Thursday May 13, 2010 | 10:45 PM

More than 400 people turned out tonight for the fabulous MECAmorphosis party at the Maine College of Art's Porteous Building in the heart of the Arts District. The party celebrated the completion of the building's renovation (which has been going on for more than a decade) and the consolidation of all the departments into this airy five-story space. Even though there were so many people at the gathering, it never felt crowded because the whole building was open for exploration and filled with cocktail bars, appetizer stations, artist demonstrations and endless art displays.

Singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards was among the lucky guests who went home with a portrait from artist Martha Miller (which she reportedly painted in less than 15 minutes). The portraits were just one of the many interactive art experiences offered at this soiree. Jonathan's pictured here with my friends from the Twitterverse, Lynnelle Wilson (who was celebrating her birthday), Greg Daly and Sarah Wallace.

While I saw a number of the portraits, I never did make it to where they were being created. But I did get to check out the forge, thanks to Anne Zill, Edward Friedman and Michelle Zelkowitz who coaxed me away from the bar with promises of flames.

That's where I found MECA alum and sculptor Farrell Ruppert shaping red hot metal amidst all the folks in cocktail attire. He and Vivian Beer (the artist who created the "Cloud Bench" and the "Rustle Diptych II" along Baxter Boulevard) were among the artists crafting lanterns in the forge space.

There was no shortage of creativity at tonight's party, and I'll have lots more details about who was there and what they had to say about the new building in this weekend's Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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