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

Mindfulness & Yoga with Lilli

Tuesday, January 19 @ 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. 

Events

Portrait Drawing Group

Wednesday, January 20 @ 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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Friday in the Studio

Friday, January 22 @ 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 … [Read More]

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Mindfulness & Yoga with Lilli

Friday, January 22 @ 9:00 am

Lilli Danae, RYT, has added a second weekly session of her Mindfulness & Yoga Zoom class, from 9-10 am Fridays. For more information or to join the class, please contact Lilli at lillireally@gmail.com. 

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Draw-a-Thon

Saturday, January 23 @ 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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Workshop: Sensational Sauerkraut

Sunday, January 31 @ 1:30 pm

Join Anne Hopkins and friends in your home kitchen for EAC’s next workshop offering: an afternoon of learning to create the digestive ‘wonder food,’ sauerkraut. The foodcraft class will take place from 1:30-3 pm, Sunday, January 31, via Zoom.  Participants will receive a PDF of Anne’s sauerkraut-making pamphlet when … [Read More]

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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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Winter Owl Craft Along is Here! Free Materials Kits Available

Nia Aretakis, instructor of EAC’s KinderArts Craft-Along video series, presents her latest—Winter Owl Art. Viewers’ curiosity about owls will be piqued as they’re inspired to make their own wee owls of cardboard, felt and paint. Geared towards children 3-8 years of age, though fun for all ages, EAC’s KinderArts … [Read More]

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Sauerkraut Next in Online Workshop Series

Join Anne Hopkins and friends in your home kitchen for EAC’s next workshop offering: an afternoon of learning to create the digestive ‘wonder food,’ sauerkraut. The free foodcraft class will take place from 1:30-3 pm, Sunday, January 31, via Zoom. Participants will receive a PDF of Anne’s sauerkraut-making pamphlet … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Spotlights Jude Kempe

Longtime gallery member Jude Kempe is the Eastport Gallery’s featured artist this week.  Jude reflects: “The gift of being an artist for me is that I find absolutely everything in the world fascinating. The gift of being an artist has given me the ability to observe keenly, feel deeply, honor … [Read More]

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‘Hearts for the Arts’ Show Seeks Community Submissions

The Eastport Gallery invites all community artists to join the virtual Hearts for the Arts Valentine Show and online silent auction set for February 1-14. This show is being offered as the replacement fund-raising event for the gallery’s popular Paint Eastport Day, which was canceled in 2020 because of … [Read More]

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Cast Members Reflect on Remote Theater Production

It’s a Wonderful Life, produced via Zoom on December 31, 2020, was a milestone experience for cast members, some of whom came to the production with extensive acting experience, and some who are newly minted. Despite challenges of working ‘in a vacuum,’ home alone with their computer screens while … [Read More]

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Ostrander-Kempe Tête-à-Tête Kicks Off New Video Series

This week, Eastport Gallery introduces a new video series: Artist to Artist, produced by gallery member Jude Kempe. “The series idea came about because as an artist myself I am interested in asking other artists questions,” noted Kempe. “‘Why do we make art? Why did we choose to be … [Read More]

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EAC Workshop Students Share ‘Heart-felt’ Creations

After learning a needle-felting technique at a July 2020 EAC Zoom workshop, Lauren Koss, a longtime student of wet felting, began engaging with the dry-felting in earnest in winter 2020, and also taught her 7-year-old son (also a frequenter of EAC workshops) the technique. As taught by Audra Christie, … [Read More]

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Owling-Inspired Art Project Next Up from KinderArts Craft Along Series

Have you ever gone owling? Winter Owl Art will be the next from the EAC KinderArts program’s Craft Along video series. Instructor Nia Aretakis will help viewers make their own wise, brave owl with paint, felt and cardboard in an easy-to-follow and gentle video presentation.EAC’s Craft Along workshops are accessible to … [Read More]

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Online Theater Production Attracts 100, Coast to Coast

Stage East’s New Year’s Eve online production of It’s a Wonderful Life was a resounding success, with 100 spectators joining the 19 cast members for a vigorous reading of the holiday classic, keeping the theater’s New Year’s Eve tradition alive. “I tried to stay as faithful to the film as possible,” … [Read More]

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Stage East Wraps 2020 With Online Production—Take a Peek!

A new adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life will conclude the 2020 season for Play by Play, Stage East’s online theatre and play reading class. On Thursday, December 31 at 7 pm the class will continue Stage East’s New Year’s Eve tradition with a free production featuring 19 actors. … [Read More]

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EAC Wellness Classes to Continue Without Pause Through Holidays

EAC’s Tuesday, Friday and Saturday yoga classes will continue to meet as regularly scheduled through the Christmas and New Year holidays this year. “Since this year things are so different than normal years,” noted instructor Lilli Danaea, who’ll teach on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, “I am offering … [Read More]

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Local Family Reunites Online for Stage East New Year’s Tradition

A newly written adaptation of the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life will be Play by Play’s finale reading for 2020. Play by Play, Stage East’s online theatre and play reading class, spent the fall studying the most produced plays of the 2019-20 U.S. season. In its final session—on Thursday, December … [Read More]

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Young Trio Shares Tune from Henson’s Holiday Classic

Washington County native Emma Page, with Alex Ouellette and Hunter Lefebvre, recently recorded “When the River Meets the Sea,” a Paul Williams tune from Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. The trio (called OLP) are roommates, and have been spending these pre-Christmas days watching each other’s favorite holiday movies. … [Read More]

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Festival of Ornaments a Bright Spot for Holiday 2020

Attracting more than 50 students, with several double- or even triple-dipping by attending more than one of the series’ workshops, EAC’s Festival of Ornaments allowed many community members to spend meaningful time together while making handcrafted ornaments. Presented via Zoom November 29 through December 13, the workshop trio—Tassel Tree … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery Extends Greetings of the Season

Eastport Gallery extends thanks to all who helped to wrap up this most unusual 35th anniversary year! The Gallery’s Water Street windows join over 40 homes and businesses to city-wide “Light Up Eastport” efforts for the holidays. Even during these difficult times, there is still magic in the air and the Gallery … [Read More]

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