In June 2012 an exhibition of fifty works on paper by Maine artists will travel to Portland’s Sister City of Mytilene, Greece. Accompanied by representatives from the Hellenic Society of Maine and Tetra Projects, the exhibition, reception and events surrounding the show will support the mission of cultural exchange and goodwill between the citizens of Greece and the United States, and provides an exciting opportunity for international exhibition by Maine artists.
The show will be exhibited in the upper gallery of the Public Theater on the quay in downtown Mytilene during events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Mytilene and the island of Lesvos from Ottoman authority. Portes is the Greek word for "doors" and the title reflects the cultural importance of seaports and cultural exchange in both Mytilene and Portland. The exhibition is a survey of works on paper by fifty Portland-area artists, including drawing, painting, collage, photography, printmaking and mixed media works by emerging and established artists.
Portes has been recognized as an official Sister City event by the governments of Portland and Mytilene. A preview exhibition at Space Gallery Annex will be on view from March 21st to April 7th, with an artist’s reception on Tuesday April 3rd from 4:00-7:00pm, following a display case unveiling at city hall. The show will also be on view for Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on April 6th. Portes opens in Greece with a state reception on Friday, June 8th.
Works will be exhibited by Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Lydia Badger, Melinda Barnes, Stephen Benenson, Elizabeth Bieber, Kyle Bryant, Cole Caswell, Crystal Cawley, Tim Clorius, Kimberly Convery, Patrick Corrigan, Michel Droge, Nathan Eldridge, Christian Farnsworth, Lauren Fensterstock, Rebecca FitzPatrick, Aaron Flacke, Jim Flahaven, Clint Fulkerson, Alina Gallo, Mike Gorman, Tonee Harbert, Mary Hart, Charles Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Thurston Howes, Hilary Irons, Tyson Jacques, Lis Janes, Kris Johnson, Rachel Katz, Joe Kievitt , John Knight, Mike Libby, Matthew Meyer, Nathaniel Meyer, Bennett Morris, Charles Ott, Lisa Pixley, Alex Rheault, Matthew Robbins, Andy Rosen, Alex Sax, Slop Art (Adriane Herman & Brian Reeves), Aaron Stephan, Ling-Wen Tsai, Chad Verrill, Shoshannah White, Henry Wolyniec, and Jeff Woodbury.
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