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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, August 1, 2014

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One Longfellow Square
181 State St.
In anticipation of the upcoming, local songwriter showcase, Songwriters in the Round, One Longfellow presents Artists in the Round, a collection of art that escapes the gallery and flows out into Longfellow square, and into your life! Join the artists as they share art that stretches across the spectrum, with paintings, ceramics, origami, hand painted yoga mats, jewelry, screen printed shirts and more. You will find quality art that has a place in your soul, your home, your practice and your wardrobe. And, since any good connoisseur knows that there’s an art for every sense, there will also be a free beer tasting by Funky Bow Brewery, as well as live music from local musicians. You won’t want to miss this art block party!
Artist(s):
Medium:
Constellation Art Gallery
511 Congress St
30 works on display. Come explore the studios and talk with the artists.
Artist(s):
Maine Artist Collective
Medium:
Various
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Owner Susan Roux and well-known accomplished Maine artist Sandra Leinonen Dunn will be showcased at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery. Roux is showing a collection of her popular sensual figures on the ocean's edge. She will also be exhibiting a mixture of scenery and still life. Leinonen Dunn is offering wonderful florals and still life's. Along with the 2-person Show, the gallery is exhibiting 28 artists from 8 different countries. Come view the wonderful representational art they have on hand.
Artist(s):
Susan Roux + Sandra Leinonen Dunn
Medium:
oil
O'Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street
O'Maine Studios presents Art of the Engine! A celebration of the amazing car collections in our state. We are located at 54 Danforth Street in Portland, just a 2 minute walk from Congress Street, The August event will feature the Art of the Road Trip and show classic convertibles from the collection at the Portland Motor Club and Owl's Head Transportation Museum. Come check out these gorgeous convertibles, enjoy our beer garden with samples from Shipyard and food from Mainely Burgers and Mainly Treats as well as music and movies. This is a destination stop on First Friday so come, bring your families and reminisce about summer road trips!
Artist(s):
O'Maine Studios
Medium:
automobiles
PacaNaturals
23 Temple St
Join us for an evening of fine art and fiber art! Olena Babak's oil paintings are inspired by the natural beauty (and the sounds) of Maine. This artist has always had an affinity for drawing. Over the years, she has studied a variety of art styles. Babak has traveled internationally to gain perspective on the way a culture develops its unique form, taking inspiration from all over. She believes that, "Art all together is like fine wine or food for the soul ... you should taste and experience it all." In addition to Olena's art work, our store will have a few extra guests. Pam Harwood of Longwoods Alpacas will join us with her weaving loom, and Sheila McDonough of Falling Star Farm will tote her spinning wheel. Wine is made available for those 21+.
Artist(s):
Olena Babak
Medium:
Oil
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of works in pastel by New York based artist Bob Santandrea on August 1, at 10:00 a.m. A research scientist and patent attorney by training Bob's been drawing, painting, and sculpting on and off for 30 years. For many years his primary artistic interests were the human figure and portraiture. After moving to New York he re-discovered his love of pastels. In Bob's words, "I now primarily work in pastels. Much of my work has its start en plein-air and is a reaction to what I see in nature. The scene itself may be rather mundane on its face - such as a roadside view in a small town or an out cropping of rocks along a trail or shore - that evokes a sense of something noble or unique. Seldom does a man-made structure appear in my paintings, if it does it is often well weathered, suggesting the impermanence of our works with respect to those of nature." The public is invited to meet Bob at a reception on Saturday, August 2, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Richard Boyd Art Gallery where he will be available to discuss his work. The gallery is located on Peaks Island, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through August 31, 2014. For additional information about the exhibit or reception please contact Pamela at the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097(local), via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Bob Santandrea
Medium:
Pastels/Mixed Media
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
Photography exhibiton for August: Brenton Hamilton Painting exhibition: Kiki Gaffney Salon wall exhibition: Paintings of Portland and more Sculpture: gallery artists
Artist(s):
Brenton Hamilton, Kiki Gaffney
Medium:
photography, paintings, mixed media and ceramic
The Blazin Ace
432 Fore St
Campin' Out will feature Maine themed glass pipes, paperweights, pendants. Outhouses, Lighthouses, Marshmallows getting 'toasted' all made right here in Portland. Danny Camp will be displaying a months worth of solo and collaborative work. Danny is regarded very highly in the local glass community while also gaining national attention. He has been glassblowing for 7 years and has a great understanding of techniques and style - this is a show not to miss. Munchies and light refreshments will be served. 5-9pm.
Artist(s):
Danny Camp Glass
Medium:
Borosilicate Glass
As 1 Gallery
24 Exchange Street, Ste 211
Join us for an exclusive viewing of the latest photographs from JoAnne Becker! Works are printed on canvas, metal, and paper, and capture a sense of nostalgia with bold composition, focus, and style. Opening reception is Friday, August 1st from 4-10PM.
Artist(s):
JoAnne Becker
Medium:
Photography
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Brilliant color... fascinating light effect... these two artists bring two very different styles together to compliment one another. Rhonda Pearle, an expressive colorist, and Gary Perlmutter, a classical realist, show their latest work in their gallery/studio.
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter
Medium:
Oil on canvas and linen
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
A diverse collection of Nature Photography which includes landscapes and a wide assortment of wildlife.
Artist(s):
Jeanne Marie Coleman
Medium:
Photography
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Maine native and outdoor enthusiast, I take great pleasure in capturing the essence of Maine in its natural environments. I have a passion for displays of color, the beauty of flowers, nature and the Maine landscape. I feel my photography depicts a definite “Maine flavor”, including colorful fall scenes, birds, wildlife, marine and nautical themes, lighthouses and still life.
Artist(s):
Diane Aube
Medium:
Photography
Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant Street
We know that summer is busy in Maine and that we must enjoy the warm weather in it's brevity. Please take a moment to celebrate the sun with us at an artist reception for Brita Holmquist, one of our favorite artists. This summer's show is aptly titled, "Dog Days" and will run from August 1st - September 13th.
Artist(s):
Brita Holmquist
Medium:
Oil Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings on Canvas
Sanctuary Tattoo and Gallery
31 Forest Ave
Pete Gorski is a professional local artist. His vibrant paintings are narrative in nature. They may have been inspired by a lyric from a song, a quote read or overheard or, as is often the case, a concept or character that just needed to get down in paint. The human figure, especially the face is featured prominently in Pete's work. A portrait painted successfully is much more than just the surface the eye sees. It is a capturing of the soul, the character, however odd, that the eye cannot necessarily see. These paintings are portraits done in reverse, with the genesis of the character being a conjured or known soul, and a physical being created from that. Examples of Pete's work can also be found at petegorski.com
Artist(s):
Pete Gorski
Medium:
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Join us for First Friday Art Walk and see exhibitions by Katie Bell, Adam John Manley and Miles Templeton.
Artist(s):
Katie Bell, Adam John Manley, Miles Templeton
Medium:
Various
The Salt Institute
561 Congress Street
Last year National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing spent three weeks documenting urban refugee children in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal was to put a human face on the individuals living in the darkest corners of Africa’s slums. Within this exhibit is a short film, a collaboration with Amy and her husband, Matt Moyer. The short documentary gives voice to a 12 year-old refugee boy named Claude as he describes his journey from his home country to being a refugee living in Nairobi. Claude’s story, in his own words, offers an intimate and deeply personal window into the realities and hopes and dreams of a refugee boy. Nairobi’s refugee population is estimated to be close to 100,000 people. In Africa, 50% of refugees are children. They join the 1.5 million Kenyans already living in Nairobi’s slums. The average length of time a person spends as a refugee today is seventeen years; equal to an entire childhood for a young refugee boy or girl.
Artist(s):
Amy Toensing
Medium:
Photography
St. Lawrence Arts
76 Congress Street
Artist(s):
Medium:
Paintings
3fish gallery
377 Cumberland Avenue
These paintings are all made on paper with watercolors, oil pastels and ink. Some of them have hair and an assortment of natural materials like leaves and milkweed fluff applied to the paper with stitching and wax. The paper on some of them is distressed and torn, and stitched back together. They are sewn onto canvas, sometimes with the stitching entering the picture as a line or shape. Growing up in Nebraska, I watched the power lines draw long spanning upward arcs on the ever changing ocean of sky and land as we drove thru the otherwise featureless prairie. My love of line has roots in that. The color yellow ochre that is in a lot of my paintings has roots in the same place, the prairie. These paintings are about the lines, colors, shapes and textures that are found in vast places and small places. Places that are mostly discarded from the mind because there is so much around us that is designed to capture our attention. I like to look for the places under city bridges where the rust has stained the concrete into a piece of art, I look for the twisted rubber and wire remnants of truck tires, and the little pieces of car that have been smashed and rusted into amazing natural shapes. Things in nature too, like the masses of sea grass dried flat on the beach, a leaf skeletonized by a beetle, and flotsam tossed by waves into curious balls. These paintings aren’t to reproduce found objects and glimpsed wonders, but to draw attention to them. They’re a mixture of a dreaming, an assemblage and a quilt inspired by human and nature made accidental art.
Artist(s):
Kit Bartmess
Medium:
mixed medium
Dockfore
336 Fore St
This celebration of centering & colorful energy is based on a recent study of mandalas ( circular symbolic designs) and the effort required and energy released in their creation.
Artist(s):
Lauren Ostis
Medium:
acrylic
Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
“This show is a representation of my life’s struggle against possible death and against the struggle itself. Some of the pieces of work are predictive though not infallible. Some are current or simply coming of age as random puzzle pieces finally finding a place in space and time. Though seemingly abstract, all existence may not seem rational-as intelligence which humans might not understand and attribute to insanity or alien (not of this earth) thought. All of the pieces are my original work which should never stop evolving. They are of my physical and mental reality which (hopefully) can contribute to life’s role in our universe.”
Artist(s):
Ingrida Grins
Medium:
Paintings
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
3 young photographers just beginning their hopeful photography careers, all while spending their days working for an amazing coffee company. That's right - this exhibit features photographers who all work for Coffee By Design! Come check out this great collection of work ranging from custom magnets and postcards, to digital prints and homemade window pane frames. Affordably priced work from local artists.
Artist(s):
Lindsay Heald, James Frydrych, Erika Grover
Medium:
Photography
Coffee By Design
67 India Street
3 young photographers just beginning their hopeful photography careers, all while spending their days working for an amazing coffee company. That's right - this exhibit features photographers who all work for Coffee By Design! Come check out this great collection of work ranging from custom magnets and postcards, to digital prints and homemade window pane frames. Affordably priced work from local artists.
Artist(s):
Lindsay Heald, James Frydrych, Erika Grover
Medium:
Photography
Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.
Portland Art Gallery, Art Collector Maine's newest art gallery, will host a First Friday Artist Reception with a specially curated show featuring Art Collector Maine artists. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Join us for a very special evening as we introduce the art community to our newest gallery!
Artist(s):
Art Collector Maine Artists
Medium:
Rick Hamilton
New Art from Rick Hamilton. The Wild Strawberry Collective will have fresh veggies and Sacred Basil from their farm in North Yarmouth with a pay-what-you-can sidewalk sale. The Somali-Bantu Community Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn will be selling their Hand-made woven baskets to fund raise for their community garden.
Artist(s):
Rick Hamilton
Medium:
The State Theatre Building
142 High St. & 615 Congress St.
The State Theatre Building 142 High Street, All floors Over 40 artist under one roof here at the State Theatre Building in the Arts District. Open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm every First Friday Art Walk. If you're looking for variety in art exhibitions then look no further...it's all here!
Artist(s):
Other
Medium:
Mixed Media
Fore River Gallery
87 Market Street
Liz and Mike Marks are holding a Sale on their artwork this August to help offset the costs associated with their one year old son's rising medical costs. All their work, ranging from paintings,ceramics jewelry photography and more, will be on sale for up to 50%. Please come by and support these two artists be able to continue being part of Portland's Art community.
Artist(s):
Liz & Mike Marks
Medium:
Multi
Portland Public Library Cultural Center
5 Monument Square
Portland Public Library hosts exhibit by Maine Maritime Museum in the Lower Level Hallway - July 3rd through December 15th, 2014 Portland Public Library will host an exhibit by Maine Maritime Museum, “The Faces that launched a Thousand Ships” in the Lower Level Hallway from July 3rh through December 15th 2014. A ship-launching is the supreme maritime amusement, a joyful, thrilling rite that builds to a moment of drama unparalleled in any theater. It is a rite repeated tens of thousand times since ships were built, joining us with historical legions of spectacle seekers, while channeling our best wishes for the future career of a brand-new untested vessel. View the emotions, fashions, and personalities of participants and on-lookers at some Maine coast launchings of the last century or so.
Artist(s):
Maine Maritime Museum
Medium:
mixed
Vivid Motion Dances
Vivid Motion will be sharing a few pieces from it's upcoming show - "Thug". Come check it out! We'll be performing outside near Congress Square, weather permitting. Performances will be about every 20-30 minutes, starting at 5:15. Times will be posted nearby. For more info about the show visit www.vividmotion.org
Artist(s):
Vivid Motion
Medium:
Dance
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
Maine has a rich heritage of fiddling that encompasses Yankee, Franco-American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish-American cultures. The exhibit will explore and celebrate this heritage by bringing together a wide range of materials—photographs, printed and manuscript tunebooks, sound recordings, concert flyers, and dance cards—that document the Pine Tree State’s vibrant fiddling traditions. Maine has also been home to a surprising number of fiddle makers; researchers have identified close to 200 professional and amateur craftspeople in Maine who have made violins. Examples of the work of several of these are included in the exhibit. Curators of the exhibit are Paul F. Wells, Director Emeritus of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Tom Wilsbach, Arts Librarian at the Portland Public Library. Wilsbach and Wells are both fiddlers and fiddle researchers. The exhibit will hang through June and July. Associated events, including lectures and performances will take place during the exhibit’s run.
Artist(s):
history
Medium:
mixed
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Portland and Bar Harbor landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and still life.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil Painting
Art at the Cathedral
143 State St.
Our featured artist, Linda Carleton, is spiritual director and a retired U.C.C. minister and teacher of comparative religions from Connecticut. She and her husband Peter moved to Chebeague Island in 2008 and now divide their time between the Island and Portland. Linda studied watercolor with Joan Downey at the Guilford Art Center and BJ Abrahamson on Chebeague Island. In addition to years of painting landscape watercolor, she is drawn to the sacred circle of the mandala and has formed a business called Maine Mandalas. Many of the paintings in this show reflect Linda's tendency to work out spiritual questions through art. You can see more of Linda's work on her website lindacarleton.com. While enjoying the works of our guest artist take a self-guided tour of the historic art of the Cathedral that includes a stunning portrait of the Madonna and child painted by John LaFarge, stained glass by Westbrook artesian Robin Neely, and one of the most renowned wood carvings of the 20th century by Ernest G. Pellegrini. Come and join in the fun from 5:00-8:00.
Artist(s):
Linda Carleton
Medium:
Water Color

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