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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, May 2, 2014

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
(Peaks Island, ME), Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens the fourth annual exhibition of fine arts paying homage to animals on Friday, May 2 at 10:00 am. The exhibit features a selection of works from animal portraits to works in the sporting arts genre including wildlife scenes, scenes of hunting, and farm scenes. On exhibit are portraits and farm and sporting scenes in oil-on-canvas by award-winning sporting and wildlife artist Beth Carlson, limited edition bronze sculptures by award -winning sculptor Charles Ellithorpe, DVM, farm scenes in acrylic-on-canvas by Gwen Sylvester, portraits in ink-on-paper by Wyatt Barr, a farm scene in watercolor by Wilson Stewart, mixed media and wire sculptures by Jean Noon, and a contemporary mixed media work by Kathy Weinberg. The exhibit is on view free to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through May 31, 2014. A portion of the galleries net income generated from sales during the month of May will be donated to a local animal refuge. There is an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, May 3 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. For additional information about the exhibit please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Beth Carlson, Charles Ellithorpe, DVM, Gwen Sylvester, Wyatt Barr, Jean Noon, Wilson Stewart, Kathy Weinberg
Medium:
Variety of styles in both two and three-dimensional mediums.
PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave.
"Beneath the Surface," featuring significant Down East Maine artists Avy Claire, Anne-Claude Cotty, and Nancy Manter, will be on display at PhoPa Gallery from April 16 - May 31st, and will be open for May's First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm. Although each artist works independently and in several artistic mediums, their primarily abstract images come together to offer a rich visual dialogue for the viewer’s experience. Avy Claire compiles elements such as photography and text to juxtapose dissonant ideas of logic and disorder. Similarly, Anne-Claude Cotty presents pinhole wintery landscape photographs that melt into poetic abstraction. Nancy Manter uses charcoal, gesso, ink, and conte crayon in her sizable drawings that explore geological elements of Northern Wyoming. Capturing two opposing yet dependent environments above and below ground, Manter’s drawings are at times disjointed and contiguous as other times. Avy Claire most recently exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, ME and has been included in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Anne-Claude Cotty has exhibited at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Colby College Art Museum, and Portland Museum of Art. Nancy Manter’s work is in the permanent collections of The British Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Boston Public Library. Manter most recently exhibited at Marietta College in Ohio, and the Kentler International Drawing Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Artist(s):
Avy Claire, Anne-Claude Cotty, and Nancy Manter
Medium:
Photography, drawing, collage
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
Aucocisco Galleries
Artist Reception May 2nd April 29th – May 17th Gallery 1: Denis Boudreault Gallery 2: Bill Manning
Artist(s):
Denis Boudreault & Bill Manning
Medium:
Oil Painting
Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
Eat, Entertain, Enjoy! New serving pieces featuring Barbara's signature pinch pot technique.
Artist(s):
Barbar Walch
Medium:
stoneware
Dobra Tea
151 Middle St.
Mixed media collage and architectural renderings. More at www.dobrateame.com
Artist(s):
Gaston
Medium:
collage
The VIA Agency
619 Congress Street
In the first ever ComPoster contest, Garbage to Garden and The VIA Agency have asked local artists of all skill levels to create a poster showcasing what Earth Day means to them. This First Friday exhibit will feature all the ComPoster submissions under one roof. Come celebrate Earth Day and check out work from a multitude of aspiring Maine's artists.
Artist(s):
Group Show
Medium:
Posters
DAUNIS FINE HANDMADE JEWELRY
616 Congress Street
Nature in Exquisitely Elegant Embossed Water Colors and Repousse Copper panels are created by Scarborough artists. Chong Lim draws each design and carves them into metal plates. He then casts fiberglass into the metal to create a counter image. HIs wife, Judi attaches the plate and counter to the press and presses the paper to make the embossed images. After this Chong airbrushes and watercolors the designs. Some of the handmade papers made by Judi have plant fibers embedded into handmade paper.
Artist(s):
Chong and Judi Lim
Medium:
Embossed Watercolors and Copper Repousse
Homegrown Herb and Tea
195 Congress St.
Allen West presents his new illustrations at Homegrown Herb and Tea. The 2014 collection, ORCHIDACEAE, comprise of goauche painted orchid illustrations ranging from the colorful Zygopetalum crinitum to the subdued white petals of the Ludisia discolor. Be inspired by the taste and aroma of hand blended tea with the visual sight of some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic plants.
Artist(s):
Allen West
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Sanctuary Tattoo and Gallery
31 Forest Ave
Are you looking for a thrill, a shiver up your spine, hair stand on end goose bumpy type of tingle?? The strange and the spooky will be on display this upcoming First Friday!!! We have a spectacular, truly spectral show filled with new works by four very talented artists; Eric Pomorski, game designer and photographer will be presenting atmospheric photographs produced with old and obscure equipment. Elisabeth Heller, local artist has culled the depths and brought forth disturbing and beautiful visions. Plus the ever nomadic Clayton Cameron will be presenting his own eerie imagery. Mr. Glenn Chadbourne, well known for his illustrations which have accompanied the stories of some of today's top horror writers including Stephen King, will have new work gracing our walls. This show is really not to be missed!!!!!
Artist(s):
Eric Pomorski, Elisabeth Heller, Clayton Cameron, Glenn Chadbourne
Medium:
Portland City Hall
389 Congress Street
The Portland Public Schools Student Showcase will include art exhibits, dance and orchestral performances, and displays from classroom projects at Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on May 2. The events will take place at City Hall and several other locations in downtown Portland. The Portland Public Schools Art Show, featuring hundreds of works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will have its opening celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. at Portland City Hall. The exhibit will be open until 8 p.m. The Lincoln Middle School Select Orchestra will perform at City Hall at 4 p.m., followed at about 5:30 p.m. by the Deering Sisterhood and dancers from the Portland Arts and Technology High School Arts Academy. Behind Portland High School, a masking tape rendering of a life-sized orca whale will illustrate the parallels between the size of sea park confinement pools and the school courtyard area. Sculptures by students at Casco Bay High School and exhibits from a King Middle School learning expedition titled Truth Or Consequences will be on display in the Rines Room of the Portland Public Library from 5 to 8 p.m. Seventh graders involved with the Lincoln Middle School Hunger Project will present an interactive display at a location to be announced. Deering students will exhibit henna art at the Museum of African Art and Culture, 13 Brown Street. The school district is partnering with the city of Portland, the Portland Public Library and various venues to present the second annual Portland Public Schools Student Showcase as part of the May Art Walk.
Artist(s):
Hundreds of student artists and performers
Medium:
various
Portland Public Library - Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square
The Portland Public Schools Student Showcase at the May 2 Art Walk will include an exhibit of sculptures by students at Casco Bay High School and exhibits from a King Middle School learning expedition titled Truth Or Consequences in the Rines Room from 5 to 8 p.m. The showcase also will include several other events taking place at other venues. They will include the Portland Public Schools Art Show, featuring hundreds of works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Portland City Hall (open from 3 to 8 p.m.), a short concert by the Lincoln Middle School Select Orchestra (City Hall at 4 p.m.), dances performed by the Deering Sisterhood and dancers from the Portland Arts and Technology High School Arts Academy (City Hall at 5:30 p.m.), a masking tape rendering of a life-sized orca whale (behind Portland High School, 5 to 8 p.m.), seventh graders involved with the Lincoln Middle School Hunger Project presenting an interactive display at a location to be announced and henna art by Deering students at the Museum of African Art and Culture, 13 Brown Street. The school district is partnering with the city of Portland, the Portland Public Library and various venues to present the second annual Portland Public Schools Student Showcase as part of the May Art Walk.
Artist(s):
various
Medium:
sculpture
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
A collection of 20 paintings in a plein air impressionistic style filled with surprising colors that will stimulate the senses. Come explore dancing strokes that flicker light and emotion on canvas. Stas Borodin is from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He travels the world painting in what he calls his "Outdoor Studio" and has exhibitions in most cities where he paints.
Artist(s):
Stas Borodin
Medium:
Oil Paintings
Vivid Motion Dances
Vivid Motion wants to share some of it's upcoming show, The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, with the public. We'll be performing outside at Congress Square, weather permitting. Look for a giant red Mountain Viper and one very worried Sinbad. Performances will be about every 20 minutes, starting at 5:30. Times will be posted nearby.
Artist(s):
Vivid Motion
Medium:
Dance
Row into Spring at the Cathedral
Sail and row into Spring at the Cathedral- Come see Compass Project student built boats, including the 34-foot rowing gig Nautilus, and learn about our work with at risk youth. Compass Project has served more than 2000 students in Greater Portland since 2002. Learn how you can support our work through donation, volunteering or even commissioning a boat of your own! While perusing the wonderful boats from the Compass Project 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):
Compass Project
Medium:
Boats
The Salt Institute
561 Congress Street
“Through his powerful photography, Angelo Merendino has captured the most intimate moments of his beautiful wife’s experience with illness. His moving work speaks to the fears, the triumphs, the love and the sorrow of living with cancer. By inviting us to share in their transforming journey, Jennifer and Angelo Merendino will inspire you in ways you will never forget.”
Artist(s):
Angelo Merendino
Medium:
Photography
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Stop by and see our collection of the official Kentucky Derby posters on display for the month of May. The collection dates back over the last 25 years and has acclaimed artists such as : Neiman , Maxx, Bennett , Williams and many more. First Friday is on Kentucky Oaks day , so stop by around 6:00 and take in the race. Come back on Derby Day for the best Derby party this side of Louisville. $1.95 Stella pints, Mint Juleps, pools and a prize for the best Derby hat .
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Prints

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