Listings below are ordered in ascending order from their end dates, so exhibitions, performances, applications, and events closing soonest are toward the top, and those events for which you have the most time to see (or to plan) are toward the bottom.

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Karen Lederer: Cheeto Fish
Grant Wahlquist Gallery | August 19, 2017 through September 22, 2017

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present “Cheeto Fish,” a solo exhibition of works by Brooklyn-based artist Karen Lederer. The show will run from August 19 through September 22, 2017. An opening reception will occur on Saturday, August 19 from 5 – 7 pm.

Community Event

BLIND TIGER Fundraiser for SPACE Gallery
Little Diamond Island Casino | September 23, 2017 through September 23, 2017

Psst! SPACE Gallery is throwing a Speakeasy on Little Diamond Island, and as long as you don’t tip off the authorities, we’d really like you to come as we take this party underground!

All funds raised by this event will go towards SPACE’S diverse programming, community conversations, and support for emerging artists.

Community Event

space gallery | September 27, 2017 through September 27, 2017

The Drink N’ Crit presents the work of the first two of three charrettes that examined ways in which Portland can become a city of 75,000 and be better than it is today. PSA architects, landscape architects, engineers and planners responded to our open call to participate in the charrette series. Now these visions are subject to public critique.


Influx: a multimedia installation
Pepperell Mill Campus | September 15, 2017 through September 29, 2017

The collaborative of artists working to present this event seek to explore the reciprocal relationships between the mill, the river, and the city that developed around it. By utilizing part of the Riverwalk pathway, patrons will be able to explore artwork that is inspired by the past, present and future of the mill, the natural elements of the nearby river and ocean, as well as the activities of the people in the mill and surrounding urban areas.

Call for Art/Entries

INAUGURAL Boston Art Book Fair: Vendor Applications Open
Mills Gallery and Black Box Theatre at Boston Center for the Arts | August 3, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Organized by Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega, the inaugural Boston Art Book Fair is an innovative and cutting edge event where international and local artists, thinkers, collectors, publishers and anyone drawn to the rich intersection of text and image convene to celebrate and trade print in all forms—including art books, zines, prints, catalogs and analog recordings.


Stonewall Gallery at the Yarmouth History Center | May 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Friends of Aomori is proud to announce the 2017 exhibition series for the Maine-Aomori Printmaking Society. MAPS is a cultural exchange program, sharing art and artists between the sister states of Maine and Aomori, Japan.

Art Opening, Exhibition

MEGGAN GOULD: Bureau of Visual Instruction
Maine Museum of Photographic Arts | June 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017

The Bureau of Visual Instruction is an ongoing body of work, an open-ended dissection of the fluidity of photographic vision.


Right Side Out: the Modern Self-Portrait
Able Baker Contemporary | August 18, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Right Side Out presents the work of contemporary and historical artists, working with the theme of the self-portrait. The visualization of one’s self has become increasingly personal, meaningful, and contentious in recent history. Each piece in this exhibition offers one solution to the problem of how the artist can present a deep and unique vision of self–unified, fractured, or otherwise–to a world that is increasingly mired in the spectacle of superficial self-presentation; we are interested in the alternative model these artists are proposing.

Music, Performance, Reading

Waking Windows Portland ME
Multiple venues throughout Portland | September 29, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Waking Windows is back for a third year! We’ve got more bands, writers, artists, DJs, comedians, thinkers, and performers of all stripes. Two nights. 17 venues. Over a hundred different sets and events.

Studios, Tour, Workshop/Class

Address: curated by Female Background
Perimeter Gallery at Chase’s Daily | August 10, 2017 through October 1, 2017

Perimeter Gallery is pleased to present Address, a group exhibition curated by Female Background, featuring works that use writing and frequently emphasize direct communication alongside graphic strategies. This emphasis mixes the social modes of signage and conversation with the personal and particular information found in gesture, material, and image.


Feel the Weight
Chocolate Church Arts Center | August 11, 2017 through October 1, 2017

“Feel the Weight,” the Chocolate Church’s end-of-summer show, features the works of Veronica A. Perez, Isabelle O’Donnell, and Salley Knight, three contemporary Maine artists who explore the limits and potential of materials such as silk, cotton, fake flowers, concrete, and more. Inspired by the physicality and tangibility of these materials, these artists explore intangible questions about history, culture, memory, and identity.

Music, Performance

Choke & Croon
space gallery | October 3, 2017 through October 3, 2017

An evening of literary and musical synergy: Atlanta troubadour Ben Trickey delves the brow-sweaty, hands-dirty, depths of Americana with visceral hope. Rounding out the evening is a solo set of acoustic-doom from Brandon Schmitt, narrative performances by authors Nadia Prupis and Douglas W. Milliken, and primitive chamber-folk duo Thorn & Shout.

Community Event, Film Screening

SPACE Gallery | October 4, 2017 through October 4, 2017

Using the rat-as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them-to explore the history of Baltimore.

Art Sale, Family Event

New England Art Book Fair
SPACE Gallery | October 6, 2017 through October 7, 2017

A 2-day event featuring artists, independent publishers, antiquarian book dealers and enthusiasts from across the country, plus a diverse range of talks, discussions, workshops, demos, exhibitions + signings.

Family Event, Music

Gustafer Yellowgold
SPACE Gallery | October 8, 2017 through October 8, 2017

Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Created by illustrator/songwriter/musician Morgan Taylor, Gustafer Yellowgold’s show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. New York Times describes it as “a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side.”

Community Event, Music

Japanese Breakfast with Mannequin Pussy and the Spirit of the Beehive
SPACE Gallery | October 10, 2017 through October 10, 2017

Dark and vivid experimental pop bliss. Last seen at SPACE tingling spines while opening up for Mitski.

Community Event, Film Screening

space gallery | October 12, 2017 through October 12, 2017

A portrait of the world through the works of farmer, writer, and activist and National Humanities Medal winner Wendell Berry.

Community Event, Film Screening

Found Footage Festival Volume 8
SPACE Gallery | October 13, 2017 through October 13, 2017

Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher return with an eighth installment of VHS relics they salvaged from thrift stores, garage sales, and garbage cans across the country.

Community Event, Film Screening

Found Footage Festival Volume 8
SPACE Gallery | October 13, 2017 through October 13, 2017

Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher return with an eighth installment of VHS relics they salvaged from thrift stores, garage sales, and garbage cans across the country.

Exhibition, Family Event

BABEL REVISITED: Pop-Up Exhibition by Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban
space gallery | October 6, 2017 through October 14, 2017

A pop-up exhibition on occasion of the NEABF. Babel Revisited is a series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining the walls. Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of loose pages, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project.

Community Event, Music

Into the Aether: A Festival of Sound
SPACE Gallery | October 14, 2017 through October 14, 2017

An amalgamation of powerful sounds in black metal, doom, dark ambient, and more. SPACE plays host to the second night with Anicon, Falls of Rauros, and others.

Discussion/Talk, Exhibition

Out of Sorts by Adriane Herman
Speedwell Projects | September 16, 2017 through October 14, 2017

SPEEDWELL projects proudly presents Out of Sorts, an exhibition orchestrated by experience broker, Adriane Herman, which explores cycles of accumulation
and release in our physical and emotional landscapes. Opening September 16th with a reception from 5-8 pm, the show invites visitors to consider individual and collective consumption as manifest in five mini-bales of recyclable materials that non-profit solid waste manager, ecomaine compressed and loaned for the exhibition. Also on view are photographs Herman took of our trash being incinerated and our recycling being sorted both mechanically and by hand.

Community Event, Film Screening

space gallery | October 18, 2017 through October 18, 2017

With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation’s battle over reproductive health-care.


Michel Droge: Between Dreams
Elizabeth Moss Galleries | September 21, 2017 through October 21, 2017

Works by Michel Droge, along with Liz Hoag and John Knight, will be up from September 21 through October 21. 

Community Event, Exhibition

Garlanding and Guise
space gallery | August 25, 2017 through October 22, 2017

August’s Artist-in-Residence presents her research on garlands in a capstone window installation. Examining the cultural significance of repetitive patterning, Ghosh draws on the marginalized power of the decorative.

Community Event, Music

Sinkane with the Kominas
SPACE Gallery | October 22, 2017 through October 22, 2017

Feel-good music for trying times from Ahmed Gallab and company. Blending Pan-African influence from his childhood in Sudan with contemporary pop, electro, funk and rock sounds. Universal soul music.


William Wegman – Reel to Real
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 10, 2017 through October 22, 2017

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created hundreds of short performance-oriented videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field.

Community Event, Music

Foret Endormie Album Release
space gallery | October 23, 2017 through October 23, 2017

Delicate melodies, interwoven rhythms, and lush harmonies from Falls of Rauro’s guitarist Jordan Guerette, a unique chamber quintet.

Community Event, Music

Frank Carlberg & OURBIGBAND
space gallery | October 27, 2017 through October 27, 2017

The NYC-based pianist and the NH & Maine-based big band celebrate Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday with an evening of meditations on Monk and freshly reimagined Monk music.

Community Event, Music

SPACE Halloween Party
SPACE Gallery | October 28, 2017 through October 28, 2017

Let your heart bleed on the dance floor with epic cover bands: Sunset Hearts as The Cure, Psychic Dicks as Siouxsie & The Banshees, and members of Contrapposto / Superorder as The Cocteau Twins. Costume photo booth by Samuel Cousins.


Border Patrol | August 18, 2017 through October 28, 2017

Border Patrol is pleased to announce WILD FAMILY, an exhibition that celebrates memories, representations, and imaginings of matriarchy. Join us for an opening reception Friday, August 18, 4p – 6p.


John Walker – From Seal Point
Center for Maine Contemporary Art | June 24, 2017 through October 29, 2017

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents John Walker – From Seal Point.

Art Opening

Ingrid Ellison : Grounded, recent paintings
Frank Brockman Gallery | October 7, 2017 through October 30, 2017

Brunswick’s Frank Brockman Gallery is pleased to host the opening reception for Grounded, an exhibit of new work by painter Ingrid Ellison, on Saturday October 7, 2017 from 5-8 pm. Located on the third floor at 68 Maine Street in Brunswick, the exhibition runs from October 7- October 30th. The newly reopened Frank Brockman Gallery is under the direction of artist Mark Little who took on the role of gallerist in May 2017. Little has booked the gallery through 2018 with innovative artists who are engaged in continuing a dialogue of contemporary art issues in Maine.

Art Opening, Exhibition

The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe
Bowdoin College Museum of Art | June 24, 2017 through November 26, 2017

This exhibition represents a significant contribution to our understanding of the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. The appeal of the “memento mori,” featuring macabre imagery urging us to “remember death,” reached the apex of its popularity around 1500, when artists treated the theme in innovative and compelling ways. Exquisite artworks—from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry—evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now.

Community Event, Exhibition

Invisible City
space gallery | August 9, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Damien Gilley’s wall drawings expand upon his investigation of architecture as a perceptual event. Translating a sketch to a human-scale experience, Gilley creates a peculiar balance of indeterminacy and tension.

Call for Art/Entries

PhoPa: Open Call for Submissions
PhoPa Gallery | August 14, 2017 

It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of our online Submissions page. In an effort to grow our connections in the state’s vibrant art world and support the endeavors of emerging or underrepresented Maine artists, we have created a page for artists to submit their work directly to us. If the submission meets our requirements, it will be thoroughly reviewed by a panel of artists, curators, and professors from PhoPa Gallery & Maine Media Workshops + College and may ultimately be selected for an exhibition at PhoPa.