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Jan
29
Sun
Open Gallery Hours, MSA Teaching & Studio Artist Exhibit at Mayo Street Arts @ Mayo Street Arts
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Open Gallery Hours, MSA Teaching & Studio Artist Exhibit at Mayo Street Arts @ Mayo Street Arts | Portland | Maine | United States

A patchwork group show celebrating the visual artists who animate Mayo Street Arts! Participating artists include Leslie Anderson, Julia Baugh, Brooke Bolduc (Art by Buff Cat), Crystal Cawley, Quinn Evans, Roberta March, Maggie Muth, Kathryn Price, & Eamon White.

The exhibit will be on view from December 2 through January 29. Gallery hours are on Fridays & Sundays 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM and by appointment.

The gallery is closed on December 11, 23, 25 & 30, and January 1 & January 15.

Kid Flicks 2, at SPACE @ SPACE
Jan 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kid Flicks 2, at SPACE @ SPACE | Portland | Maine | United States

Presented in partnership with New York International Children’s Film Festival

KID FLICKS TWO (Runtime: 68 min.)

Deep and daring films for ages 8-13

In English or with English subtitles

Kid Flicks Two is full of journeys big and small, from a young artist’s river-bound trek to school and a passerby’s neighborhood stroll to the search for a loving home and or the path to understanding between friends.

Jan
31
Tue
Voices + Visions: Rachel Gloria Adams, Heather Flor Cron and Veronica Perez at Indigo Arts Alliance @ Indigo Arts Alliance
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm
Voices + Visions: Rachel Gloria Adams, Heather Flor Cron and Veronica Perez at Indigo Arts Alliance @ Indigo Arts Alliance | Portland | Maine | United States

Join Indigo Arts Alliance as we launch a new artist talk series called Voices + Visions! This new program series features our alumni artists in residence, highlighting their similarities, creative intersections and distinct voices.

Our first installment will feature our inaugural David C. Driskell Fellows: Rachel Gloria AdamsHeather Flor Cron, and Veronica Perez. These three incredible artists will discuss their relationship with craft, the land, and their familial histories. Diving deep into their experiences IAA residents and beyond, this artist conversation will shine a light into their process and explore what projects they’re looking forward to.

This event is free, open to all, ages 16+ and takes place at the Indigo Arts Alliance Studio in Portland, ME.

At the heart of Indigo Arts Alliance’s mission is are our Artist Residency programs, which provides Black and Brown artists an environment for the production of artwork in all media across various disciplines. Our Residency aims to connect Black and Brown artists from across the globe to local artists of African descent. We activate our mission by creating opportunities for critical feedback, relationship building and increased awareness of creative practices and resources.

PLEASE NOTE: For the health and safety expectations, all attendees at indoor events and performances are required to provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus, or a negative PCR test from within the previous 48 hours or a negative ‘Rapid Test’ from the previous 12 hours. It is necessary to also show a legal photo identification along with your vaccination proof, or test result. All proof may be original or digital. Participants are asked to remain masked. There will be extra masks and hand sanitizer stations provided.

Rachel Gloria Adams is a textile designer and painter living in Portland, ME. Inspired greatly by her beloved state of Maine and the beautiful chaos her two daughters bring, Adams has developed a vibrant, graphic pattern-based visual language filled with references to the natural world. An ongoing project and business venture TACHEE utilizes this imagery she developed through painting as textile prints. Rachel is currently developing a body of work that depicts her experience as a black mother and artist through a series of paintings and quilts.

Heather Flor Cron is a queer Peruvian-American farmer, performer & transdisciplinary artist who works with intuitive movement, dirt, installation, printmaking, fiber, and food. From a young age Flor frequently travelled to Peru to visit her maternal family. There, her passion for movement, food and textiles was ignited. Flor lives in Portland, Maine, which is settled on stolen and occupied territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Through performance and making with available materials, Flor locates the present moment and the relationship between her two cultures. She explores the defeat and transformation of trauma through the twin powers of vulnerability and forgiveness, and how exposing pain can transcend trauma. Heather is the recipient of awards and residencies such as the Kindling Fund via Space Gallery / Andy Warhol Foundation, David C. Driskell Black Seed Studio Fellowship, Speedwell Projects Residency, Studios at MASS MoCA Fellowship and the Ellis Beauregard Foundation Residency.

Veronica Perez is a multidisciplinary artist living in Maine. They utilizes synthetic hair, discarded objects, and other unconventional materials such as sugar and construction remnants in her sculptural works to conceal and reveal hidden and forgotten parts of ones’ identity. Perez creates intense personal moments by means of material hybridization and challenging ideals of beauty. Their chosen material aims to comments on contemporary Latinx and feminist issues which she explores through notions of loss, time and trauma. In 2020, they were awarded the Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship in the Visual Arts and in 2021 began their residency at the David C. Driskell Black Seed Studio Fellowship in Portland, Maine. In 2022, Perez presented their first solo exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts in Rockland, Maine. And 2023 – they will bring their Braiding Circles to the University of Southern Maine as the artist in residence.

Indigo Arts Alliance is a place where freedom of expression and personal transformation through creativity is encouraged. Indigo Arts Alliance embodies a Black-led, multiracial approach to the rich intersections of citizenship, community-building, and creativity. More than ever, our world needs people who can help us imagine more compassionate, generous, and welcoming human societies. Indigo does that work. It is a great gift to the Portland community, to the region, and to our nation!

Indigo Arts Alliance is rooted in two principles:

– Art is a key resource for healthy human communities. It should be cultivated and celebrated.

– Artists play a unique role in strengthening our multiracial democracy. We need their vision and inspiration to help build a more humane, inclusive, and just world.

Feb
1
Wed
Director’s Circle and Contemporaries Council Evening Preview and Reception: American Perspectives, at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Director’s Circle and Contemporaries Council Evening Preview and Reception: American Perspectives, at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

Featuring over 70 significant works from the American Folk Art Museum’s collection, American Perspectives showcases a selection of folk and self-taught art from the 18th century to the present day.

A wide range of forms—from quilts, embroidery, and assemblages to pottery, paintings, and sculpture—reveals aspects of U.S. nationhood and history and celebrates the insights that art can bring to them. Through the interweaving of historical and contemporary works that speak to the beauty, complexity, and contradictions of this country, American Perspectives explores powerful visual stories that reflect the unfolding narrative of the United States.

Feb
2
Thu
Opening Reception – Down The Candy Hole at Cove Street Arts @ Cove Street Arts
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception - Down The Candy Hole at Cove Street Arts @ Cove Street Arts | Portland | Maine | United States

Join us on Thurs., Feb. 2, 5-7 pm, for the opening reception for Down the Candy Hole, featuring artists Diamond Duryea, Abigail Marsh, and Sara Stites.

Opening Reception – Singing My Song at Cove Street Arts @ Cove Street Arts
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening Reception - Singing My Song at Cove Street Arts @ Cove Street Arts | Portland | Maine | United States

Join us on Thurs., Feb. 2, 5-7 pm, for the opening reception for Singing My Song, featuring artist Kathleen Florance.

Queer Craft Club @ Equality Community Center
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Queer Craft Club @ Equality Community Center | Portland | Maine | United States

Join us for a night of crafting with comrades! Bring a work in progress or start one here, share your skills or learn a new one. All abilities, ages, and identities welcome!

Hosted in partnership with Queer Craft Maine.

For more info: Email Kirsten at [email protected]

Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy at Liquid Riot @ Liquid Riot Bottling Co.
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy at Liquid Riot @ Liquid Riot Bottling Co. | Portland | Maine | United States

Join Sip & Script® for a Night of Learning Calligraphy!

Join us at Liquid Riot in Portland, ME for pretty lettering! Whether you’re a stationery nerd, DIY Bride-to-be, or just a crafty individual, in this workshop you’ll be learning an introduction to modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. We will cover all the basics and get you ready to add those special lettered details to your snail mail, wedding paper goods, home décor and more! The perfect crafty night out!

Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and demonstration, our beginner’s calligraphy kit (two nibs, black ink pot, 2 letter guides, tracing paper and straight pen holder), and all materials to write on. Everything is yours to keep at the end of the workshop!

To learn more about Liquid Riot, check out their website and say hey on Instagram.

Get your tickets below!

Feel free to come early, grab your seat, and purchase any drinks and food (available to purchase throughout class too!). Class will start promptly at 6:00pm

Class Expectations: Yes, lefties are welcome too! This class is encouraged for someone who has never taken a calligraphy class before. We teach the basics and our expectation for you is to have ink flowing through your nib with enough confidence to be able to practice way beyond class. We love using tracing paper with our guides to help you build muscle memory and develop your own style!  If you have tried calligraphy out before, this class will be a great refresher and hopefully a chance to try some new supplies from our beginner kit that will re-introduce you to this lovely form of art!

A note on bringing guests 16 and under: We love to share this passion with kids. You are welcome to get a ticket for your child as long as you are comfortable with people around them having a drink or two. We do ask that anyone under the age of 16 is to be accompanied by a ticketed adult at all times.

To see our cancellation/refund policy, please click here.

Feb
3
Fri
Free Friday at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free Friday at Portland Museum of Art @ Portland Museum of Art | Portland | Maine | United States

PMA Free Fridays are made possible by the generous support of Patricia H. Dodd, Cyrus Hagge, and Anne and Vince Oliviero, The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, Inc., Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, L.L.Bean, Evergreen Credit Union, and The Via Agency. Free Fridays are supported in part by Art for All.

Paint & Oracle Card Night – LOVE edition at Color Me Mine @ Color Me Mine Portland
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

✨Paint & Oracle Card night is BACK for February and this time it’s all about love. What are your blocks to manifesting the right relationship? Are you on the right track with the current one? How can you go deeper? Drop in to paint and throw your name into the jar for a chance to win a free mini reading from Jen on select nights. See our calendar for dates https://portland.colormemine.com/calendar/ Tag a friend • it’s time to get real ❤️