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Before making any assumptions about the rural location and seemingly depleted notion of living in Maine, artists of any background can find solace in the Space Gallery. Based out of Portland, this nonprofit is a vital component for any type of contemporary artist in the area. “Portland is actually a strong, thriving music scene,” said Space Gallery Events Programmer Ian Paige. While Portland is seemingly its own little hot spot for artist networking, the Space Gallery is working to further promote artists of all types by spotlighting visual arts and live music as well as performance, film, and other artistic features.

As part of their mission to provide artistic excellence within the Portland area, the Space Gallery focuses heavily on their mission of “presenting contemporary, unconventional, and emerging arts, artists, and ideas.” The nonprofit seeks to feature artistic events that add to the community, and believe that artists of any background should be remunerated for their work whenever possible. Not only does the gallery offer space to house events, but opportunities to showcase theatre, film, and music related material as well.

Paige sees the Space Gallery as a fundamental aspect of artist networking within Maine. “I moved to New York after college, and I found that [as a musician] it was hard and competitive,” he said. “Here, everyone helps each other out with networking; nothing is exclusive… we respect each other’s work.”

As part of the continual sense of community and promotional work, members of the Space Gallery recently toiled to create a compilation CD and 15-page photo book of Portland music entitled “Treble Treble Volume 1.”  Paige cited the project as stemming from a 2008 lawsuit in which large music institutions such as Sony and Capitol records settled their dispute over CD price fixing, by supplying the 40 states involved with funds to promote the arts. Thanks to a grant awarded to the Maine Arts Commission, the Space Gallery was able to use the money in a creative and promotional fashion. “We figured that this money happened as a result of music, so it should be used for music,” said Paige.

Treble Treble is uniquely designed to feature musician sound and visuals from a certain perspective; this task in which was taken on by Paige and Portland musician Joshua Loring, of the band Brenda, and was designed by Sean Wilkinson. The result was a full color photo album that captures Loring’s personal point of view and relationship with bands such as Metal Feathers, Huak, Gully, and Honey Clouds: all of which are Portland-based bands. “We’re hoping to sell the CDs and use the money as seed money,” said Paige. Paige and others who worked on Treble Treble are hoping to feature secondary tracks from the same bands on issue 1, on a second issue, curated by a differing participant. A copy of Treble Treble Issue 1 can be bought online at bullmoose.com

For those interested in working with the Space Gallery, extensive booking information can be found on their website http://www.space538.org.  Among other requirements asked of potential artists, those at the Space Gallery openly state that proposed events will be rightfully evaluated based upon creativity and attention to detail. Propositioned subject matter will also preferably correspond with the gallery’s specific mission and vision for featured works.

Recaps of the Space Gallery’s previous events, artists’ works, and more information on Treble Treble can all be found on the Space Gallery’s blog, http://havefaithinworthlessknowledge.com.

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