• CLASSICAL MUSIC

Sacred harp singing, also known as shape-note singing, Portland New Church. Not a performance, open to those interested in practicing the traditional four-part singing. Free/donation. [email protected] 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Southern Maine Children’s Chorus auditions, for singers in grades 12 and under, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. [email protected] appointment Wednesday. 

• THEATER

Phyzgig, Acorn Productions’ annual festival of physical comedy with many performers, Portland Stage Company. $18 to $20; $16 ages 12 and younger. www.phyzgig.org. 2 and 7 p.m. today and Friday.

Phyzkidz, youth friendly-performances of Phyzgig, Space, Portland. $10 to $12; $8 ages 12 and younger. www.phyzgig.org. 11 a.m. today.

“Checkered Floors,” one-person performance based on the Somali migration to Lewiston, Old Port Playhouse, Portland. $15. www.oldportplay house.com. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Through Jan. 9. 

• MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Weston: Leaves of Grass,” Edward Weston’s black-and-white photographs based on Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148; www.portlandmuseum.org. Opens today. Through March 13. 

CONTINUING

Fall exhibit, works by Todd Watts and Ilya Askinazi and from the museum’s collection, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. Through today.

“Pablo Picasso: The Passionate Print,” prints, University of Maine (Museum of Art), Bangor. 561-3350. Through today.

“False Documents and Other Illusions,” trompe l’oeil art, Portland Museum of Art. www.portlandmuseum.org. Through Sunday.

Fall faculty exhibit, recent work by Bevin Engman, Gary Green, Maggie Libby, Harriett Matthews, Abbott Meader, Nancy Meader, Garry Mitchell and Scott Reed, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Sunday.

“The Search for Beauty: Whistler and His Time,” drawings and paintings, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville. 859-5600. Through Sunday.

“The Art of December: Original Holiday Cards by Maine Artists from the Mildred Burrage Collection,” Maine Historical Society, Portland. www.mainehistory.org. Through Monday.

“Sit Down! Chairs from Six Centuries,” chair collection of American and European seating furniture from circa 1500 to the present, Bowdoin College (Museum of Art), Brunswick. 725-3275. Through Jan. 16.

“Emily Schiffer: Cheyenne River,” photographs, Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland. www.farnsworthmuseum.org. Through Jan. 31.

“Cross Currents: Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World,” Maine Maritime Museum, Bath. 443-1316. Through Feb. 6.

“Currents 6,” multi-media work by Gina Siepel, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Feb. 13.

“The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley,” exhibit of items related to or recovered from the Nottingham Galley, Maine State Museum, Augusta. www.mainestatemuseum.org. Through March.

“Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008,” artist retrospective, Portland Museum of Art. 775-6148. Through March 20.

“Aunt Lu: The Story of Princess Watahwaso,” photographs and objects, Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor. www.abbemuseum.org. Through April 2.

“Little Elegies: The Art of Nineteenth-Century Mourning,” paintings, texts, and objects created to assuage grief and memorialize the dead, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through April 3.

“Learning is an Ornament: The History of Kennebunk’s Schools,” replica installations, historic images and more, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk. www.brickstoremuseum.org. Through summer 2011.

“Inspired by Buddhism: Ancient Art from the Permanent Collection,” objects from Cambodia, China, Tibet, Korea and Japan, Colby College (Museum of Art), Waterville. www.colby.edu. Through Oct. 2.

“Imagination Takes Shape: Canadian Inuit Art from the Robert and Judith Toll Collection,” Bowdoin College (Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum), Brunswick. Through Dec. 6, 2011. 

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Maine Life As It Is,” paintings and drawings by Tom Brennan, Bangor Public Library. www.bpl.lib.me.us. Reception 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Through Jan. 31. 

CONTINUING

“The Old Port at Night,” photos by Melanie Bennett; plus historical photography and poetry exhibit, “Look Twice: The Waponahki in Image and Verse,” University of Southern Maine (Glickman Family Library), Portland. 780-4270. Through today.

“Mesa to Sedona to Jerome,” paintings by Francine Schrock, Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, South Portland. 767-8090. Through Friday.

“Main Streets of Waldo County,” photography, Belfast Free Library. www.belfast.lib.me.us. Through Friday.

R. Keith Rendall, woodcuts and etchings, Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. 633-6252. Through Friday.

“Transport,” large-format photos of classic cars by Robert Moran, running with scissors, Portland. 479-5679. Through Friday.

Jennifer Morrison, nature photography, Viles Arboretum, Augusta. www.vilesarboretum.org. Through Friday.

Berri Kramer, photographs, The Frame Works, Kennebunk. theframeworks.net. Through Friday.

“Artful Ornaments,” metal, clay, mixed media and more, Markings Gallery, Bath. Through Friday.

Jennifer Wadsworth, oil paintings, SugarWood Gallery, Farmington. www.sugarwoodgallery.com. Through Friday.

Linden O’Ryan and John Cardano, poem cards and various media, Southwest Harbor Public Library. www.swhplibrary.org. Through Friday.

“Highlights from the Photography Collection of Tim Whelan,” Maine Media Gallery (Tim Whelan Photographic Books and Gallery), Rockport. www.mainemedia.edu. Through Friday.

“Biennial Portland Show,” invitational exhibit, Greenhut Galleries, Portland. 772-2693. Through Friday.

“Italy Inside/Out,” paintings by Brita Holmquist, Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland. Through Friday.

Holiday show, Ember Grove Gallery, Portland. EmberGrove.com. Through Friday.

Nathan Macomber, glass works, Gallery 302, Bridgton. www.gallery302.org. Through Friday.

“Art Noveau,” new works by Vox Photography artists, Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery). www.voxphotographs.com. Through Friday.

“A Matter of Perception: An Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities,” VSA arts of Maine Gallery, Augusta. www.vsartsmaine.org. Through Friday.

“Anything Goes,” paintings, sculpture and mixed media, River Arts, Damariscotta. 563-1507. Through Friday.

Winter invitational exhibit, The Gallery at Eleven Pleasant St., Brunswick. www.vsartsmaine.org. Through Friday.

Roberta Goschke, still life, landscape and charcoal portraits, Waldoboro Public Library. www.waldoborolibrary.org. Through Friday.

“And Sew it Seams,” embroideries, art quilts and large-scale woven sculpture, Spindleworks, Brunswick. www.spindleworks.org. Through Friday.

“New Work,” paintings by Paul Black, Fore Street Gallery, Portland. Through Sunday.

“Art in the Square,” paintings by various artists, Boothbay Region Art Foundation Gallery, Boothbay Harbor. Through Sunday.

“The Way We Work,” group show, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth. www.317mainst.org. Through Jan. 7.

Holiday Art Show, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell. www.harlowgallery.org. Through Jan. 8.

Faculty exhibition, Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland. www.meca.edu. Through Jan. 9.

“Women of Monhegan,” work by Francis Hynes, Kate McGloughlin, Carol Raybin, Alison Hill and Marilyn Swift, plus Michael Vermette, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Through Jan. 10.

Jason Slaughter, paintings, Waterfall Arts, Belfast. www.waterfallarts.org. Through Jan. 20.

“Katrina Chronicles, Vol. 1 and 2,” work by Peter Precourt, University of Maine (Charles Danforth Gallery), Augusta. www.uma.edu/danforth. Through Jan. 21.

Small works, paintings and mixed media by various artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. Through Jan. 23.

“Drawing Show,” group exhibit, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. Through Jan. 28.

“Winter Works,” paintings and sculpture by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl and others, plus “Eye Catchers,” small works, Gleason Fine Art, Portland. www.gleasonfineart.com. Through Jan. 29.

“Reflections: Glass, Water and Memory,” landscape images in fused stained glass by Kay McKeever Allison, Harmon’s & Barton’s Gallery, Portland. Through Jan. 29.

“Islands and Sirens,” work by Tom Curry and Brian Mark, Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport. www.thosmoser.com. Through Jan. 31.

“Contemporary Maine Wood Sculpture,” Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport. www.woodschool.org. Through Feb. 4.

“LINES Portland: the invisible/visible lines and labor that connects us,” Katarina Weslien’s prints based on road repair lines made by Portland public service crews, Portland City Hall. www.lines.portlandmaine.gov. Through Feb. 11.

“Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant,” sculptural work and clothing by Katharine Cobey, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham. 721-0678. Through Feb. 25.

 

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