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“That’s What She Said,” an exhibition featuring photographs, videos, and installations by artist Nancy Grace Horton and curated by Jessica Buckley, opens May 27, 2016, from 5-8pm at Engine, 128 Main Street in downtown Biddeford. “That’s What She Said” will show through July 23, 2016.

The exhibition encompasses work made by Horton over the past five years exploring gender roles, feminism, and cultural stereotypes. Ms. Horton will be featuring unique bodies of work in this exhibition, including the conflicted housewife of “Mad Women,” the outspoken females of “Ms. Behavior,” the strangely inhuman “Mannequins,” and her most recent project, the cross-dressing “Mr. / Mrs.”   

Horton uses the media’s portrayal of gender to feed her explorations and give her viewers something to ponder. She draws attention to the stereotypes that consistently shape our views on the subject. In “Mad Women,” the women being left at home as the 50s housewife; in “Ms. Behavior” she probes at the cliches of female roles in culture by bending the norms. Her goal is to create conversations about gender within our culture.

In her most recent series, “Mr. / Mrs.,” Horton turns her camera on the male subject, investigating those who chose to dress as women.  She uses the photographic style of the fragmented narrative to bend our eyes and thoughts from the familiar, to unveil what might be unfamiliar. Using her camera, she places the viewer up close enough to discover that normal is different.
Included image:  Nancy Grace Horton, Fancy Pants, photograph, 2014

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“Abstract Narratives,” a group exhibition of new works by six Maine artists, Meghan Brady, Jessica Davis Buckley, Amanda K. Hawkins, Jonathan Mess, Jean Noon, and Andrea Sulzer, opens March 25, 2016, from 5-7pm at Engine, 128 Main Street in downtown Biddeford. “Abstract Narratives” will show through April 23.

The works are in many cases nature inspired pieces that explore abstract painting narratives with focus on shape, material, and use of color to inform their viewer. Many of the pieces are organized along horizon and vertical lines, which define the direction of the narrative. Other pieces are organically defined, using color and line in organic form to manipulate color and organize their piece. Among the other works there is a sense of randomness both in material and form, which lends a kinetic quality to the work.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-6pm and Saturday 11-4pm. For additional information please contact Tammy Ackerman, or 207. 370.9130.





Engine invites visual artists and designers to submit contemporary artworks created utilizing digital fabrication techniques for a curated exhibition to be held at Engine May 9-June 24. The artworks submitted must have a majority of components created using digital fabrication or 3D printing. The juried exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States 18 years of age or older.

Send images of proposed work via email no later than 11:59pm on April 30. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. All work must be original. Artist/designer is responsible for shipping work to/from Engine.

STUDENT CATEGORY: A special open call student category for students in K-12 will also be held for works no larger than 6x6x6 inches. All work must be original.

FMI: Email or call 207-370-9130


Submit up to images of your 10 x 10 (x 10 if sculpture) or smaller work, any medium, for consideration for Engine’s curated small works show. Any proceeds will go to benefit youth art and design education programs. Work will be on display both in gallery and online from May 9-June 24. There will be a reception on May 14 from 5-7pm.

  • Up to 10 images of your most recent work. Please include the dimensions, title, medium and price of each piece. Please do not submit images of work that are not for sale.
  • A resume that includes your contact information, website, and exhibition history. Please submit only original artwork please.
  • Please email all submissions to

Send images of proposed work via email no later than 11:59pm on April 30. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Selected artists will be notified via email the following week. All works must be for sale and be original. Gallery commission is 30%. Artist/designer is responsible for delivery or shipping work to/from Engine.

FMI: Email or call 207-370-9130









Join our 4th Annual RUMPUS 2016, an egalitarian art show! Anyone can participate, professional artist or not, young or old. RUMPUS 2016 will open from 5-7pm on Saturday, February 13 at Engine, 128 Main Street and run through 4pm on Saturday, March 19.

Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman says, “RUMPUS has been a great success the first two years with a ton of participation. It’s one of my favorite shows because you never know what is going to show up at your door and it’s great to see professional artists alongside aspiring artists, and kids.” The first RUMPUS was held in 2013.


  • 2D work dimensions, no dimension to exceed 100 inches
  • 3D work footprint dimensions not to exceed 36 inches diameter
  • One piece per artist
  • Work must have been created within the last two years
  • All works must be dropped off ready to hang / display, with all accompanying hardware provided. Hanging mechanisms must be secure and attached and ready to go.
  • Selected work will be hung in Engine’s front window displays and will be chosen by Engine staff.
  • All works must be dropped off and picked up at designated times.
  • Artists grant Engine permission to use images of the work to promote the exhibition.
  • Engine will retain a commission of 30% of the retail price of any work sold. All artwork sold will remain on view through the end of the exhibition.
  • Engine will pay artist fees from sales within 30 days of the end of the exhibition.

All work must be accompanied by the RUMPUS 2016 ArtWork Intake form, which can be filled out in advance or at the time of drop off.

Drop off times/dates:
Tuesday February 2 thru Friday February 5: 1pm-6pm
Saturday February 6: 11am-4pm

Pick up times/dates:
Saturday March 19: 4pm-5pm
Tuesday March 22 thru Thursday March 24: 10am-6pm
Saturday March 26: 10am-4pm

We do reserve the right to decline work that does not meet our standards of ethics of subject matter or that isn’t properly constructed/mounted to be hung.

For more information on RUMPUS 2016, contact: Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman at either or 207-370-9130.

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


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Engine presents PechaKucha Night Biddeford Vol. 14 on Wednesday, April 13. Doors open at 6:45pm with a reception and the event starts at 7:20pm. Engine members are free, $5 general admission. Cash bar available with wine and beer for purchase. Thank you to our 2016 sponsor, Bangor Savings Bank!

Help us welcome Scott DeWolfe, Tina Johnson, Sebastian Meade, Amanda K. Hawkins, Jay Sawyer, Toni Sipka, and Michael Wentworth for talks on rare books, yarn bombing, community darkrooms, alphabets made from iron, a community darkroom, fashion in truck-stop diners, and small town baseball. Our curator and emcee will be Joshua Bodwell.

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: Tammy Ackerman, or 207-370-9130.