A curious display at Portland’s Victoria Mansion

The Victoria Mansion – the perfectly preserved mid-19th century Victorian mansion located in Portland’s Old Port – is playing host this month to a delightfully odd, curiously inventive art exhibit.

Victoria’s Wonderama brings together eight Maine artists, all of whom work within the steampunk aesthetic, to each take over a room or an area at the mansion with their creations. Steampunk – an aesthetic combining elements of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and alternate history, within a late 19th century look and feel – fits in beautifully with the ornate, lovingly preserved decor in the mansion.

Artists include Christian Matzke, Brendan Ferri, Greta Bank, Scott Peterman, Stephen Burt, David Twiss, Tom Couture and Mike Libby. The Wonderama was curated by Lisa Pixley, and it’s open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday at the Mansion, located on Danforth Street in Portland’s Old Port. Admission is $10.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.