Blainor McGough, Executive Director

DSCN1163Blainor McGough is the founder and Executive Director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor was inspired by the opportunity to repurpose an historic 1890’s church into a contemporary arts space in the diverse and underserved East Bayside neighborhood. With help from board and staff, Blainor has worked to develop a multi faceted arts center with a full roster of programs for artists, community, and youth. Blainor is a puppeteer and artist who previously worked as a librarian, boat builder, waitress, project coordinator, and teacher, with organizations the Greater Portland Boys and Girls Club, the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, Shoestring Theater, and WMPG radio. Blainor and her husband Brian love hunting for yard sales and waterfalls with their two boys, Rigel and Cirrus.



 Abbeth Russell, Program Assistant

Abbeth Russell is an artist and teaching artist who received her BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art. As Mayo Street Arts program coordinator, Abbeth works to organize youth programs, performing arts events, and art exhibits. You may have seen her juggling, selling her art, or screaming songs around Portland at the FirstFriday ArtWalk.  Recently, Abbeth adapted her comic book “Legend of the Ladder People” into a puppet show which she performs with her band, “The Bumbling Woohas.” Abbeth enjoys curating interactive, multimedia shows and is a founding member of the art collective the Hidden Ladder Collective.



Lauren Fleury, Events Manager

Lauren Fleury is fascinated and vitalized when given with the opportunity to interact with artists and audience members alike. Lauren began creating/managing community events and working with local artists as Station Manager of 91.9 WMEB-FM, The University of Maine in Orono’s student-run station. Lauren received a double degree in Journalism and Philosophy from the University of Maine, where she also had the pleasure of falling in love with radio. During the week Lauren is a Media Assistant at Strategic Media, a radio advertising agency located in downtown Portland. When she is not busy seeking a new adventure or keeping up with her full work life, she can be found reading, cuddling with her cat Maverick, and collecting records.



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