Portes: an exhibition of Maine art in Greece

Portes is an international exhibition of Maine artists in Greece presented by the Hellenic Society of Maine and Tetra Projects.

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 Municipal Art Gallery of Mytilene during events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the liberation of the City of Mytilene and the island of Lesvos from Turkish 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, and a public reception on April 6th during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. The show will open in Greece with a state reception on Friday, June 8th.

Participating Artists:
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 T Stephan
Ling-Wen Tsai
Chad Verrill
Shoshannah White
Henry Wolyniec
Jeff Woodbury

Portes is made possible by the generous support of our backers:

Julia & William Knight, Margaret Cleveland, James & Melissa Mathews, Jo Storey, Andrew & Jami Patrick, Kenneth Knight, Anupama Jaya Naidu, Charles Ott, Patrick J Dempsey, Bonner Mendez, John & Lynn Badger, Louise Clark, Christopher Ziagos, Donald & Dale Badger, Alison Hildreth, Barry Hansen, Steve Poulos, Carol Paiste, Pickwick Independent Press

Christina Forster, Michael & Sharon Watson, C.N. Hadiaris, Mary Albright, Sara Wilson, John Knight, Chris Tegeler Beneman, William Cormier, John & Dana Donaldson, Doug Watts, Virginia Rose, Casey, Linda Hildonen, Johanna Moore, Mark Wethli, Jason Tors, Jenna Crowder & Keith Lane, Nanci Kahn, Daniel Smith, Mary Hart, Lauryn Smith, John Lawrence, Dana Deschenes, Dudley Zopp, Annetje L. Meyer, Helen Ryba, Alicia Eggert, Lisa Van Oosterum, Andrew Clark, Christos J. Gianopoulos, Lucas, Judith Allen, Felicia Fahey, Thomas W. Flacke, Cynthia Katz Shepard, Mike Libby, Andrea & Bruce Wilson, Debbie Mills, Elizabeth Mercier, Kinsey Peeler

Barbara Gentile Nadori, Joanne Johnson, CG Shaffer, Rob Schreiber, Molly Phoenix, Brian FitzPatrick, Pat & Joe Collelo, F.J and M.D. Sokol, Jeannie Katz, Adriane Herman, Brian Reeves, Scott Dorrance

Thanks to SPACE Gallery for presenting the Portland preview exhibition, Portland Arts & Cultural Alliance for fiscal sponsorship, Brett Plymale for video production, Patrick Corrigan for installation assistance, and Spartan Grill for food donation.