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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
Artists at Work Space at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Please join us in the Artists at Work Space at Maine College of Art to view current work by MECA sophomore students.
Artist(s):
multiple artists
Medium:
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
As 1 Gallery
24 Exchange Street, Ste 211
From skateboards and birch boxes to notecards and calendars, Falmouth resident, Roman Laszok, lavishes surfaces with creative images and complex patterns. Laszok tends toward ink, watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustration, producing beautifully intricate works you can't help but lean into a little closer.
Artist(s):
Roman Laszok
Medium:
Ink, watercolor, acrylic, & digital illustration
3fish gallery
377 Cumberland Avenue
Eleven Addison Woolley artists will exhibit new work through the month of November at 3fish Gallery on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. Photographs, prints and paintings reflect the styles, joys, and passions of each artist. Glorious autumn color, black and white, traditional prints, metal prints, mix it up in this fun and intriguing show. In this time of reaping what one sows and giving thanks, we offer this new work to our friends in appreciation of your support for over 6 and 1/2 years. Please join us for a First Friday reception on November 7th from 5 - 8 p.m. The show is on view through November 29th. Representative images from the show can be seen on our website www.addisonwoolley.com
Artist(s):
Group show
Medium:
Painting,photography
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
First Friday Art Walk provides an opportunity for the public to view this otherwise internal exhibition. MECA's annual fall student exhibition juried by local arts professionals. Awards and scholarships for highest scoring installations.
Artist(s):
multiple artists
Medium:
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
New landscape paintings by Nance Parker
Artist(s):
Nance Parker
Medium:
acrylic
The Dathan Hunter Salon
4 1/2 Milk St
Come check out over 20 pieces of Artwork by local Maine artist Marciana Teegan! Her paintings are hanging in our beautiful hair salon located in the heart of Portland's Old Port. Her pieces reflect the "celebration of life and spirit of the place, into the process of painting". There will be wine and hors d'oeuvres!
Artist(s):
Marciana Teegan
Medium:
Acrylic
Mainely Frames & Gallery
541 Congress Street
This November, the cityscapes of local Maine realism artist, William Harrison, will be featured. Many U.S. cities and local Portland scenes are available in black & white or hand-colored, signed, & numbered lithographs, framed and unframed. Harrison's work was recently published in a book and is available for pre-order. Book orders will be fulfilled and can be signed by the artist on November 14th, at 5 pm.
Artist(s):
William Harrison
Medium:
Pen & Ink
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
PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave.
"Curiosities" features black and white images made by Portland-based photographer Tonee Harbert. In these images, Harbert explores humans’ interventions on the landscape, whether it is built, simply arranged, or altered. Harbert uses a plastic “Diana” camera, made in the 1960’s, to capture and distort his subject matter, evoking qualities of the surreal, the solitary, and the not-­quite-­ordinary.
Artist(s):
Tonee Harbert
Medium:
Photography
DigitaLiteracy
44 Forest Ave
Works by Angela Roux
Artist(s):
Angela Roux
Medium:
Mixed Media
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
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to a solo art opening featuring oil paintings by Don Stone, N.A. His will present over 30 paintings for sale. The exhibit will run from October 25 - November 25 at 48 Free Street, Portland Maine. Don Stone, N.A. has had a lifetime of achievements in his amazing art career. Now at 85 he has worked very hard preparing this solo exhibit for all our enjoyment. It's a rarity to reach his level in the art world and the gallery is honored to be able to offer such a grand collection of his work. Stone's marine and coastal art captures a wonderful light in all it's great presentations. Be it fog, bright sunlight, glistening, blinding, sunrise, sunset, stormy or the grayest of days, his ability to paint the light is breathtaking. With bold confident brushstrokes, he plays with color and captures movement from pounding surfs to gentle gulls. This exhibit is a must see to any art lover and appreciator.
Artist(s):
Don Stone, N.A.
Medium:
oil
HOLLY READY Studio/Gallery
609 Congress Street
Holly Ready Gallery consists of paintings in oil and gouache painted by Maine painter Holly Ready. Work that hung in Black Point Inn all summer is back in the gallery--lots of new work.
Artist(s):
Holly Ready
Medium:
oils and gouache paintings
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
Artists at Work: Project Window at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
Junior illustration majors create the pulp and circumstance in one studio's graphic fiction. Inspired by THE PULPS! exhibit at the Portland Public Library, students created book and magazine covers to inhabit a suspicious narrative. Catherine Bates, Sophia Cangelosi, Isaac Hilyard, Coral Howe, Courtney Labbe, Abigail Masso, Taylor Mirabito, Mae Musa, Ashley Palmer and Jesenia Santana. Viewable from the exterior of the Artists at Work Project Window at 522 Congress St. Runs October 15 - November 16.
Artist(s):
multiple artists
Medium:
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
Maine Photo Works
142 High Street, Suite 510
Come see our latest studio location! Our first open studio since the relocation. Framed and matted prints of Maine available. Learn more about our printing, scanning and framing services.
Artist(s):
various
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.
Artist(s):
Medium:
The Language Exchange
80 Exchange Street - Suite 24-26
Come for a visit and discover the work of Kifah Abdulla Iraqi-born Kifah Abdulla is a visual artist, poet, activist, P.O.W., exile, and teacher who has taught, painted, and written poetry mining his life experiences. "My art work employs different artistic styles to explore social, spiritual, emotional, and cultural themes. I don't set out to produce art about just one subject or style, but l love to paint in the abstract. I use color as a type of language which I hope is recognizable to the viewer. I paint people: the theme of my painting is the human being. My work is very figurative actually, but not at all realistic and my recent works are large scale paintings. I also use my experience in biology in some of my paintings. I don't compare myself with anyone but many times people see the taste of great Masters in my painting. To create my work I use oil and acrylic colors with different materials and techniques such as charcoal, Gesso, polymer, and found objects. And my influences are everything I see, feel and experience." We have the pleasure of welcoming Kifah at The Language Exchange where some of his paintings will be on display during the month of November and parts of December, as well as discovering his poetry at the end of the evening during a more intimate poetry reading. We ask that you RSVP for the poetry reading as space is limited. We will have refreshments and dessert items. Please sign up for the poetry reading (code: SocialEvent November7) by going to our website at www.immersionprograms.com
Artist(s):
Kifah Abdulla
Medium:
oil and acrylic
She-Bear Gallery
She-Bear Gallery’s First Friday in November will feature thirty woodblock prints by Maine artist Siri Beckman. Siri attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking. She has exhibited extensively throughout Maine and beyond, and has work in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, Boston Public Library, Harvard University, and the Portland Museum of Art. Siri’s depicts landscapes and animals that capture and relate Maine narratives with owls, bears, fishermen, and farmers. The level of detail and texture in her work draws the viewer right in, nose to frame, as we think, “How can she possibly carve this minutely? This precisely?” And yet, the work feels organic and truthful—not overly controlled. The bright-whites and velvet-blacks of her paper and ink boast a richness and depth you find in dark chocolate and fresh cream. Come join us!
Artist(s):
Siri Beckman
Medium:
woodblock prints
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
come by and enjoy more of these artists and a few new works as our show continues until mid november
Artist(s):
Rose Olson, Eleanor Harris, Sean Alonzo Harris
Medium:
painting and photography
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Works by Honour Mack, Bennett Morris, Sean Glover, and Christopher Stiegler. Dates of exhibition: November 6 - December 22. Hours of Viewing Wednesday-Sunday 11:00am -5:00pm, Thursdays until 7:00pm, third Thursdays until 9:00pm.
Artist(s):
Medium:
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
DAUNIS FINE HANDMADE JEWELRY
616 Congress Street
Michael Milicia was in a blizzard for hours in subzero weather in the New Mexico mountains waiting to catch the images of the Rosy Finch. Another time he was lying on his stomach in a mucky and seemingly polluted swamp near Jamaica Bay in New York waiting to catch a picture of his bird. Breathtaking, jewel-like bird photography is on display. Publication credits include National Geographic, Audubon, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife Federation's Big Backyard, NANPA Currents, Palm Press, Woodmansterne Publications, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Tourist News, and the Boston Globe. Mike's photographs have been featured in numerous exhibits throughout New England, including the prestigious Paradise City Arts Festival. Eleven of his images have been selected for the North American Nature Photography Association's annual showcases including a Top 10 image in 2012; and three of his images have been honored in the Audubon Magazine Photography Awards including a Top 3 placement in the Professional category. He has also garnered many "Image of the Week" honors on various online forums and was a finalist for Avian Image of the Year at birdphotographers.net.
Artist(s):
MICHAEL MILICIA
Medium:
AVIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
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
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
519 congress st
Artist(s):
Kristine Biegel
Medium:
large format acrylic on canvas
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
"Wholesome Habitations" 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

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