Upcoming at SPACE



Friday 08.07.2015 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

Friday 09.04.2015 through Thursday 06.04.2015
Baltimore, Maryland based artist Gary Kachadourian creates intricate pencil drawings of everyday objects and landscapes that are designed to be copied, shown, and/or distributed as Xeroxed or laser printed booklets, prints, posters, or objects. Much of his work is available to purchase for under $10 and is xeroxed to life-size scale. His installations anchor the viewer in a familiar reality, proposing that one should consider the beauty within a banal landscape. His work will turn the walls of our main gallery into an urban alley way, complete with a Volvo station wagon and life-size trees. Recent exhibitions include the 12th National Drawing Invitational, Arkansas Art Center; Forest/City at FAM/Western Carolina University; Home Maker at Purchase College, SUNY, MICA Then/Now at the KuBe, Beacon, NY, Floorplan at PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO; Troika at Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Baker Artists Awards Exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art; One Every Day: A Printeresting Curatorial Project, EFA Project Space, NY; Super/Prime: Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA; and Liste and FAX at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. His books and posters have been carried by Atomic Books, Half Letter Press, Printed Matter, and Quimby’s Bookstore. He received a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and the Trawick Prize and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant both in 2013. He was the Visual Arts Coordinator for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, formerly the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, from 1987 to 2009 where he coordinated grant programs, exhibitions for Artscape, the city’s mural program and numerous temporary public arts projects in the city of Baltimore. In 2012 he completed his MFA degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Artist Statement: For the past eight years I have been making scale drawings of objects, surfaces, and locations that exist in my public and personal space. These drawings are scanned and reproduced using black and white or color xerographic or ink jet printed processes to make books, prints, and large-scale installations. The selected objects and surfaces usually represent those things that are in plain sight, things that are central to the nfrastructure of a built environment but are also things that are visually ignored. While I am interested and cognitive of the poetics of what is and isn’t selected and how what is selected interacts with the other selections I do not feel that it is my place to codify this part of the process.  Organized by Jenny McGee Dougherty www.gary-kachadourian.squarespace.com


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 Kifah Abdulla and Nihad Akkad for their 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. To learn more about Small Projects Istanbul for Syria and how you can help visit www.smallprojectsistanbul.org. Thank you to my husband Giuliano Matteucci for his support and creative collabortaion. And to Daniela Salvati and Domenico Matteucci for 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, Saleha Belgaumi, Fae Nason, Mandy Morrish, Rachel Romanski, Jewel Rechsteiner, Alyssa Stoisolovich, Susan Gallo, Katy Nicketakis, Jaime Wing, Alison Hildreth and Debrah Luhrs.  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       Resources: Small Projects Istanbul for Syria: The mission of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) is to provide access to supplemental education that will assist students and families from Syria to succeed in Turkey and beyond, paving the way for better opportunities in the future. As a global community of volunteers and supporters, SPI is working to provide supplemental education for children from Syria through weekend Turkish language and art classes that develop community and a new sense of belonging.  SPI is also developing a scholarship fund to send well-vetted applicants through a 12 month, full time Turkish language course that will enable them to enroll - and succeed academically - in Turkish public universities. www.smallprojectsistanbul.org donations: http://www.gofundme.com/smallprojectsistan Molhem Barakat died on December 20, 2013 while photographing Al Kindi hospital in Aleppo - the scene of a battle between rebel forces and Bashar al-Assad's troops.  The teenager had been submitting photographs to Reuters news agency since May 2013, and his photos of the war and daily life were widely published.  His photographs were the inspiration for multiple portions of the We Are Staying installation. Photographs: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/10534501/In-pictures-Molhem-Barakat-the-teenage-photographer-killed-In-Syria.html About Molhem's story: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/24/molhem-barakat-syrias-fallen-teenage-hero/# Lovers' Notebooks, 2015. The population of Saraqeb in Syria express the ongoing conflict in their country and the changes after the revolution through graffiti.  Lovers' Notebooks was shot over three years and is the first film by Saraqeb inhabitant and media activist Eyad Aljarod who directed it with Canadian-Syrian Aliaa Khachouk. The graffiti of Saraqeb is the source of much of the graffiti used in the We Are Staying installation. https://www.iffr.com/professionals/films/lovers-notebooks/ The Veils of Aleppo: Photographs by Franco Pagetti.  Striped sheets are a familiar sight to anyone who has been on the front lines in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.  Curtains and drapes act, hung along the streets of the Syrian city of Aleppo, act as veils for the city's residents, providing safe passage from the snipers throughout the city. Pagetti's photography series inspired the hanging drapes on the back wall of the We are Staying installation. Photography series: http://time.com/3798365/the-veils-of-aleppo-photographs-by-franco-pagetti/ Video: https://vimeo.com/67219145 Khalifa, street artist. "In Aleppo, Asharq Al-Awsat - Khalifa has a message for the people of ravaged Aleppo: 'Tomorrow this will be beautiful." Khalifa's tag is used in several places in the We are Staying installation. Article about Khalifa by Hannah Lucinda Smith:  http://www.aawsat.net/2013/03/article55295134/syrian-graffiti-artist-takes-on-regime The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution: The promoters of this project believe that it participates in the documentation of contemporary history, so it is crucial that the revolution and its realities are explicitly described, for both contemporaries and makers of the revolution, for the coming generations, for the whole world. It is an archive of national legacies, to protect and preserve the Syrian memory, a duty because of its total consideration of historical accounts of all Syrian people. http://www.creativememory.org/?lang=en Saraqeb Walls on Facebook is a ongoing documentation of the graffiti in the Syrian City of Saraqeb and the source of many of the slogans used in the We Are Staying installation. https://www.facebook.com/SaraqebWalls?fref=ts VICE News is an international news organization created by and for a connected generation.  "We provide an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, highlight under-reported stories from around the globe, and get to the heart of the matter with reporters who call it like they see it." https://news.vice.com/topic/middle-east Abounaddara Films brings together documentary film professionals from here and there. Its first love is for short and intimate films, and it is more interested in stories of everyday life than in grand narratives. http://abounaddara.com   Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait, 2014. A look at first-hand video accounts of violence in modern-day Syria as filmed by activists in the besieged city of Homs. Directed by Wiam Bedirxan and Ossama Mohammed. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPaERAgs2uY Return to Homs, 2014. This movie is about the Syrian citizen who challenged everything and everyone to demand freedom. Its a movie about war and the pressure of being in a battlefield.  http://www.returntohoms.com (Shown at SPACE in 2014.) Our Terrible Country, 2014. A film by: Mohamad Ali Atassi & Ziad Homsi. http://dafilms.com/film/9410-our-terrible-country/  

Artist Talk

Saturday 07.11.2015
Longtime friends of SPACE will recall a memorable evening back in 2002 when Zadie Smith read from her novel White Teeth, and a young writer named Arthur Bradford began the evening


Tuesday 06.30.2015
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch.
Wednesday 07.08.2015
Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston hoping to make a name for himself.
Friday 07.17.2015
BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES is celebrating 5 years of women in film in Maine!
Saturday 07.18.2015
BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES is celebrating 5 years of women in film in Maine!


Sunday 07.12.2015
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with his band Monotonix, once hailed by SPIN as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll," that Yonatan Ga
Thursday 07.16.2015
The 13th annual midcoast-based Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music presents their first ever Portland concert featuring Manhattan's Cassatt Quartet
Wednesday 07.22.2015
In 1976, Brian Tristan was the 17-year-old president of The Ramones Fan Club.
Saturday 08.01.2015
1UP: A Night of Beat/Culture, SPACE, and Bissell Brothers are proud to present... 1UP: A Night of BEAT BATTLE


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Battle for the Sweet Lands

Saturday, April 25, 2015 to Friday, August 7, 2015

We Are Staying - نحن باقون

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


Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
Doors at: 

Doors open at 7:00pm



Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 8:00pm

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

  • Film: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015   |   7:30 PM
  • Film: Wednesday, Jul 8, 2015   |   8:00 PM
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, Jul 11, 2015   |   7:00 PM
    An Evening with Arthur Bradford
  • Music: Sunday, Jul 12, 2015   |   8:00 PM
    Yonatan Gat with An Anderson & Creature from Dell Pond
  • Music: Thursday, Jul 16, 2015   |   7:30 PM
    The Cassatt Quartet with Joan Tower
  • Film: Friday, Jul 17, 2015   |   7:00 PM
  • Film: Saturday, Jul 18, 2015   |   7:00 PM
  • Community event: Monday, Jul 20, 2015   |   6:30 PM
    Drink N' Crit
  • Film: Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015   |   7:30 PM
  • Music: Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015   |   8:30 PM
    Kid Congo Powers & the Pink Monkey Birds
  • Community event: Thursday, Jul 23, 2015   |   6:00 PM
    Floral Dreamscapes
  • Exhibition opening: Friday, Jul 24, 2015   |   5:00 PM
    Last Daze

Current Exhibitions

  • Window   |   4.25 - 8.7
    Battle for the Sweet Lands
  • Annex   |   5.26 - 7.11
    We Are Staying - نحن باقون
  • Main Gallery   |   6.4 - 9.4
    Tree Lined Street


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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