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Andy Graham

I want to use public policy to make Portland a more joyful place.

Job President, Creative Portland

Lives In Rosemont, Portland

I am the founder of Portland Color. I moved to Maine in 1973. I began my professional life as a photographer. My businesses have evolved through presentation graphics, small-format color, photolab, fine art printing, and large format/fabric printing. I went back to school and got a Masters in Public Policy, and now serve on Space Gallery's board and as President of Creative Portland. I sold Portland Color to Designtex to November, 2011 and am now the Chief Innovation Officer for Surface Imaging.

Why did you choose Portland? I fit Portland, and Portland fit me. I could know the people who made decisions and got things done. And everyone (almost) was friendly, from the cashiers at the grocery store to the parking lot attendants to the people on the street and in the parks.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? I admire the historian Earle Shuttleworth. His lifelong engagement with what Portland is, was, and might be fascinates me. He was thoughtful enough to collect the stories, ephemera, and images in the years that Portland was decaying was prescient. I also admire Roger Gilmore, former President of Maine College of Art. Roger was part of the renaissance of Portland; his bold move to expand Portland School of Art into the Baxter Library and then into Porteous Department Store almost singlehandedly was responsible for the recovery of Portland's downtown, and cemented our identity as a progressive, artistic community.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? I enjoy wandering through the Maine Historical Society's Museum and its adjacent library. But I also love the lookout in Fort Allen Park where I can gaze out at Casco Bay, the islands, and the open ocean from my car or from a bench.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? I think we take the Casco Bay Ferries for granted. Being on deep water in a boat with a thrumming diesel engine, the sunshine in bright sun, and the feeling of stepping into the timelessness of Peaks or Long or Great Diamond Island is so amazing and so easy to access.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? I can't go to the Saturday Farmers' Market without seeing at least a half dozen people I know.

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