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The Painted Ladies Show

The Brick Store Museum’s Patsy Bauman Gallery, its contemporary art space, is now host to an art show by “The Painted Ladies,” a group of Maine women artists who came together during the pandemic – via Zoom – to create and be inspired. The show runs until December 22, 2023.

Who are the Painted Ladies? Historically, they hail from the Victorian era in reference to vibrant, colorful, architecturally sophisticated houses, painted with verve, gusto and style. However, the Pained Ladies from Maine, can relate to those bold adjectives, as they gather to share their passion for painting, not houses but works of art.


With the encouragement of their former teacher, Diane Dahlke from MECA’s Continuing Education Program in Portland, they formed the Painted Ladies Group and began to paint together twice a week via Zoom. For two and a half years they have continued meeting and creating a virtual shared studio, where they can paint and be together. Dahlke has joined them often to lead critique sessions similar to the in person critiques at MECA.

Six of the Painted Ladies Group will exhibit some of their paintings at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, Maine this fall. Showing their work are Emily Johansen, Portland; Diana Coit, South Portland; Carol Macleod, Kennebunkport; Martha Lamarche, Portland; Sandra Long, Naples; and Ann Clark, Denmark. Learn more about the Museum and its mission to collect and share the stories of our community by visiting the Museum Tuesday through Friday (10am – 5pm), Saturday (10am – 4pm) or Sunday (12pm – 4pm); or anytime online at