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.

Recommend this article
Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and a writer an editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor community. 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. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.