gallery director Tessa Greene O'Brien is a painter living & working in southern Maine since 2004. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Tessa maintains an active studio practice in addition to being a co-owner of Better Letter Hand Painted Signs, and the co-founder of the Portland Mural Initiative ( with partner Will Sears). Tessa's paintings reference light, architectural space, and scale. Combining representation with process-based abstraction, she uses inventive color & mark-making to impose a narrative upon the architecture that she depicts in paint.
co-director Annika Earley is a multidisciplinary artist making work about transformation, in-between states, and the experience of being a woman. She regularly uses German folk and fairytales as reference points in her work. Annika grew up in rural Switzerland but moved to mid-coast Maine in 2000. In addition to her studio work, she teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Maine College of Art. She now lives in southern Maine.
Jon Blatchford makes paintings, drawings, and mixed media work that uses photography as a starting point. Jon is very involved with the Shaker Community in New Gloucester, ME, and his work often focuses on the landscape in relation to their way of life. He has also worked to establish relationships between the community and artists, with the belief that an affinity exists between their vocations as Shakers and the lives of artists. He received a BFA from Elmira college in 2007.
Prudence Ho (b.1995 Hong Kong) is a conceptual artist living and working in Portland, ME., United States. They studied in Academy of VIsual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University and currently a senior majoring in Painting and minoring in Art History at the Maine College of Art. Their works have been included in exhibitions both in Hong Kong and Maine. Focusing on institutional critique, apocryphal narration and archives, their art practice includes installation, video, performance, painting, and drawing. Interested in cult religions and spirituality, Prudence also studies and writes about Ufology and Moon conspiracies theories.
Meg Hahn currently lives and works in Portland, Maine. She graduated from Maine College of Art with a BFA in painting and a minor in Art History. Meg's paintings reflection her observations and curiosities in formal experimentation. She is also interested in other forms of art practice including curation. Currently, she is a co-director at Border Patrol (Portland,ME) and works out of the SPACE Studios building.
Christopher Patch is a visual artist living and working in Portland, Maine. He received a BFA from the Maine College of Art in 1997, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004. He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell grant, a William Zorach grant, and has work in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.
co-founder Stephen Benenson is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Stephen received his MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2014, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. His practice focuses on experimental application of geometry and color, juxtaposed with references to art history and children's drawings.
co-founder Hilary Irons is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Hilary received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2008, and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. Her paintings deal with the visual window of the Landscape (and Nature), as seen through the competing lenses of observational realism and decorative or abstract application of form. Hilary is at Able Baker in an advisory capacity; she is also the exhibitions director for the University of New England.