July's #ThirdThursPMA toasts summer in Maine and the initial creative spark that can lead to dazzling fireworks. Our partners for the evening, The Libra Foundation, brings hundreds of interns to the state every year with its Summer in Maine program to show some of America's brightest young minds the beauty and inspiration that Maine presents. From the major exhibition Directors' Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail to the music of DJ Derek Jackson out in the Joan B. Burns Garden to events and activities aimed at sparking your imagination, this evening offers a relaxed social atmosphere and an entire state's worth of inspiration.
The PMA is growing. As the museum evolves into a truly 21st-century institution, we want to hear from as many voices as we can—and no voices are more important to us than those who actually grew up in the 21st century. If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, we'd like to hear from you. It doesn't matter if you enjoy art, music, skateboarding, sports, or video games. It doesn't even matter what your grades are like. If you grew up on Nickelodeon, we want to know what you think.
The book-club experience comes to art with this ongoing series, in which visitors are invited to study one work on view and then share their opinions over lunch in the PMA Café.
Eastman Johnson's intimate, pensive scene of a woman and a child in a hayloft was painted around 1877 in a Kennebunk barn. Note the richness of the palette and similarity to the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, and share your thoughts.
Join Content Writer and Editor Robert Ker for a special family-friendly PMA Pick for April school vacation week. He will discuss Bernard Langlais' Indian Jungle Scene for an all-ages audience. This event occurs alongside the hands-on activities of the PMA's Pop-Up Studio: "Focus on Fauna."
PMA Picks is an ongoing series in which PMA staff members discuss some of their favorite works in the musuem.