group previously occupied 800 square feet in the old Calderwood Bakery building
on Pleasant Street in Portland. Group co-director Tanja Hollander says the
group has not yet decided whether to change their name after the move out of
the bakery, though she says she hopes to add "at least five" new
members to the 25-photographer collective before the move, now that there will
be more space available.
also provide an opportunity for the collective to offer classes for amateur and
professional photographers, as well as children, starting in the fall,
space is so incredibly beautiful and amazing" with big windows and lots of
light, and will be built out to provide exhibition space, eight darkrooms, and
a photo studio.
crazy how cheap it is," Hollander says. The cost per square foot has
dropped from $12 in the Bakery building to $4.50, making five times more space
available for less than double the cost.
group got a revolving downtown revitalization loan from the city of Westbrook,
with a 5 percent interest rate.
really wouldn't have been able to do it without that kind of interest
rate," says Hollander. The building has "a good energy," with
tenants including painters, woodworkers, printmakers, and a jeweler. It is also
near Chicky's Fine Diner, a popular arts and music venue, and Hollander says
the collective has already approached owner Chicky Stoltz about finding ways to
Tim Flannery, who owns the mill and built the One Riverfront Plaza office
building across the street, sold the Riverfront Plaza building in November,
according to the American Journal. Flannery told the Journal then that he
expected to keep ownership of the mill. He did not return calls seeking comment
for this story.