Thursday April 24th 2014

Jamie Thompson

5 great galleries (beyond Portland)

5 great galleries (beyond Portland)
March 25, 2014

Portland has such an abundance of exciting galleries that sometimes it feels like one does not need to go any further for great art. But there are so many wonderful galleries beyond the Peninsula that it would be a shame not to visit them.

Mansion as muse

Mansion as muse
March 18, 2014

The splendid Civil War-era Victoria Mansion is a paragon of gilded glamour. Its painted walls and lavish rooms served as the inspiration for five artists, who created site-specific works to be displayed throughout the mansion as part of the special exhibition, “Mansion as Muse: Contemporary Art at Victoria Mansion.”

Questions of balance

Questions of balance
March 11, 2014

“Many people view the world as a series of separate and autonomous beings and environments – nothing could be further from the truth. We are all connected.” These are the words of Gabriel Frey, a twelfth-generation Passamaquoddy basket maker.

March First Friday preview

March First Friday preview
March 04, 2014

This month’s First Friday Art Walk in Portland features a knockout exhibition of collage work by 10 Maine artists. “Collage x 10″ is a celebration of the medium through the eyes of our state’s most masterful artists.

USM visiting artist fires up outdoor kiln

USM visiting artist fires up outdoor kiln
February 25, 2014

From March 3-11, ceramicist Shawn O’Connor will be a visiting artist on the USM Gorham campus. O’Connor will work with intermediate and advanced ceramics students to build a paper kiln

Fine lines

Fine lines
February 18, 2014

More than 100 drawings and sketchbooks are on display at the Portland Museum of Art. On view now through April 27, “Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum” features works from the late 18th to the mid-20th century.

Images of change

Images of change
February 11, 2014

The 72 photographs in “Images of Change: Greater Portland’s Cityscape Since 1960″ illustrate the city’s evolution. It is on view now at the Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library.

February First Friday preview

February First Friday preview
February 04, 2014

Portland’s First Friday Art Walks offer an always convivial, sometimes bizarre, atmosphere. That is an especially heartening fact for those willing to brave the elements for February’s Art Walk on the 7th. Even though the temperatures are frigid and snow is imminent, you can warm your soul with great local art and plenty of local color.

American vision

American vision
January 27, 2014

On view through February 23 is “American Vision: Photographs from the Collection of Owen and Anna Wells,” at the Portland Museum of Art. More than 35 photographs from the 20th century illustrate the country’s beauty, its diversity, and its place in the greater artistic canon.

Art 241: The Visual Book

Art 241: The Visual Book
December 19, 2013

Books aren’t just for reading. On view now through February 2014 at the Pope-Cheney Art Studio, Wishcamper Center on the USM Portland campus is “Art 241: The Visual Book,” an exhibition of student book art.