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Our first pop-up show, "Debut" – an art Extravaganza, was held in late August of 2021 at 24 Preble Street in Portland, Maine. We transformed what was once a dim arcade-bar into a professional gallery space, showcasing 100 works by 24 artists for three nights and four days. Roughly 500 people were in attendance. This was a great introduction into Maine's vibrant arts community and inspired us to continue conducting interviews, producing videos, and connecting with artists across the state. 

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“Since its conception, Lights Out has been focused on breaking down the walls of the traditional gallery context to rebuild a more approachable environment – one that is centered around the core of why we create. For this show we’re quite literally building new walls and transforming a non-gallery space into a pop-up gallery – large enough to show the work of artists from all over Maine. It’s an ambitious and challenging process, but we think it’ll be worth it.”

– Creative Director and Co-Founder Karle Woods

ARTISTS | Will Hessian, Abbeth Russell, JM Syron, Hayden Maltese, Brianna Gerrish, Maxwell Nolin, David Estey, Kat Logan, Don Best, Wade Zahares, Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, Jeffery St Peter, Bonnie Bishoff, Jeffrey Ackerman, Nancy Nevergole, Lynn Duryea, Jonathan White, Baxter Koziol, Samaa Abdurraqib, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Gigi Aea, Oliver Walter Solmitz

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In addition to showing the visual works of two-dozen Maine artists, Debut featured the musical stylings of artist Kat Logan, as well as a poetry reading by Samaa Abdurraqib, PhD. We hope to incorporate more micro-events as part of our future pop-up gallery events. 

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