February 7: First Friday Art Opening- Kelly McConnell: The Space in Between



Kelly McConnell is an Artist and Art Educator who has lived and worked in the Portland area since 1995. She holds a BA from Gettysburg College, MFA in painting from Maryland Institute, College of Art, and a K-12 Art Education Certificate. Kelly is an Assistant Professor and Director of Outreach in MECA’s Art Education Program (MAT) as well as Art Essentialist for middle school students at Breakwater School. Locally, Kelly is frequent collaborator with SPACE Gallery, where she was the Art Director of their longest running children’s educational series “Lunchbox,” Portland Museum of Art, where she serves on the Education Committee, PARC (Portland Area Reggio Collaborative), the ICA, and Mayo Street. Kelly maintains an active studio practice and  Congress Street surveillance from the fourth floor of the Artist Studio Building.

Artist Statement

My paintings are about time, a systematic record of time, and representations of my life through an allegorical selection of colors.  For example, red to me stands for plasma or life. My paintings are realistic in their expression in that they are about me. Rather than a narrative, I have painted a a set of emotional symbols and a collection of paths and journeys.  Reflected in the paint, I see through fog, sheets of water, or a veil, depicted with multiple layers of color. These layers are how I experience my life.

The colors I continually come back to are predominately transparent colors, like Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Green and Blue.  These colors are potent in their ability to hold metaphors that I hold true. One of these metaphors is how layers of transparent color capture the idea of time or the way experience itself layers in a life.

The actual physical passing of time in the making of the work is integral to the process and the idea of the work. Time is integral to the metaphysical essence of the painting as well as its physical state.  The mark itself is a record, or measure of a temporal experience. It is in a way an actualization of the ephemeral.  It feels as though my presence is part every mark in every painting because I was so fully present in the making of the mark, watching the mark, moving with the mark, being aware of how each mark happens when it happens.

The accumulation of mark then becomes the painting.  The painting is a physical artifact of an experience, one woven with the past, the event of the painting, and the future of the object I created.

February 8: Artist Talk- Kelly McConnell


So often at art openings the whirl of excitement does not allow viewers to fully delve into the work or even to meet the artist.  Here's your chance!  Kelly McConnell will say a bit about her work and then open the floor to a free-form discussion.

February 8: Music & Mythology of Our World


Tickets are: $10 adults/$8 students, $5 for children age 10 and under
The Mark Tipton Quartet performs World Folk Music derived from, inspired by, and underscoring World Mythology.  In this intimate and informative concert, you will be led on a musical and mythological journey around the globe through several millennia.  Learn about Ollontay, the fearless Incan warrior who defied the laws of his country and the orders of a nobleman to claim his true love; Rusalka, the original "Little Mermaid" from Czech folklore; and Narada, who sings endless hymns to Vishnu, and is able to transport himself to distant galaxies and realms.  This concert is family-friendly, and the musicians will be available to answer questions at the end of the show.
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February 14 & 15: The Vagina Monologues


Friday, Feb 14th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 15th at 3:00 pm
Tickets, $10.00

The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace, the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.

This production is put on by Portland's Alternative Theatre, a local theatre group, and is part of the world-wide V-Day campaign to end violence against women.  The proceeds of this show go to SASSMM (Sexual Assult Suport Services of Mid Coast Maine).


February 16: Encore Screening of FOSSE Frankenstein


1 pm

$8 adults/$4 students 12 & under

The FOSSE (Figures of Speech Student Ensemble) will have an encore screening of its puppet film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Sunday, February 16th at Mayo Street Arts in Portland. Doors open at 12:45 PM for the 1:00 PM encore screening of the film, which will be followed by a reception and Q&A with the director.

Now in its 5th season, The FOSSE is an after-school program that pairs professional artist mentors with high school students to create original adaptations of classic tales using Figures of Speech Theatre’s (FST’s) signature blend of puppets, masks, shadows, music, actors, dance, and more.  The FOSSE’s Frankenstein interprets Shelley’s original text with Victorian-style Toy Theater puppetry, Silent Film-inspired live action shots, shadow puppetry, pen & ink illustrations, and post-production magic in a seven-episode portrayal of this classic tragedy.

18 students and 6 professional artist mentors collaborated side-by-side on the project for a year and a half under the direction of FST’s Education Director, Ian Bannon. The project was funded in part by grants from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Community Foundation, and other private sources.  As a venue, Mayo Street Arts is a perfect fit. This small community-based arts organization has quickly become a hotbed of puppet activity in Portland, hosting a series of puppet slams, screenings of puppet short films, and touring productions from national and international puppet troupes.  All seven episodes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein will be shown at the premiere, with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available for $8 for adults, $4 for students 12 and under. Though the film touches upon mature subjects, it is suitable for all ages.FRANK2 (1)Frankenstein_Digital_Poster (1)

February 22: Legend of the Banana Kid


$4, Kids (12 and under)

$8, Adults


Length of show: approx. 45 minutes

Recommended audience: ages 4 and up

A puppet show by the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure!  With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.  (*please note that there are no guns in the show).

“The Legend of the Banana Kid” features 20 of our hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas.

See some clips from "The Legend of the Banana Kid" (warning: not high quality film or sound!):

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March 7-22: Shoestring Theater's Alice in Wonderland


Episode 1: Friday March 7 at 7pm, Saturday March 8 at 11am

Episode 2: Friday March 14 at 7pm, Saturday March 15 at 11am

Episode 3: Friday March 21 at 7pm, Saturday March 22 at 11am

Tickets: $10, adults / $5, children 12 & under

Funky, twisted, irreverent, and weird are a few of the words one could use to describe the upcoming premiere of Shoestring Theater's adaption of Alice in Wonderland. Performed in three episodes at Mayo Street, this original adaption will showcase  a variety of puppets including large marionettes, hand puppets, as well as actors and musicians. Come check out what a community puppet theater can do.


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