Upcoming at SPACE



Saturday 07.04.2015 through Saturday 04.25.2015
This new window installation, titled “Battle for the Sweetlands,” is by sisters Nicole Duennebier and Caitlin Duennebier and consists of three dioramas, one set behind each pane of glass in the window. The sisters are placing their own narrative on the traditional battlefield diorama. The “Sweetlands” in question are in reference to Caitlin Duennebier’s 2013 project “Journey to Candied Mountain,” in which the region was first discovered. Now, years later, the territory is embroiled in a violent turf-war among recent settlers. The center diorama “Massacre near Gumdrop Mountain” depicts these shirtless bandits, delirious with sugar and greed, fighting for the rich bounty of the mountain. Quieter scenes accompany the battle; a lonely camp in the Licorice forest in which we find the settlers vulnerable to the candied creatures that reside there. And a portrayal of the crazed message in the stars which appeared before General Gingersnap, and led to the eventual conflict at Gumdrop Mountain. Caitlin Duennebier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2009 and studied on scholarship at London University of Arts. Duennebier lived in London between 2009-2014 where OH PAPA was created. She currently lives and works in Boston, MA USA. www.ohpapa.co.uk/ Nicole Duennebier received her Bachelor in Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a major in painting. Her BFA thesis work was most influenced by research about the coastal ecosystems of Maine. In 2006, she was awarded the Monhegan Island Artists Residency. On the island she continued her work with sea life. Duennebier saw a natural connection between the darkness and intricacy of undersea regions and the aesthetic of 16th century Dutch still-life painting. In 2008 she moved to Boston. She is currently exhibiting with the 13FOREST gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts. http://www.nicoleduennebier.com/  

Main Gallery


Saturday 07.11.2015 through Tuesday 05.26.2015
Alina Gallo’s mural installation in the SPACE annex is a graphic rendering of an urban environment in Syria. It is a composite of images and descriptions of Aleppo, Saraqib, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Daraa taken from conventional and social media sources over the last three years. Here, disparate geographies and unorganized moments in time overlay each other, reflecting both a fragmented understanding of these accounts, and the conscious and unconscious attempts to recompose a potential reality.   Alina will be working for two weeks painting directly on the wall using classic egg tempera prepared by hand.    Artist Statement:  Following the onset of the Arab Spring, I began a series of contemporary miniature paintings chronicling key events from the Middle East region.  In early 2012, the Syrian government launched airstrikes and mortar attacks on populated neighborhoods to crush the rising revolution, killing and detaining hundreds of civilians. That February, acclaimed journalists Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin died while on assignment in Syria, bringing further attention to the spreading conflict. And the deaths of many other photographers and journalists were to follow. Since that time, the Syrian War has become one of most tragic conflicts since the Second World War. More than 200,000 people have lost their lives, millions of refugees have flooded into neighboring countries, and millions more have been displaced internally. The conflict has taken on the form of multiple proxy wars, involving the interests and interventions of many regional and global powers. Drawn to understand the increasingly shocking and complex evolution of the Arab Spring, I began researching and reaching out to make contact with those effected by this crisis. The relative absence of journalists on the ground within the changeable margins of this war-zone has turned the multitude of raw-footage, photographs, documentary snippets and staged fabrications into the primary source of information, even for large news agencies.   No longer only in the form of the familiar, neat and researched articles, this sea of fragmented and stratified documentations come forth filtered by chance as well as by multiple, calculated and unknowable internal dialectics and interests. The immediacy and ease in which we communicate, organize and encounter each other online is magnifying the intensity of our togetherness, and producing intentional and unintentional ways in which we potentially affect each other. How do we process, recompose and interpret this multitude of information? What are the outcomes of our interpretations? Do we have a responsibility to attempt to assemble this information for ourselves? We are Staying is a graphic rendering of an urban environment in Syria. It is a composite of images and descriptions of Aleppo, Saraqeb, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Daraa taken from conventional and social media sources over the last three years. Some elements of this compound city include a horse decorated for the celebration of Eid al-Adha, a guard post of a Liwaa al-Sultan Mrad brigade member, a mosque destroyed, an overturned car, damaged yet inhabited apartments, hanging sheets to obscure a sniper’s line of sight, and a foosball table.  The graffiti elements in this painting are inspired by city walls that have become marked and layered with pro-government threats, revolutionary slogans and expressions of hope, memorial and desperation; a fluid partial record of the ongoing conflict. Many of the writings come from the town of Saraqib, where groups of friends and families have painted walls to express themselves peacefully. Some of the slogans mean: “All our love to those who are gone,” “Together we are more beautiful, you are still my brother,” “Nothing is impossible,” “In the grand departure I will love you more” and “We are like the moon, we have a dark side.”  I have included revolutionary slogans from the Southern city of Daraa -now called the “Cradle of the the Revolution”- where, in March 2011, fifteen children were arrested, detained and tortured for painting anti-government graffiti on the walls of a school. "As-Shaab / Yoreed / Eskaat el nizam!": "The people / want / to topple the regime!" and “It is your turn, Doctor!” (A nickname for Bashar Assad, a trained ophthalmologist. The outrage and protests over the children’s arrests and mistreatment is often credited for kindling the Syrian revolution.  Finally, also on the walls, are several of the Pro-Assad slogans often left by government forces: “Al Assad or we will burn the country in his name” and “Al Assad or no one/ through here marched Assad’s men.”  We are Staying overlays disparate geographies and unorganized moments in time, reflecting both a fragmented understanding of these accounts, and the conscious and unconscious attempts to recompose a potential reality.     Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Nihad Akkad for his assistance in translating the graffiti slogans used in this exhibition. Thanks to journalists Hannah Lucinda Smith, Medyan Dairieh and Nour Kelze for their encouragement. Thanks to Karyn Thomas and the Small Projects Istanbul for Syria students and families for welcoming me into their community. Thank you to my husband Giuliano Matteucci for his support and creative collaboration. And to Daniela Salvati and Domenico Matteucci their support in Rome.  This project would not have been possible without the wonderful volunteers at SPACE Gallery who helped this project come to life: Michel Droge, Anna Bourakovsky, Karin Carlson, Kim Largey, Doug Milliken, Fae Nason, Mandy Morrish, Rachel Romanski, Jewel Rechsteiner, Alyssa Stoisolovich, Susan Gallo, Katy Nicketakis, Jaime Wing and Alison Hildreth. Thank you to the Hunt and Alpine Club for donating their egg yolks to make the tempera paint used in the installation and finally thank you to the amazing team at SPACE Gallery for hosting me and my work.   Biography:  Alina Gallo is an artist whose contemporary miniature paintings and mural installations have chronicled key Middle East and North Africa region events following the onset of the Arab Spring in late 2010.  In the last years, Alina has followed her project to live in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Italy. She brings to her work a research background in Abbasid, Safavid and Ottoman Miniature Painting in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum Department of Islamic Arts archives in New York, the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul, the University of Istanbul Nadir Eserler Library and the Museum of Art at Bowdoin College’s Islamic Manuscript Collection. Alina holds an MFA ’08 from the Maine College of Art and has taught at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and at Small Projects for Syria in Istanbul.  She has exhibited at venues including the Jamjar Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.; the Portland Museum of Art; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the ICA in Portland and her writing has appeared in publications including CHAIN magazine, Circumference: Journal of Translation and the Berkshire Review. She is currently collaborating with Australian artist Karen Black to create a book featuring children’s artwork from Small Projects for Syria in Istanbul to benefit their school. www.alinagallo.com

Artist Talk


Wednesday 05.27.2015
Surrealist artist H. R. Giger (1940–2014) terrified audiences with his Oscar-winning monsters in Ridley Scott's ALIEN.
Thursday 06.11.2015
During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it
Saturday 06.20.2015
The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of videos found at thrift stores and garage sales across the count
Tuesday 06.23.2015
For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environmen


Friday 05.29.2015
Downtown Boys are a bilingual political sax punk party from Providence, RI, featuring members of What Cheer Brigade
Saturday 06.06.2015
It's been just over two years since Jason Molina passed on and his legacy has never been stronger.
Saturday 06.13.2015
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 1990’s.  She has released over a doze
Thursday 06.18.2015
2015 marks 50 years since Michael Hurley released his first record on Folkways Records, First Songs, recorded on the same reel-to-reel that taped Lead Belly's


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Battle for the Sweet Lands

Saturday, April 25, 2015 to Saturday, July 4, 2015

We Are Staying - نحن باقون

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015
Exhibition opening

We Are Staying Exhibition Opening

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Doors at: 

Doors open at 7:00pm

Community event

2015 Maine Literary Awards presented by MWPA

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:00pm
Doors at: 



Downtown Boys with Lunch Cult and Bad Leg

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:30pm
Doors at: 

Doors at 8:00

Health/Care Film Series

American healthcare has emerged in recent years as a hot-button issue, generating vigorous debates over a system that many agree to be at best, fairly inefficient and at worse, in need of serious overhaul. In fulfilling the “Ideas” element of SPACE Gallery’s “Arts, Artists, Ideas” directive we present our Health/Care Film Series in January and February 2013. Three films, paired with discussions,... MORE
Feb 13, 2013
Film: Escape Fire
Jan 9, 2013
Jan 18, 2013, Jan 19, 2013, Jan 20, 2013

Summer Music Film Series

Music films are a natural fit at SPACE since they bridge two of the programming worlds we curate year-round. We’ve put together a diverse lineup of films about music and musicians to help fill the summer months. Take a look. There should be something for just about any taste. 
Jul 25, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
Aug 15, 2013

Maine College of Art Illustrators' Film Series

SPACE Gallery and the Maine College of Art Illustration Department have teamed up to curate a small series of films about cartoonists and illustrators.
Sep 24, 2013
Dec 3, 2013
Jan 14, 2014
Feb 25, 2014

Think and Drink

We’ve all had deep discussions with our friends while we’re out at night—why not add a couple of experts to the mix and really take it up a notch? That’s the idea behind Think & Drink, a happy-hour series in Portland that sparks provocative conversations about big ideas. The series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with two panelists who have expertise in the... MORE
Community event: Think & Drink
Feb 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Mar 5, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
Apr 2, 2014
Community event: Think and Drink
May 7, 2014

Iceland Cometh!

Iceland Cometh! is our first weekend celebrating our Nordic neighbors as innovative cultural leaders. We're proud to offer a free concert, free film screening, and free hot dogs to bring our community together in a triumphant exaltation of all things Iceland.
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 14, 2014


SPACE Gallery’s curiosity is the foundation of our programming. Manifest as art, design, innovation, writing, critical thinking, or by other means, ideas stick in our minds, create discussion and raise questions about our perceptions of the world. INSIGHT is a program for our lead donors who give $250 or more each year. We invite you to explore with us, seeking insight into the... MORE
Dec 17, 2012
Jan 22, 2013
May 18, 2013
Oct 7, 2013
Jun 18, 2014


We're excited to team up with The State Theatre to bring you a heavy handful of films revolving around musicians and their music-making.
Sep 2, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Nov 6, 2014

Family-Friendly Concert Series

SPACE presents a new monthly series of daytime concerts open to music-lovers of all ages.
Oct 19, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
Dec 20, 2014
Jan 10, 2015


We picked some of our favorite classic family-friendly films for our Winter Break Family Fim Series. Sponsored by The Horizon Foundation. Friday, December 26th - Monday, December 29th. Doors open at 1:30pm.  Films start at 2:00pm.
Dec 28, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 29, 2014


SPACE Gallery and Shorts International present the 2015 Oscar-Nominated Short Films. The Animated Program runs on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm and Friday, January 30th at 7:30pm. The Live Action Program runs On Saturday, January 31st at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Nominations are announced on Jan. 16th. The Academy Awards ceremony is on Sunday, Feb. 22nd.
Jan 29, 2015, Jan 30, 2015
Jan 31, 2015, Jan 31, 2015

Upcoming Events

  • Exhibition opening: Tuesday, May 26, 2015   |   5:00 PM
    We Are Staying Exhibition Opening
  • Film: Wednesday, May 27, 2015   |   7:30 PM
  • Community event: Thursday, May 28, 2015   |   7:00 PM
    2015 Maine Literary Awards presented by MWPA
  • Music: Friday, May 29, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Downtown Boys with Lunch Cult and Bad Leg
  • Music: Saturday, Jun 6, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    The Music of Jason Molina
  • Community event: Monday, Jun 8, 2015   |   6:00 PM
    Poet Laureate Inaugural Party
  • Film: Thursday, Jun 11, 2015   |   7:30 PM
  • Music: Saturday, Jun 13, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Mirah with Plains and Kid in the Attic
  • Community event: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015   |   7:00 PM
  • Music: Thursday, Jun 18, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Michael Hurley with Asa Irons
  • Film: Saturday, Jun 20, 2015   |   8:00 PM
  • Film: Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015   |   7:30 PM

Current Exhibitions

  • Window   |   4.25 - 7.4
    Battle for the Sweet Lands
  • Annex   |   5.26 - 7.11
    We Are Staying - نحن باقون


May 6, 2015 | By anne
Sisters Caitlin and Nicole Duennebier are the artist-team behind our current window installation, Battle for the Sweetlands. In this interview, they divulge the story of the Sweetlands, describe working alone and working together, and talk about tough ladies....

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