Mayo Street Arts is a non-profit arts center located in Portland's East Bayside neighborhood, at the old St. Ansgar's Church. With six artist studios, ongoing dance classes, music and theater performances, and arts exhibitions, there is always something happening here.
Fmi or 207.615.3609


Upcoming Music & Arts Events

Friday May 7th: Lisa Purinton: New Prints  
Opening reception at Mayo Street Arts

Saturday May 8th: Second Saturday Jazz Session with Alan Lowe and friends. Alto saxophonist Allen Lowe leads a quartet in a program of essentially blues forms. Lowe, who has a CD set to come out next fall with Roswell Rudd and Matt Shipp, is a veteran of New York's 1990s Knitting Factory scene, where he recorded with Julius Hemphill, Don Byron, and David Murray. The VIllage Voice has described his playing as "suggesting both Sonny Rollins at  his most jocular and Jimmy Giuffre at his most rustic…his music reflects a fullness of experience missing from the etudes of those who have made jazz the sound of no surprise." Anthony Braxton has called Lowe "an American master." Flappers, jazz musicians & wannabees should bring an instrument to sit in with the band. 8pm.

Friday May 14th: Pine Smoke Lodge, Tom Kay, Leif Sherman Curtis 8pm.

Saturday May 15: Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble with Josie Conte - Bellydance.
The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble presents music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. 8pm.

Thursday May 20th: Pearl and the Beard, Tiger Saw, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper 9pm.
Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.
Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then, the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.
Friday May 21st: Kit Demos with Kevin Frenette and Forbes Graham 8pm.

Thursday May 27th: Netherfriends and Aleric Vince Nez
. 9pm.
"Netherfriends is the amalgamation of experimental field recordings,
solid pop melody, and vocal harmonies, or as You Ain’t No Picasso
said, “…wicked smart pop music that’s bone simple with a fantastic
melody.With extensive touring planned, a new EP, Calling You Out, as well as
a recent Daytrotter Session, Netherfriends is poised to be the band
you wish you could say you heard first."
Aleric Vince Nez plays solo and in several Portland bands including his own creations. He sings and plays guitar, musical saw, accordion, drums, and guitarron. His songs are original, catchy, and haunting - always a treat.

Friday May 28th: LIT: Our monthly literary happening. This month's theme:
Awhirl: An evening of Rumi - Words, music, and movement celebrating the ecstatic 13th-century Sufi poet and mystic.Spirited recitations – middle eastern melodies – communal whirling. Hosted by Megan Grumbling. 8 pm.


Spring Classes

Dance Classes and More
At Mayo Street Arts you will find classes in Bellydance, Tango, Juggling, & Kids Yoga. Descriptions below. Please contact Instructors directly for more information and to sign up:

\Jaiyana & CoJaiyana - Tribal Belly Dance
Tribal Belly Dance is a modern fusion dance style, danced in groups with pride and strength, with roots in the Middle East and around the world. Dance in joyful community!


Next session begins May 4. Current session is open for drop-ins.
Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St. in East Bayside, Portland

7:30pm - 8:30pm: Tribal Basics (Level 1)
Session 1: May 3 - June 8 (six weeks)
Session 2: June 15 - July 20 (five weeks - no class June 29)
Session 3: July 27 - August 31 (six weeks)
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Tribal Basics (Level 1)
7:15pm - 8:30pm: Intermediate/Advanced Tribal (Level 2/3)
Session 1: May 6 - June 10 (six weeks)
Session 2: June 17 - July 22 (six weeks)
Session 3: July 29 - September 2 (six weeks)
Pre-registration encouraged. Registration and lots more infomation:

tangoArgentine Tango with Paul Paul Bavineau is known for his elegant and effortless tango style.

Advanced Beginner 1:

Mondays, April 19th-May 24th
6:30-8:00 PM
(*note: this time slot is designed to line up with Monday Night Tango at North Star Café; students can go right from class to Monday Night Tango at North Star)

Advanced Beginner 2: Wednesdays, April 28th- June 2nd 6:30 - 8:00 PM (*note: this time slot is designed to line up with Wednesday night practica at Maine Ballroom Dance)

Cost for Classes: $90, due at first class. Drop-ins ($15) may be welcomed depending on level of student (please contact me directly regarding this). Location: Mayo Street Arts

Contact: Paul Bavineau (207)504-7026

Kid's Yoga
yogawith Carrie

Music, Games, Stories, Poses, & Imaginative Play build body strength & awareness,
stress-coping skills, creativity, teamwork, & self confidence.

Parent & Child (age 2-4)Saturdays May 1-June 12, 9:15-10 am (no class 5/29)

Age 4-6: Fridays, May 7 - June 11, 3:30-4:30 pm

Age 7-9: Wednesdays, May 5-June 9, 2:30-3:30 pm

Cost for all sessions: $55/6 weeks (sibling discount available)

fmi: Carrie 207-221-5247

Juggling with Matiss Juggling
Matiss Duhon

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30

Beginner Juggling Lessons @ Mayo Street Arts. Build self confidence and hand-eye coordination! Get a head start on those circus camps! Amaze friends and family!
Eight week session starting April 17th. $80 for the full session, or $12 per lesson.
Drop-Ins welcome.

Contact: Matiss Duhon (207)409-5579

April 6-10: Art's Own Kind Exhibit - Lemi Ghariokwu

Best known for sleeve designs for Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, and other musicians, Lemi Ghariokwu's work chronicles the creative and repressive forces in 1960' and 70's Nigeria that helped shape the Afrobeat phenomenon.

Opening Reception Tuesday, April 6th, 5:30-7:30 pm at Mayo Street Arts. Special dance performance "Africa Embraced" by Marita Kennedy-Castro and Friends at 7pm. Films to follow at Nickelodeon Cinema. Open gallery hours at MSA April 7- 10 2-6 or by appointment. Films at Nickelodeon Cinema April 6-10. Funk & Jump dance party at Empire Dine & Dance April 10th. fmi and a schedule of films visit

Wednesday April 7th: The UnSaddest Factory: A Night of Weird Theater
"At the End of Infinite Rope", starring Mason Ross, is play about a loud, abrasive, drunk, and unhinged professor lecturing about civilization's inevitable march to its own destruction. Ross was awarded "Best Comedic Performance" by the Baltimore City Paper for his role in "At the End of Infinite Rope".

"The Title Sounded Better in French" is set not quite in reality, but the next town over. The two main characters are two young women who find themselves onstage in search of a project; They work out failures, address broken hearts, and wake up laughing. The piece premiered at The Access theatre in New York City and was also performed as a part of the 2009 Whartscape at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Showbeast is a touring puppet show and video series created by Benjamin Beast, Erin Gleeson and Alan Resnick. Showbeast has been screened all across the country including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, the Pop Montreal Music Festival, and the Pozen Center at MassArt.

doors at 7:30, show @ 8:00 pm. 


April 10th: Second Saturday Jazz
Musicians take note: join us on Second Saturdays for jazz night, a chance to meet and sit in with other musicians. This month features The Heebee Jeebeez. April 10th, 8pm.

April 16th: Tri, Over A Cardboard Sea, & Friends
Join us for Tri, a tri-piece Celtic ensemble with bagpipes, fiddle, and song. Appearing with Over A Cardboard Sea. 8pm.

Friday April 23rd: LIT

In celebration of National Poetry Month,
Mayo Street Arts
starts getting
Friday, April 23 at 8 pm: Beatify
Channeling a generation’s best minds.
An evening of Beat poetry, music, and exclamations.
eros, jazz, and other participatory exaltations
The first in a monthly series
of literary happenings
at 10 Mayo Street.


A show you should not miss

Hootenanny Pics!

Somebody hearts mayo street arts!

before the hoot

it was packed

cupid was there

barbara cox, avant-guard floral arranger

the dream team

the end


Art with Heart Hootenanny February 13th!

Artists and Auction Items:

Jay York $100 worth of photographic services
Lisa Dombek "Mirror Mirror" mixed media print
"Aimless Wanderings" by Owen Grumbling with photography by Mark Emerson.
Galen Richmond "Door to the North" Amplified Book 
Squid and Whale Tattoo $600 worth of tattoo time 
Cat Schwenk "House of Memory" fired porcelain & encaustic
Greg Gilman heart sculpture
 Deidre Nice "Cow!" painting
Shannon Rankin "Into the Ether" archival print
Justin Richel "Bird Tree" archival print 
Charlie Hewitt "Good Dog" wp
Yeshe Parks "Corinthian Corroding" oil & collage on canvas
Rebecca Fitzpatrick "Valentine" collage on paper
Nick Fitzpatrick "Little Captain's Chair" Fish House Furniture
Ferdinand hand made valentines
Amy Stacey Curtis "Ice Cubes" charcoal & graphite drawing

Pat Corrigan "Untitled" Ink Drawing
Marita Kennedy-Castro  Four Hours of West-African dance classes
Robin Tara Hand-Painted Dance Shoes from Tara Designs

 The Pepperclub gift certificates
Lisa Purinton "Untitled" archival print
Coleen Kinsella "Night Dancers #5" archival print

One-year subscription to The Cafe Review
Peapod Recordings 8-hour recording session, Forest City Studios
Mike Dank Diddley-Bo Instrument
Pinecone and Chickadee gift certificate

Martha Brianna "Violins", "Lobster" woodblock prints
Annie Sekonia "Streetlamps" colored pencil drawing

Nance Parker valentine lady mask
Jill Dalton Handmade glass earrings
Ernie Paterno glass 
Jen Elsmore earrings
Ben Coombs glass 
Elizabeth Baird ephemera valentine
Katie West laughter yoga party
The Blue Spoon gift certificate - Dinner for Two
Audrey Hotchkiss photography
Josh Dallaire "The Eve of Spring" colored pencil drawing
Willa Vennema "Memory: Trees" oil & cold wax painting
Willa Wirth gift certificate 
Bryan Bruchman photography
Melynda Amann "Creepy Pygmy" oil on velvet
Molly Angie: $60 worth of sewing services
Ian Anderson "Butterdish" ceramics
Patti Sandburg ceramics
David/Kaufman/Energy Solutions: One Energy Audit
Signed Local Mini-Library:
Books from Betsy Sholl, Martin Steingesser, Kevin Sweeney, Steve Luttrell & Michael Macklin.
Brendan Ferri  "Pig" woodcut
Cafe Review Signed Franz Wright Broadside
Megan Grumbling Ode-to-Order
Anne Page Indian Journal
Martin Steingesser Signed Broadside
Catherine Fisher "Thump" A Valentine
Ed Zelinsky "Meta Man" Walnut Ink
Bessie Smith Moulton hand-made chocolate truffles


Artist Studios

We have six artist studios here at Mayo Street Arts. They are approximately 10' x11'. All have windows. There is 24-hr access to the studios, as well as a large common area, sink area, and built-in exhibition space.

The studios are on the ground floor of the church.
Upstairs on the first floor of the building is a large gallery and music hall where we hold dance classes in the evenings and performances on weekends. Artists attend most performances for free as part of their rent.

Mayo Street Arts is a non-profit community arts center. We will be holding regular gallery exhibits and participating in First Friday events. We want artists to have a quality, affordable place to work and create, and also have the opportunity to collaborate and exhibit their work if they so desire.

We currently have a waiting list for artist studios, but we happily take names from interested parties. Who knows - a studio may open up sooner than later...

If you would like an application or more information, please contact

Blainor McGough
Mayo Street Arts


New Digs

Here's to new beginnings: a new year in new digs, the old St. Ansgar's Church built long long ago by and for hard working Danish Lutheran immigrants, now to be inhabited and unihibited by artists, poets, dancers, dreamers, puppeteers, and other rathscallions and scallywags.

Mayo Street Arts will open its doors February 1st to hold performances, exhibitions, classes, and gatherings. We offer six artist studios for rent, a unique music hall with high ceilings and stained glass windows, and a haven for fun, collaboration, and creativity.

We're throwing an Art with Heart Hootenanny Saturday, February 13th, from 7-9 pm. That's right, St. Valentine's EVE, - it's a love-themed silent auction featuring art, goods, and services from some of Portland's best artists, musicians, and businesses. There will be music, art, sweets, valentines, drinks, juggling, romance in the air - what more d'ya want? Tell us at