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Take a Hike – SPACE (Portland)


The summer is here and what would summer be without a few weekend get-aways . Find yourself a $20 bus ticket and head to Portland ME, our sister city to the north. Situated in a picturesque landscape between the trees, ocean and enchanting Mt. Washington- your soul will thank you. Not to mention your stomach! Portland is arguably home to some of the regions most delicious restaurants.

In town, you will find one of the New England’s leading community art centers, nestled in the heart of Portland’s vibrant arts district. Founded in 2002, SPACE is a dedicated nonprofit institution with a facility catering to contemporary visual and performing arts. They provide a much needed platform for collaboration and inspiration. They also offer a unique opportunity for local and nationally recognized artists to share the same walls and take part in larger global conversations. With dynamic programming in film, art and music there is always something to see and be a part of.

Pat Falco, Last Place Ever, SPACE Gallery 2014

Pat Falco, Last Place Ever, SPACE Gallery 2014

Sticking true to their mission, SPACE upholds a high standard for art. This in turn inspires and challenges its art community with dynamic thought provoking works, exhibitions and expectations.

SPACE has three exhibition spaces with high ceilings perfect for large scale installations. Because SPACE is a non-profit, they are able to host a more eclectic variety of exhibitions, take more risks with their programming and invite artists to create sight specific installations that other institutions might not traditionally consider. In 2012 they featured RGB-Jungle, an interactive lighting installation by Milan based artist/designer duo Carnovsky (Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla) that fools with your perception, revealing and hiding elements of an exotic creatures through the shifting of filtered light. Other exhibitions include the work of Boston based artist Pat Falco– who plastered their walls with his witty illustrations and paintings.


RBG- The Jungle, 2012

SPACE has a impressive 21+ music venue that is one of the sickest music venues in town. They bring to Portland nationally acclaimed acts, and welcomed some of our local favorites: Herb Craft and Quilt this May. Other past shows include acts such as Waranimal, God Speed You Black Emperor, Future Islands, Potty Mouth and Dan Deacon- to name a few.

But perhaps film is more your thing- check out their full roster of events. SPACE shows some of the most intriguing and exciting independent and alternative movies.

Coming up:

ART //
Now – June 28 Marnie Briggs and John Zane Zappas : LAG
Saturday, June 21- September 5 Katie Bell: Face Off 
Friday July 11- September 6 Adam John ManleyStaying Put 

Friday, June 20 // 8:30 // $10  Endless Jags (CD Release), Rough Francis and Boston’s Fat Creeps
Sunday, June 22 // 8:30 // $10  Crystal Stilts and Great Western Plain
Sunday, July 27 // 4pm // Free Animal Hospital Ensemble @ Congress Square Park

July 2 // 7:30 // $8 The Internet’s Own Boy, the Story of Aaron Swartz
July 30 // 7:30 // FREE  Rushmore

"Light Weight" Katie Bell solo exhibition at Mixed Greens

Katie Bell

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