Things To Do
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: January 15th – March 31st
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday February 1, 2019 6:00PM to 8:00PM
These drawings are the culmination of multidisciplinary process and a complex translation of my ideas. I’m using a CNC router as a drawing machine to create an image that blurs the boundaries between contemporary technologies, photography and the traditions of drawing. The resulting delicately layered multi colored ink drawings appear to be some kind of digital mirage floating within the paper. Working from photographs I build vector drawings of the worlds I envision similar to how I build the physical landscapes in my photographs. I then translate those vector pieces into paths for the CNC to follow while holding a pen. Each drawing is comprised of multiple layers of ink and can take fifty or more hours to finish. All of the drawings are unique and can not be replicated a second time. While the machine is insistent and literal, I have intentionally manipulated the process to provide the opportunity for chance to inform outcome. Made entirely out of horizontal lines these intricate landscapes appear digitized and contain glitches and artifacts of the process which clearly reference interlaced video and the aesthetic of surveillance. Revealed within these ruinous worlds are the technologies of surveillance and communications juxtaposed with the weapons and systems related to global conflicts past and present. This visual combination speaks to the tensions between what we find beautiful and what terrifies us.Learn More >>
ON VIEW: April 4th – June 23rd
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday April 5th, 2019 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Using steel and brass as support mechanisms, Andrew Hayes transforms book pages into curvaceous sculptural forms. “The book as an object is full of fact and story,” Hayes has said. “I take my sensory appreciation for the book as a material and employ the use of metal to create a new form, and hopefully a new story.” He acquires books from used bookstores and thrift shops, selecting them based on the textures and colors of the page edges, and then works them into new shapes. He preserves the resulting elliptical paper sculptures by binding them with thin sheets of molded metals, creating curvilinear forms out of otherwise rigid materials.Learn More >>
On VIEW: Tuesday June 25th – Sunday September 29th, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday July 2nd 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Pilar Nadal is a printmaker in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes relief, letterpress and screen printing as well as public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit. Nadal is the director and master printer of Pickwick Independent Press, a community printshop located in the heart of the arts district of Portland. Pickwick has the facilities and equipment to create relief, letterpress, screen, and intaglio printing, and offers membership for printmakers, workshops, residencies and commission work.Learn More >>
ON VIEW: October 2nd – January 5th, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday October 4th, 2019 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Lisa Pixley is an artist printmaker located in Portland Maine. She received her BFA with a concentration in painting from the Maine College of Art. After graduating Pixley began a commercial and artistic practice focusing on the craft of print. She studied as an apprentice with Masterprinter David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions where she worked closely with artists such as Charlie Hewitt and Allison Hildreth. In 2009 Pixley founded Pickwick Independent Press in Portland Maine, a for-profit shared-access print studio where she worked as director, master printer, and events coordinator, while also maintaining an active art practice in the medium of printmaking. Pixley is currently developing a new venture: WIP Editions. WIP Editions will function as a storefront studio entity as well as an online presence. Under the emprint of WIP Editions Pixley will be developing a body of work showcasing suites of prints of her work as well as the work of invited artists. Currently, Mrs. Pixley is a professor of Printmaking at the University of New England.Learn More >>
Enjoy over 5,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and fields. Pineland Farms is open to the public for all of your year-round outdoor activities. From walking trails to snowshoeing, Pineland Farms has activities for everyone.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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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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!)Learn More >>
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.
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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.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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.Learn More >>
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.
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.Learn More >>