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Portland Maine Arts: Art Scene in Portland Maine

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With the rugged, unspoiled beauty of land and water just outside of the city, Portland has enjoyed a marked increase in tourist interest in recent years.  Numerous magazine and travel articles have described the first class outdoor activities, shopping, and dining in Maine’s capital. But the city was also recently recognized by the Miliken Institute as one of the top 100 Best Performing Cities in the nation. Portland Stage, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Museum of Art and the Choral Art Society are just a few of the excellent institutions which make their home in Portland.

Portland Arts Information

  • Portland’s Downtown District—Arts directory, event information, maps, links, and an online arts guide
  • Main Art Scene —Excellent online arts and culture magazine with extensive coverage of the state’s art, music, and performance offerings

Art Museums

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME)

Rigorous, unassuming Bowdoin College, near the shore of Casco Bay in coastal Brunswick, Maine, is another in the proud tradition of small, intense Northeastern liberal arts colleges with a sloping, leafy campus and an art museum that invites discussion, observation, and enlightenment by way of a small but well-considered permanent collection. The BCMA was founded in 1811, and is housed in a domed McKim Mead White building that recently underwent a comprehensive renovation. ...more...

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, ME)

Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum concerns itself almost exclusively with celebrating and highlighting Maine’s role in American art history. Established through a gift made by heiress Lucy Copeland Farnsworth in the early years of the 20th century, the Farnsworth opened its doors in 1948 and has since built itself into a compact, strong regional art museum. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Hassan, Eakins, and Eastman Johnson, …more…

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

Located in the thriving downtown arts district, the Portland Museum of Art’s collection features fine and decorative arts from the late 18th century to the present including works by Winslow Homer, John Marin, three generations of the Wyeth family, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and Fernand Léger. Founded in 1882, the museum is the oldest and largest in the state of Maine, …more…

Theater

Arundel Barn Playhouse

Arundel Barn Playhouse (Arundel, ME)

Arundel Barn Playhouse Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 5 shows per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Matinees $30; Sunday Evenings $34; Weekday Evenings $37; Saturday Evenings $41
Subscriptions: Matinee Subscription ($129); Sunday Evening Subscription ($147); Tuesday–Friday Evening Subscription ($159); Saturday Evening Subscription ($168).

Portland Stage

Portland Stage

Maine’s foremost professional theatre, Portland Stage Company presents seven mainstage shows annually. Pulling from an eclectic mixture of traditional (The Lion in Winter, A Christmas Carol), classic (Peer Gynt, Julius Caesar), and contemporary world premieres (Almost Maine, Out of Sterno), PSC has built a solid reputation as one of New England’s finest dramatic companies.

Originally launched in 1974, Portland Stage now plays to an audience of nearly 50,000 …more…

The Public Theatre

The Public Theatre

Voted “Best Theatre Company” in Maine four times in the Portland Phoenix readers’ poll, The Public Theatre prides itself on presenting plays from Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as new works in productions featuring professional actors from New York and New England, at a top ticket price of $18.

The company’s 2010-2011 subscription series is scheduled to include Kenny Finke’s Indoor/Outdoor, Rajiv Joseph’s Animals out of Paper, Charlotte Jones’s Humble Boy, …more…

Theater at Monmouth

Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME)

(June 23 – September 30, 2012) The Theater at Monmouth is a year-round repertory company of professional artists. Founded in 1970, it was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the state legislature in 1975. Performances are held in Cumston Hall, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976. TAM’s goal is to bring innovative approaches to Shakespearean works as well as to other classic plays ...more...

Classical Music

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME)

(June 23 – August 4, 2012) Started in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is comprised of a robust seven-concert series performance schedule and three Summer Study Programs—the Instrumental Program for pianists and string players, the Woodwind Program, and the Composition Program. Faculty members include composers Derek Bermel and Robert Beaser, the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, clarinetist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera, violinist Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony, and many others. ...more...

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Portland Symphony Orchestra

The modern day Portland Symphony Orchestra can trace its roots back to 1923 when leading musicians in Portland decided to form a new ensemble. Originally, the musicians rejected the PSO title for being too “imposing.” Today, the orchestra lives up to its lofty moniker as an accomplished and well-respected symphonic ensemble.

The orchestra performs a number of series throughout its season, including a Tuesday Classical series, …more…

The Choral Art Society

The Choral Art Society

The Choral Arts Society of Portland is made up of three different choirs: the Masterworks Chorus, a 150-member ensemble that performs regularly with the Portland Symphony Orchestra; the Choral Art Singers, which performs four Christmas at the Cathedral concerts during the holiday season; and the Choral Art Camerata, a 28-voice a cappella ensemble which specializes in choral chamber music from …more…

Venues

Portland Ovations

Portland Ovations

Begun in 1931 by the Portland City Council as a means of booking world-renowned performers for appearances at City Hall Auditorium, Portland Ovations has offered a broad and varied schedule of classical music, theater and dance for over 80 years. These days, Portland Ovations’ yearly slate tends to consist of about two-dozen offerings per season, which runs September to May. Shows are staged at four venues around town – Merrill …more…

Art Museums

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME)

Rigorous, unassuming Bowdoin College, near the shore of Casco Bay in coastal Brunswick, Maine, is another in the proud tradition of small, intense Northeastern liberal arts colleges with a sloping, leafy campus and an art museum that invites discussion, observation, and enlightenment by way of a small but well-considered permanent collection. The BCMA was founded in 1811, and is housed in a domed McKim Mead White building that recently underwent a comprehensive renovation. ...more...

Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland, ME)

Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum concerns itself almost exclusively with celebrating and highlighting Maine’s role in American art history. Established through a gift made by heiress Lucy Copeland Farnsworth in the early years of the 20th century, the Farnsworth opened its doors in 1948 and has since built itself into a compact, strong regional art museum. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Hassan, Eakins, and Eastman Johnson, …more…

Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

Located in the thriving downtown arts district, the Portland Museum of Art’s collection features fine and decorative arts from the late 18th century to the present including works by Winslow Homer, John Marin, three generations of the Wyeth family, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, and Fernand Léger. Founded in 1882, the museum is the oldest and largest in the state of Maine, …more…

Theater

Arundel Barn Playhouse

Arundel Barn Playhouse (Arundel, ME)

Arundel Barn Playhouse Information

Public Transportation: Poor
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 5 shows per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Matinees $30; Sunday Evenings $34; Weekday Evenings $37; Saturday Evenings $41
Subscriptions: Matinee Subscription ($129); Sunday Evening Subscription ($147); Tuesday–Friday Evening Subscription ($159); Saturday Evening Subscription ($168).

Portland Stage

Portland Stage

Maine’s foremost professional theatre, Portland Stage Company presents seven mainstage shows annually. Pulling from an eclectic mixture of traditional (The Lion in Winter, A Christmas Carol), classic (Peer Gynt, Julius Caesar), and contemporary world premieres (Almost Maine, Out of Sterno), PSC has built a solid reputation as one of New England’s finest dramatic companies.

Originally launched in 1974, Portland Stage now plays to an audience of nearly 50,000 …more…

The Public Theatre

The Public Theatre

Voted “Best Theatre Company” in Maine four times in the Portland Phoenix readers’ poll, The Public Theatre prides itself on presenting plays from Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as new works in productions featuring professional actors from New York and New England, at a top ticket price of $18.

The company’s 2010-2011 subscription series is scheduled to include Kenny Finke’s Indoor/Outdoor, Rajiv Joseph’s Animals out of Paper, Charlotte Jones’s Humble Boy, …more…

Theater at Monmouth

Theater at Monmouth (Monmouth, ME)

(June 23 – September 30, 2012) The Theater at Monmouth is a year-round repertory company of professional artists. Founded in 1970, it was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the state legislature in 1975. Performances are held in Cumston Hall, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976. TAM’s goal is to bring innovative approaches to Shakespearean works as well as to other classic plays ...more...

Classical Music

Bowdoin International Music Festival

Bowdoin International Music Festival (Brunswick, ME)

(June 23 – August 4, 2012) Started in 1964, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is comprised of a robust seven-concert series performance schedule and three Summer Study Programs—the Instrumental Program for pianists and string players, the Woodwind Program, and the Composition Program. Faculty members include composers Derek Bermel and Robert Beaser, the Ying and Shanghai Quartets, clarinetist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera, violinist Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony, and many others. ...more...

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Portland Symphony Orchestra

The modern day Portland Symphony Orchestra can trace its roots back to 1923 when leading musicians in Portland decided to form a new ensemble. Originally, the musicians rejected the PSO title for being too “imposing.” Today, the orchestra lives up to its lofty moniker as an accomplished and well-respected symphonic ensemble.

The orchestra performs a number of series throughout its season, including a Tuesday Classical series, …more…

The Choral Art Society

The Choral Art Society

The Choral Arts Society of Portland is made up of three different choirs: the Masterworks Chorus, a 150-member ensemble that performs regularly with the Portland Symphony Orchestra; the Choral Art Singers, which performs four Christmas at the Cathedral concerts during the holiday season; and the Choral Art Camerata, a 28-voice a cappella ensemble which specializes in choral chamber music from …more…

Venues

Portland Ovations

Portland Ovations

Begun in 1931 by the Portland City Council as a means of booking world-renowned performers for appearances at City Hall Auditorium, Portland Ovations has offered a broad and varied schedule of classical music, theater and dance for over 80 years. These days, Portland Ovations’ yearly slate tends to consist of about two-dozen offerings per season, which runs September to May. Shows are staged at four venues around town – Merrill …more…