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Programming

    • Artist Talk
      with Smith Galtney

      May 19- 7:00 pm

      Join us in welcoming photographer, Smith Galtney. His photography has been shown at the University of Southern Maine, SPEEDWELL projects, Cove Street Arts, the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and Engine. In this talk he will be discussing his process, inspirations and relationship to photography.

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    • The Diary of Anne Frank

      Opera in the Pines presents the Maine premiere of The Diary of Anne Frank, by Grigory Frid. Based on the original text of the famous diary Anne kept as she hid with her family between 1942 and 1944, this monodramatic opera in 21 scenes will proudly feature an all-female creative team, including Rachel Policar (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene) in the title role of Anne Frank, and pianist Tina Davis (Artist Faculty in Piano at the University of Southern Maine). Join us May 5th and 7th at 7 PM, at Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. For tickets, visit operainthepines.com.

    • NEWS / NOT NEWS: A Conversation with M. Annenberg

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      In this artist talk at 4pm on May 3rd, M. Annenberg will trace the decline of news coverage in the American mainstream press from the 1990’s to the present. Are our oceans acidifying? Are the glaciers melting? Will we breach 1.5 degrees of warming this decade? Is there a climate emergency? If so, why don’t we all know it, beyond a reasonable doubt. M. Annenberg is a Conceptual artist. Her paintings, sculptures, installations and videos focus on under reported stories in American media, concentrating on scientific studies and global warming.

    • What is Shalom House?

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      Shalom House is a non-profit mental health agency that provides housing and services to adults from all backgrounds who are living with severe mental illness. This year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of providing Home, Health & Hope with a special exhibition in honor of Nancy Davidson, Curator of the Maine Jewish Museum. Nancy was one of the founding members of Shalom House. She, along with Rabbi Sky, represented the Jewish community in a group of ecumenical leaders looking to create the first halfway house in Maine for those leaving psychiatric institutions during the early 1970s.
      For over 28 years the Art Program at Shalom has been an important part of the mental health services we provide. This exhibition features works by Heidi Stubbs and Jack Sullivan, two of the many talented artists in our studio.


      Image: Scarborough Marsh, Acrylic on Canvas, Heidi Stubbs

    • Artist Talk: Storytellers

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      Stories we tell each other are all we have. There would be no past without stories of kings and wars and love and ancestors. There would be no future without stories of hope and aspiration and lessons learned.
      Saint, whore, mother, daughter, queen, slave, hero, betrayer, betrayed. The stories of women are abundant in the Bible. The work in Stories looks at these tales with 21st century eyes and retells them in contemporary book art form. Ancient stories can tell contemporary truths.

      Featuring works by:
      – Jessyca Broekman
      – Rebecca Goodale
      – Jan Owen Annie
      – Lee-Zimerle
      – Sandy Weisman


      Image: Lilith the Astronomer,Rebecca Goodale, 2022, Ink on handmade Japanese paper, Circle book with cotton braids

    • Voices of Maine’s Lost Synagogues

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      Jews have been living in Maine for 200 years, practicing in up to 30 active synagogues built to anchor Jewish communities across the state. Half of those synagogues no longer exist. Veteran ABC, CBS and CNN producer, writer, director, and media consultant Jo Dondis will bring together voices of these lost synagogues who will help tell the story of the impressive span of Maine’s Jewish community life throughout the state.

      Join us for this unique opportunity that will bring life to the exhibition on view at the Maine Jewish Museum, housed in the restored 1921 synagogue, Etz Chaim.


      Co-sponsored by The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and Documenting Maine Jewry.

      Voices:

      Welcome:

      Jessica Lantos, Exhibition Curator and Research Coordinator, Documenting Maine Jewry

      Moderator:

      Jo Dondis

      Panelists:

      Beth Hillson, exhibition subject and former member, Temple Israel, Old Town-Orono

      Toby Adelman, exhibition subject and former member, Aroostook Hebrew Community Center, Presque Isle

      Babs Shapiro, exhibition subject and former member, Congregation Beth Abraham, Auburn


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    • Critters:
      Mythical Real & Imagined

      We are pleased to announce our collaborative exhibition with the Portland Public Library, Critters: Mythical Real & Imagined. This exhibit was curated in part by our very own Curator in Residence, Nancy Davidson, and partially sponsored by the Maine Jewish Museum.

      You are welcome to visit the online preview of the works HERE.

      Most of the critters are indeed for sale, and a portion of each purchase will go to the Maine Jewish Museum.

      Opening reception: To Be Determined


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    • An Artist Talk With Photographer Tonee Harber

      Tonee Harbert’s work considers human intervention on the landscape. This developing series from Tonee’s year-long residency at the Roswell Art Center in New Mexico invokes history and interpretation by looking at what remains from scenarios that once held meaning or utility. Harbert grew up in Oregon, and has lived most of his life in Maine. His photography has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Portland Museum of Art, Farnsworth Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. He’s been awarded a New England Emmy award, and his work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, and in books and motion pictures. He is currently based in Roswell, NM.


      The Bakery Photo Collective is 501-c3 not-for-profit digital and analog photofinishing facility dedicated to persevering the art
      of photography. Their mission is to provide state of the art resources to the public and their members to assist in creating art, honing skills and inspiring others.


      Photograph: Untitled (Forest Fire) Tonee Harbert

    • Fighting White Supremacy in 2021: From Charlottesville to the Capitol

      Presented by the JCA’s Community Relations Council

      From the Charlottesville violence to the Capitol insurrection to the shootings in Atlanta targeting the Asian American community, hate crimes and domestic extremism are at record levels — and we’re facing a dangerous and dire threat of white supremacy.

      On Tuesday, May 25th, join us for a critical conversation with Integrity First for America’s Amy Spitalnick on their groundbreaking Charlottesville suit and how we can fight back against the rising tide of violent hate.

    • Conscience and Courage: Frances Perkins and Feng Shan Ho

      Little Known Heroes Who Saved Lives
      Co-sponsored by the Maine Jewish Museum (MJM) and the Michael Klahr Holocaustand Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC)