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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: June 3, 2014

Selfies get a gallery show: “SELF/Selfie” now on display at Engine

Written by: Bob Keyes

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Engine in Biddeford hosts an exhibition of self-portraits, and guess who the star is? You. The show opens with a collection of selfies.

Donna McNeil, the past director of the Maine Arts Commission, curates an exhibition of self portraits at Engine, the Biddeford arts organization, through July 19.

The show features the inner reflections of several widely known regional artists, including Cig Harvey, Alison Hildreth, Alan Magee, Joseph Nicoletti, Mark Wethli and Shoshanna White.

“SELF/Selfie” also includes a collection of selfies submitted via Instagram tagged #SELFtheshow.

McNeil will participate in a discussion, “From Self Portrait to Selfie: Need to be Seen,” at 6 p.m. July 10. The panel also will include social media expert (and blogger) Rob Gould, #ProjectSelfiePride creator Sabrina Volante, and University of New England psychology professor Julie Longua Peterson. Joshua Bodwell, co-founder of Engine and director of Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, will moderate.

McNeil spent 10 years with the Maine Arts Commission, including four as executive director.


WHEN: Through June 19; 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Engine, 265 Main St., Biddeford

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