March 2- April 28, 2023
Maine Jewish Museum – Speigel Gallery
In these paintings, I’m creating a space, or a place, or an atmosphere that I can populate with a visual vocabulary of simple forms. I have these source-driven, shapes, colors, and compositional devices. And then when I’m working, I might think “You know what would be good? A red rectangle in the lower right corner.” Then, I think, “Can I fit that into the narrative? Why do I want to see that shape, that color in this particular structure?” So, I’ll try it out, and see if I can fit that into the story and see if it makes sense.
March 2 2023 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mingle with artists and art lovers, enjoy wine and cheese with museum mavens and curious minds, and celebrate with us as we unveil our newest exhibitions!
By Edgar Allen Beem
The Portland Phoenix
Friday, April 14, 2023
PORTLAND, Maine — Over the past 15 years, the Maine Jewish Museum has managed to transform the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Portland into an important art venue, making use of less-than-ideal spaces to exhibit some of the best art in Maine.
Currently (through April 28), the museum is featuring a trio of one-artist shows. Garry Mitchell’s precise abstract paintings hang in the main hallway. Natasha Mayers’ plein air paintings fill the refectory. And Andy Graham’s photographs of old Portland hang up on the third floor in what once was the women’s balcony of the elegant Etz Chaim sanctuary.