July 23, 2012
Creative communities grow in varied ways, sometimes with plenty of hard work, and sometimes with a few laughs over summertime drinks. Enter AIGA Maine’s monthly Cocktails and Creatives events, the latest of which was held on Thursday night at the Moulton Street offices of the ad agency McCabe, Duval and Associates. Especially in “big small” towns like Portland, it’s easy for creative people to silo themselves off, working away on their own projects in their own cozy universe – stepping away from the desk to talk shop (or to decidedly not talk shop) becomes as necessary to the health of one’s career as a steady paycheck.
AIGA Maine’s president, the always affable man-about-town Sean Wilkinson, told me he joined AIGA specifically because of how energized he was by the Cocktails and Creatives events. “They’re the best way for designers to get a sense of community,” Wilkinson said. He was carrying a stack of eye-catching postcards for the Carnovsky exhibition at Space Gallery — Wilkinson’s advice to any and all: “go see it” – and weaving his way through a mixed crowd of corporate-looking ad agency types, to younger bohemians, to a few dudes in Hawaiian print shirts who looked like they just stepped off a Jimmy Buffet party boat.