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Art Exhibitions

Welcome to the Maine Jewish Museum, located in Portland’s historic East End neighborhood.

The museum is housed within the restored Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century house of worship. The museum is a venue for contemporary art exhibits feature established, Jewish-connected, and Maine-connected artists and rotate every eight weeks.
Most of the art we exhibit is for sale. Your purchase helps support artists and the Maine Jewish Museum.

Our current exhibitions are listed below.

Masks optional. 

    • Playdate: Ceramics and Watercolor Paintings

      Marcie Jan Bronstein
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum

      The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. – Carl Jung

      Play Date brings together years of process-driven paintings and ceramics, both of which were created in a state of responsiveness to material, shape, color and form: Deep Play.

      The whimsical and suggestive ceramic vessels capture relationship dynamics, vulnerabilities and exchanges of energies. These are hand built works which emerged in the process of making; they surprised and delighted me all along the way.

      The watercolor paintings are improvisations, composed and discovered completely in the moment. My interest is in using the special qualities inherent to watercolor (bleeding, flowing, layering) to create intimate, sensual paintings that reflect an inner world: Symbolic, emotional and psychological.


    • Intertidal


      Alan Fishman
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum

      For the past twenty six years a significant part of my work has been focused on painting land and seascapes throughout the year. Intertidal is a series devoted to the space between sea and land, between high and low tide: The Intertidal Zone. Observing tide pools and watching the sea ebb and flow fascinates me, and my paintings are meant to evoke the beauty of these potent places. They are not meant to be literal representations, but rather evocative of the visual complexity of these unique environments.

    • The Forces of Entropy

      Rush Brown
      May 4 – June 23
      Maine Jewish Museum

      Beloved Portland-based artist Rush Brown returns to the Maine Jewish Museum with an exhibition of new and recent work. Brown’s paintings depict a diverse reach of subjects, from landscapes to the human figure. He is well known for his paintings of people interacting with art and each other in museums, inviting us to ponder the narratives that emerge. Included in this show are dozens of smaller works in which he seemingly plucks museum visitors and paintings from the galleries of his larger works and playfully displays them for our consideration. The exhibition also includes paintings of Paris, iconic Portland scenes, a figurative study of another well known Portland artist, and other works that will be familiar to his collectors. Brown received his BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and a Masters in Painting from NYU, and has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the University of New England, the Maine Jewish Museum, and many galleries.

    • A Biblical Tableaux

      Robert Katz
      May 4 – June 23, 2023
      Maine Jewish Museum

      Artist Statement

      My recent mixed-media assemblages inspired by selected Parashiyot explore the interplay of myth, ritual, memory and truth. By repurposing found objects, texts and photographs — vestiges of a modern world — I examine the mysteries and struggles depicted in the Scriptures. The use of disparate materials across a consistent background of aged and unfinished wooden boxes literally imbues this visual, biblical mosaic with elements of creation and the smell of the earth.

      My compositions are not meant to be literal illustrations of the Torah. Each assemblage is layered with irony, as well as personal and social commentary, while reinterpreting significant moments in our collective Jewish history. I incorporate the recurring themes of retribution, repentance and redemption embedded in the biblical encounters between humans and G-d.

      By giving a contemporary shape to the retelling of ancient texts, I have constructed a portal into my imagination, traditions and faith.