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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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.

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The Transformative Vision + The Role of The Artist

Thursday, October 23 at Engine at 6:30m. Doors at 6pm.

Addison Woolley members Jim Kelly, Dave Wade, and Susan Porter will be featured artists for a panel discussion, “The Transformative Vision + The Role of The Artist” on Thursday, October 23 at Engine, 265 Main Street in Biddeford.

Accompanying the Addison Woolley artists will be Ron Spinella , director and owner of 3fish Gallery and community leader in the Bayside Neighborhood Association and Ed Pollack, owner and director of A Fine Thing: Edward T. Pollack Fine Art, who will bring their collective knowledge of extensive years of experience as advocates for the arts and artists during Portland’s cultural renaissance.

The presentation will focus on both the creative process involved in producing the work and the interplay of the artist and art as a vanguard of social change. The artists will address the issues and challenges inherent in generating a unified show that reflects the complex nature of a contemporary city, Biddeford, in transition and how the artist and art act as leading players in the new “creative economy” that is so essential for revitalizing urban centers such as Biddeford.



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BIDDEFORD—The Biddeford arts organization Engine, 265 Main Street, presents PechaKucha Night Biddeford Vol. 8 this month on Wednesday, October 15 with a special theme, “The Spirit of Start Ups.” Doors open at 6:30pm with a reception and the event starts at 7:20pm. The evening will include six presentations by entrepreneurs from the area including the Claudia and Ken Raessler from the Saco River Dyehouse, Tina Guay and Jim Cotsis from Four Corners Frame Shop & Gallery, Dana Johnson from A Healthy Life, Murray Long from Wicked Good Ice, Tyler Gaudet of Fluid Farms, and John Turner of Traps Sunglasses. Each presenter will talk about launching their own business. The evening is sponsored by Blackstone Accelerates Growth and Banded Horn Brewery.

PechaKucha Nights happen all over the world. PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where the presenter shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and presenters talk along to the images. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture of Tokyo as a fun but focused way to present creative work. For more information and examples of presentations, visit

For more information, contact: Engine program director Edwige Charlot at either or 207-370-9130.



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