Greater Portland

Call for Artists

Paint for Preservation 2019, artists being sought by Cape Elizabeth Land Trust for juried Wet Paint Auction on June 30, deadline March 22, see


“Drawing Now,” Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, 30 abstract artists from 11 countries in their first U.S. showing, to March 22.

Press Herald Photos of the Year, curated by photojournalists, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square,, to Feb. 23.

“Making Meaning,” Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, art by members of the Maine Art Education Association, to March 2. 


Banff Mountain Film Festival, Feb. 12-13, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Congress Street, Portland. Largest and most prestigious mountain festival in the world, $19 advance each show, $22/door,


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.


“Perfection,” Able Baker, 29 Forest Ave., Portland, 13 artists pose the question: what constitutes “perfection” in a work of art,, to March 2.
“Off the Beaten Path,” Stonewall Gallery at Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., showcases contemporary quilts by members of Art Quilts Maine, to March 2,
Thursday 2/21

“My Primary Ghost,” reception for Smith Galtney, 5-7 p.m., AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland. Photos with central themes of family, aging, and love, on view to March 29.

“Rewinding Romanticism,” opening reception 6-8 p.m. for Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts Gallery, 5th floor of USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, to May 24.


“On the Verge,” Creative Portland’s juried exhibit, 84 Free St., featuring 20 artists, multimedia, through April,
“Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, to May 5.
Maine Jewish Museum267 Congress St., Portland, “Oh, So It’s You Again” by Berri Kramer, “Habitats, Inhabitants” by Jane Banquer and “Extracts” by Ilana Welch, to March 1,
Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, open Sundays through March 31, free admission.


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

International Cryptozoology Museum, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland, call 518-9496 for hours.

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; free admission Friday nights 4-8 p.m.,

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


“Love You More (or Less): An Evening of One-Sided Love Songs,” 7 p.m. Feb. 14-16, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, 151 Middle St., Portland, $44.95 includes buffet, reservations only, 221-2267.

Maine Dead Project, 9 p.m., every Wednesday in February, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Grateful Dead jam, $5/door.

Saturday 2/16

Tetrach, 9 p.m., Geno’s Rock Club, 625 Congress St., Portland, metal, 21+ $10/door,

Sunday 2/17

“Baroque Pearls and Romantic Gems,” by violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul, 2 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $22, $20/seniors, free/students & under 21,

“Hear, Here,” inaugural concert showcasing Portland’s performing arts, 4 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $25/adults, $12/kids through, proceeds go to Creative Portland for spring arts & culture summit.

Oshima Brothers and Western Den, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Congress Street, Portland, indie/folk/pop, all ages, $12/adv., $15/door,

Monday 2/18

“Hibernian Odd-yssey – Adventures in Ireland,” by Janet Lynch, 7-9 p.m., Seanachie Night at Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, by donation.

Wednesday 2/20

William Tyler, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, country, $15/adv., $20/door,

Thursday 2/21

American Contemporary Music Ensemble: “Strumming Music,” 7:30 p.m., MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, $15-$43,

Saturday 2/23

Tom Acousti with Robby Coffin, 7:30 p.m., Ground Floor, 13 School St., Freeport, part workshop and recording session, part concert, BYOB, $18,


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,


Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, 7 p.m., Feb. 15 & 16, Mayo Street Arts, Portland, $15/$22,

“Legally Blonde – The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 & 14, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, tickets $45-$70 at, 842-0800, PortTIX Box Office.

“The Importance of Being Earnest,” through Feb. 17, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., classic social satire, $36-$59,

“The Irish Curse,” Feb. 23-March 16, Good Theater at St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. Saturdays at 12:30, Sundays at 5 & 7:30, Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 p.m., $22,, 835-0895. 

“The Mousetrap,” Friday-Sunday to Feb. 17, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, $19/$23,

Wednesday 2/13

LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $8/adv., $10/door,

Thursday 2/14

A Valentine’s Burlesque, 8:30 p.m, Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., presented by Port City Peep Show, $12/adv., $15/door,



Saturday 2/23

Maine State Music Theatre, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 22 Elm St., Brunswick, open call for summer productions of “Treasure Island,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Also seeking performance interns 18+ from May 20-Aug. 25. More at

Call for Artists

The Joy of the Lens, applications available Feb. 23-March 23 for annual photo exhibit sponsored by Topsham Public Library. Limited to original works by year-round Maine residents,


“Exploring Our Neighborhood,” Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, works by Denise MacLatchy and Jennifer Novelli, through March. 

“Visions of Light,” photos by First Light Camera Club, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Fort Andross, Brunswick, to mid-April.

Joy of Art, Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., juried works featuring year-round Maine residents, to Feb. 23.


John Ford Film Series, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 19-March 26, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath. Free admission and refreshments, see for films.


Frontier, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, independent, documentary, art, adventure, and foreign film,


Chocolate Church Arts Center Members Art Show, includes paintings, photos, sculpture, 804 Washington St., Bath, to March 15.


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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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


“Dogs at Work in the North” photo exhibit, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick, examines past and contemporary use of dogs, to April 21.

“Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art Markell Gallery, rarely seen masterpieces, to January 2020.

“Fashioning Modernity: Art and Independence among Yorùbás in Nigeria,”  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, selection of Nigerian textiles, beads, and related photographs from 1960s-70s, to March 17. 

Tuesday 2/19

125th Anniversary of the Walker Art Building, 4-7 p.m., activities and entertainment, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick. 

Thursday 2/21

“Active Surrender: linn meyers, Jonathan Frederick Walz, and Anne Goodyear in Conversation,” 4:30, Bowdoin Museum of Art, discussion about the nature of artistic and curatorial collaboration in conjunction with “Let’s Get Lost/Listening Glass.”


Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round,

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and national holidays, 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.

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


Friday 2/15

The Joe Beninati Trio, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, eclectic mix of traditional jazz, funk and soul, $12/$15,

Rough Sawn, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick. Open mic sign-up, 6:45 p.m. for 7 p.m. start; feature performer at 8:30 p.m.

Zenith Ensemble, 7 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel, Campus Road, Brunswick. Vocal ensemble featuring Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” and Bach’s “Jesu Meine Freude,” by donation, reserve at

Sunday 2/24

BernsteinFest Double Concert: 3 p.m., Bowdoin Chapel, Bernstein SacredFest; 7 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall, music of Leonard Bernstein, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. Free, no tickets needed.


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

Side Door Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St., third Friday of the month, open mic sign-up 6:45 p.m., followed by feature performer, by donation, 


“Peter and the Starcatcher,” The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick,  7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 17, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, $10-$20,

“Plaza Suite,” Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, Feb. 22-23, March 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 24, March 3, 2 p.m. Neil Simon’s comedy hit, $12/advance, $15/door,, 442-8455.

Saturday 2/23

“Let’s Get Lost through Dance,” 3 p.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin Modern Dance Collective performs a piece choreographed in response to “Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass” exhibit.

A film festival to celebrate the 125th birthday of famed director John Ford, who was born and brought up in Maine, will be held at Patten Free Library in Bath from Feb. 19-March 26.

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