In 2018, the Brick Store Museum opened the Patsy Bauman Contemporary Gallery, with generous support from the Bauman Family Foundation. It is located in the Brick Store Museum Program Center. The gallery provides space for contemporary Maine artists to share their work with the community, and is open seasonally from May through December. Each exhibit runs 5-6 weeks, so there is always something new to see!
The Patsy Bauman Gallery offers artists the opportunity to display their work in a professional environment. We invite Maine artists and Maine arts organizations to submit an information sheet to the Brick Store Museum for exhibit consideration. Please find a digital version below, or pick up a physical copy at the Museum’s front desk.
More information, including applications and FAQ’s, are below. Please read the included directions and information before calling the Museum, as they may be answered on this site.
Peggy Johnson: A Jeweler’s Life
Maine jewelry artist Peggy Johnson died in August of 2020 on Munjoy Hill in Portland. She had lived in that neighborhood for the last two decades but began her jewelry career in the 1970’s in Philadelphia. The arc of her more than three decades-long career was spent creating both original production and one of a kind pieces. Those years saw many manufacturing innovations that she employed to make her work. The Museum exhibition will trace not only Peggy’s individual creative path but also celebrate the way in which contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths continue to integrate handmade work and new technological developments within the field to survive and thrive into the 21st century.
Caleb Cole: Remains
The word remains may suggest death, destruction, or long forsaken relics, but it can also represent that which persists, conjuring images of resilience and survival. Caleb Cole uses secondhand items such as found snapshots, vintage magazines, and thrifted clothing to create new photographs, collages, and sculptures that address the absences of history.
This exhibition brings together over a decade of Cole’s work that focuses on connection, community, and memory, spanning themes as broad as group belonging, military service, violence against transpeople, and collective cultural losses from the AIDS epidemic. Cole’s art centers that which is unknowable about the people and events of the past, not only to mourn and bear witness to those losses, but in an attempt to provide for who and what remains.
- “New Mainers, Portraits of our Immigrant Neighbors”: Photographs by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest
- The Photography of Tony King
- John Bryan Woodworking & Sculpture
- Christina Record, 3D cut paper
- Ken Fellows, oil
- Dianna Anderson, oil
- Art Guild of the Kennebunks
- DUAL SHOW: Rosalind Fedeli & Susan Barrett Merrill, mixed media
- Mark Alesse, photography
Artists from Maine and/or those who create works in Maine are invited to share their work with the Museum’s Patsy Bauman Gallery Curate Committee. The Committee generally meets once per year (in January) to schedule exhibitions for the year ahead.
Artist Information Sheet (PDF)