“Nat May, SPACE Gallery’s executive director, confirmed to Mainebiz that the nonprofit purchased the four-story building at 534-538 Congress St., between Renys’ Portland store and the Maine College of Art, for $1.45 million on June 30. The building was sold by Christopher Campbell, an architect and designer living in Portland.
A major fixture of Portland’s art and music scene, SPACE Gallery has been hosting concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions and other events on the building’s first floor since it was founded in 2002. It has expanded over the years while the building’s previous owner, Campbell, had been leasing upper-floor studios to professional artists. Pickwick Independent Press, a separate print studio that provides space for 20 artists, has been operating on the second floor.”