July/August Happenings at Portland Museum of Art

Farnsworth---Turkey-PondAndrew Wyeth’s “Turkey Pond”

“Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail” is a special exhibition that presents highlights of Maine’s art history from the state’s most-renowned museums. From 19th-century realism to American modernism to contemporary photography, this eclectic exhibition of Maine’s best-known artists includes work by Lois Dodd, Richard Estes, Robert Indiana, Andrew Wyeth, and more—all under one roof, together for the first time, and only at the Portland Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Sunday, September 20.

“A Magnificent Stillness: American Art from a Private Collection” showcases the exquisite collection of 15 American paintings amassed by longtime museum Trustee and patron Dr. Walter Goldfarb and his late wife, Marcia. While you might recognize some of these works—the Goldfarbs generously donated several paintings to the museum and lent others for display in our galleries—this exhibition presents the rare opportunity to explore this jewel-like collection in depth. The exhibit is on display until Sunday, November 8.

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Rose Marasco’s “Projection”

Rose Marasco is perhaps Maine’s most-prolific living photographer, having lived and photographed in Portland and its surrounding communities for more than 35 years. The photographs in “Rose Marasco: index,” on display until Sunday, December 6, is the latest in the Circa series at the PMA,. The photographs are stunning and display extraordinary range, encompassing everything from her images of the urban environment to her unexpectedly poetic response to the natural worlds. It is this diversity of both subject and technique that has long characterized Marasco’s artistry.

Experience the PMA in new ways with Gallery Talks. Engage with works of art, learn about the various artists, and explore different cultures and ideas. Led by PMA docents and special guests: On Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m.:
“The Fascinating Occupants of the McLellan House” by Barbara Schenkel.  Saturday, August 1 at1 p.m.: “Louise Nevelson” by Linda Frinsko.  Saturday, August 8 at 1 p.m.:
“Lurching Toward Photorealism: Modern and Post-Modern Art from Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail” by Mary Collins and David Karraker.”

ThirdThursPMA happens on the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., is open to the public, and is included in your museum admission—which is always free for members. Stay up late with the PMA as we keep our galleries open until 9 p.m., allowing ThirdThursPMA partygoers after-hours viewings of our extensive collection and special exhibitions.

Thursday, July 16: “The Creative Spark”
July’s ThirdThursPMA toasts summer in Maine and the initial creative spark that can lead to dazzling fireworks. Our partners for the evening, The Libra Foundation, brings hundreds of interns to the state every year with its Summer in Maine program to show some of America’s brightest young minds the beauty and inspiration that Maine presents. From the major exhibition Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail to the music of some of Portland’s best DJs out in the Joan B. Burns Garden to events and activities aimed at sparking your imagination, this evening offers a relaxed social atmosphere and an entire state’s worth of inspiration.

Thursday, August 20: “AIGA’s Cocktails and Creatives”
This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to rub elbows Maine’s creative community. Listen to bluegrass in the Joan B. Burns Garden, connect with new people, and explore the PMA galleries.

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Fun at PMA Summer Celebrations

Upcoming Summer Celebrations include: Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m.
Contemporaries Midsummer Party: Contemporaries members and their guests are invited to celebrate the summer at the PMA with this annual cocktail party. Enjoy a private viewing of Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail and mingle with friends new and old over drinks and food at the PMA. Free for Contemporaries members/$25 for non-members. Tickets available online prior to event.

On Wednesday, August 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. is Director’s Circle Summer Lawn Party
Members of the Director’s Circle and their guests are invited to the inaugural Director’s Circle Summer Lawn Party. Join us, old friends and new, as we toast the summer season with live music, specialty cocktails and inspired hors d’oeuvres. For more information, contact:Betsy Critchfield at bcritchfield@portlandmuseum.org or (207) 699-4987.

PAM is located at 7 Congress Square, Portland. To find out about additional summer events at PAM and for more information, visit http://www.portlandmuseum.org/