Pop-up Art Gallery Opens Summer Show in Old Port


Landscape Artist Jennifer Pope Stnads Beside Several of Her Favorite Paintings on Display at the Maine Art Collective, 157 Middle Street, Portland Recently.

The Maine Art Collective is Located at 157 Middle Street, Portland, a New Art Street, So-Named by Acrylic Artist Jennifer Pope.

Maine Art Collective, an art gallery managed by the member artists themselves, has opened up its summer show at 157 Middle Street, in the Old Port of Portland.  The Gallery is expected to run through the end of August 2022, although it could be extended should the space become available later into the year.  The reason for the Collective is to provide art lovers with affordable paintings from talented Maine artists.

Last year the Collective launched its first year on the nearby Exchange Street.  That space is currently undergong rennovations to be a restaurant. The Middle Street space is larger than the Exchange Street location permiting twenty (20) artists to show their work rather than the sixteen (16) previously located on Exchange Street.  Exhibiting artists are extremely enthusiastic about this space said exhibiting artist Jennifer Pope recently.

Collective members performed extensive rennovation work to turn it into the light and bright space with new flooring  that it has become.  Furthermore, the Collective popped-up in a section of the Old Port that houses several highly-regarded art galleries – Greenhut Gallery and the Portland Art Gallery are across Middle Street.  This larger exhibition space has permitted landscape and seascape painter Jennifer Pope to exhibit at the Collective for the first time.  In fact, Pope has almost twenty (20) paintings in  the current show.  She says the new pop-up is on a “New Art Street” in the heart of downtown Portland.

A retired social worker, Pope has been able to dedicate much of her retirement years to pursuing her acarylicpainting.  She often takes walks with her camera- looking for landscapes that she would like to paint.  On such a trip on Peaks Island last year, the self-taught artist spotted this massive pine tree of whiich she snapped a photo.  The painting is on display at the Collective in a prime spot.  “I like trees these days.”  Pope is working on a number of other paintings, including a lighthouse. A resident of Freeport, Pope has also shown her work at the Meetinghouse House Arts there.

The pop-up art gallery is open seven days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

For more background information on the Maine Art Collective, please visit post herein dated October 16, 2021.