Saudade: An Alumni Summer Pop-Up Shop at Maine College of Art & Design
The pop-up is open through August 15, 2023
PORTLAND, ME — July 25, 2023 — The Artists at Work program at Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) is pleased to host a summer pop-up shop in conjunction with Portland-based fine art floral studio, Saudade Flore. Located on the First Floor of the College’s historic Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street, the pop-up is the entrepreneurial effort of alum Jodi Ferry ’14, who graduated from the college with a degree in Printmaking.
The First Floor of Porteous is typically used for classes during the academic year and has served as an experimental location for students and alumni, managed by the Artists at Work program to support professional development. Past projects include an internship residency with Gulf of Maine Eco Arts; a Loquat pop-up shop for alum Jordan Carey ’19, and an exhibition retrospective for alumni in the Metals Collective.
Saudade is a Portuguese word meaning a deep longing—usually brought up by beautiful things in life—and is what Ferry hopes to evoke with Saudade Flore: a queer, Portuguese, woman-run floral design and printmaking business that represents what it means to be a Portuguese woman.
In staging the Saudade pop-up shop, the back half of the space within the First Floor of Porteous serves as a fully functioning floral design studio and print shop, while the front end functions as a retail shop. In addition to work by Ferry, Saudade offers art by local printmakers and MECA&D alumni, goods made by local flower farmers, and work by queer and marginalized members of the Portland community.
Hours of operation for the Saudade pop-up are Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm, and Friday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm. For more information, contact Artists At Work.
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