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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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The Art Department
611 Congress Street
This month's show includes all things dinosaur and plant related! Join us for a plant themed stop animation / video project, real zen garden to contemplate, and dinosaur pop up books for sale! Music, food and drink, and a dance party as always!
Artist(s):
The Art Department
Medium:
Mixed Media
Constellation Art Gallery
511 Congress St
Vivacity - "The light and vivacity that laugh in the eyes of a child." -Charles Dickens. This juried show features 30 selected works by the Maine Artist Collective. Come explore the studios and talk with the artists. First Friday 5-9. Spring Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, Noon-4:00 p.m.
Artist(s):
Maine Artist Collective
Medium:
Various
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.
Casco Bay Frames and Gallery
295 Forest Avenue, Suite 6
Casco Bay Frames & Gallery 15th Annual Employee Art Show Opening reception Friday May 2nd 2014 5-8pm Join the talented picture frame staff at Casco Bay Frames & Gallery as they unveil their new work at the 15th Annual Employee Art Show during the month of May and June 2014. Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Friday, May 2nd from 5-8pm or drop in during Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-5pm. Six artists & co-workers celebrate their diversity as artists with work including watercolors, photography, kinetic sculptures, drawing, oil paintings & collage work. Staff members include; Michael Argondizza, Tony Cox, Matthew Fox Rosler, Michael Fraser, Holly Karolkowski, and Laurel Lopez. The Casco Bay Frames & Gallery Employee Art Show began as a way to introduce customers to a different side of the design team & framers, fifteen years later, the Employee Art Show has evolved into so much more. With seasoned and emerging artists on staff who share a long history with one another & their customers, today the Employee Art Show is about showcasing a talented group of Maine artists and giving the community an opportunity to view their recent work.
Artist(s):
Six talented employees
Medium:
Various
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
519 congress st
Artist(s):
Zoo Cain
Medium:
acrylics
Mainely Frames & Gallery
541 Congress Street
This May, Adam Stephanus' graphite drawings will be on display. His main focus is abstract-realism and is done with great detail which contains many hidden elements. The drawings include immersive webs of humanoid figures and animals morphing into trees and buildings. Stephanus was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1988, lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to Maine when he was sixteen, and then later graduated from Northern Arizona University with a concentration in Sculpture. His stated influence is Zen Buddhist landscape artist Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506). The style of Stephanus’ work is likened to that of Escher and Dali.
Artist(s):
Adam Stephanus
Medium:
graphite
Portland Museum of Art
Part of the PMA’s Circa series of exhibitions showcasing contemporary art, this monographic exhibition will feature newly created work by the Brunswick-based artist Andrea Sulzer. After an early career working in plant sciences and botanical illustration, Sulzer has earned critical acclaim for a body of drawings and prints that investigate the material and conceptual concerns of graphic art. This exhibition will present a diverse range of Sulzer’s recent creations, including large, colored pencil drawings that plumb the relationship between the material marks and paper support, and representation and abstraction, as well as woodblock prints that create complex surface topographies through multiple layers of ink. Sulzer’s innovations continue with works that push the boundaries of two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional, sculptural forms. Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency, and media sponsorship is provided by The Portland Phoenix.
Artist(s):
Andrea Sulzer
Medium:
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
Casco Bay Artisans
63 Market Street
Symphony of Art at Casco Bay Artisans
Artist(s):
Jen Swarts; Tina Dinsmore
Medium:
Jewelry; Wall; Sculpture; Glass; Fiber Arts
HOLLY READY Studio/Gallery
609 Congress Street
oils and gouache paintings by Maine artist Holly Ready
Artist(s):
Holly Ready
Medium:
oils and gouache paintings
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Collage photographs by Evearad Stelfox at the Dogfish Bar and Grille. Black and white collages using traditional photography.
Artist(s):
Evearad Stelfox
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
City Hall, Portland Maine
It's happening at City Hall this May's First Friday. Starting with photographs by the noted Portland photographer Corey Templeton. A selection of his captivating images will be on exhibit as part of the city's launch of our new website www.portlandmaine.gov. Templeton's photographs are featured throughout the website which allows residents to create their own personal, unique "My Portland" experience. City staff will be on hand to assist with exploring the new website using iphones, ipads, laptops and computers. May 2nd First Friday will also include the kickoff of the Portland School District's art show with student art - from elementary school through high school - exhibited throughout City Hall. And once you're there, don't forget to check out Art At Work's retrospective exhibit on the second floor of City Hall featuring work by many local artists, municipal staff and neighborhood residents. About Corey Templeton: I'm 26 years of age and live in scenic Portland, Maine USA. My photography hobby started around 2005 and it has been a rewarding endeavor. I've been doing a daily photo blog of Portland (Portland Daily Photo) since 2008, which keeps me busy. As of March 2014, Portland Daily Photo has had over 300,000 unique visitors from around the globe and the success of the blog led me to set up this site to formally market my photography. I also post my photos on my Flickr and 500px. I enjoy photographing daily life in the city and occasionally venture to other areas. You might have seen some of my photos before, especially if you have searched the internet for photos of Portland. I've also found success in selling my photos to a few publications and businesses in the area. http://www.coreytempletonphotography.com
Artist(s):
Corey Templeton
Medium:
Photography
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
Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Dirigo Dance Project, a collaborative effort from seven Maine dance veterans, will be joined by the innovative and kinda quirky dance company Vivid Motion for its May First Friday Artwalk 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 Vivid Motion. This free public performance will delight First Friday Artwalkers of all ages. Bright Star World Dance is located near the Portland Museum of Art at 108 High St., on the 3th floor.
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Dance
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
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Please join us on First Friday, May 2nd, for our opening party for Eat More Art 2! Eat More Art 2 is a group art show featuring 50 or so local artists all showcasing an 8in.-8in. one-of-a-kind panel of artwork. There will be music, drink, art, dogs, Polaroids, snacks, vintage, special guest DJ's + plenty of amazing art for under $200 bucks!
Artist(s):
Group Show
Medium:
Multi-Media
The Museum of African Culture
13 Brown Street
Welcome to the Museum of African Culture as we explore the photography of Falmouth native, and local artist Nanci Kahn along with the students of the Deering High School. Janie Young’s art students and Nanci collaborated over a three day period during the past semester at Deering High School. Together they created drawings depicting henna designs on hand made paper. It was a classroom project which further contributes to Deering’s ISSN vision of cultural appreciation and global awareness in education. Nanci’s exhibit at the Museum of African Culture will feature her works of field photography in Ethiopia with the Institute of Human Origins’ International Field Research for Paleo-anthropologists and Geochronologists at Hadar. In Nanci’s photographic installation, she will showcase pictures of Afar Tribesmen, a nomadic tribe of the northwestern region of the Afar Rift Valley in Ethiopia. In addition to the work, there will be a traditional Ethiopian coffee roasting ceremony. We welcome everyone to try coffee that will be roasted and brewed on site. Sip, talk and enjoy our new exhibit on First Friday May 2nd. The night is brought to you by the generosity of Barbara & Michael Payson, and Coffee by Design. Sincerely, MofAC
Artist(s):
Nanci Kahn
Medium:
Portrait, Photography
Dobra Tea
151 Middle St.
Mixed media collage and architectural renderings. More at www.dobrateame.com
Artist(s):
Gaston
Medium:
collage
PacaNaturals
23 Temple St
Kelly Ufkin is young artist with an impressive resume. While earning her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting, she studied abroad in Italy. Kelly was inspired by the famous artists of that region from the Impressionist Era such as Monet and Renoir. Though studying their work taught her how to capture a moment in time in a simplistic manner, she is currently working on maintain precision in her work. She tries to preserve perspective and proportion, while experimenting with lighting and contrast. Kelly plans to display some of her recent work, which commonly captures the way water can distort object. Her work will remain on display through the month of May. PacaNaturals will remain open until 8:00pm. Light snacks are available, as well as wine for those 21+.
Artist(s):
Kelly Ufkin
Medium:
Oil and Fresco Painting
Headgames
116 Free St (207) 773-8393
David Cray and Justin Butler, best buds and fine artists for two decades, collaboratively exhibit their whims, wonders and dilemmas in a warm atmosphere of high-end coiffure culture and mani-pedi madness with plenty of wall-space and publicly accessible aesthetes. Come see what happens when a carpenter and a plasma physicist spend a little too much time together: cooperative abstractions, phine photography, artful furnishings, ornate carvings in stone and stained glass. Logic meets lunacy in a mutually mystifying melee of artistic ejaculate. Refreshments and random acts of awesome will be provided.
Artist(s):
David Cray and Justin Butler
Medium:
Mixed Media, Photography, Stained Glass, Wood Carvings
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
LECTURE HALL GALLERY: "From Slavery to Maine" A number of former slaves, probably several hundred, settled in Maine during and after the Civil War. Some came through the auspices of Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, a native of Leeds and head of the Freedman's Bureau; some with individual soldiers, and others on their own. Letters, photographs, and newspaper articles tell the story of a few of the former slaves who came to Maine in the 1860s. MUSEUM: "This Rebellion: Maine and the Civil War" showcases a rich array of MHS's Civil War collections related to Maine soldiers' experiences during and after the war. Items in the MHS museum and library collections that help tell the human story of the Civil War inspire this exhibit. OUR MUSEUM STORE will also be open until 8pm. More more information visit www.MAINEHISTORY.org.
Artist(s):
Maine Historical Society collection material
Medium:
Historical letters, photographs, and newspaper articles
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
Heron Point Gallery at White Cap Grille
164 Middle Street
Bonnie Faulkner creates stunning dichroic glass bracelets ...just what you need to stand out in a crowd! Using fusible glass and many layers, she creates these unique one-of-a-kind artistic creations. Also on view are her fused glass mandalas.
Artist(s):
Bonnie Faulkner
Medium:
Fused Glass
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
SUSAN MAASCH FINE ART 4 City Center, across from Nickleodeon SMFA offers three shows this month: A group exhibition of photographs from gallery artists, A painting show by Sheep Jones continues with new pieces added, and photographs by Leah MacDonald with new pieces added. New work by Brenton Hamilton,cyanotype.Sculpture and ceramics as well. Come enjoy.
Artist(s):
various gallery artists
Medium:
painting,photography,ceramic sculpture
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
SUSAN MAASCH FINE ART 4 City Center, across from Nickleodeon SMFA offers three shows this month: A group exhibition of photographs from gallery artists, A painting show by Sheep Jones continues with new pieces added, and photographs by Leah MacDonald with new pieces added. New work by Brenton Hamilton,cyanotype.Sculpture and ceramics as well. Come enjoy.
Artist(s):
various gallery artists
Medium:
painting,photography,ceramic sculpture
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
Coffee, tea and cocoa pots and kettles: invented in paper, fueled by color and design.
Artist(s):
Leslie Bailey
Medium:
Mixed media
Coffee By Design
67 India Street
Coffee, tea and cocoa pots and kettles: invented in paper, fueled by color and design.
Artist(s):
Leslie Bailey
Medium:
Mixed media
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Join us for the First Friday Art Walk and check out our exhibitions with Jenny Odell, Marnie Briggs + John Zappas and Cooper Holoweski.
Artist(s):
Jenny Odell, Marnie Briggs, John Zappas, Cooper Holoweski
Medium:
Various
Time Gallery
516 Congress Street
Art and Photography of M.S.McKenzie Saco River Graphics Gallery 516 Congress Street Mark is a photographer, graphic artist, web designer and fine artist (acrylic landscapes on canvas and mixed media). He teaches a variety of classes at Southern Maine Community College such as DreamWeaver and PhotoShop and he also specializes in Web site creation and development as well as all aspects of graphic design such as the creation of business cards, brochures, posters, logo and company identification. In addition he sells custom products like T-shirts, mugs, calendars, aprons, clocks, tote bags, greeting cards, custom stamps, and much, much more through his shops at CafePress.com and Zazzle.com. Recently Mark decided to break out into other media forms and try his hand at mixed media (particularly in the steampunk style). He has been working in collage, polymer clay, altered art, jewelry and many other mediums. Mark also sells hand-crafted and photo cards at the gallery along with his unique polymer clay jewelry designs.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Saco River Graphics Gallery
516 Congress Street
Art and Photography of M.S.McKenzie Saco River Graphics Gallery 516 Congress Street Mark is a photographer, graphic artist, web designer and fine artist (acrylic landscapes on canvas and mixed media). He teaches a variety of classes at Southern Maine Community College such as DreamWeaver and PhotoShop and he also specializes in Web site creation and development as well as all aspects of graphic design such as the creation of business cards, brochures, posters, logo and company identification. In addition he sells custom products like T-shirts, mugs, calendars, aprons, clocks, tote bags, greeting cards, custom stamps, and much, much more through his shops at CafePress.com and Zazzle.com. Recently Mark decided to break out into other media forms and try his hand at mixed media (particularly in the steampunk style). He has been working in collage, polymer clay, altered art, jewelry and many other mediums. Mark also sells hand-crafted and photo cards at the gallery along with his unique polymer clay jewelry designs.
Artist(s):
Mark McKenzie
Medium:
Mixed Media
3fish gallery
377 Cumberland Avenue
Born and raised in Paris, France of Haitian heritage, Edwige emigrated to the United States at the age of 9. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking with honors from the Maine College of Art. Her work has been exhibited in Maine, Connecticut and New York. Edwige was awarded the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist award in 2013 and a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant in 2011. Recently, Edwige led a printmaking art project with the Edmunds Consolidated Schools in Edmunds, ME and participated in several group shows that explored issues of ace, including The Other Side of Shade (2013) and Undoing Racism in the Joanne Waxman Library at the Maine College of Art (2009). In addition to her art based projects, Edwige has been an artist resident at Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, ME, the Quimby Colony in Portland ME and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT. She is currently the program director at Engine in Biddeford, functions as an advisor to the People of Color Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. She lives in Portland, ME with her husband.
Artist(s):
Edwige Charlot
Medium:
works on paper
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
Charles C. Thomas Gallery
522 Congress Street
Alum Anne Ireland grew up on a saltwater farm in Maine, where she returns every summer. Ireland's work reveals the ongoing dialog she has with the Maine landscape. Reflecting a complicated and ardent relationship with color, Ireland strives to capture the emotion present in hayfields, stands of pine, and ever-changing skies. Her intent is to "transform the iconic into the newly discovered, transporting the viewer to a place that is at once familiar and foreign, a place that asks questions and demands answers, a place of infinite possibility."
Artist(s):
Anne Ireland
Medium:
paint
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
HopeGateWay
185 High Street
Paintings by Eric Sorensen plus Open Mic Night! live music, poetry, snacks, & coffee! This is always a blast: come sing and dance and hang out with friends!
Artist(s):
Eric Sorensen & various musicians
Medium:
pastel on cardboard & music!
Vestibule 594
594 Congress Street
Selected works by Kelly Ufkin
Artist(s):
Kelly Ufkin
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Fore River Gallery
87 Market Street
Fresh new work by the members of Fore River Gallery.
Artist(s):
Group
Medium:
Multi
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
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
Sea Smoke: fog caused by cold air flowing over a body of comparatively warm water, the vapor condensing in small convective columns near the water surface and giving the appearance of smoke or steam. Consider the physical phenomenon of water and air rubbing against each other and under the right conditions producing this oddly beautiful vapor. Water and air live next to one another all the time and on the rare occasion when the temperature cooperates, a ghostly mist appears and often light boosts the beauty to a higher level. This exhibition investigates what occurs in the liminal space between air and water. The artists explore not only the physical phenomenon but also the feeling and magic of what occurs in that mysterious space. What is there in the visible exhalation of the sea suspended in the air? The responses in this exhibit range from the literal to the fantastic. Artists: Katherine Bradford, Michel Droge, Katherine Armes Hargrave, Alison Hildreth, Sage Lewis, Lynda Litchfield, Honour Mack, Christopher Patch, Colin Sullivan-Stevens, Rufus Tureen and Susan Tureen.
Artist(s):
Group show
Medium:
mixed
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
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
"Art is the interpretation of experience. Science is the interpretation of experiment. If experiment is repeatable experience (method), then science is a controlled form of art. "I am invested in making art with clear references to the history of observation, data gathering, and scientific discovery. In this way I seek to advance my practice into a dialogue between science and art, such was the holism that existed prior to industrialism when artist and scientists had sometimes overlapping roles. "My process involves reworking, reinterpreting, and abstracting scientific data and form. I create recontextualized landscapes to engage a conversation about land-use and our changing understanding of nature. Whether ceramic, wood, collage, or digital media, my material and technical choices are made to help elucidate my interpretations. Often using geology as a lens for exploration and introspection, I strive to unravel the landscape and consider it multidimensionally: as a surface, a subsurface, and in cross-section. In my viewer’s mind, I seek to reconfigure geologic time, perhaps minimizing intervals between landscape and its inevitable transformation. In turn, mining is a case-study in my human-to-landscape survey." -- Geoff Booras
Artist(s):
Geoff Booras
Medium:
Ceramics
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
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Last year's crop of Maine landscape paintings will be on sale. Come see familiar Portland scenes and lovely Bar Harbor landscapes. Last chance to enjoy off-season prices.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil Painting
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
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
Arm Factory
200 Anderson Street #8
10 years of Evolve2Advance featuring works by affiliated local artists including Thomas Cook, Andrew Coffin, MISL, VEX, Commute & Timothy Goldkin- Contemporary, Abstract & Urban Influenced pieces will be included. A retrospective collection will be displayed throughout the studio, highlighting art acquired through the past decade by a wide range of talent from the Northeast and beyond...
Artist(s):
Thomas Cook, Andrew Coffin, MISL, VEX, Commute & Timothy Goldkin
Medium:
Acrylic, Aerosol, Mixed Media
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 .
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Various
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Prints
J.L. Coombs Portland
34 Exchange Street
J.L. Coombs will be hosting artists from YES! Artworks to showcase their work and talk about what they do in the studio. A portion of our sales from the evening will be donated to YES! Artworks. We will also have a Step into Spring make and take activity table.
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Zero Station
222 Anderson St
Portland x Portland Artists present a collection of new work by Portland Artists in response to living and working in Portland, Maine
Artist(s):
Sam Thomason, Wes Covey, Chris Cooper, Erin Smith, Kristen Sheehy, Brady Price, AJ Jones, and Brian Buckland
Medium:
Prints, Scupture, Ceramics, Drawings, Sound, Mixed Media
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
In Habit, the thesis exhibition for the class of 2014 showcases 84 installations on three floors of the Porteous building. Art as social medium is a driving force behind this collective range of studio practices and features works that strive to actively engage with society, to inform and challenge assumptions. Please join us for the opening on May First Friday Artwalk, 5:00-8:00pm. In Habit runs through May 23, please call for exhibition hours: 207-775-3052.
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