From ornate mansions to ocean views, this charming city - the largest in Maine - will enchant you. Saunter down the brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets of the revitalized Old Port District, where you can browse through bookstores, explore craft shops and eat to your heart's content. Visit the Portland Head Light, which dates back to 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse still in continuous use in the U.S. The great poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the city's native son, and you can visit his childhood home, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. With kids in hand, enjoy the highly interactive Children's Museum of Maine. And then go next door to the calmer Portland Museum of Art, a small, but eclectic museum with Impressionist works, Maine landscapes by Homer and Wyeth and other collections. Land or sea is an option here, so if you're tired of the street life, take one of the popular scenic cruises or whale watches, or hop on a ferry to the islands in Casco Bay. At the end of the day, and without kids in hand, unwind and rest your tired feet at one of the city's brewpubs.
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(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery is an owner operated fine arts gallery located on Peaks Island in Portland, ME. The gallery, located on the first floor, represents established and emerging artists with a connection to the state of Maine creating paintings in a range of styles from contemporary abstracts to traditional realism, limited edition bronze sculptures, and a select offering of works in clay. Exhibitions change monthly and include solo, group, and theme exhibits so clients and visitors always discover something new and exciting when visiting the gallery. A working art studio with a focus on creating ceramic art and pottery is located on the top floor. From April through the end of October the gallery is open between the hours of 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. During the months of November through March the gallery is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment.
If you are visiting Portland, take the 15-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island. During the spring and summer months, it runs every hour at 15 past the hour. It's a great place for a relaxing stroll and more. During a walk around Peaks Island, we visited the Richard Boyd Art Gallery. It had a good collection with a mix of local artists and those from outside of the area who provided oil and watercolor paintings and sculptures. The Gallery is owned by an artist and his wife. He does a lot of work with ceramics and creates unique pieces. We end up buying a beautiful and unique decorative vase. Visit it for enjoyment as you view the art work. Be aware, that you might end up buying--but the prices are reasonable. It's about a ten-minute leisurely walk from the ferry.
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Design Company + Art Gallery + Luxury Home Furnishings Based in Portland, Maine, angela adams is known worldwide for creating naturally inspired area rugs and handcrafted furniture for the modern home. Using organic elements and personal connections as design influences, co-founders and married design team Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill work in tandem to create pieces that compliment and elevate contemporary living spaces. Both Maine natives, they started the design company in 1998 in the footsteps of the state’s rich history of textiles and craftsmanship. They share a commitment to quality and tradition that is distinctive in each product that bears the company name.
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She-Bear Gallery is the home of Holly Meade's collection of woodblock prints, as well as a rotating display of other visual artists, jewelry, ceramics, photography, cards, and more.
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Maine Craft Portland is a retail gallery + resource center in the historic Maine Charitable Mechanic Association building in downtown Portland. Opened in July of 2018 by non-profit Maine Crafts Association, Maine Craft Portland promotes craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefits Maine craft artists through sales of their work.
If you want to bring home a memory of Maine, this is a great place to capture it. From thoughtfully developed jewelry, to delightful ceramics, to whimsical felted items, to children's books, to the perfectly soft kitchen towel, Maine Craft has beautiful handmade items. The building is beautifully preserved, and it would be great for this to be a Portland institution that is on everyone's "to visit" list.
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The Art Gallery at the University of New England is often called "the Little Jewel." It has been an important part of the Portland, Maine cultural landscape since 1977. The UNE Art Gallery mounts six exhibitions annually in a variety of mediums. The exhibitions range from contemporary fine art to photography, to international themes, to works by women and Maine artists. In addition, from June through October, an Annual Sculpture Garden sprouts up around the Gallery’s exterior. On occasion, exhibitions are arranged at other locations on both UNE campuses. The Art Gallery also houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures by nationally and internationally known artists. Selections are shown on a rotating basis on the Gallery’s Lower Level as well as in special exhibitions every third year.
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Established in 1977 by Peggy Greenhut Golden, Greenhut Galleries is Portland's oldest year round gallery. Located in the heart of the historic Old Port district, Greenhut Galleries exhibits the work of Maine's finest contemporary artists. Voted "Best Art Gallery in Portland" by Down East Magazine and the Portland Press Herald, the gallery is an integral part of the vibrant downtown arts scene.
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