Call for Art: The Rumpus Revival

Engine is calling for work for the annual Rumpus, entitled Revival, an egalitarian art show. Anyone can participate, professional artist or not, young or old. The Rumpus Revival will open from 5-8pm on March 27 at Engine, 265 Main Street across from McArthur Library.

Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman says, “As a community arts organization, we want to host a show that includes everyone that wants to be included. We want to see what kind of talent is out there has and it’s a fun, unintimidating way for people who make art either as a hobby or professionally to get involved. It’s a great way for the community to meet each other, too.”

People can enter up to two pieces of work, 2- or 3-dimensional. Freestanding pieces must have a pedestal provided. All work that will hang on the wall must have mounting hardware attached. Work can be dropped off between March 17 and 21 during regular hours at Engine, 265 Main Street. The show will run from March 27 through April 11, 2015.

For more information on the Rumpus Revival, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm



Makers Camp Web bannerDiscover and Create with Amanda Hawkins

Monday February 16 – Friday February 20
$250 Full week // $65 per day
Discounts available for members and additional family members.

Ages 7-13

Engine’s Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists ages 7-13 to think, explore, and create outside the box. Makers Camp emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker. Camp will be instructed by Amanda Hawkins, a 2014 graduate of Montserrat College of Art.


Monday February 16  |  AHA!
Register for this day here.
Makers will explore how art, science and technology collide through a series of hands-on projects. We will partake in simple chemical reactions, make glowing sculptures and create own our drawing robots and put them to work!

Tuesday February 17 |  3, 2, 1: Action!
Register for this day here.
Makers will become movie directors and test their skills to shoot, edit and star in their very own television commercial! We will also explore methods in photography and create our own pinhole cameras to capture the happenings around town.

Wednesday February 18 |  Taller, Faster, Stronger!
Register for this day here.
Makers will test their skills to see who can construct the tallest roller coaster, strongest boat and fastest race car out of limited supplies. Later, we will hold competitions to see whose roller coaster, boat, and race car  is the tallest, strongest and fastest!

Thursday February 19 | Animate, Design, Make!
Register for this day here.
Makers will become animators and create their very own Claymation! We will explore different processes to create moving images through flip books, two-frame animations, and stop motion animation.

Friday February 20 | Pop Up!
Register for this day here.
Makers will begin their day by creating one-of-a-kind prints. We will explore other printmaking methods and non-traditional bookbinding techniques and end our day by creating an incredible 360 degree pop-up book.

General Information 

Registration: You can sign up for individual days or the full week. We do not encourage walk-ins. Registration is taken on a first come, first served basis, and must be accompanied by full payment. Registration closes 2/11. View registration site here.

Drop Off / Pick Up: Parents or guardians can drop campers between 8:30-9:00am. Pickups will be between 4:30-5:00pm.

What to Bring: Bring lunch, water bottle, yoga mat, and a book for breaks. A healthy snack will be provide in the morning and afternoon. Please bring appropriate outerwear and footwear. Campers will be going on studio visits and mini-field trips throughout the week.

Lunch & Snacks: Campers will need to bring a lunch everyday. Lunch is supervised. Campers will be provided a peanut and dairy-free snack during morning and afternoon break.



Engine, in collaboration with the Mayor Alan Casavant’s office, is soliciting work for “Winter Wonderland” an exhibition in the Biddeford City Hall Gallery. The work will be on display in the Hallway showing from February 6 through April 18, 2015. An opening reception will be held during WinterFest, February 6, from 3-5pm with light refreshments.

Artists may submit 2-4 pieces with the theme of winter. Any 2D medium will be accepted. Pieces must be ready to hang from a picture rail. See photos of how images are hung here:

Drop off your work at Engine, 265 Main Street #103 next to Elements and across from McArthur Library during regular business hours.

Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-4pm

Any questions? Call 207-370-9130 or email

Donate to the Annual Fund

Dear Friends of Engine:

As Engine turns four years old, we’re feeling extremely grateful. We want to thank you, our members, volunteers, donors, and attendees for helping our efforts to promote the arts and creative economy in downtown Biddeford. We are asking for your support to help us continue to propel the creative economy in 2015.

This past year has seen tremendous growth for Engine’s efforts to enhance the arts and develop the creative economy in Biddeford including:

  • Hosting a series of exhibitions and events in our gallery, with partners ranging from UNE to The Reflect Project, that drew interested crowds to downtown from all over the area;
  • Dramatically increasing our S.T.E.A.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art /Design, and Math) educational programming, from the Design Apprenticeship pilot program for low-income high school students to professional development and design courses for artists and organizations;
  • Collaborating with AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, to offer digital fabrication training for educators and library staff in Maine;
  • Our appointment to Blackstone Accelerates Growth consortium to examine ways to expand entrepreneurship in Maine;
  • Working with Biddeford High School, Thornton Academy, and Kennebunk High School through the Maine FabLab program; and
  • Providing prototyping services via Maine FabLab to help launch new products and ideas for local entrepreneurs and corporations including Wentworth Technologies, Traps Sunglasses, Sterling Rope, and AVX Tantalum.

2015 will be a pivotal year for Engine. We are prioritizing our renovation of the Marble Block, a historic building on Biddeford’s Main Street. The foundational work for the renovation has quietly made major strides in the past year thanks in part to an infrastructure grant from Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and a significant  grant from Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission. Engine’s Marble Block Development Committee has generated a plan that will enable us to initially occupy a portion of of the building’s main floor with artist studios, exhibition and education spaces, bringing vitality and creativity to Biddeford’s Main Street revitalization efforts.

Your support has played a enormous part of Engine’s growth and downtown Biddeford’s revitalization efforts. Please help us continue to make Engine an arts and creative economy hub for Biddeford by providing our community’s youth, adults, families, artists, and entrepreneurs with the skills and drive to continue Biddeford’s growth.

Join us by making a donation. We have set a goal of $30,000 and today we ask you to continue to stand with us so Engine can continue the work of rebuilding this community.

We are sincerely grateful for all of your continued support. Together we are creating a more vibrant community.


Caleb Johnson

President, Engine Board of Directors

P.S. You can track our fundraising campaign by becoming a fan of our Facebook page at, or by following Engine on Twitter @EngineBiddeford.




Engine announces the exhibition Primum by a newly-formed artist collective called Autus opening Friday, January 30, from 5-8pm at Engine, 265 Main Street in Biddeford. The exhibition will run through March 21. Primum will introduce the four Autus founding artists Sarah Baldwin, Julie K. Gray, Tina Guay, and Keiren Valentine.

In Latin, autus means growth and primum translates as “for the first time.” In forming this collective, Autus is creating a space in southern Maine for both local and international artistic collaboration with a focus on emerging and experimental talent, with the intention of engaging and enriching the community.

The four emerging and mid-career artists, each of which have been working experimentally in their individual studio practices in southern Maine, are connected by proximity of place and practice. Primum explores each artist’s relationship with the themes of “space” and “place,” both physical and psychological.

Engine’s original goal in helping to form the group is to support emerging artists who have a connection to the Biddeford area by providing space to exhibit their work, to learn from each other, and attract other young artists to the space.

For more information, please contact Tammy Ackerman or 207-370-9130.


SARAH BALDWIN is a multidisciplinary artist working and living in Wells, Maine. Baldwin’s work combines experimental drawing technique with new media applications. She attended the University of Southern Maine where she earned her BFA with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. Baldwin works as the studio manager of the Biddeford portfolio design studio, Mullenberg Designs. An interest in elemental connections between the human body and environment drive her current projects.

KEIREN VALENTINE is an artist living in Kennebunk, Maine. With a deep family heritage of painters, Valentine’s work predominantly uses digital media to create alternative photographic processes. She attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver where she earned a BFA with a concentration in photography, studying mostly traditional media. Currently, Valentine works managing the curation of local artist exhibitions at Elements Books Coffee Beer, in downtown Biddeford.

JULIE K. GRAY is a multimedia artist working and living in Saco, Maine. Gray earned her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and has since earned her MFA in Studio Art from Maine College of Art in 2012. Her practice primarily consists of photography, needlepoint, video and childhood craft media, addressing themes of mortality and the psychological state of limbo.

TINA GUAY was born in Biddeford, Maine and after receiving her BFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, has returned to her hometown to practice her art and open a frame shop, Four Corners Frame Shop & Gallery. While attending NHIA her primary focus was in black and white film, printmaking, and mixed media. Her work often uses props and various objects to create unique atmospheres. The curiosity to make something thought provoking and a chance to see the world anew are the driving forces behind her work.


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banded_horn_logoJoin us for a lively, fun, entertaining night of community. Guest curator Joshua Bodwell has put together seven speakers from our own community and beyond. Presenters include: Seth Harkness, Steve Kelly, Bob Keyes, Sarah Baldwin, Holly Culloton, Hunter Wahl + A Very Special Guest!

$5 at the doors.

Thank you to our Official Brewery Banded Horn!