December Events for the Design Minded, Part 2

December 17, 2015

Text by Lynda Simonton

Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions

There is still plenty of time to soak in some holiday cheer or enjoy a local art exhibit!

You Can’t Get There from Here:
The Portland Museum of Art Biennial

Through January 3, 2016
An exhibit curated by Alison Ferris featuring seasoned and emerging artists influencing the Maine contemporary art scene. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, (207) 775-6148, ­

Christmas at the Newport Mansions
Through January 3, 2016
Indulge in the beauty of the holiday season by touring three of Newport’s historic mansions bedecked for Christmas. The Breakers, the Elms, and Marble House will be decorated for the holidays, including a display of twenty-four Christmas trees. The Breakers opens daily at 9 a.m., the Elms and Marble House open at 10 a.m. The last tour admission at all three houses is at 4 p.m., and the houses and grounds close at 5 p.m. Admission to all three houses, $29.49 for adults; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas with a 3 p.m. closing on December 24. The Preservation Society of Newport County, (401) 847-1000,

Portland’s Victoria Mansion
November 27, 2015–January 3, 2016
Portland’s Victoria Mansion will open its doors so visitors can enjoy the historic home in all its holiday splendor. This year the mansion will be decorated from top to bottom by a dozen area designers. You can also enjoy this holiday decor at the annual Victoria Mansion Christmas Gala on December 2. Open on Monday at 11 a.m., with last admission at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m., (207) 772 4841, ­

Deck the Walls
November 27, 2015–January 8, 2016
Forget the mall and give the gift of art. The Lyme Art Association’s annual holiday show and sale features the works of more than 200 artists. The show features a wide range of types and sizes of artwork specially designed for holiday gift giving. Lyme, (860) 434-7802, ­

Crafted Objects in Flux
Through January 10, 2016
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston displays the works of 41 international, cutting-edge artists in this exhibit dedicated to contemporary craft. See how today’s craftspeople are blurring the lines between design, fine art, and craft. Works range from furniture to jewelry to ceramics and beyond. Henry and Lois Foster Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (617) 267-9300,

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