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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, November 7, 2014

Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
Chickens are silly creatures with goofy movements and delightful feathers that come in all sizes, shapes, and colors - not to mention they lay the incredible edible egg! The have proved to be the perfect muse for the YES Art Works studios to create a “ brood” of art work that includes paintings, embroidery, ceramics, greeting cards, and sculptures. Visit the Oak Street Loft Gallery at 72 Oak Street in Portland for the November 7th First Friday Art Walk kick off reception from 5PM-8PM. Refreshment will be served along with a special non-alcoholic cocktail called, “The Cluck”. Visit www.yesartworks.org for more information.
Artist(s):
YES Art Works
Medium:
Mixed
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens "Serenity" an annual exhibition of works in a variety of styles and media on November 1, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit showcases new works and the re-installation of works by artists represented by the gallery that evoke feelings of tranquility or calmness in the viewer. The exhibition is open free of charge to the public through November 30, 2014. The gallery begins operating under the Fall/Winter schedule from November through March and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. For additional information about the exhibit please call the gallery at 207-712-1097 (local), email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Group Exhibit - Works by Gallery Artists
Medium:
Variety of Styles and Media
3fish gallery
377 Cumberland Avenue
Eleven artists of the Addison-Wolley group will exhibit their work in a wide range of mediums.
Artist(s):
Group show
Medium:
Mixed medium
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
New landscape paintings by Nance Parker
Artist(s):
Nance Parker
Medium:
acrylic
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
Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Dirigo Dance Project, a collaborative effort from seven Maine dance veterans, will be joined by G-tric of Portland for its October First Friday Art Walk at Bright Star World Dance beginning at 6pm and occurring every half hour until 7:30pm. Join Dirigo Dance Project in the studio to witness new works, see works in progress, and to see their spectacular guest artists G-tric. This free public performance will delight First Friday Art Walkers of all ages. Bright Star World Dance is located near the Portland Museum of Art at 108 High St, on the 3rd floor.
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Dance
Waynflete School Gallery
360 Spring Street
What kind of school asks its guests to make their own art on First Friday? Come to the Waynflete School Gallery and take part in our new “DIY” exhibit. Guests of all ages are invited to lend their talents to a series of works in progress, begun by children from ages three to eighteen, faculty and staff. What would you add to the “Everything that Flies” wall? A bird, a plane, Superman? Come join the fun! The Main Gallery in the Waynflete Arts Center is open For First Friday until 8:00 p.m. Individuals or groups interested in coming at other times are welcome to call Heather Isherwood at 774-5721, ext 1201 to make an appointment. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Artist(s):
Waynflete students, teachers and staff
Medium:
Mixed
Sanctuary Tattoo and Gallery
31 Forest Ave
Musings from the minds of Sanctuary.
Artist(s):
Wilhelm Scherer, Jennifer Moore, Ryan Fleming, Danielle Madore, Scott Bruns, Carrie Vinette
Medium:
Mixed
Thinktank Co-working Space
The title of the show refers to a famous Chinese novel, called "Journey to the West" (西游记), published in the 16th century. The novel describes that a monk and his three mythical students took an odyssey-like pilgrimage to "Western Pure Land", obtained sacred text, and fulfill their life missions. The Portland-based artist Mei Selvage used this story as an analogy for her inner journey in searching of her artistic and spiritual home at East. This art show integrates diverse techniques and materials from East and West, ancient and contemporary. “My art is my way to tell stories and compose visual poetry," explains the artist. "I love to use words, colors, and images to show the interplay of hidden and perceived realities. With my background and formal training in Zen Buddhism and Chinese literature, I use art to embody and express the ancient wisdom of Chinese philosophies." Born in Sichuan, China, Mei Selvage has lived in US since 1997.
Artist(s):
Mei Selvage
Medium:
Acrylic, Mixed Media
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Meet local Artist Finn Teach and take home one of his Portland and Bar Harbor landscapes or cityscapes.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil Painting
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Bio: Six years of painting on glass and I'm still discovering new techniques. It's what excites me about the form. The "spin" technique is fresh, vivid, and often chaotic. Witnessing the chaos, making mistakes, and achieving control breathe new life into my discipline. Nothing beats flipping over a fresh piece and seeing it whole for the first time. It is new and immediate. This invigorates me. Each new piece informs the next. I learn to accept, reject, re-define, and develop my ideas of what art is, and what it could be. For this show, I collaborated with Kyle Randall. He provided form for my colorful explorations. I can't thank him enough, for art is nothing if not communication. website: http://getlowchild.blogspot.com
Artist(s):
Jake Murray
Medium:
Glass and Paint
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Come experience the new turn in her seductive portraiture. Where precisely executed lines and sharply focused faces dominate the walls. Explore feminine beauty through an impressionistic lens like never before.
Artist(s):
Gabrielle McGuire
Medium:
Acrylic
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
In the exhibition, No Buddy, artist Amy DiPlacido, pairs color fields with creative writing. Each solid panel is hand dyed and juxtaposed with a machine-embroidered caption, serving as a key to a moment in time. Based on the hardware store paintchip sample, the show highlights color associations and its relation to recordings, mood, and memory. "I record the minute, yet extraordinary occurrences in the day, that most may overlook. A snippet of overheard conversation, a typo on a menu, sing-song ways to remember an important date… these are my banal moments, yet worthy of recording. It is my attempt to punctuate coincidence, to immortalize the millisecond, and in turn, offer the viewer to meditate on their story. The Digital Paintchip Series utilizes the paradoxes of humor and irony to juxtapose sincerity with life’s absurdities." - Amy DiPlacido
Artist(s):
Amy DiPlacido
Medium:
Multimedia
Portland Pottery Store & Studio
118-122 Washington Ave
Come visit us at Portland Pottery on Washington Avenue for the first friday art walk in November. We are excited to announce that we will be showing off the talent in our staff and teachers! We will be featuring the work of those who make this place so great. There will be a wide variety of work from miniature pots to large clay sculptures and the stuff in between. There will be plenty to buy for those of you who would like to decorate your thanksgiving table with beautiful handmade pottery, as well as Christmas presents for those who like to get a head start on their shopping. We will be having one of our teachers demo on the pottery wheel! You can feel free to throw on an apron and try spinning a pot yourself! Light hors d'oeuvres will be served from our cafe next door! The Portland Pottery Cafe will also be open for dinner, you won't want to miss the delicious fall meals we have to offer! *There is plenty of parking all up and down Fox Street!
Artist(s):
Portland Pottery Teachers and Staff
Medium:
Clay
Portland Pottery Store & Studio
118-122 Washington Ave
Come visit us at Portland Pottery on Washington Avenue for the first friday art walk in November. We are excited to announce that we will be showing off the talent in our staff and teachers! We will be featuring the work of those who make this place so great. There will be a wide variety of work from miniature pots to large clay sculptures and the stuff in between. There will be plenty to buy for those of you who would like to decorate your thanksgiving table with beautiful handmade pottery, as well as Christmas presents for those who like to get a head start on their shopping. We will be having one of our teachers demo on the pottery wheel! You can feel free to throw on an apron and try spinning a pot yourself! Light hors d'oeuvres will be served from our cafe next door! The Portland Pottery Cafe will also be open for dinner, you won't want to miss the delicious fall meals we have to offer! *There is plenty of parking all up and down Fox Street!
Artist(s):
Portland Pottery Teachers and Staff
Medium:
Clay
The State Theatre Building
142 High St. & 615 Congress St.
The State Theatre Building 142 High Street, All floors lots of 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
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
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
The Pulps features the world’s largest collection of Pulp Cover Art and gives a detailed look into these once misunderstood, controversial works of art. The exhibition features works such as Tarzan, The Shadow, Secret Agent X, The Mysterious Wu-Fang, The Spider, Doc Savage, The Scorpion, The Whisperer, The Black Mask, and The Lone Ranger. The Pulps is sponsored by the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, Maine College of Art, The Via Agency, Thompson Johnson Architects, Otto Pizza, Longfellow Books, Casablanca Comics, Shipyard Brewing Co., and Welch Signage. The exhibition is free of charge and open to the general public. The Pulps will be on exhibit from October 3rd through December 26th.
Artist(s):
Vintage Pulp Fiction
Medium:
Painting, prints
Portland Museum of Art
In 1980, Robert Indiana was commissioned by Indianapolis-based real estate group Melvin Simon & Associates to create a monumental sculptural program for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). Indiana conceived of a series of sculptures representing the numerals 0-9 in polychrome aluminum. He also conceived of the same suite of sculptures in corten steel, and imagined the works in different sizes, with 8 x 8 x 4 feet as the largest in the series. The first group was produced in 1980 and was donated to IMA. Yet, like many of Indiana’s planned sculptures, the overall editions were too expensive to produce speculatively, so plans for production languished for decades. In the mid-1990s, Indiana began working with a foundation, which agreed to execute his incomplete sculptural editions, including the large-scale corten numerals. In 2014, the purchased Seven, out of the only set of 0-9 in corten that has been broken up. Indiana has long been associated with the emergence and of the first generation of pop artists in America, a group that included figures like Jasper Johns as well as Andy Warhol. As with his artistic peers, Indiana was interested in the relationship between specific objects and images that circulated as part of American culture, and the creation of artistic meaning in postwar America. As with Indiana’s famous one-word works of art, the numerals suggest both “thing,” a meaningful numeral, and its representation as art, a monumental sculpture. For the PMA, Seven is both a landmark sculpture that will tie the identity of the museum with one of Maine’s most prominent artists as well as a cheeky announcement of the museum as place: the PMA’s address is Seven Congress Square.
Artist(s):
Robert Indiana
Medium:
Coffee By Design
67 India Street
We all see the world through the colored glass of our experience, and it is important for me to tell the part of the story that sometimes needs time to form. My landscapes are more like portraits than snapshots of a place. I strive to show some evidence of the relationship between subject and observer. The places that interest me already seem to contain some piece of me, and I feel compelled to explore that resonance.
Artist(s):
Kate Winn
Medium:
Acrylic

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