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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. 


On view October 19, 2017 – January 12, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday October 19th from 6:00 to 8:00

As an abstract painter, I find inspiration in questions that address the confluence of belief systems, the role of spirituality in art, and the possibility of creating a transcendent object. I am interested in the intersection of early esoteric philosophies, and early advances in the sciences, when the mysteries of creation and existence offer up a fresh sense that, magic and mystery are real and can inspire our own curiosity and sense of awe.

 The paintings in this exhibition are inspired by Italo Calvino’s collection of stories called Cosmicomics.  His stories were inspired by real celestial events, and scientific advances in space travel during the 1960’s.  Calvino’s humor and inventive fictions gave me permission to play in these paintings.  The work begins with my own perceptions of nature and space, and spins off into its own internal logic.

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Confabulation of Millennia At Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA

On view from October 6 – December 8, 2017

Curated by artist Richard Saja, Confabulations of Millenniabrings together the works of 19 contemporary artists who take direct inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries. Using established styles, techniques and objects perfected in the 18th and 19th centuries, the 19 artists assembled deploy history as a springboard in order to speak to the intricacies and inconsistencies of modern life be they social, political or aesthetic.

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On display at the Portland Museum of Art October 6th – December 31st

Nan Goldin traces the notions of “family” and “history” as they intertwine in Goldin’s singular body of work. After leaving her parents’ suburban home at the age of 13, Goldin began to take pictures of the people who inhabited her evolving surroundings with unvarnished candor. Throughout the artist’s visual autobiography, in which her subjects move with blithe abandon, intimacy is ubiquitous. In the form of ordinary gestures—the cast of a gaze or the curve of a hand—Goldin reveals the presence of love, rapture, pain, and loss in her own encounters, as well as in those of her friends and lovers. Collectively, these photographs impart an image of kinship that helps shape our modern understanding of both the construction and documentation of new models of family.

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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

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

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

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 at dusk

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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