The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) nurtures and promotes six year-round constituent groups engaged in theater, art, music, film, education and community outreach. The EAC is available for rental and serves as our region’s premiere venue for an array of special events and visiting artists and performers. Our mission:To stimulate and nurture an appreciation of the visual, literary, and performing arts and the creative process, and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper.

Please Note: EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional. As well as gatherings at the Center, we continue to offer online opportunities for connection and expression. Check out upcoming and past projects here, and sign up to receive a digest of this site in our weekly email newsletter. Learn more about the EAC here.

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EAC Video & Podcasts

EAC Media is here for you! Follow links to our video and audio offerings, or enjoy stills below! TOP THREE (our current most-viewed titles):Jim Kovaleski reads Robert Frost’s “Mowing”A Studio Visit with Gail McGlamery, Free Range Fiber Studio, Eastport, MaineGreg Biss plays Etude #3 by Philip Glass ART & … [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

EAC Films presents ‘Respect’ (2021, PG-13)

Sunday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm

EAC Films offers a recent biopic for their next screening. Chronicling the life of star singer Aretha Franklin, Respect (2021, PG-13) will be shown at 2 pm and 6 pm, Sunday, May 19. Distributor Swank Films synopsizes as follows: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a young … [Read More]

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Stage East Directing Workshop

Monday, May 20 @ 6:00 pm

Stage East will begin a new Directing Workshop on February 12; the group will meet every other week on Mondays through May 20, from 6-8:30 pm. Led by experienced director and longtime Stage East President Brian Schuth, the workshop aims to bring together people who are serious about learning … [Read More]

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Artful Conversations, a Weekly Zoom Group

Wednesday, May 22 @ 2:30 pm

A weekly Zoom meeting is offered for attendees to chat about art and artists; books and movies about art; art thieves and forgers; plus famous and infamous art happenings past and present. This is a free event. The group’s facilitator is Eastport Gallery member Jennifer Maffett; the group is … [Read More]

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KinderArts (Calais session)

Thursday, May 23 @ 10:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, KinderArts too will be canceled. Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program meets weekly in two communities: Thursdays, 10-10:45 am at Sunrise Opportunities (the former Calais Congregational church), 21 Calais Avenue; and Fridays, 10-10:45 am at Eastport Arts Center. The free sessions, … [Read More]

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World & Contemporary Dance

Thursday, May 23 @ 4:00 pm

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, World & Contemporary Dance too will be canceled! EAC’s World and Contemporary Dance Group meets on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. The group enjoys learning modern and classic international dances from around the globe, including Pata Pata and … [Read More]

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KinderArts (Eastport session)

Friday, May 24 @ 10:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, KinderArts too will be canceled. Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program meets weekly in two communities: Thursdays, 10-10:45 am at Sunrise Opportunities (the former Calais Congregational church), 21 Calais Avenue; and Fridays, 10-10:45 am at Eastport Arts Center. The free sessions, … [Read More]

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Meditation and Mindful Movement with Caroline Coleman

Friday, May 24 @ 11:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, this session will also be canceled. All are invited to join instructor Caroline Coleman Fridays, starting January 19, for a rejuvenating one-hour session of Mindful Meditation and Movement, starting promptly at 11 am, at Eastport Arts Center. … [Read More]

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Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie Melancon

Saturday, May 25 @ 8:30 am

Katie Melancon’s Gentle Flow Yoga is offered Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am, both at Eastport Arts Center, and online.This class is accessible to all students. As the session moves through a slow flow of postures, students’ bodies have time to warm up, aiming for proper alignment and giving plenty of room to … [Read More]

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EAC News & Recent Activities

Irish Fiddler to Return—Workshops & Concert Planned, June 6-8

The Eastport Arts Center is pleased to present a series of events, June 6-8, with renowned Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor, who visited us last May and was a big hit with the Downeast community. The series begins Thursday, June 6, from 7-8 pm, when the Center will host a … [Read More]

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High Schoolers’ Shakespeare is Next for EAC Stage

Eastport Arts Center is thrilled to continue a tradition of hosting high school theater when a troupe of local teens presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 31 and June 1. A project of the Shead Theater Club, the play is being adapted and directed by instructor Ian … [Read More]

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Next from EAC Films is Aretha Franklin Biopic, ‘Respect’

EAC Films offers a recent biopic for their next screening. Chronicling the life of star singer Aretha Franklin, Respect (2021, PG-13) will be shown at 2 pm and 6 pm, Sunday, May 19. Distributor Swank Films synopsizes as follows: Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a young … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Welcomes New Member Jeanne Backhaus

Jeanne is a full-time resident in Lubec and is very active in the community. She captures the beauty of the natural world around her with watercolor, pen and ink, bringing to light the textures in driftwood or the subtle colors of stones on the shore. In her oils she … [Read More]

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Waponahki-Inspired Works Next at EAC’s Washington Street Gallery

EAC’s Washington Street Gallery will feature Malihkinuwi-Waponahkik (“In Maine Wabanaki Territory” in the Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language), a collection of Waponahki-inspired artwork by Norma “Randi” Marshall, in June. An opening reception with the artist will be held Sunday, June 2, from 3-6 pm.  Marshall is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. … [Read More]

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All Invited for Next Open Mic, June 14

Eastport Arts Center’s next Open Mic Night will be held Friday, June 14.  Sign-ups for performers will be taken starting at 5:30 pm, and the show will run from 6-8 pm. A limited number of slots for performers with special needs will be reserved for sign up in advance, … [Read More]

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Poetry Contest is Open! Youth and Adult Entries Eligible for Prizes!

The Eastport Arts Center Prize for Poetry, an open contest, will run April 1-June 30, 2024. Submissions of original and unpublished poems are welcomed by youth and adult writers on the general theme of ‘The Natural World and Our Connection to It.’ Winners will be announced on August 24; … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Community Show Seeks Submissions by May 24

The deadline for Eastport Gallery’s Annual Community Show is fast approaching! Get your paint brushes, pencils and pottery ready! The Eastport Gallery will open at 109 Water Street for the summer season on Friday May 31, with its annual Community Show and an all-new Member Show. The Community Show will be presented both … [Read More]

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Dancers Enjoyed a Romp with MICE

 The MICE (Moose Island Contra Etc.) band with caller Eustacia Landrum inspired lightfootedness in a jolly multi-generational group on April 27 at EAC. Contra dances are planned for July 27 and October 26. Thanks to Manuela Brice and Carol Dougherty for taking photos!

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Quoddy Voices Appreciated Receptive Audiences

Thanks for your support! Quoddy Voices singers enjoyed two warm roomsful of happy audience members, May 3 and 5 at EAC. The international community chorus, directed by Gene Nichols with accompanist Jane Lanctot and guest artist Brian Schuth, performed their ‘People, Places and Spring’ concerts in continuous segued sets, … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Welcomes New Member Tina Heald

Through impressionistic techniques, a variety of brush techniques, and local color choices, she reflects the serenity and joy in familiar landscapes, capturing the beauty and tranquility of rural and urban places around the state. She shares that she strives “to transform everyday scenes into poetic reflections of Maine’s beauty, … [Read More]

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Creative Writing Open Stage Boasted 7 Writers Reading!

Writers Read, a recurring event which provides an open stage for all forms of creative writing, provided a cozy afternoon of exchange for the EAC literary community on Saturday, April 20. Thanks to emcee Paula Horvath, tech person Jude Kempe and documentarian Manuela Brice!

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Eastport Gallery Welcomes New Member Paul Lilley

Using the ancient art of mosaics, Paul creates detailed and vibrant scenes, stories, and homages. His work represents a wide variety of subjects from pet portraits, landscapes, still life art, garden features, and recreations of classic paintings and is created using both ceramic and vitreous glass tiles.  Each tile … [Read More]

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Harald Saeverud Music Program presents Spring Concert Series, May 10-12

The Harald Saeverud Music Program (HSMP) presents its 2024 Spring Concert Series featuring Phillip Silver, piano, Noreen Silver, cello, and Trond Saeverud, violin. The program offers an opportunity to hear one of the great masterpieces for piano trio – Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor. This composition stretches the … [Read More]

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Sunday Series Finale in Review: Éric Messin, A Renaissance Man in Downeast Maine

By Michael MorseThe finale of the winter 2024 Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series was a presentation from Jeweler/Artist Éric Messin. The afternoon was a surrealistic journey from his birthplace in the French Alps to the high-end jewelry business of New York City, and continued on to the … [Read More]

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