Current Exhibition

Kifah Abudulla ::: Art – Arabic Calligraphy – And Me

On View ::: April 1 – May 26, 2022

Opening Reception ::: Friday, April 1 at 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Detail of “Surviving” (2018) acrylic on wood panel, 18″ x 18″

Join Mayo Street Arts for the grand reopening of the visual arts gallery at our theater! 

Art – Arabic Calligraphy – And Me features the paintings of visual artist, writer, teacher, performer, and activist, Kifah Abdulla.

Kifah Abdulla was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, where he studied art. Calligraphy in abstraction is a true inspiration to him, As an experimental artist, he wants his artwork to be different from all the other artworks around him.

Abdulla published his first book of poetry, Dead Still Dream in 2016, and his first memoir Mountains Without Peaks in 2020. He was a member of the Portland Public Art Committee (PPAC) and taught the art of Arabic calligraphy at MECA/CS. His recent exhibition “Alphabet City” featured calligraphy in paintings at UNE art galleries. He is well-known for his art project “Rebel: Take Action.”  He uses art as a medium to talk on many social and environmental issues.


Friday, April 1 | Doors open at 6:00 PM; Opening remarks at 6:30 PM

Free to the public. Libations and light snacks will be provided.

The reception is at our theater located at 10 Mayo Street, Portland ME 04101.


Art – Arabic Calligraphy – And Me will be on view April 1 – May 26, 2022.

Gallery hours are by appointment only

Please email Katie at or call (207) 879-4629 to schedule a visit!

To see our recent exhibitions visit our Past Exhibitions page here.

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