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The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents BrainyArt Trivia Night at the Museum

TUESDAY, February 11th, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Ages 21+, $5 Suggested donation

Join the University of Maine Museum of Art for Season 4 of BrainyArt! In this fun, quiz-based evening, participants have two chances to win big. A team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

MICHAEL P. MANHEIM Puck, from the series Rhythm From Within, 1999/2019 Archival ink jet print

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in January 2020. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter shows open to the public on January 10 and run through May 2, 2020. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2020 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.


January 10 – May 2, 2020

This exhibition features a small portion of Michael Philip Manheim’s Rhythm From Within series, the impetus of which was his desire to expand the possibilities of still photography through a new approach to the nude in nature. Manheim created and perfected his own method of in-camera multiple exposures and sought out subjects—many of them professional dancers—not for their outward appearances, but for their ability to turn feelings into movement.  

Manheim scouted locations where participants would feel safe to delve into their vulnerability, and to physically express themselves. The photographer asked his subjects to meditate on their surroundings and move freely, making connections with each other and their environment. He trusted their intuition to reveal the complexities of the human condition through their spontaneous movements. As they moved, he layered many exposures on single frames inside his camera, forming the final pictures exhibited here.

 In these overlaid images, Manheim’s subjects metamorphose into unrecognizable, even sometimes mythical, beings as they blend in with their untamed woodland settings. “In following their instincts, my subjects viscerally encouraged the primordial to emerge,” says the artist. No matter how different the photographs are from each other, they all display a plethora of emotions, communicated through the universal language of the body. In one example, Gates of Hell, a grouping of female figures appear as a mass struggling to free itself from the psychological tormentor above. The photograph brings to mind French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s identically titled monumental bronze doorway portraying a scene from the Inferno, the first part of Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

Intricate meshings with nature…complex depths of expression…unpredictable effects and juxtapositions…Manheim’s dynamic photographs expand beyond a single moment to capture movement and moods over time.

Announcements from The University of Maine Museum of Art

The University of Maine Museum of Art announces the installation of its new sculptural sign on Hamlin Parkway and the extension of its Free Admission Policy for the public in 2020, thanks to a generous donation from Deighan Wealth Advisors. 

UMMA’s dynamic new sign is an abstract form consisting of triangular metal panels, in colors ranging from bright red to shades of blue, that are mounted to a faceted aluminum construction. A projecting aluminum blade-like fin feature bears the Museum’s name. 

“The look of the three-dimensional element on the sign is not unlike the type of abstract, contemporary art and sculptures that one might see in the Museum’s galleries.” states UMMA’s Executive Director and Curator, George Kinghorn. “Many of our visitors enter the Museum from the stream side parkway and this eye-catching sculptural sign greatly enhances UMMA’s visibility. Hamlin Parkway is a beautiful asset for downtown and it’s wonderful to have this colorful focal point for all to enjoy. With increased pedestrian traffic and tourists visiting downtown from around the country, it’s terrific that people can now easily spot the Museum.” says Kinghorn. 

The new sign was a project of the Museum of Art Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports UMMA, and made possible through the generosity of Don and Linda Zillman.

The sign was fabricated by NeoKraft Signs Inc, a Maine-based business located in Lewiston.

George Kinghorn expressed his appreciation for Deighan Wealth Advisors’ philanthropic gift to the University and community. “Deighan Wealth Advisors’ gift is vital in the effort to remove barriers that may prevent some members of the public from coming to the Museum and enjoying its changing contemporary exhibitions and art collection.” 

Lucie E. Estabrook, CTFA, Chief Executive Officer and Principal with Deighan Wealth Advisors states “Deighan Wealth Advisors is honored to sponsor free admission to the University of Maine Museum of Art for the fifth consecutive year. Our community is so fortunate to have this fine museum in our city, and we are pleased to make it accessible to all. Deighan Wealth Advisors is excited to be in a position to help make those exhibits available to everyone who wants to share the art experience.”

Deighan Wealth Advisors, a well-known wealth management firm, has a history of supporting the arts in the region and state of Maine. It is a longtime community partner that has supported UMMA’s education and exhibition programs.

The University of Maine Museum of Art is located in Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor and is open year-round, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.  The Museum has a permanent collection of over 4,000 objects. UMMA offers an array of changing exhibitions featuring nationally known contemporary artists in conjunction with integrative educational programs, gallery talks, lectures, and workshops. Visit UMMA’s website,, for the latest listings of special events, community happenings, exhibition schedules, and ways to be involved with the UMaine Museum of Art.

Sohns Gallery Seventh Annual All Small Art Show Reception Dec. 6


The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Seventh Annual All Small art show.  Fifty two local Maine artists were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows of the year.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, prints, carved and burnt wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and acrylic paintings. The All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.  

Curator Annette Dodd say’s “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs from Nov 5th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 6 th at 6:30. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents ‘Holiday Cheer’

Please join UMMA on December 13 from 2:30 -4:30 PM in celebrating the holidays at the Museum. We will have light refreshments and a seasonal art making activity for you to enjoy. This event is free, for all ages, and open to the public. UMMA is located on Harlow Street in Bangor.

The UMaine Museum of Art Presents: BrainyArt Trivia Night at the Museum

Join UMMA in Bangor for Season 4 of BrainyArt on December 10 from 5:30-7:30. In this fun, quiz-based evening, participants have two chances to win big. A team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

BrainyArt is made possible by the generous support of Zach & Bailey Means and Means Wealth Management.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents WINTER ART FACTORY


On Saturday, December 7th from 11 AM – 3 PM celebrate the holidays and bring the whole family for a fun day filled with art making activities! There will be several art stations for wrapping, ornament making and other fun seasonal creative projects. All supplies are included and guided instruction is provided.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

This event is in conjunction with the 2019 Festival of Lights, the annual holiday parade in Downtown Bangor run by the Rotary Club of Bangor

Sohns Gallery reception for “Summer J. Hart: unwritten”

Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.

Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.

By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of  synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.

The reception starts at 630 with an artist talk at 7.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents GreenDrinks

This October, join us in celebrating Artober at the University of Maine Museum of Art, in Bangor with the Home Brewers of Greater Bangor for ARTOBERFEST!

UMMA’s Fall 2019 exhibitions will be open for viewing: Entangled: Nina Jerome, Way Stations: Joan Belmar, Studio Visit: New Works by Six Painters, and selected photographs from the Museum Collection.

On October 8 from 5-8, the Home Brewers will be serving up a creative variety of their own creations.  Greendrinkers can vote for their favorite beer and the top 3 brewers will win Buoy Local gift cards!

Greendrinks will be serving red and white wines vinted at Central Street Farmhouse for our gluten free or non-beer drinking friends.

As always, Greendrinks is a free family-friendly event, so bring the kiddos! There is a suggested $5 donation, and we ask that you bring your own drinking vessel. If you forget, we’ll have compostable cups available for $1, and custom glassware for $5. Proceeds from the event go toward helping Bangor Greendrinks provide grants to fund worthy projects that help make Bangor greener. See you there!

The Sohn’s Gallery Presents Works by Jon Taner

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor, presents Collage Works by Jon Taner . 

Jon Taner recently moved back to the area to be part of the Bangor art scene. He was born and raised in New Jersey. His studied at the Art Students League in New York City. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts and his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University where he was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant.

When describing his works Taner says “I have used shape, color and scale to create a sense of things both strange and familiar; to flavor the known with the unknown; and give to the viewer a sense of discovery amid scenes and objects. This intriguing ambiguity for the viewer is a result of their memory, abstraction of the natural world, surrealist images, and the melding of all these things into a subjective interpretation. Painting is as much an act of discovery for me as it is for the viewer. The fulfillment from the act of creating both individual and collective works of art is more satisfying the less predictable my paths, and more surprising my destinations.”  Jon Taner’s works are a true delight to the eye and a must see in person. 

The show runs through Oct. 5th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A closing reception will be held on October 4th at 6:30, Artist Talk at 7.