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.

Please note: the Arts Center building is currently closed to the public until we find that it is safe to resume sponsoring social gatherings for our patrons. In the meanwhile, we present an array of online events, exhibitions and activities to continue to provide a place where creativity and community meet, for our Washington County community and beyond.

Learn more about the EAC here.

Do you like what we’re doing? We depend on contributions from our community and patrons to help keep the Arts Center open. Please consider showing your support by donating, or get involved by volunteering.

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 23 @ 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 24 @ 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 28 @ 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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Poetry & Pie Night

Friday, April 30 @ 7:00 pm

Eastport Arts Center invites all to an informal online gathering in celebration of April as National Poetry Month on Friday, April 30 at 7 pm. The Poetry & Pie Night will begin with a reading by Linda Aldrich, Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, and continue with local poets Catherine … [Read More]

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Jay Skriletz Scholarship Fund Launch and ‘Houdini’s Secret’ Staged Reading

Saturday, May 1 @ 7:00 pm

On Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 pm, a virtual celebration will take place to launch The Jay Skriletz Scholarship Fund to support youth and young adults in the theater. The scholarship is inspired by the life of Jay Skriletz and his belief in the potential and power of young … [Read More]

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Beginning Basketry with Sara Myrick

Sunday, May 2 @ 1:00 pm

Next in EAC’s popular series of online workshops is Beginning Basketry with Sara Myrick, 1-3 pm, Sunday, May 2. Geared for ages 12 and up, the workshop will be a fun and interactive tutorial in making a box-shaped basket using a form and twine. Sara will also show adaptations … [Read More]

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African Drumming with Noel Brennan

Monday, May 3 @ 7:30 pm

Expanding EAC’s online education to include music, the center will offer a free four-week Sabar Drumming class for teens and adults on Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 7:30-8:30 pm, via Zoom, with Noel Brennan. Originally from Robbinston, and currently Director of Jazz Studies at Brooklyn Conservatory, … [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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Sara Myrick to Teach Beginning Basketry

Next in EAC’s popular series of online workshops is Beginning Basketry with Sara Myrick, 1-3 pm, Sunday, May 2. Geared for ages 12 and up, the workshop will be a fun and interactive tutorial in making a box-shaped basket using a form and twine. Sara will also show adaptations … [Read More]

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African Drumming Classes to Run Online in May

Expanding EAC’s online education to include music, the center will offer a free four-week Sabar Drumming class for teens and adults on Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 7:30-8:30 pm, with Noel Brennan. Originally from Robbinston, and currently Director of Jazz Studies at Brooklyn Conservatory, Brennan has … [Read More]

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Poetry & Pie Night Coming Up April 30

Eastport Arts Center invites all to an informal online gathering in celebration of April as National Poetry Month on Friday, April 30 at 7 pm. The Poetry & Pie Night will begin with a reading by Linda Aldrich, Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, and continue with local poets Catherine … [Read More]

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Gallery Features Joan Lowden

This week’s featured Eastport Gallery artist is gallery president Joan Lowden. “My main artistic passion is music, jazz bass in particular, but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago.  Encaustic, (from the Greek ‘to burn’), … [Read More]

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Staged Reading, Scholarship Fund Organized in Memory of Jay Skriletz

On Friday, May 1 at 7:00 pm, a virtual celebration will take place to launch The Jay Skriletz Scholarship Fund to support youth and young adults in the theater. The scholarship is inspired by the life of Jay Skriletz and his belief in the potential and power of young … [Read More]

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April’s Apt Rainstick Craft, Plus Bonus Music Video, Is Here!

EAC KinderArts video workshop series continues with ‘Craft-along: Make Your Own Rainstick.‘ In this month’s video, instructor Nia Aretakis demonstrates a technique for creating a child-sized rainstick out of simple household materials, and encourage participants to experiment with different ‘fillings’ for their sticks to create different sounds. The video also … [Read More]

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EAC Video Instructor on Wearable Art & Making a Shirt for the Shoot

Did you notice the homemade Earth shirt KinderArts video instructor Nia Aretakis was wearing in this month’s Craft-along video, ‘Make Your Own Rainstick’? Nia shared some images and thoughts about her process of making the shirt for the shoot. As as an artist, she has long enjoyed experimenting in … [Read More]

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This Week’s ‘Friday in the Studio’ Reimagines Draw-a-Thon Event

Join us Friday morning for a reimagining! Anne Hopkins’ ‘In The Studio’ for April 16 will be an exploration in the Draw-a-thon. For the past year Anne has been co-hosting a monthly creativity extravaganza. Live music, group drawing, performers and storytellers have been regulars on the fourth-Saturday evening Zoom … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Features Member Artist Lora Whelan

Lora Whelan is this week’s featured artist as the Eastport Gallery continues to celebrate spring with festive windows at 109 Water Street and a virtual Spring Show at: https://www.eastportgallery.com.Using paint, pastel and mixed media, Lora Whelan explores human perception and experience through her artworks. “I am self-taught, and find the … [Read More]

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

Please note—there are just two materials kits left for next week’s Arts Camp! To register and receive a kit, please email Alison: alison@eastportartscenter.org. Registrants who plan to use their own materials should also email Alison—to receive the Zoom invitation and also a template for Thursday’s project! Full details follow. … [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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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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