With a world-class art museum and art institute, Portland has an incredible art scene for a city of its size. Maine has long been a destination for artists, from the Wyeth family to the artist colony of Monhegan Island. Its rugged cliffs, dark pine forests, and scenic lighthouses have inspired creativity in the visual arts for centuries. On your next lark to our two boutique Portland hotels, experience these art museums in Portland and gain a new appreciation for these creative takes on the Maine lifestyle.
Portland Museum of Art | 7 Congress Square, Portland | (207) 775-6148
With a great mix of Maine and international artists, the PMA is a gem of a destination in Portland. Several floors of gallery space filled with everything from traditional landscapes to sculptural installations are sure to invoke a reaction. Works from Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Marsden Hartley represent Maine's influence in the art world, while the collection of paintings and sculptures from European masters will impress. The museum is free to everyone on Friday nights from 4-8 p.m. and admission for everyone under 21 is always free, thanks to a generous donation from a local philanthropist.
Space Gallery | 538 Congress St, Portland | (207) 828-5600
With art installations, live music, theater performances, and events that simply cannot be categorized, Space Gallery is a unique community space in Portland. An adjacent art gallery has running exhibits exploring contemporary art and other conceptual installations. Visit Space's event calendar to see what unique event you can catch at this art museum in Portland.
First Friday Art Walk | downtown Portland
The first Friday of every month brings this community-wide art event, with galleries, boutiques, and community spaces staying open late. Warmer months mean street musicians and performers and tables of artists and craftsman selling their wares. Visit Creative Portland's site (http://www.creativeportland.com/first-friday-art-walk-new) for a map of all the participating galleries and businesses, so you can plan your art walk. End the evening at one of the city's best restaurants, but beware, the event is popular so restaurants are often packed.