Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Portland Ovations, Indigo Arts Alliance, and the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center are partnering for a new series featuring performing artists of color.

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Maine artist and educator Ashley Bryan was honored Monday on his 97th birthday. Gov. Mills issued a proclamation declaring the day "Ashley Frederick Bryan Day" in honor of his lifetime of contributions to the state.

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During the first wave of protests in Portland over the death of George Floyd, three local artists painted a memorial mural for Floyd and other victims of police violence on the brick wall of a downtown building.

In his own words, muralist Ryan Adams talks about what he hopes the image will convey, and about what it is like to be an artist of color in Maine:

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A group of Black musicians and performers will gather virtually Friday for a Juneteenth celebration in Portland commemorating the end of slavery.

Courtesy Colin Woodard

In his book, "American Nations," Colin Woodard wrote about the cultural differences that have endured between parts of the U.S. throughout its history. In his new work, "Union," Woodard describes how Americans, despite those differences, came to agree on a single historical narrative that defines their country. Woodard spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Theater at Monmouth

When problems arise in the world of theater, the rallying cry has long been "the show must go on," but that's just not the case for many theater companies in Maine that have cancelled their spring and summer seasons because of the spread of COVID-19. And now, sights are now set on future seasons.

Wade Kavanaugh

The artist duo of Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have worked on public art together for the last 15 years. Most recently, they won a million-dollar public art commission for the new Washington Convention Center in Seattle.

Betsy Wyeth, Wife And Muse Of Late Artist Andrew Wyeth, Dies At 98

Apr 22, 2020
Courtesy of Ralston Gallery / via Bangor Daily News

ROCKLAND, Maine — Betsy Wyeth, the wife of beloved artist Andrew Wyeth, died at her home in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. She was 98.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Ice harvesting was a thriving industry in 19th century New England. Using large, jagged-toothed saws, workers would cut heavy blocks from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds, pack it in sawdust and sell it around the world. Then came electric refrigeration, and ice-cutting became all but obsolete. But there are still a few places where the tradition is carried on.

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On a recent Saturday morning, a small group of art students met at a Maine College of Art (MECA) studio in downtown Portland. They got to work setting up different crafting stations and tables covered with art supplies - fabric scraps, feathers, crayons, hot glue – and displaying on the walls and tables questions and prompts about diversity and community.

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A new exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art explores the remarkable of life of Rufus Porter. Porter is well-known as a folk artist who painted murals in homes around New England in the early 1800's. But he was also an inventor with many ideas - including a flying machine - and a publisher, who founded Scientific American, which remains the longest-running magazine in America.

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Roman Catholic Church officials in Maine are planning to remove and preserve historic stained-glass windows from a church at the Passamaquoddy tribal community at Pleasant Point.

The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century.

Mical Hutson

When "Almost, Maine" opened in Portland in 2004, the play was well-received and would go on to receive mixed reviews in New York a few years later. Today, it's one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, particularly in high school and community theaters. “Almost, Maine” playwright John Cariani, who grew up in Presque Isle, joins the cast of the latest production at Portland Stage Company in celebration of Maine's bicentennial.

'Your Songs Will Live On. You Will Be Missed.' Rick Charette Leaves The Stage

Dec 27, 2019
John McLaughlin / Bangor Daily News

Beloved Maine children’s singer Rick Charette and his Bubblegum Band played their 29th annual holiday concert at St. Joseph’s College earlier this month. It was a sold-out show, standing room only. As always, the price of admission was a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.