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Portland and its nearby surroundings provide the best of many worlds: aquatic adventures on the Casco Bay, invigorating hikes and trails, the nightlife and culture of Portland proper, and fantastic, nationally-recognized food pretty much everywhere you turn. No matter what your tastes, there’s always something to do. When in doubt, our knowledgeable and helpful staff is always available for suggestions. 

 SHANNON RANKIN
SHANNON RANKIN "UNEARTHED"

Shannon Rankin (b.1971) is an artist who uses the language of maps to explore the complexities and interconnections between the inner and outer worlds, between that which is known and that which remains beyond the field of knowledge, that mythical place on medieval maps where the dragons lie and cherubs blow the wind. 

Using maps as both material and metaphor, Rankin creates installations, collages and sculptures that play on the parallels and connections found among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy.

August 17th – October 13th
Opening Reception: Friday August 17th from 6 to 8pm

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American Genre: Contemporary Painting
American Genre: Contemporary Painting

On View July 20 - September 15, 2017 

Curated by artist, writer and curator Michelle Grabner, Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, this exhibition is built on a triad of traditional painting genres: still life, landscape, and portraiture. 

Fifty-two paintings by fifty-two American artists offers a critical balance to the conditions of atemporality, affected responses, and the material turn currently shaping much of contemporary discourse. 

The exhibit opens with a public reception from 5-8pm on July 20, 2017, and closes with a one-day symposium, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Barry Schwabsky, on September 15, 2017. 

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Dietlind Vander Schaaf
Dietlind Vander Schaaf

Dietlind said, “The Japanese word jikan refers to the silence between two thoughts.  In this vein, Now Becomes Then is a comment on the transient nature of time and an attempt to render temporary, fleeting moments of beauty, balance, and stillness visible. Some of the paintings rely on forms observable in the natural world, which I have distilled to geometric patterns and then further deconstructed.  Others are responses to field studies involving physical experiences and sound recordings.  All of them point at the ethereal beauty and complexity of our inner human landscapes.  I tend to think of my work less as paintings and more as objects that, when placed together in multiples, engage in a form of communion with one another.”

 

June 2 – August 11, 2017

Opening reception Thursday, June 15 in the Art Gallery at the hotel from 6-8pm.

 

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New American Sculpture: Portland Museum of Art
New American Sculpture: Portland Museum of Art

A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. The exhibition, co-organized by and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will explore how this circle of European-born artists became preeminent figures of modernism in the United States. 

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The Maine Brew Bus
The Maine Brew Bus

Maine’s booming spirits scene goes well beyond craft beers to include Portland’s premier wineries and distilleries. Explore an intoxicating variety of regularly scheduled and private all-inclusive tours in the area, then hop aboard a Maine Brew Bus for a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of top-notch producers. Among the most popular tours is the "Breaking Brews Tour," a first-hand look at the city’s newest breweries. (We love the name, too!)

 

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INKWELL
INKWELL

Overlooking the center of the arts, shopping and entertainment districts, on the corner of Exchange and Federal Street, the Inkwell Bar sits in what was once the Portland Press Herald’s busy city room, echoing the energy and intellect of its former occupants. Serving hand-crafted vintage cocktails, Portland microbrews and small plates, this lobby space features tables emblazoned with Press Herald headlines spanning 150 years.

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Portland Architectural Salvage
Portland Architectural Salvage

A unique destination in the burgeoning Bayside neighborhood is the wonderful world of Portland Architectural Salvage, a 20,000+ sq. ft. design mecca featuring a plethora of reclaimed wood, salvaged house parts, antique furniture, vintage and contemporary lighting, hardware, art and so much more… An adventure awaits! (Items in the hotel and UNION have been discovered here!)

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The Art Books of Henri Matisse
The Art Books of Henri Matisse

In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression.

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FOOD TRUCKS AT RISING TIDE
FOOD TRUCKS AT RISING TIDE

Not only does Rising Tide Brewery provide a fine selection of hand-crafted beers, its Portland headquarters plays host to a selection of food trucks from around the city, resulting in a whole lotta delicious in one convenient location. For hours and event listings, please click below. 

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Ashley Flowers Yoga
Ashley Flowers Yoga

No matter what time of year you visit, every day is a great day for yoga! Enjoy a personalized yoga class with Ashley Flowers that will let you to relax and rejuvenate to help you ease into vacation mode or keep you stress free during your business trip. Ashley offers classes that challenge students of all levels and backgrounds. She focuses on creating awareness of and respect for the body. Schedule a private sessions now or check out Ashley's public class schedule.
You deserve it!

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KAYAK THE EAST END
KAYAK THE EAST END

Visit Portland Paddle and hit the waters of Casco Bay for a little perspective, adventure, and/or solace — whatever the day calls for. Located at the nearby East End Beach on the Eastern Promenade, you’ll find hourly and daily rentals of solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wetsuits, and more. 

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CASCO BAY FERRY LINES
CASCO BAY FERRY LINES

The bay surrounding Portland is home to approximately 136 islands of varying size, and the best way to get out there and explore them is on a Casco Bay Ferry trip. Servicing six islands year-round (as well as narrated trips to Bailey Island in the warmer months), this is a great way to experience Portland and its surroundings. For hours and scheduled trips please click below. 

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Edgecomb Potters
Edgecomb Potters

For more than 40 years, Edgecomb Potters has been Maine’s go-to source for stunning, handmade works of art. Here at The Press Hotel, Chef Josh Berry can’t get enough of Edgecomb Potter’s exquisite, locally crafted platters, mugs, bowls and salt and pepper trays. Berry’s ever-expanding collection of handmade pieces is just one way we seek to highlight the work and wares of local companies who share our passion for Maine’s arts community.

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Visit Maine's Oldest Lighthouse - The Historic Portland Head Light
Visit Maine's Oldest Lighthouse - The Historic Portland Head Light

Commissioned by George Washington, the Portland Head Light is not only Maine’s oldest lighthouse, but the first lighthouse completed by the U.S. Government. It also claims the honor of inspiring a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem and being dedicated by no less than the Marquis de Lafayette on January 10, 1791. Only 20 minutes away from Portland in nearby Cape Elizabeth, this historic lighthouse stands on charmingly landscaped grounds at the entrance to the Portland Harbor.

Since its maiden lighting ceremony, the Portland Head Light has never been extinguished except for the years of World War II, during which time unauthorized visitors were not allowed until it came under the auspices of the US Coast Guard in 1946. Both the lighthouse and nearby Fort Williams park are now owned by the town of Cape Elizabeth, and the Victorian home previously designated as the Keeper’s Quarters now houses the Museum at Portland Head Light, along with a gift shop converted from an old garage. All historical must-see locations to explore while you’re in town.

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L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School

When it comes to outdoor adventure, L.L.Bean has long been defined the skillful (and stylish) pursuit of recreational pleasures. Its Outdoor Discovery School near the flagship Freeport store offers a vast array of seminars, clinics and instructional programs, as well as guided tours and trips that explore the pristine beauty of Maine. A few of our favorites include the "Casco Bay Kayak Tour," a bird-watching tour in partnership with the Maine Audubon Society, and "Intro to Stand Up Paddle Boarding," a great, on-the-water introduction to this exciting sport.

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Portland Ovations
Portland Ovations

In town from October to May? Why not take in a show? For over 85 years Portland Ovations has been the leader in bringing the best of the performing arts world to Portland. As a non-profit performing arts organization they connect artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Connections happen both onstage and off as they strive to make performing arts, theater, music, and dance an integral part of our community. Offering a mix of live shows, intimate workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and school-time performances within venues that span historic and modern theaters, galleries, and classrooms, Portland Ovations ensures the best possible experience for both you and the artists.

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WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO
WINSLOW HOMER STUDIO

Declared a national landmark in 1966 and purchased by the Portland Museum of Art in 2006, the Winslow Homer Studio (in nearby Prouts Neck) provides a unique window into the life of Maine’s most famous artist (for those of you keeping score at home, Andrew Wyeth is also Maine’s most famous artist). For a guided tour and to learn more about Maine’s cultural and natural heritage, please click below. 

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