Pamela Penglase Baldwin, Just Picked, MJ2 2022 Award Recipient

Members Juried 2: Collage, Crafts, Drawing, Graphics, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking 2023

Juried by Kelley Lehr

Exhibition Reception Date:

February 23, 2023

Exhibition Opening:

February 23, 2023

Exhibition End Date:

March 23, 2023

Exhibition Year:


Kelley Lehr and her partner, John Danos, are the owners and directors of Greenhut Galleries and Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine. After 20 years in Los Angeles, and having acquired Greenhut (the oldest gallery in Portland, in its 45th year and going strong) in the summer of 2016, the couple relocated to Portland from Los Angeles in the spring of 2017 and sold their LA gallery.

Cove Street Arts opened in June of 2019 with 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, establishing itself as both a Chelsea-caliber art gallery and a local cultural hub. Primarily exhibiting contemporary Maine artists, Cove exhibits work by regional, national, and international artists as well. Lehr and Danos, along with their extremely talented, dedicated, and hardworking staff, are thrilled and delighted to play a significant role in re-establishing Portland as one of Maine’s most vibrant and consequential art centers. They’re happy and proud to have been on the forefront of the current renaissance of Portland area art galleries.

Prior to making the leap from LA to Maine and leveling up her relationship with visual arts from passionate avocation to committed, full-time vocation. Lehr earned a BA in English Lit, summa cum laude, from UCLA before pursuing an interdisciplinary MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago. In addition to her zeal for visual art and literature, Lehr carries a life-long torch for music. She plays piano well and guitar poorly, dabbles in songwriting, and has published both essays and Lit and Music reviews in Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. Lehr hasn’t slept in 3-1/2 years 🙂 but her current deep and interdisciplinary arts immersion is not only an absolute thrill, but also an unexpected realization of a pinch-yourself dream.