Rose Contemporary has swiftly become a mainstay of the Portland Art scene, showing conceptually sophisticated work across all media. Along with showing Maine artists, the gallery exhibits artists from throughout the US and beyond.
An independently operated art space housed within the Maine College of Art (MECA), the gallery holds a central position in the heart of Portland's Arts District and feature drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture by established artists and selected newcomers.
The Sohns Gallery's mission is to provide a space dedicated to showcasing the arts in downtown Bangor. Through gallery talks, interactive art making events, and artworks in a range of prices, The Sohns Gallery strives to make art accessible to all.
Its unusual name, Aarhus, is a derivative of ancient Icelandic words meaning “mouth of the river.” The gallery has been operating since 2007, and offers contemporary work from a roster of local Maine artists and fine craftsmen.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is a contemporary art organisation that exhibits work by 300-400 living artists each year. The dedicated gallery holds regular exhibitions by contemporary practitioners working in the state.
The museum is landmark building in the history of museum architecture in the United States. The vast collection of over 20 000 objects ranges from the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world to artwork created in the first years of the 21st century.
The ICA features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Located in the landmark Porteous Building, the ICA at MECA presents cutting edge work by local, national, and international artists.
The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. The museum has one of the nation's largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, and a dedicated Wyeth Center.
The Olson House is the subject of numerous works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his 1948 painting Christina's World. This National Historic Landmark was gifted to the Farnsworth Museum due to its ties with the legendary painting dynasty.
The Maine Historical Society provide hour-long tours of this historic property in Portland. General Peleg Wadsworth built the house in 1985-86, was in 1901. Furnishings from three generations illustrate changes in style, technology and attitude over the 19th century.
This walking tour carves a path through Old Port, Portland. Along with sampling many of the local foods, such as Maine crab, the tour offers insight into the history of the area, and a behind-the-scenes look at the Portland food scene of today.
This catamaran tour travels to the many historic lighthouses along the Maine coastline, along with many landmark mansions. It also takes in many of the Acadia National Park destinations such as Cadillac Mountain and Thunderhole.
Chebeague Island Inn is a beautifully restored 1920's hotel situated on one of Maine's most picturesque islands just outside Portland. It is one of the few remaining inns that once dotted the coast and played an important part in Maine summers.
This hotel is located just down the road from Kennebunkport, a small, picturesque harbour village in Maine. Hidden Pond provides a series of individually decorated cottages, oriented around the main Arts and Crafts style lodge.
This turn-of-the-century barn has seen many transitions, including its use, briefly, as an ice cream parlour. It has since been converted to a luxury hotel and spa, tastefully appointed in an arts and crafts style throughout.
Fore Street, in Portland's Old Port District, is a restaurant of national repute. The menu is rooted in simple, high quality ingredients and its exposed brick walls, wood-burning stove and soapstone hearth provide a relaxed environment.
Steve and Michelle Corry, who own and run 555, are trained at Napa's French Laundry and Domaine Chandon. Rather than offering the conventional courses, the menu is separated by plate: small, green, savoury, cheese and sweet.
Robert’s Maine Grill opened in 2006 with the idea of offering an alternative to the many seafood establishments in the state, with a menu focusing on farm-to-table dining. The restaurant is based in a two storey traditional New England building.
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Tucked in beneath Canada at the very northern edge of the Atlantic seaboard,
Maine is covered in forests, lakes, rivers and mountains and has a beautiful
coastline with a variety of inlets, bays and rocks. Historically one of the
first parts of the American continent to be settled by Europeans, the state is
now an integral part of the New England panorama and has inspired writers and
Writers from Maine include some big names, including John Irvingand Stephen
King, as well as the extraordinarily prolific writer Dean Koontz.
Based on a novella by Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption is an award
winning film. The Cider House Rules, also transformed into a film, is by
John Irvingand focuses on the Maine countryside of the early 20th
Ray LaMontagneis a singer-songwriter with a famously raspy voice,
who uses the Maine’s tradition of folk music in his music.