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Johanna Moore

I make things and I fix things

Job Artist, Gilder, Frame maker, Conservator / Artifacts/Lone Pine Projects

Lives In East Puckerbrush

My folks were craftsmen. I have always been exposed to art and encouraged to be creative.  For over 26 years, I have been an art handler, preparator, gilder and maker of frames, artist, craftsman, etc.  With my partner and husband, David Keef,  we operated our gallery of mid century design furnishings and antique art on Congress Square for nearly two decades.  Now we meet people by appointment out of our space at ThinkTank in the Old Port.  I work in gilded and painted surfaces, photography, and mixed media imagery.  As Artifacts we make custom picture frames for artists, collectors, designers, and museums in carved, gilded, or natural wood finishes.  We conserve and restore gilded objects and historic picture frames. And we buy, sell, and broker antique and vintage fine and decorative art.  We have dogs, chickens, and have raised and bred heritage turkeys.  Mainers are known for multitasking. We sure do fit the bill.

Why did you choose Portland? family

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Bill Barry & Herb Adams. Because we need folks who know our history to give us perspective.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Eat really good food and take really long walks

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Going to see the Vincent's Journey sculpture at the PMA, even though they moved it into a nook so no one can see it

What's the most surprising thing about this city? crazy people ratio

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Red Snapper from Mark's Hot Dogs in Tommy's Park

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? Paul's Food Center

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. dinner, lecture or art talk, exhibit, engaging conversation, good walk, sky viewing, sweet dreams.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? the Recycling bins

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