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Local artist contemplates the Arab Spring

Breaking the yolk of tradition
Alina Gallo, a MECA MFA alumna with an academic background in writing and literature, is the artist behind "Rising," a modestly sized but stimulating collection of interpretive works — call them studies — that re-envision intersections of Western and Islamic culture both recent and ancient.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2012

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Meeting ‘Strangers’ at Fryeburg’s Pace Galleries

The facts of figures
Fittingly set in Fryeburg Academy's still relatively unknown Pace Galleries — a lovely showroom built on the annex of the school's Performing Arts Center in 2009 — "Strangers and Others" is a complex, mysterious, and densely packed assembly of figurative works.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 30, 2012

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Marveling at MECA’s annual MFA Thesis show

Star students
At the 2012 MFA Thesis show at the ICA, the idea of a common thread is gratefully, dizzyingly absent.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 23, 2012

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Foam Castles emerge with a Bonanza

Into the spotlight
If summer is the stuff of memories, then the music of Foam Castles has a way of helping to make them.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 16, 2012

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The Art Department gets rolling

Growth + Development
Since it opened in January, you might have wondered what's up with the Art Department storefront on Congress Street.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 02, 2012

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A trip to York yields excellent finds

Branching out
The George Marshall Store Gallery is located in a smallish, pale yellow building next to the York River.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 25, 2012



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Victoria Mansion stages an unsettlingly brilliant show

Going back in time
In a prodigious steampunk exhibit, the collective works in "Victoria's Wonderama" compound the motifs and fascinations of the 19th century with a wealth of fresh and fantastic interpretations, updating the genre without limiting its scope to orthodoxies.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 04, 2012

A talk with Sam McPheeters

This punk is a writer
One of the most interesting people to emerge from the second generation of US punk rock, Sam McPheeters has had a pretty full life.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 04, 2012

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Solid, authentic, unmanufactured American clips

The real YouTube
Whether you've heard his name or not, Alan Lomax is one of the most prominent cultural influences in US history.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 04, 2012

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Rebecca Goodale’s artist’s books at UNE

Binding imagination
As the seeds of spring burst from their burrows once more, a fine artist's book exhibit at the UNE Art Gallery brings a master's craftsmanship to a compelling ecological theme.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 28, 2012

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Portland sends art to our Greek ‘sister’

Traveling shows
Greece may not be the recipient of the most fortunate news lately, but a remarkable new collaborative venture by local artists might send a little sunshine to the troubled Mediterranean land.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 21, 2012



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Bringing cardboard — and a gallery — to life

Recycling Biddeford
In case you're not familiar, MERC (Maine Energy Resource Company) is a massive waste-to-energy facility (a/k/a trash incinerator) that's been looming over Biddeford since 1987.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 07, 2012

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Pondering the Southworth Planetarium’s laser shows

Galaxy defenders
Every year as spring approaches, the Southworth Planetarium hosts its weekly Laser Fest, a 3-D bonanza of about a dozen programs that light up the dome theater with retro-futurist animation.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 22, 2012

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Tanja Hollander takes Facebook to the PMA

Friend quest
If you've been buzzing about "Are You Really My Friend?" the new installation of Facebook-inspired portraits by local photographer and Bakery Photo Collective founder Tanja Alexia Hollander, you're not alone.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 08, 2012

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Getting the Ron-around

Checking in with presidential hopeful Paul
While fellow Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum fight it out in Florida, Ron Paul, dark-horse candidate and Constitutional fundamentalist, sallied forth along his unorthodox campaign trail, hitting states with upcoming caucuses rather than primaries.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2012

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Cultural feedback mixes at the ICA at MECA

‘Played simultaneously’
If you can't find the link between the print archive Whole Earth Catalog exhibit and Michael Bell-Smith's installation of tech art, update your browser (haw!).
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2012



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Reining in your loans

Use the federal program, no matter how hard your lender tries to sell you something else
Last October, President Obama initiated an improved income-based repayment plan called Pay As You Earn.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 25, 2012

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Domestic life viewed by 17 Maine photogs

Still tales
In the theater of Maine photography, the winter exhibit assembled at the Portland Public Library might be thought of as a kitchen drama — a show that tells the rich tales of the many and diverse voices of Maine domestic living — and it deserves to be seen by all who can afford to.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 11, 2012

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Interview: A new world for the Coma junkies

Awkward talks
Based on gustatory adventurer Joe Ricchio's cult foodie blog Portland Food Coma, Food Coma TV (foodcomatv.tumblr.com) has had a revelatory first season.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 05, 2012

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Short films take over SPACE

On gallery walls
Having screened the first of this series back in June, it's good to see evidence that SPACE Gallery plans to show the whole "Project 35" collection.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 04, 2012

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Memories from a year in art shows

Fine lines
It was a year when the best shows weren't often the most memorable, and the most memorable weren't often the best.
By: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 21, 2011


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