PORTLAND — Lights Out, a Maine-based non-traditional gallery focusing on visual artist promotion and public engagement, announces its first ever pop-up show, “Debut” – an art extravaganza. After six months of virtually featuring the work of close to 30 artists from across Maine and beyond on its digital media platforms, the Lights Out team is ready to bring the artists and their work to an in-person venue. This three-day exhibit opens to the public at 24 Preble St. on Thursday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring 24 artists and designers from Maine. The show reopens the following night, Friday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with refreshments and special guests.

This “art extravaganza” features a handful of artists local to the Midcoast area, including David Estey and Maxwell Nolin of Belfast. “Lights Out amazingly captured the essence of what I’m trying to do in my work and what I want to say about it,” Estey said in response to his recent interview, who is excited to exhibit five original pieces at the upcoming show.

Creative Director and Co-Founder Karle Woods of Belfast said, “Since its conception, Lights Out has been focused on breaking down the walls of the traditional gallery context to rebuild a more approachable environment – one that is centered around the core of why we create. For this show we’re quite literally building new walls and transforming a non-gallery space into a pop-up gallery – large enough to show the work of artists from all over Maine. It’s an ambitious and challenging process, but we think it’ll be worth it.”

For more information about the show, or Lights Out’s recent work, visit lightsoutgallery.org.

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