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 and performing arts and the creative process, and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper.

Learn more about the EAC here.

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EAC VIDEO PRESENTS (Check out our videos here!)

Whether brand new or ‘from the vault’ we present here a collection of videos for your enjoyment—musical offerings, including Quoddy Voices virtual choir pieces and Eastport Gallery’s ‘Music on the Deck’; PBSO’s ‘Get to Know Us’ series; KinderArts Craft along workshops; our Virtual Concert & Keyboard Talk; EAC Video’s … [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

Friday ‘In the Studio’

Friday, April 9 @ 9:00 am

Zoom in for In The Studio every Friday morning. In the Studio is a time for visiting, exploring and discussing the creative process. Each week an featured artist/creative shares their studio/screen with us and a lighthearted and sincere question and answer ensues.“We always have an enthusiastic audience. We explore, question and imagine together. We … [Read More]

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Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie

Saturday, April 10 @ 8:30 am

Katie Wilson, leader of EAC’s Gentle Flow Yoga, has brought her weekly session online at her usual time—Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 am. Please contact Katie—anchorandbalanceyoga@gmail.com—for information about how to participate.

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Portrait Drawing Group

Wednesday, April 14 @ 4:00 pm

EAC’s drawing group, led by Anne Hopkins, has moved online! For portrait Wednesdays, participating artists take turns holding 5-20 minute poses for each other. Each artist—whether amateur or experienced—will have a turn to draw. The group would be interested in having a musician to participate by performing for the artists … [Read More]

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April Vacation Arts Camp

Wednesday, April 21 @ 10:00 am

Eastport Arts Center will offer a two-day April Vacation Arts Camp on Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, from 10-11 am each day. Geared to children ages 6 to 13, the camp will feature an Earth Day theme and feature accessible, colorful projects including recycled materials. Instructor is … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Play by Play: Theatre of the Absurd

Wednesday, April 21 @ 7:00 pm

Play by Play is a free theatre appreciation course offered by Stage East that builds participants’ abilities to analyze and thoughtfully discuss plays through in-class readings and discussion as well as helpful study guides.  This session’s focus is Theatre of the Absurd. Alongside facilitator, Mark Macey, participants will chart … [Read More]

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Draw-a-Thon

Saturday, April 24 @ 7:30 pm

EAC’s monthly Draw-a-Thon, a virtual program co-hosted by Anne Shields Hopkins, EAC’s life drawing workshop organizer, is offered on the last Saturday of each month, from 7:30-9:30. All are welcome to participate in the “pay if you are able event”, which uses the Zoom platform to create an evening … [Read More]

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EAC News & Recent Activities

Covid Creations Online Exhibition Unveiled

The much anticipated Covid Creations exhibition, a project of EAC’s Washington Street Gallery, has arrived! Please click here to visit the show. “Being laid off shook my habit of returning to the same few locations. They satisfied me plenty, but exploring was no longer a “waste” of precious painting … [Read More]

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Diana Young: ‘Joyful, Accomplished and With One Wicked Sense of Humor’ in Latest ‘Artist to Artist’ Video

Eastport Gallery’s Artist to Artist video series continues with a studio chat and interview with painter Diana Young. Diana has been a member of the Gallery for 32 years and counting, splitting her time between Bangor, where she lives, and Eastport, and managing to participate in both artistic communities at … [Read More]

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April Vacation Arts Camp Offers Earth Day-Themed Projects and a New-to-EAC Instructor

EAC will offer a two-day April Vacation Arts Camp on Wednesday and Thursday, April 21 and 22, from 10-11 am each day. Geared to children ages 6 to 13, the camp will feature an Earth Day theme and feature accessible, colorful projects including recycled materials. Instructor is Devon McPhee, … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Blooms—Online and In Person

The Eastport Gallery at 109 Water Street will open for the season on June 5th, “But you don’t have to wait until June,” enthused Gallery president Joan Lowden, “to appreciate the cheerful windows brightening the corner of Water and Washington Streets right now!”  The works in the windows, displayed … [Read More]

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EAC Video’s Most-Watched Title—’Farmer Jim’ Kovaleski—Tops 2K Views and Climbs On

EAC Video’s most-viewed offering, which topped 2,000 views on April 1, combines ‘Farmer Jim’ Kovaleski’s passions—scythe mowing and poetry. We share it this week as part of EAC’s celebration of April as National Poetry Month—set to culminate in our Poetry & Pie Night on April 30. The video was … [Read More]

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Gene Nichols Talks Rain Sounds & Rain Sticks to Prep for April’s Craft-along with Nia

As inspiration for April’s Craft-along with Nia—a custom rain stick craft, here’s Gene Nichols, multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, showing a few makers of rain sounds from his collection. In the Craft-along video, which will be published April 16, KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis will demonstrate a technique for creating a child-sized … [Read More]

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Portland’s Poet Laureate to Read for EAC Poetry & Pie Night

Linda Aldrich, the celebrated Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, will be opening reader for EAC’s 2021 Poetry & Pie Night, planned as an online event for April 30. Originally conceived as an open mic-style event featuring local poets and homemade pies, the event was held as an online gathering … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Spring Show Opens April 2

The Eastport Gallery’s virtual Spring Show opens Friday, April 2, and runs through June 17, featuring works by 16 of the gallery’s members. Visit the show online at www.eastportgallery.com.  While you are out enjoying the beautiful weather, please stop to appreciate the spring display in the Gallery windows at 109 … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery New Member Application is Open April 5-9

The 20-member Eastport Gallery cooperative has an opening for one new member. Interested artists are encouraged to apply. The gallery is a constituent member of the Eastport Arts Center. Membership includes participation in monthly seasonal shows in the Water Street gallery, year-round virtual shows, an artist page and shop … [Read More]

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Visual Contributions Sought for International Cookbook

EAC is creating a cookbook based on its legendary annual International Dinners and honoring EAC founder Joyce Weber, who passed away in 2020. Visual artists who work in any medium, including photography, are welcome to submit an artwork for consideration for inclusion in the cookbook. The cookbook will include … [Read More]

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Online Drawing Regulars Discuss Inspiration & Connectedness

“Assignments really help me. I get lost in too many options,” writes Sue Riddle of Pembroke, Maine, one of several artists who have participated for a year or more in EAC’s online portrait drawing group, interacting each week with a close-knit community formed despite social and physical distance. The … [Read More]

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March Draw-a-Thon Features Album Release ‘Listening Party’

This month’s Draw-a-Thon—offered Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 pm— will feature an opportunity for community members to hear the new album, ‘Welcome to Camtschaticus’ by Oh Boy Thanks, a sibling trio including Downeaster Rafi Hopkins and his brother and sister, Jesse and Anastasia Galkowski. As finale of the Draw-a-Thon, … [Read More]

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Absurdist Theatre Course Considers the African-American Experience

Play by Play, Stage East’s theater appreciation course, concludes with two final readings: Topdog/Underdog by Suzan Lori-Parks on March 31st and Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu on April 7th.  Topdog/Underdog revolves around the relationship between two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, whose names—given to them as a joke—exemplify their lifelong sibling rivalry. A story that … [Read More]

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EAC Community Mourns Steve Rodewald

EAC community members learned this week of the passing of longtime friend and patron of the center, Steve Rodewald, on March 12. EAC staff and Board members recalled Steve’s fondness for live music of all kinds and of dancing (as shown in the images below), and his generosity over … [Read More]

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Downeast Drag Queen is Latest in Studio Visit Video Series

The latest in the EAC Studio Visit  series warms viewers up in a look back at summer 2020. With Downeast Rainbow Alliance’s Pop-up Pride festival as the background, EAC Video captured Zach Smith’s transformation into drag queen Sandy River, the much-loved lead singer of Beach Trash. Inter-spliced with Beach … [Read More]

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Craft-along Series Presents ‘Collage a Scene’

Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program, which launched a video workshop series in October, continues with ‘Craft-along: Collage a Scene.‘ The video will help guide crafters young and adult to create their own collages, and to follow along with Nia’s design idea of a sunlight mountain scene. “This craft is … [Read More]

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