Each year, A CLEARING invites Maine-based artists to create work in conversation with a chosen theme. We call this recurring cycle A POSSIBLE PRACTICE

Practice is an intentional act of returning. 
Through practice we grow into our possible forms.  

In 2019, A POSSIBLE PRACTICE will also include 2-3 happenings across Maine and a retrospective artists book—an ephemeral visual poem/surviving catalog of what we’ve created together this year. 

A POSSIBLE PRACTICE would not exist without without your collaboration, you reading and creating alongside us, your willingness to stare into the center of yourself and bring something back.

Kristin Chang’s “Etymology of Butch”

(Please take the time to read in full. We promise it’s worth it.)

consumption/to consume/to be consumed by [something], to name as an attempt to know, “language is the fugitive of meaning”, lineage, human as animal, body as home, a fluidity of being, how power is wielded to define us, violence as or against creation

diving deep into this theme through art

Chelsea Ellis 
Jessica Townes George
Kelsey Halliday Johnson 
EA Kane 
Lavennz Ooi 
Maia Snow
Stephen Stratton



A POSSIBLE PRACTICE Pop Up : 229 Broadway : Farmington, ME
February 10 – March 10, 2019


✧ faced our fear of ladders ✧ wore matching outfits ✧ disco-danced for the whole street to see ✧ received the gift of typewriter poems on the spot ✧ lip synched to Talking Heads ✧ asked ourselves (and each other) what it means to be visible ✧ sung acapella Neko Case ✧ wrote letters to pen pals ✧ peeled fragrant citrus in midwinter ✧ played banjo country tunes ✧ hand painted letters inverse on windows ✧ sung in public for the first time ever ✧ shared illustrations of our daily life ✧ read “Etymology of Butch” in eleven different voices ✧ accepted help from our friends ✧ impersonated David Byrne ✧ planned a speakeasy ✧ shared old family photos ✧ wrote into our personal etymologies ✧ weighed exactly one pound of onions ✧ read original poems aloud for the first time ever ✧ played ukulele to The Cranberries ✧ re-learned the Pythagorean Theorem with illustrations ✧ read original poems aloud for the first time ever ✧ hugged long ✧ listened deep ✧ allowed space for silence to grow our ideas ✧ practiced being possible ✧

Audrey Gidman welcomes us to write inward. Primary colors brighten winter at our opening reception. The keychain we just had to have. Katherine Ferrier‘s wondrous poems on the spot. Speakeasy planning with our youngest artists. Devon Kelley-Yurdin fills the room with song. Caitlyn Mello illustrates our talents.


A CLEARING X Tender Table : Cong Tu Bot : Portland, ME
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4-6pm 

Our dream collaboration with Tender Table—a storytelling platform featuring women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color! For this food + storytelling event, speakers will make and share a home cooked dish alongside a story about sweet, savory, sour, and bitter relationships to food and its connections to identity, memory, and community. 2019 featured artists work will be on display! $5-10 donation accepted at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All are welcome. RSVP HERE.


Our artist’s book! Check back in September for ordering info and availability. We’re also planning a final happening of 2019. Think full circle, all the people and things you love in one place. Location and details TBA.

Support for A POSSIBLE PRACTICE 2019 is provided by the Kindling Fund, a grant administered by SPACE as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program.


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