantial structure to plug into and ample flexibility in which to explore! Rhythmic conversations of interlocking percussion are easy to enter via basic parts, but are never ending in their potential for complexity and ingenuity. You don’t have to have a drum at home! Many common household items are also great percussion instruments. Video links will be provided, so you can review material from class on your own time. Visit the website for more information and children's classes as well. 

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020, 7 PM YOU'RE INVITED TO A VERY SPECIAL LOOK FORWARD We happily invite you to a FIRST: an hour-long gathering live streamed to your home from ours.Featuring exclusive live performances and messages from Broadway, classical, and dance stars from upcoming performances; as well as conversations with Ovations' Executive & Artistic Director Aimée M. Petrin, Ovations staff and Members. An exciting, interactive event anticipating the wonderful performances and experiences on Ovations' horizon. We gather and curate the best of live performances from around the world for Maine with the intention of contributing to our communities' well-being. Join us online and taste what's next with Ovations! 

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With students at home and caregivers balancing work and school, everyone is adjusting and learning. Here are a few simple, creative, educational, and arts-based ways to spice up your distance learning – especially since the day might otherwise involve a lot of sitting. Move! Play! Create! Visit the site!

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Thursday, May 28, 7 PM EDT, Livestreamed on YouTube. Join Portland Ovations, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and contemporary composers Ashley Fure and Maine-born Suzanne Farrin for exciting new music and intimate artistic conversations made possible by this virtual format. The live online presentation will take you through an immersive listening experience. The world premiere of Suzanne Farrin’s "Nacht," created with ICE through remote collaborative systems, unfolds in a dreamy atmosphere featuring the ondes Martenot (an early electronic cousin of the theremin), harp, percussion, bass, and voice. Set to texts by Rumi and Hafiz in translation by Cyrus Atabay, this new work explores language, translation, and identity. “This is a listening score. To perform it, please find two mason jars or two large glasses,” is how Ashley Fure’s new "interior listening protocol 1" begins. Created specifically for and in this time of social distancing, the piece is a full-body experience made possible only by audience members participating from their homes. As Fure leads a slowly evolving physical choreography, yours and others jars produce a magically immersive soundscape in the privacy of your own ears. The concert portion of the evening closes with the eighth and final section of Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time," “Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus.” This is traditionally a duet for violin and piano about which Messiaen wrote, "Why this second eulogy? It is especially aimed at the second aspect of Jesus, Jesus the Man, the Word made flesh, immortally risen for our communication of his life. It is all love." The evening's performers include Farrin on the ondes Martenot; Alice Teyssier, vocals; Ross Karre, percussion; Randall Zigler, bass; Nuiko Wadden, harp; and Jacob Greenberg, piano. The stream will also include a “lobby” experience, a Zoom room in which all can engage before and after the performance in ways similar to Ovations' familiar pre-performance lectures and post-show Q&A's, tuning in to live discussions between Farrin, Fure, and members of ICE. Glimpses into the creation of Suzanne Farrin’s "Nacht" will be shared in a screening of a short documentary. Mark your calendars and watch for registration information to receive the link to this free event!  More information.

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Quarantine Theater Presents is AUDIO literary theater continuing for the duration of the shelter-at-home order. Homegrown, interactive, online. Hunker down and join us! Hear a chapter a week of 5 different books, plus writing, imaginative play, and songwriting prompts for each daily segment from Quarantine Theater. Listen on soundcloud or facebook! 

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We are a Portland, Maine company connecting local music fans, artists, and venues in the simplest most delightful way possible. We're deeply passionate about music, the vibrant communities that surround them, and providing a sustainable way for live musicians to be successful—whatever your definition. Visit the link below to see local live stream music listings! Full listings here!

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Skirting the Line presents the work of five contemporary painters whose work hovers on the line between abstraction and representation. Employing different techniques to create new forms of landscape, still life and the figure, each artist has a unique but cohesive visual language exploring the idea of what it means to portray a subject by looking at the interplay between abstraction and representation. Each reinvigorates painting today through energetic personal expression. Artists included in the exhibition are Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Tracy Miller, Anne Neely, and Hannah Secord Wade.

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This exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center is the culmination of beloved Maine artist, Tonee Harbert's first nine months at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. The Museum is closed due to coronavirus concerns, this video was created to share online. For more information, please see his website.

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

MAY 15 - AUGUST 15
Ranging from lavish and complexly layered renderings to the starkly reductive, Lush, hush puts forward the notion that these two seemingly opposing approaches can juxtapose to heighten the effect of the other. Viewed together via thumbnail, individually or as small groups randomly placed together by the alphabet to fit on a screen, the assembled body of work reads as quiet, fearless abundance. I was struck by the thoughtfulness of the submissions, the considered grace of the artist inquiry and their collective exploratory deep dive.
 
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Jenny Brillhart, Cole Caswell, Avy Claire, Michel Droge, Lisa Kellner, Benjamin Lincoln, Megan Magill, Stratton McCrady, Veronica Perez, Anna Queen, Bronwyn Sale, Gina Siepel, Nathan Stevens, David Wilson, Amy Wilton, Deborah Zlotsky
 
[ON]now is a series of online exhibitions presenting the work of Maine artists through a digital venue. Juried by guest jurors, [ON]now goes beyond the physical gallery walls to expand possibilities of showing and viewing contemporary art. https://cmcanow.org/event/on-now-lush-hush/

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