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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

Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square

Discover found object sculpture art activities and video's from Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe's "Tabernacles for Trying Times," art house cinema, and favorites from the PMA magazine collection. Films | Social Distancing Store

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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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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square

The PMA and the Maine Humanities Council, along with partners and advisors throughout the state, collaborated on a special exhibition to mark Maine&#39;s bicentennial&mdash;and now it&#39;s online as the PMA&#39;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&nbsp; &quot;Stories of Maine&quot; and add your own to help us expand the stories we can tell even more. Image: David Driskell, (United States, 1931-2020), &quot;Pine and Moon&quot;, 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.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://portlandmuseum.org/stories-of-maine-an-incomplete-history">http:/...

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David Driskell, (United States, 1931-2020)
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oil on masonite
SPEEDWELL//projects

Ongoing
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.”

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Abby Shahn
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Gouache on Paper
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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
Print: A Bookstore

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!

Google Form RSVP: https://forms.gle/bsTZuxKDfyXqRRX18

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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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State Theatre

Tuesday, June 2, 8:00pm.
In February 2019, musician/songwriter Benjamin Lazar Davis and Lake Street Dive’s Bridget Kearney headed to West Africa to continue the life-changing musical exploration they’d begun five years before. Equipped with the most minimal of gear—a guitar, two-channel recording console, and tiny toy keyboard—the longtime friends soon struck up a collaboration with Stevo Atambire, a legendary Ghanaian musician and master of a two-stringed lute called the kologo. Less than a month later, Kearney and Davis returned to the U.S. with an entire album’s worth of material: the 11 wildly imaginative yet insightfully crafted songs featured on Still Flying, the duo’s full-length debut.
Tune in to the State Theater 's Facebook Live to watch!

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

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.



More at https://space538.org/exhibition/broadcasts/

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Cove Street Arts

“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.

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Charlie Hewitt
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Woodcut Prints
Cove Street Arts

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.

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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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Myles Bullen
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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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Print: A Bookstore

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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One Longfellow Square
181 State St.

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.

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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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Print: A Bookstore

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.
Google Form to RSVP: https://forms.gle/keJM5SUGDyt3GdWu7
 

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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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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

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.

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Indigo Arts Alliance

Saturday, May 30, 2-3pm on Indigo Arts Alliance Facebook LIVE
The Wave: EXODUS (Movement of our people)
 
Immigrant and Migrant communities of color are heavily impacted by intended and unintended consequences of policies instituted by governments worldwide, and Covid-19 has further exacerbated their plight. The outbreak of this pandemic is the largest mobility crisis the world has ever seen, according to the International Organization for Migration. Border closings, lack of access to food and medical care, racial profiling, and nationalistic responses are putting already vulnerable communities at an even greater risk. The panel will respond to such pressing issues as it relates to their profession, interests, and research. The panel is hosted by artist Nyugen Smith, moderated by PAMM Curator María Elena Ortiz, and features poet and spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard; respected scholar, producer, activist, educator, author, professor, and Yoruba priestess Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega; multidisciplinary artist, mother and former doula Tsedaye Makonnen.

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Indigo Arts Alliance

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.

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

 Isolating Together: A Public Archive is a new PPL series. In the archive you will find poems, letters, diary entries, original artwork, photos, doodles and comics, and more creative pieces from community members in isolation. 

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Print: A Bookstore

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.

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Print: A Bookstore

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

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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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Ongoing

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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Online

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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Maine College of Art

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 collect@meca.edu or visit https://www.meca.edu/info-for/advancement/collect-2/
 
Pictured: Katherine Bradford, Boating Party, 2020, gouache on paper, 12" x 12".

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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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From Mumbai to Maine
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Print: A Bookstore

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.
Google Form to RSVP: https://forms.gle/tXpyxoXUgVxxeoNH8

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One Monument Square
One Monument Square

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

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Online

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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Dance
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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. View the exhibition.&nbsp

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Paul Brahms
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Online

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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Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle Street

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.

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Instructor: Hans Barklis | Tuition: $120 | Grades 7+ and adults Mondays 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Through June 8| 6/1, 6/8. 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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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

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!

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Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

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/

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Print: A Bookstore

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

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Online

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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SPACE
538 Congress Street

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.
 

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SPEEDWELL//projects

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

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.

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.

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The Telling Room
225 Commercial St., Suite 201

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.

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Greenhut Galleries

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

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The Telling Room
225 Commercial St., Suite 201

 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! 

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Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray Street

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!

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Online

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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Photography
Cove Street Arts

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.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

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.richardboydartgallery.com click on the Current Exhibit tab. Image of the paintings hanging in the gallery will be available for viewing June 2nd on the gallery’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery   For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . 

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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.
 
Artists Included
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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