Eastport Arts Center is pleased to announce Open Sessions, a new group of programs designed to engage community members with casual, drop-in offerings for all interests. Four ‘club’-style meet-ups—a cosplay (costume play) circle; an art history and theory group; a game session; and an open gathering or artists to sketch or paint—will get the Open Sessions rolling in June, and more offerings are in the works. The new programming has been funded by a Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant, awarded to the Center in May 2023.
All of the programs are offered free of charge for attendees age 17 and under; donations ($5/session suggested) are appreciated from adult participants. 

The Cosplay Circle meets every other Wednesday, beginning June 14, 3:30-5:30 pm. Cosplay (from “costume play”) is an activity and performance art in which participants create and wear costumes and props to represent a specific character or era from history. The group will be a space for anyone interested in costuming and prop-making to exchange ideas, socialize, and work on their creations. All types of cosplay projects, whether based on comics, anime, literary or historical characters, are welcome. Some materials and tools will be provided, but attendees should feel free to bring their own supplies. Summer 2023 Cosplay Circle meetings will be held June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23.

Art lovers are invited to join in for Art History and Theory: Close Looking Sessions, meeting every other week beginning June 14, from 6:30-8:30 pm, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, including Wed., June 14; Thu., June 29 and July 13; Wed., July 26; Thu., Aug. 10; Wed., Aug. 23; and Thu., Sept. 7. At each session, participants will evaluate one painting as a group. Lively discussion of the artwork will include visual analysis, historical contextualization, and aesthetic impressions. Attendees are invited to suggest works for consideration for future sessions. Light refreshments will be provided.

EAC’s new Game Gathering meets every Thursday, 10 am-noon, June 15 to September 1. A fall schedule will be determined. Attendees are invited to come to the Arts Center and pick from a variety of traditional and new board and card games that will be available to choose from to play individually or with friends. Light refreshments will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own games to play: role-playing games, board games, or whatever suits the players’ fancy.

Still Life Sessions are every other Thursday, beginning June 15, 2-4 pm. All are welcome to come sketch or paint a themed still life that will be set up for each session. Drawing boards and graphite pencils will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own supplies. Summer 2023 Still Life sessions will be offered on June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24.

The Eastport Arts Center, where creativity and community meet, is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.

EAC Open Sessions are off to a great start! A young artist (above) was inspired at the kickoff Still Life session! Read all about these drop-in groups above, and please do come join us!