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.

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 and COVID-19

The EAC Board has determined that the Arts Center building will remain closed to the public during the continuing COVID-19 crisis, until such time as we find that it is safe to resume sponsoring regular social gatherings that our patrons will feel safe attending. In the meanwhile, we will … [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

Draw-a-Thon

Saturday, October 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, and Mark Macey, EAC and Stage East’s Island Institute Fellow, 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 … [Read More]

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Mindfulness & Yoga with Lilli

Tuesday, October 27 @ 8:30 am

Lilli Danae, RYT, will offer her usual Tuesday morning class—Mindfulness & Yoga—via Zoom, from 8:30 to 9:45 am. For more information or to join the class, please contact Lilli at lillireally@gmail.com. 

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Friday in the Studio

Friday, October 30 @ 9:00 am

Share your works in progress, work on a still life, create a graphic phrase! Participating Artists, Dreamers & Doers zoom in to share, visit & listen.Class links may be found at https://www.patreon.com/anneshields; email anneshieldshopkins@gmail.com for more information.

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Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie

Saturday, October 31 @ 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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EAC News & Recent Activities

What to Watch? Start with this list by EAC Video

Whether brand new or ‘from the vault’ we present here a collection of videos for your enjoyment—musical offerings, studio visits, Stage East’s Life in Washington County collection, past EAC performers and more. Stay tuned as we add more, and please also subscribe to EAC’s YouTube channel.

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Spooky & Sweet! KinderArts Craft-Along Videos (& Free Materials Kits) Are Here!

EAC’s KinderArts program’s free video workshops for kids are here! (Scroll down, or view the playlist on YouTube). Craft along with Nia Aretakis as she makes four different projects in this month’s offering: Spooky & Sweet Halloween Decorations. These crafts—a pumpkin, Frankenstein’s monster, a witch and a ghost scene—are … [Read More]

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Quoddy Voices Present First ‘Virtual’ Choral Work

Quoddy Voices, who resumed their work together in September for a ‘virtual’ season, present their first choral video this week. The community choir’s director, John Newell, guided the singers through each step of the new musical process, which centered around Monday evening rehearsals via Zoom. To aid singers in … [Read More]

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New Club Welcomes Creative Teens

EAC is proud to announce the launch of Downeast Digital Zine Club, a program aimed at Washington County teenagers that focuses on the production of a monthly publication. Young artists of all disciplines and skill levels are encouraged to participate. The club meets via Zoom, and will begin with … [Read More]

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Popular Plays Get the Spotlight

Stage East is happy to announce its recently retooled play reading series, Play by Play 2.0. During the months of November and December, the public is encouraged join Stage East in reading work from the list of most produced plays in the 2019-2020 U.S. season. Readings will begin at … [Read More]

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Moose Island House Players’ Music on the Deck Show Released

The Eastport Gallery YouTube channel has posted the final pop-up concert from the 2020 Music on Deck series. The Moose Island House Players, featuring Alice St. Clair and Ross Argir on violin, Susan Luthin on mandolin and whistle, Brandy Argir on guitar and Joan Lowden on bass ukulele, wowed … [Read More]

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Zoom Can Do More! Draw-a-Thon On Tap for October 24

EAC’s Draw-a-Thon is a multi-art form experience that lovingly pushes the boundaries of what Zoom can be—and, great news!—it happens on the 4th Saturday of each month. October’s session will feature the following slate of performer/models:Halloween Poses with LunaMuse (Manuela Brice) and music by Mark Macey (3, 5 and … [Read More]

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Virtual Concert Continues with ‘Graceful Ghost’ Rag

In this latest from EAC Video, Gregory Biss presents a seasonally appropriate tune—William Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost (Rag) and accompanies the piece with a little discussion of the ragtime form. From Scott Joplin’s claim to have invented ragtime and his ‘viral’ hit Maple Leaf Rag in 1898, ragtime has become … [Read More]

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‘Covid Creations’ Online Exhibition Extends Submission Deadline

Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery has announced an upcoming open virtual exhibition, ‘Covid Creations’ to be presented via the center’s site with a December 1 opening. Organizers would like to ask artists of the EAC community, near and far, “What have you created during the Covid-19 pandemic?” Submissions … [Read More]

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Covid-Cautious Drum Circle Continues Weekly

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) will host an outdoor drum circle/percussion jam session on Fridays at 3 pm, near the sculpture on the lawn below Powers Hall.  Social distancing and mask wearing will be in effect, with instruments placed at least 6’ apart; this will be in … [Read More]

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‘Farmer Jim’ Kovaleski Shares Frost Poem for EAC Video

EAC Video presents Jim Kovaleski, a farmer and poetry fan who lives in Pembroke, Maine and New Port Richey, Florida, reading a poem he selected: “Mowing” by Robert Frost.The footage was shot on the Leighton Point Road, Pembroke, Maine, in late September 2020; camera and editing by EAC Video’s … [Read More]

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McCurdy and Brice Warmed Crowd at Music on the Deck Season Finale

Check out the latest pop-up concert of the Eastport Gallery’s Music on the Deck series featuring: Fiddle Chick and Plucky (Denise McCurdy, violin and Colie Brice, vocals and guitar). On a crisp, cold, September afternoon, this dynamic duo kept the music lovers dancing and warm with their unique covers … [Read More]

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Thanks to Our Donors!

EAC is grateful for the invaluable support of many individuals and businesses, who’ve either pledged recurring monetary support, or made a one-time donation. Please visit Our Donors page to see all of the names!

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Our Latest Workshop Offering: Free Crafts for Kids (of all ages) with Nia Aretakis!

EAC’s KinderArts program is thrilled to announce our latest project—free video workshops for kids! All may view the tutorial videos, which will be shared via our website and YouTube channel; materials kits will be provided free of charge by EAC, but supplies from home may easily be used as … [Read More]

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Fast-Paced ‘Art Romp’ Lights a Spark for Zoom-in Artists

“The art romp was an inspiration to loosen up and start doing quantities of experimental art,” noted participant Mary Anderson. “What a bargain, a class and tools too!” Offered via Zoom as part of EAC’s Workshop Series, the ‘Art Romp’ was the brainchild of artist and musician Anne Black, … [Read More]

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‘LunaMuse’ Manuela Brice Spins Yarns for EAC Video

Continuing EAC Video’s studio visit series, we drop in on fiber artist, hand-spinner, and knitwear designer Manuela Brice at LunaMuse Studio and Showroom. From learning to knit at just 5 years old, Manuela’s lifelong practice has blossomed into a small business including her handspun yarns and knitwear originals. In … [Read More]

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