Greater Portland


Bethany Dunfee, fine art, mixed media, and artisanal ornaments, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through December.

“Home: Reflections on Place,” exhibit created by New Mainers, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way, to Dec. 22.

“If I Had Known,” Margo Halverson, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, to Jan. 27.

“On (or Off) the Beaten Path: An Exhibit by Art Quilts Maine,” Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, to Jan. 31.

Seven, collective of Maine abstract painters, Art House Frames & Gallery, 61 Pleasant St., Portland, to Jan. 26.

Cia Holiday Show, 72 Ocean St., Knightville, S. Portland, four local artists in a wide range of mediums, to Jan. 31.

“Earth, Sea and Sky,” pottery by Marian Baker and paintings by Chris Wriggins, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, to Jan. 4.


“Blacksmiths & Storekeepers: Freeport Village, Crossroads of Change, 1770-1920,” Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St., through December.


Wednesday  12/26

“Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” (1972), 7 p.m., hosted by Merrill Film Society at Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, free and open to the public.


Portland Museum of Art, screenings inspired by exhibits, new work by local and emerging talent, conversations with filmmakers, documentary subjects, and scholars,

Southworth Planetarium, USM Science Building, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, 780-4249,


“Tessa O’Brien: Clear Blue Morning,” Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, to Jan. 19. 

Richard Boyd Art Gallery Annual Group Exhibit of original 2D and 3D works of art, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday to Dec. 30, 15 Epps St., Peak’s Island.

Mainely Frames and Gallery, original, antique, rare maps of Maine, the U.S. and the world, 541 Congress St., Portland.
“On the Verge,” Creative Portland’s juried exhibit, 84 Free St., featuring 20 artists, multimedia, through April.

Maine Jewish Museum267 Congress St., Portland: “Superstitions,” by Neal Beckerman; “A Piece of Work,” by Russell Christian; “Contemporary Scrolling” by Carol Sloane, to Jan. 5.
“Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture,” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper in a rare Maine retrospective,, to Jan. 6.
Monday 12/31
Gaslight League New Year’s Eve Soirée, 8:30 p.m., Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, includes tour, appetizers, music, complimentary drinks, $45 at


Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234,

International Cryptozoology Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland,

Maine Historical Society Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822,

Maine Jewish Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339,

Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday & and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday,

Yarmouth History Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, 846-6259,


“Sing We Noël” by The Oratorio Chorale, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. & Dec. 22, 2 p.m. at Episcopal Church of St. Mary, Falmouth. Tickets $5/$20 at

“Magic of Christmas,” Friday-Sunday to Dec. 23, Merrill Auditorium, Portland City Hall, $25-70 through PortTIX at 842-0800,  

Thursday 12/20

The Portland Jazz Orchestra Holiday Show, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $5-$10,

Monday 12/24

Classic Christmas Carol Sing, 7:30 p.m., Brunswick Mall, Maine Street. Sing the great traditional carols for 15 minutes. Lyrics provided; bring a flashlight. For every person who participates, All Saints Parish will donate $1 to Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention.


Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, free concerts, most all-ages,

Blue, 650A Congress Street, Portland, live music Tuesday-Sunday, 21+, by donation,

Irish Music Sessions: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, O’Reilly’s Cure, Route 1, Scarborough. Hosted by Tom Rota with special guests Alden Robinson, Will Woodson, Miles Isacke and more, all welcome. 

Jay Staples, 3 p.m. first Sunday of every month, Atria Scarborough Assisted Living & Memory Care, 18 Black Point Road in Scarborough, country western. Free and open to the public. 


“Season of Light,”  through December, Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., USM Portland Campus, $5.50/adult, $5/child, senior. See for details.

Saturday 12/22

“Nutcracker Burlesque,” 7:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Arts, Portland, $20, adults only,



“Plaza Suite” by Neil Simon, 7 p.m. Jan. 2 & 3, The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath. Performances Feb. 22-24, March 1-3, call 442-8455 for details.

Call for Artists

The Joy of Art, juried show, deadline Jan. 5 for original work by year-round Maine amateurs and professionals. Apply at or at Topsham Public Library.


First Light Camera Club, members’ photo exhibit, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, to Dec. 28.

“Home Spun,” Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, through January.

Then and Now Fiber Artists, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., features Natasha Kempers-Cullen, Susan Mills, Arlene Morris, Kathleen Bird, Kirsti Sandoy, and Jill Venditouli, to Jan. 3.


Saturday 12/22 

“Elf,” 1:30 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., bring pillows and blankets for extra coziness, free admission and popcorn. 


“It’s Only Natural,” paintings by Ed McCartan, UU Gallery across from Curtis Library, Brunswick, to Jan. 2.


Centre St. Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, 442-0300.

Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 804 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455,

Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242,

Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820,

Gallery at Park Row, 185 Park Row, Brunswick, 907-4016.

Gallery at Schoolhouse Crossing, 48 West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, Topsham, 603-674-6098, [email protected]

Gallery at UUCB, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, 729-8515.

The Green Lion Gallery, 23 Center St., Bath.

ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902.

Mae’s Cafe and Bakery, 160 Centre St., Bath,

Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678,

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, 841-5914,

Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300.

Sarah Greenier Gallery, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936.

Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, 4 Old Orr’s Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717,

The Gallery at Widgeon Cove, 31 Widgeon Cove Lane, Harpswell, paintings, sculpture, jewelry, handmade paper,

Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 729-8033,

Topsham Public Library, Crooker Gallery, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham,, 725-1727.

Whatnot Gallery at Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick, 725-8820,


“1968-Spring of Discontent: The Photography of Michael Ruetz,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, iconic photos of historic events, to Jan. 20. 

“Caught in the Middle: The Tragic Life of Minik Wallace,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, chronicles Inughuit boy who moved from Greenland to N.Y. in 1897 to work with an anthropologist, to Jan. 20.

“New England Botanical Studies,” by Kate Furbish and Edwin Hale Lincoln, Shaw Ruddock Gallery, Bowdoin College, to Feb. 10.

“Material Resources: Intersections of Art and the Environment,” Focus Gallery, Halford Gallery, Media Gallery, Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery, Center Gallery, Bowdoin College, examines artists’ dependence on Earth’s material resources, to June. 


Maine Maritime Museum, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round, 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316, $10.50-$17.50, includes free admission within a seven-day period,

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-3275, Free. 

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, 9 South Campus Drive, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 725-3416, Free.


Friday 12/21

Off Their Rockers, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Open mic sign up 6:45, feature performers at 8:30 p.m., 442-8195.


Irish Music Sessions: 7-9 p.m. Monday, Byrnes Irish Pub, Centre Street, Bath; 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Byrnes Irish Pub, 16 Station Ave., Brunswick,

Falmouth artist Corrie Zacharia, who created “Homestretch,” is one of more than a dozen photographers with work on exhibit at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick through Dec. 28. Other local photographers exhibiting from First Light Camera Club include Nancy Greindl of Topsham, Rob Smith of Harpswell and Karen Kurkjian of Pownal. 

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