First Friday Art Walk
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
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
The PMA and the Maine Humanities Council, along with partners and advisors throughout the state, collaborated on a special exhibition to mark Maine's bicentennial—and now it's online as the PMA's first-ever digital exhibition, for all to enjoy no matter where you are. We invite you to explore the many perspectives, stories, and objects of "Stories of Maine" and add your own to help us expand the stories we can tell even more. Image: David Driskell, (United States, 1931-2020), "Pine and Moon", 1971, oil on masonite, 47 3/8 x 35 1/8 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. Museum purchase with support from Friends of the Collection, 2011.4. Image courtesy Peter Siegel. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York. <a href="http://portlandmuseum.org/stories-of-maine-an-incomplete-history">http:/...
View the exhibition. Abby Shahn chose to move to Maine from New York City in the late ’60s and has lived and worked in rural Maine ever since. Her main studio is a separate building in the field behind her house and is heated with wood and has no running water. She also keeps a small studio in her home in order to work when the weather doesn’t allow her to make the walk to her primary studio.
“I feel that the isolation from the ‘art world’ and from current trends in art has had both good and bad effects.... I’m more than glad to be free of the dictates of style and of the marketplace. I like my ideas to develop at their own pace. I love growing my garden, tending my fires, picking wild mushrooms, etc. At the same time, I feel fortunate to be part of a loose group of artists scattered around in the boondocks who have evolved in many different ways, sometimes overlapping with current ideas floating around the “big city”, sometimes veering off in crazy and unexpected directions. The artists that I’ve come to know here have been a constant source of inspiration to me.”
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.
Thursday, June 18th, 7PM
Arthur Magida discusses his book, CODE NAME MADELEINE, with author Elaine Weiss
Hosted via Zoom
Raised in a lush suburb of 1920s Paris, Noor Inayat Khan was an introspective musician and writer, dedicated to her family and to her father’s spiritual values of harmony, beauty, and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazi violence and the German occupation of France, Noor joined the British Special Operations Executive and trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. She returned to Paris under an assumed identity immediately before the Germans mopped up the Allies’ largest communications network in France. For crucial months of the war, Noor was the only wireless operator there sending critical information to London, significantly aiding the success of the Allied landing on D-Day. Code-named Madeleine, she became a high-value target for the Gestapo. When she was eventually captured, Noor attempted two daring escapes before she was sent to Dachau and killed just months before the end of the war. Carefully distilled from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters, Code Name Madeleine is both a compelling, deeply researched history and a thrilling tribute to Noor Inayat Khan, whose courage and faith guided her through the most brutal regime in history.
We will have signed bookplates available for this title and for every book bought during the event we will be including a coded message from the author with special spy glasses!
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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.
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
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.
Broadcasts: Art in the Age of Social Distancing is a multi-disciplinary remote exhibition of art made in isolation during COVID-19. Through a twice weekly newsletter and an interactive map, Broadcasts seeks to archive testimonies and creative responses to the pandemic as it unfolds, highlighting the artistic drive to bear witness, process experience, and adapt to a changing world.
The call remains open throughout the duration of the exhibition to visual artists, musicians, writers, performers, and thinkers of all kinds to submit documentation of the work they are making, performing, and practicing in isolation. With brick and mortar spaces shuttered in the name of public health, Broadcasts explores remote ways of promoting collective communion with art when we cannot gather together.
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“Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity, and own brother Jove? Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.” - Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or, The Whale. In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, artist Charlie Hewitt has created a new series of woodcut prints focused on New England’s strong bond with the sea. In his dynamic, imaginative, and unmistakable style, Hewitt re-imagines iconic regional sights - shining lighthouses; brightly colored, numbered buoys - grounding the series in human industry while reminding us of the ineffable power, beauty, and peril of the sea. The series consists of 15 separate prints, each limited to an edition of 20. Each was printed by master printer David Wolfe at Wolfe Editions. View the exhibition.
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.
The exhibition features work from Marc Leavitt’s Mithuna Series. As the artist describes the series: “My Mithuna Series of abstract figurative paintings was influenced by The Three Ways of Asian Wisdom: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zen and their significance for the West (a book written by Nancy Wilson Ross) and the extraordinary writings of Krishnamurti, a renowned spiritual teacher awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1984. View the exhibition.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, June 25th, 7PM
Emerson Whitney discusses their memoir, HEAVEN, with poet Arisa White
Hosted via Zoom
Emerson Whitney writes, “Really, I can’t explain myself without making a mess.” What follows is that mess—electrifying, gorgeous, defiant. At Heaven’s center, Whitney seeks to understand their relationship to their mother and grandmother, those first windows into womanhood and all its consequences. Whitney retraces a roving youth in deeply observant, psychedelic prose—all the while folding in the work of thinkers like Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, and C. Riley Snorton—to engage transness and the breathing, morphing nature of selfhood. An expansive examination of what makes us up, Heaven wonders what role our childhood plays in who we are. Can we escape the discussion of causality? Is the story of our body just ours? With extraordinary emotional force, Whitney sways between theory and memory in order to explore these brazen questions and write this unforgettable book.
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Watch this archived OLS Live Stream featuring singer-songwriter Eric Bettencourt. A former Mainer who has relocated to Austin, Texas, his impassioned music has been bringing out crowds out for his homecoming shows in Portland for years.
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!
Wednesday, June 17th, 5PM
Francesca Marciano discusses her book, ANIMAL SPIRIT, with Maine author Lily King
Hosted via Zoom
Centered in Rome but transporting us into worlds as varied and alluring as they are emotionally real, Francesca Marciano’s stories paint landscapes that are populated—vividly, hauntingly—by animals: from violent seagulls and starlings circling the evening sky in exhilarating formation to magical snakes and a tiny dog on the side of a deserted road. In unforgettable, cinematic frames, events unfold, especially in the lives of women. An affair ends painfully at a dinner table, an actress’s past comes crashing down on her during an audition, an unhappy wife seeks respite in a historic palazzo sublet. Two starkly different couples imagine parenthood during a Greek island holiday and a young girl returns from rehab, deciding to set out anew with a traveling circus. A man in crisis draws his ex-lover deep into the New Mexico desert. With spellbinding clarity, the six masterly stories in Animal Spirit inhabit the minds and hearts of Marciano’s characters. They chronicle deeply human moments of realization and recognition, indelible instants of irrevocable change—epiphanies sometimes sparked by our connection with animals and the primal power they show us.
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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
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.
Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour that will bring fresh air during social distancing measures!
Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, gives a guided tour of the current ICA exhibition: Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan. Featuring a survey of more than 10 years of work by Megan and Murray McMillan, the show includes installations, videos, and photographs. Megan and Murray McMillan have exhibited their large-scale video installations at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the Kunsthallen Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark, The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, The RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, and the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Their work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, film festivals, and international biennials. Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan, curated by Jamie Uretsky, was first exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! in New Bedford, MA.
During this virtual residency, Nyugen will explore ways to reimagine the artist-in-residence program during COVID-19, beginning with The Wave, a series of 3 online conversations between artists, scholars, and other creative visionaries. It’s a necessary and important dialogue about the current and future impact of the COVID19 pandemic on Black and Brown communities both locally and globally, and prioritizes the need for generative conversations, together with immediate action, in service of and benefit to our communities. Presented in partnership with The Perez Art Museum/Miami.
Monday, June 29th, 7PM
Jamie Pacton discusses THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY with Ash Poston.
Hosted via Zoom
Working as a Wench—i.e. waitress—at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a Knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college. Company policy allows only guys to be Knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place, clobbers the Green Knight, and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But this Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other Wenches and cast members join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval—if they don’t get fired first.
Monday, June 22nd, 7PM Jessica Barry discusses her new book, DON’T TURN AROUND, with author Megan Collins Co-hosted by Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance via Zoom 322 miles of road. 6 hours. 2 strangers. 1 killer. Too many secrets. Midnight. Cait Monaghan and Rebecca McRae are on a desolate road that slices through the New Mexican desert. They've never met before tonight. Both have secrets to protect. Both of their lives are in danger. When a truck pulls up fast behind them, they assume it's punk teenagers or run-of-the-mill road rage, but it soon becomes clear that whoever is driving the truck is hunting them for sport—and they are out to draw blood. As the miles unspool and the dangers mount, the pasts they've worked so hard to keep buried have come back to haunt them. Someone wants one of them dead. But which one? And given the lives the two women have been leading, that someone could be almost anyone. If Cait and Rebecca are going to survive, they'll have to learn to trust one another—and themselves. But trust is a costly business, and they’ve both paid the price before. Google Form RSVP: https://forms.gle/xiE8umof6MdoEe2z7
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.
Where to swing dance in vacationland, with a focus on lindy hop in Southern Maine. Join Lindy Maine's online swing and tap classes.
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.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
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/
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.
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.
Thursday, May 28th, 7PM Susan Choi discusses TRUST EXERCISE with author Hamilton Cain In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence. As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults. You can RSVP here
The 8th Annual MECA Film Festival, free and open to the public, will air this Friday, May 22nd at 7PM through YouTube Premieres. The Film Festival will showcase work by BFA and MFA students in the following categories: Narrative/Fiction, Experimental, Animation, and Nonfiction. Films may be live-action or animation and finalists have been selected by curators and MECA faculty Adam Fisher, Assistant Professor of Animation & Game Art, and Reggie Hodges, Adjunct Instructor of Animation & Game Art. Stay tuned as we will share the link to the YouTube Premiere this Friday via MECA social media!
MECA is thrilled to announce that this year’s annual COLLECT Art Sale will continue online! Throughout history, artists have filled a fundamental role in providing joy, healing, hope, and change to all of us, especially in times of duress. Now, more than ever, MECA continues to celebrate the significance of art in our lives. The COLLECT Art Sale raises vital funds to support our students and artists in the MECA community, which is especially critical during these difficult times.
COLLECT Online Art Sale Dates
Preview: June 4th – June 18th
Silent Auction: Thursday, June 18th, 6-9PM
Open: Thursday, June 18th, 6PM
Close: Sunday, June 21st, 6PM
The COLLECT Online Art Sale will begin at 6PM on Thursday, June 18th and run through 6PM on Sunday, June 21st.
There is a Silent Auction scheduled for Thursday, June 18th from 6PM – 9PM.
This year’s COLLECT Online Art Sale will feature a Preview, where visitors can browse the MECA online gallery and art sale platform to view the entire selection of artwork available for purchase in this year’s sale.
Featured work at COLLECT is created by artists throughout the MECA community, including faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and friends and will be featured in an online gallery and art sale platform hosted by the college.
For any questions regarding COLLECT, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.meca.edu/info-for/advancement/collect-2/
Pictured: Katherine Bradford, Boating Party, 2020, gouache on paper, 12" x 12".
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.
Nicholas Basbanes launches his book CROSS OF SNOW
Co-hosted by Mechanics’ Hall as part of the First Friday Reading Series via Zoom
A major literary biography of America’s best-loved nineteenth-century poet, the first in more than fifty years, and a much-needed reassessment for the twenty-first century of a writer whose stature and celebrity were unparalleled in his time, whose work helped to explain America’s new world not only to Americans but to Europe and beyond. From the author of On Paper (“Buoyant”–The New Yorker; “Essential”–Publishers Weekly), Patience and Fortitude (“A wonderful hymn”–Simon Winchester), and A Gentle Madness (“A jewel”–David McCullough). In Cross of Snow, the result of more than twelve years of research, including access to never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals, notes, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work–the soul–of the man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Oscar Wilde. Basbanes writes of the shaping of Longfellow’s character, his huge body of work that included translations of numerous foreign works, among them, the first rendering into a complete edition by an American of Dante’s Divine Comedy. We see Longfellow’s two marriages, both happy and contented, each cut short by tragedy. His first to Mary Storer Potter that ended in the aftermath of a miscarriage, leaving Longfellow devastated. His second marriage to the brilliant Boston socialite–Fanny Appleton, after a three-year pursuit by Longfellow (his “fiery crucible,” he called it), and his emergence as a literary force and a man of letters. A portrait of a bold artist, experimenter of poetic form and an innovative translator–the human being that he was, the times in which he lived, the people whose lives he touched, his monumental work and its place in his America and ours.
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Get your concert fix with OLS' live streamed shows. Use this link to find upcoming live streams along with archived shows! Donations are shared between both artists and OLS. Please share the stream to spread the music! Image: Liz Longley
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stroll through our gallery as it appeared on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 for our "virtual" opening for artists Philip Barter, Sheep Jones and Jean Jack. In addition, work by each of our other 49 artists are on display. Thank you for visiting! Pictured: Kim Cae, Nova Scotia, Oil on Panel, 20 x 24 in. View Gallery.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The Portland Public Library staff share some of their favorite websites and apps for learning a new skill, having fun in nature, and making each other laugh. Find the staff picks here!
Portland Public Library presents the Spotlight Lecture Series held in conjunction with Longfellow Books, Print: A Bookstore, and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. The Spotlight Lecture Series celebrates new works by notable authors from around the country. This series is generously sponsored by the Press Hotel. https://www.portlandlibrary.com/series/spotlight-lecture-series/
Sunday, June 28th, 7PM Print Virtual Book Club: Mona Awad’s BUNNY Hosted by Print's Alex Fenney with Mona Awad via Zoom Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one. But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies’ sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus “Workshop” where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision. The spellbinding new novel from one of our most fearless chroniclers of the female experience, Bunny is a down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, friendship and desire, and the fantastic and terrible power of the imagination. Google Form RSVP
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!
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!
Wednesday, May 27th, 7PM Co-hosted by Equality Maine via Zoom A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom…aliens run from the government…a president’s daughter comes into her own…a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer…a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops…skateboards and VW vans…Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page! This essential and beautifully written modern-day collection features an intersectional and inclusive slate of authors and stories. Google Form to RSVP: https://forms.gle/P3P6M28usurhgK3B7
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.
Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm, musicians take to the SPACE Instagram page (@space538), performing live from their homes to yours. We hope these digital shows can be a vessel for the same sorts of joy, curiosity, and community found at SPACE events past and of course, future.
These shows are member-supported and it’s because of our members’ generosity that we’re able to run this concert series and ensure that all performers are paid. We firmly believe in compensating artists fairly and these times are no different.
To further support this program, please donate to @space-gallery on Venmo during each concert and we will split these additional funds 50/50 between the artist(s) performing and re-investing in this series, so it can last as long as we’re unable to gather together in the same room again.
Old friends Jocelyn Lee, Bill Roorbach, and Charlotte Murphy present evenings with authors, poets, artists, dancers, musicians, performers, makers and thinkers of all kinds. Every week for the foreseeable future, if there is a future, they’ll invite guests to join them for readings, talks, presentations, performances, and, always, conversation. And you’re invited! It’s free, and nothing to sign up for. https://www.speedwellprojects.com/speedwell-live
Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.
The Telling Room's podcast features a behind the scenes look at excellent student stories, interviews with founders, teachers, staff, and students, live stories from our Slant series, and a deeper look at the writing process.
In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, Greenhut Galleries celebrates our evolving, dynamic city with our 10th biennial Portland Show. The show includes work from 50 different artists, each offering a unique perspective on the city. View the show. IMAGE: Alison Goodwin, Acadian Redfish
Friday, May 22, 2020 1:00 am Saturday, May 23, 2020 1:00 am Sunday, May 24, 2020 1:00 am Monday, May 25, 2020 1:00 am Virtual Event URL: https://www.theapohadiontheater.com/facebook-event/the-wolf-house-virtual-screening/
Streaming through May 23
Just before the French Revolution, in a forest outside Berlin, a band of libertines expelled from the court of Louis XVI rendezvous with the legendary German seducer and freethinker, the Duc de Walchen (Helmut Berger), to convince him to join in their mission: the rejection of authority and all moral boundaries. What begins as an evening of strategizing on the proliferation of libertinage, descends into a Sadean night of pansexual one-upmanship.
Liberté is a singular cinematic experience only Albert Serra could deliver, a film in which increasingly dramatic acts of pain and pleasure unfold in counterpoint to cinematographer Artur Tort’s luminous images of moonlit sylvan spaces. As Serra and his committed team of regular performers and newcomers “open the gates of Hell” and explore the limits of the erotic imagination, you won’t be able to look away.
Stream the movie here: https://www.theapohadiontheater.com/facebook-event/liberte-virtual-screening/
Coming to you live, from our living rooms to yours, The Telling Room has launched a virtual streaming series, in which Telling Room authors and their program mentor(s) pair up to read selected works and converse about artistic inspiration, youth publishing, and living as writers right now. Audience members (students welcome!) can submit questions via chat. This event takes place every other Thursday. Check back on social media for exact times and list of special guests!
Looking for an educational activity that gets you out of the house while still social distancing? Missing the folks at the Maine Irish Heritage Center? Check out the Maine Irish Heritage Trail for an active and quarantine-friendly dive into the history of Maine’s Irish community!
The Maine Irish Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour through Portland and South Portland, showcasing key locations in Irish-American History. Researched and produced by Matthew Barker, author and MIHC genealogist, the trail provides an opportunity to learn more about Maine’s Irish immigrants and how they shaped the communities we live and work in today. Click Here to access the Maine Irish Heritage Trail website and learn more!
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.
Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological. Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine as the subject matter, Greenway captures imaginative landscapes by detailing the island’s geology. Focusing on the micro-ecology and transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway reimagines a recognizable setting. The landscape transforms into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality. View the exhibition.
June 2 - June 29
(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to present the fourth annual solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by noted artist Randy Eckard on June 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Raised in North Carolina, Randy studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine his career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades. Known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him, Randy’s watercolors capture the timeless beauty and charm of Maine’s architecture and landscapes. For the second year in a row, Randy was selected by “STATE 23 MEDIA staff in collaboration with a jury panel of art experts” as one of Maine’s most noteworthy artists for “Maine Home and Design Magazine’s artmaine Annual Guide.” Winning over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast, his work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.p> The exhibit is on view free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through June 29, 2020. When the exhibit opens you can view images of all the paintings selected for the exhibit on the gallery’s website http://www.
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.
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/