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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, October 3, 2014

Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant Street
Seven paintings and one drawing reflecting on memories of the artists youth and observing his present environment.
Artist(s):
Josh Ferry
Medium:
Oil on canvas, drawing
As 1 Gallery
24 Exchange Street, Ste 211
The incredible depth of emotion and movement young local artist, Amanda Brill, captures in her intriguing paintings is not to be missed! Brill often incorporates "the colors of the galaxy" into her work, lending an air of the surreal to masterfully depicted images of living creatures. The exhibit will run throughout October.
Artist(s):
Amanda Brill
Medium:
Acrylic, watercolor, and oil
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens "Scenes from Maine" the sixth annual exhibit of works depicting imagery from Maine, on October 1, at 10:00 a.m. The exhibition showcases the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. On exhibit are a selection of paintings in a variety of media and styles depicting images from the interior, to the islands, coves, and coastal waterways of Maine. Each work is the artist's interpretation of a scene from Maine. The exhibit features paintings by artists Rob Anderson - oil on canvas; Amy Bickford - acrylic based gouache on gesso board; Jane Herbert - acrylic on canvas; Felicity Sidwell - oil on canvas; Wilson Stewart - acrylic on canvas; Gwen Sylvester - acrylic on canvas; and Sarah Wilde - acrylic on canvas. The exhibit is open free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 31, 2014. For additional information please call the gallery at 207-712-1097 or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Rob Anderson; Amy Bickford; Jane Herbert; Felicity Sidwell; Wilson Stewart; Gwen Sylvester; Sarah Wilde
Medium:
Variety of media and styles.
One Longfellow Square
181 State St.
Everyone knows that wine pairs well with cheese, but how often do you hear that "The merlot went exquisitely with that Pas De Deux?" One Longfellow Square and the dancers of Collective Motion Dance Company would like you to hear that phrase more often, or at least have a chance to hear it once. We invite you to join us for an evening of art exploration that invokes all the senses. Winner of Portland Phoenix's Best Dance Performer Award (2013) and amateur wine connoisseur, Liz Pettengill will be pouring free tastings from OLS selection of fine wines, while exploring and educating how the tastes that dance on the pallet mirror and compliment the movements of the dancers in the venue. These wine and performance pairings will happen twice throughout the evening, with the first tasting beginning at 5:15pm and second starting at 7:00pm. This is a truly unique way to experience dance and drink, and a fantastic way to kick off or complete your Art Walk evening.
Artist(s):
Collective Motion Dance Company
Medium:
Dance
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
Hana Firestone is a freelance illustrator and designer originally from the Chicago area. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She is greatly inspired by nostalgic memories of childhood books and enjoys collecting greenery from the beautiful Maine outdoors. Her work also explores pattern making and often consists of pastel colors with quirky line work. When Hana is not drawing she is browsing art galleries around the city, enjoying a cup of Portland's local coffee, or spending time with her pup Moxie. To see more of Hana’s work, visit https://www.etsy.com/people/hfirestone10
Artist(s):
Hana Firestone
Medium:
Ink, watercolor, cut paper & collage with minimal gel pen
O'Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street
This month Art of the Engine at O'Maine Studios features Muscle Cars. Come join us and enjoy some classic muscle cars from the 60's and 70's from the collection of Bill Waldron and Portland Motor Club. We will have music and a Shipyard Beer Garden plus activities for kids. Bring the family and come for a little nostalgia and fun with our rolling works of art!
Artist(s):
O'Maine Studios
Medium:
vehicles
The Dooryard
108 High St
Stop by and see what's new at the Dooryard and celebrate for a while! 11 Artist studios: Sculpture, Painting, Print Making, Jewelry, Fiberarts, Multimedia and more. Look for the Blue Door and come up to the second floor!
Artist(s):
Dooryard Collective
Medium:
Various
DAUNIS FINE HANDMADE JEWELRY
616 Congress Street
Symmetry, Geometry and Balance represented in explosions of color, form and pattern in Water Color pen define this exhibition. Mesmerizingly bold forms and clashing vibrating color combinations inspired by the 60’s Op Art and Fauves evoke snowflakes forms, kaleidoscopes patterns, and stained glass illumination. Tina-Marie lives in New York City and South Portland. The energy of this show might be explained by her being the Xterra Trail Running Age-Group World Champion, two time USA National Masters Woman 50k Road Running Champion and also a two time top ten finisher at the World Championship in Snowshoeing.
Artist(s):
Tina-Marie Poulin
Medium:
Water Color Pen
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
Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
Skateboard Inspired Art Show
Artist(s):
Jacob Bornstein, Pat Jones, Eric Santos, Phuc Tran, Jimmy Collins, Dylan Hausthor, Scarecrowoven & Louis Torrieri
Medium:
Mixed
She-Bear Gallery
She-Bear Gallery’s First Friday in October will feature acrylic paintings by Duane Slick. Sixteen of his shimmering coyotes line the wall of the gallery in brilliant blue, x-ray black, and enigmatic red. Powerful and allegorical, these paintings feed the soul and the spirit animal. Duane Slick is a Professor of painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a member of the Sauk and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki). He holds a BFA from University of Northern Iowa and an MFA from University of California, Davis. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and has received many prestigious honors including awards from the Joan Mitchell and Rockefeller Foundations. (Smick and Slick in da house! If you missed First Friday last month, Martin Smick’s vibrant abstract paintings will be up through October.)
Artist(s):
Duane Slick
Medium:
acrylic painting
Sanctuary Tattoo and Gallery
31 Forest Ave
Back once again is the amazing work of Max Leon, but it doesn't stop there. Rachelle Leon and Erin Leon will be adding to October's First Friday Art Walk, This dynamic trio will shock you with analog and organic animals that focus on potential energy, flow and statement. You will see rigid, architectural art that focuses on hidden meaning & symmetry. The two styles compliment each other since they exist in the same theater but profess entirely different approaches to the mediums used. Don't think they stop there. These 3 artists will be mixing mediums in ways we've never had in the shop before. From jewelry inspired by the juxtapositions within nature and technology to woodblock prints and then some. You'll have to come see for yourself!
Artist(s):
Max Leon, Rachelle Leon, Erin Leon
Medium:
Mixed
Coffee By Design
67 India Street
A collection of landscape and still life paintings on canvas.
Artist(s):
Adam Tice
Medium:
PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave.
Featuring images from bodies of work by Michael Kolster not previously shown in Maine, PROVING GROUND brings together a variety of processes from one-of-a-kind color collages and photograms to silver gelatin panoramas and “hand-colored”digital prints. Kolster probes the representative nature of photography by experimenting with different methods to manipulate the shapes, tones, and colors of the images.
Artist(s):
Michael Kolster
Medium:
Photography
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Erinn lives on the Coast of Maine. She is inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds her and conveys that beauty by combining vivid and emotion-filled colors with abstract forms in her art. website: www.erinnmccusker.artspan.com
Artist(s):
Erinn McCusker
Medium:
oil and pastel
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
This show features two artists that are looking explicitly at New England flora, fauna, land and culture. Eleanor Miller paints the New England landscape from her imagination and with a contemporary look at those that share the forest with us. Surface and narrative as important as reality or realism. And photographs by Sean Harris focus on our apple farms, fall, harvest,sustainability, form and process become as important as realism and reality. Historical process add to the romance of these photographs of apple trees in the fall.
Artist(s):
Eleanor Miller and Sean Harris
Medium:
photography and oils
Jen Burrall Designs Jewelry
253 Congress Street
Join us for the artwalk Friday, October 3rd from 5-8pm. We are welcoming Arthur Finks photography to the collection here at JBD and celebrating! Join us and enjoy snacks & wine while taking in all of our beautiful things here! We have new fall clothing from Angelrox, beautiful Italian wool shawls by Margolis P and new work by JBD! (and lots more)! Come check it out to freshen up your wardrobe and home décor!
Artist(s):
Arthur Fink
Medium:
Photography
Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.
Portland Art Gallery gives Art Collector Maine a modern, innovative and exciting new space to showcase Maine Artists and their much sought-after art. Our exhibits change often so we encourage you to make Portland Art Gallery a regular stop in your discovery of new art. We’re excited to share this work with you. Our current exhibition showcases the talents of Dick Alden, David Allen, Mary Blum, Louise Bourne, Allen Bunker, Randy Colbath, David Costello, Bill Crosby, Jane Dahmen, Donna Denniston, Joe Hemes, Jill Hoy, Jean Jack, Ingunn Joergensen, Joanne Parent, Matthew Russ, Ann Sklar, and Lynn Shulman.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Two shows on view at the ICA at MECA: Project _, Ana Miljacki and Lee Moreau founded the design and research firm Project_ in 1998. Through the production of buildings, exhibitions, writing, and the instigation of discourse, Project_ strives to critically engage and re-imagine the contemporary world. Also, The Wrong Kind of Bars: Paintings from the Maine State Prison, Daniel Fuller, Director of the ICA at MECA, went to the max-security Maine State Prison in Thomaston, and did visits with a number of artists. This exhibition is a selection of paintings from their Industries program.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Maine College of Art Porteous Building, 1st floor long hallway
522 Congress St.
The Maine Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization whose members are committed to excellence in visual arts education. Please come enjoy our show. MAEA Goals: To encourage best practices in standards-based and learner-centered visual arts classrooms in all Maine schools To foster high quality teaching in visual arts and provide professional opportunities in curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as in current issues and artistic practice To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and support collaboration among educators and other arts agencies to ensure quality programs for all learners
Artist(s):
Medium:
Artists at Work: Project Window at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
SEA HAG! - Christopher Patch ’98, “SEA HAG!” features four large block-printed and hand-painted canvases and nine monotypes. The exhibition is centered on the exploits of a fictional character resembling the archnemesis of Popeye, from the 1930s comic strips. The Sea Hag figure as a misunderstood archetype, living in isolation on Plunder Island. Her schemes to defeat Popeye and his cohorts often fail and she retreats on her ship, The Black Barnacle to her dark tower. Her plight is not unlike the trials of an estranged artist or outsider. Viewable from the exterior of the window.
Artist(s):
Christopher Patch
Medium:
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
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
519 congress st
Artist(s):
Janie Young
Medium:
Progressive Prints
Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
Don't Getcha Hopes Up Second Annual Let Down is a skateboard inspired art show. A mixed medium show that will let you down easy from 10/3 (Good Buddy) through 10/30.
Artist(s):
Medium:
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
Merrill Auditorium
Join Diane Hudson as she depicts the journey of the Kotzschmar Organ renovation through the art of photography. Enjoy a free reception in the lobby at Merrill Auditorium, with organ tours and demos!
Artist(s):
Diane Hudson
Medium:
Photography
Art at the Cathedral
143 State Street
Don Drake is an artist who is living and working in Portland, Maine. He has been a portrait artist for over 33 years. He painted the posthumous portrait of L.L. Bean for the L.L. Bean Company in Freeport, Maine, Marvin Sadik the former director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Mrs. A.G. Monks for Robert Monks, as well as the likeness of the late philanthropist Elizabeth Noyce for her private collection. Don has painted portraits of children throughout the Northeast as well as Europe. He provided courtroom artwork for NBC, CBS, and ABC in Portland, Boston, and for the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Don had a late call in life to ministry. He is the pastor of Deering Center Community Church and Stroudwater Baptist Church in Portland. Don will be showing select pieces at the cathedral for First Friday. 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):
Don Drake
Medium:
Portrait Paintings
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
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
"Wholesome Habitation" showcases the architectural collections of the Brown Library at Maine Historical Society. The selection includes a sampling from various architectural collections inlcuding John Calvin Stevens, the Coombs Bros., Gibbs & Pulsifer, Eaton Tarbell, John Thomas, and Frederick Tompson. On display are various forms of architectural drawings and supplemental items, such as presentation drawings, elevations, floor plans, decorative elements, and photographs. Our museum exhibition "Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland", will also be open to visitors at no charge. Come see how the Wadsworth-Longfellow House has experienced Portland's growth and change for more than 230 years. During the Art Walk, the Museum Store will be open late! www.MaineHistory.org
Artist(s):
Maine Historical Society collection material
Medium:
Architectural Drawings, Photographs
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
Artist Allan Walton uses the sites and seasons of Maine's natural beauty and its people for inspiration as well as painting ideas and subjects created from his sketching journals.
Artist(s):
Alan Walton
Medium:
Multimedia

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