UMVA presents a double exhibition featuring Tom Bloom and Amy Bellezza – MAINE ART SCENE MAGAZINE

(Portland, ME) The Union of Visual Artists of Maine presents a double exhibition of two photographers: Portland Works of Tom Bloom and A Wicked Tiny History of Playing & Tarot Cards by Amy Bellezza. The show opens on October 2 and will run until October 29, 2022. There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk.

Tom Bloom

Portland Works by Tom Bloom is an exhibition of portraits of Portlanders, celebrating the nobility of hard work. All of the show’s personalities have jobs that most of us pass by without realizing it but which are essential to the special character of Portland. Each portrait is made in Tom Bloom’s studio in Portland, often directly from work.

“Willis, Fisherman” by Tom Bloom

Tom Bloom is a professional photographer and actor, New York, Boston, Portland. His photographic work spanning over 50 years has specialized in theater and dance performances, theater portraits and fine art documentation. His acting career has been on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, television and film.

Amy Bellezza

A Wicked Tiny History of Playing & Tarot Cards by Amy Bellezza is a photographic exhibition that explores aspects of the history and design of playing cards and tarot. Using her own personal decks, she came up with a series of still lifes that illustrate different moments in their evolutions. They interpret magical spells, literature, movies, and historical events, while explaining their relevance to their time in history. And some are just art for art’s sake.


“For Artistic and Creative Concerns” by Amy Bellezza

Amy Bellezza is a Portland-based photographer. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been shown in New York, Maine, Washington and Italy. She has mainly exhibited with and is the director of the UMVA gallery.

About the Maine Union of Visual Artists and the Portland Media Center

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) is a volunteer artist collective, representing artists across the state in all walks of life, and is dedicated to upholding the dignity of artists while creating change positive social through the arts. UMVA welcomes those who support contemporary artists in Maine, and by collaborating with other cultural and political organizations, UMVA raises awareness of important issues while promoting an inclusive artistic community in Maine.

The UMVA Gallery is located at 516 Congress Street in Portland and presents monthly group, thematic and individual exhibitions. The gallery is open during normal Portland Media Center hours of operation (, Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the month of October, Tom Bloom or Amy Bellezza will be at the Gallery every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The exhibition is free to the public. Artwork in UMVA exhibits is generally for sale through the artist(s), with a portion of each sale benefiting UMVA.

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UMVA Freedom of Expression Statement/Notice

Exhibiting a work of art is not endorsing the work or the artist’s vision, ideas and opinions. It is about defending the right of all to have diverse visions and points of view. Should controversies arise over the display of a work of art, we welcome public discussion and debate with the belief that discussion is an integral part of experiencing the art. In keeping with our fundamental commitment to freedom of expression, we will not censor exhibitions in response to political or ideological pressure.

Freedom of expression is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The works UMVA exhibitions can amaze, enlighten, challenge, disturb, confuse, provoke and, sometimes, offend. We defend the freedom to create content and exhibit works anywhere in the world, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting and experiencing such works is a constitutional right.

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