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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, March 6, 2020

Maine College of Art
Come visit the 2020 Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition at the Maine College of Art. Gold and Silver Key works of art from Maine's next generation of artists will be on display in the MECA lobby opening Monday March 2nd through March 13th. Exhibition hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm. Opening reception: March 6th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Prism Analog
The opening reception for the Abbeth Russell exhibition will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm. The exhibition will also be on view Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th from 10am –2pm both days. The artworks will be available for sale with 25% of the sale price donated to Prism Analog, a non-profit organization.Located in downtown Portland, Maine, Prism Analog seeks to inclusively engage area artists by offering recording services and performance and gallery space. Prism Analog is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and leverages the good in people: like-minded volunteers, local and federal grants, and personal and corporate donations help keep services affordable or free. Words from the Artist: The worlds I create are born in sketchbooks and raised on wood panels, imbued with the magical life force of acrylic paint. I build up, sand down, and glaze over layer after layer. At some point in the process each painting transforms from an image into something that holds life. My finished paintings have souls. My current work evaporates the watery layer between reality and the spirit realm. This lifting of the veil is activated during my painting process and illustrated in the resulting narratives. Ghostly faces and figures emerge in the layered washes of the sky. Life force leaves the body as iridescent mist. Characters are reborn with wings of paint drips. Tree stumps bleed revealing dark secrets of history. My surreal narratives exist in the fourth dimension. The mythology of landscapes and the ancestors of characters rise to the surface. When I paint, space and time becomes fluid.
Artist(s):
Abbeth Russell
Medium:
Acrylic Paint
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Join us Sunday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. for the opening of our fourth annual exhibit of American landscape paintings. Visual arts portraying landscapes have been around for centuries and remain one of the most collected. Whether created en plein air to capture the natural light and color in the area or in a studio setting using a sketch or photograph as a reference, each work represents the artist’s vision of that place in time. So, take 'A Walk in the Woods' with us, you’ll see over 25 paintings in a range of mediums and styles depicting the artist’s interpretation of a specific scene or a detailed rendering of a landscape before them. The exhibit is comprised of a selection of paintings by artists’ Amy Bickford – gouache, and watercolor; Patricia Chandler – oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; and Susan Tan – watercolor. The gallery is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 29, 2020. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327 . Image courtesy of Patricia Chandler ~ ‘Winter Woods’ ~ Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Panel 24” x 24” Copyright© 2020 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved.
Artist(s):
Amy Bickford; Patricia Chandler; Carrin Culotta; Kevin Daley; Jane Herbert; Felicity Sidwell; Wilson Stewart; Susan Tan.
Medium:
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Cold Wax Medium, Mixed Media
Public Market House
Karlee Cutler is a self-taught Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Artist. Her passion for bright and bold colors and fluid art was influenced by other Acrylic pouring artists. In late 2019, Karlee began creating her own custom art work to showcase her talent.
Artist(s):
Karlee Cutler
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Dobra Tea
Brianna Beebe obtained her BFA in Digital Media from Maine College of Art in 2017. She works in a wide array of mediums, primarily focusing on character sculpture. Her current, personal, focus is on creating illustrative depictions of anthropomorphic creatures.
Artist(s):
Brianna Beebe
Medium:
Pen, Ink
Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray Street
Current and former MECA artists reflect on their Irish-American histories and its relation to their artistic practices, identities, connections and collective struggles. Opening night features traditional Irish and American music by Maine musicians and a reception in the sanctuary. Artwork will be featured all month until March 25th.
Artist(s):
Chris Gray
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
February 7 - June 7, 2020 The PMA is honored to present "Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times", an exhibition that reimagines a familiar form of religious furniture—the tabernacle—as a symbolic location for cultural values such as justice, equality, and knowledge. Painter Carrie Moyer and Sculptor Sheila Pepe have achieved international acclaim through abstract works that are rich with color and materiality and informed by feminist politics and queer activism.
Artist(s):
Portrait of Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe
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Photo by Rachel Stern
Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates her own private art school in Maine out of her “Farmhouse” studio, where she holds varied workshops and classes. Her paintings have most recently been accepted into curated exhibits at the Cape Cod Community College, Fuller Craft Museum, the Saco Museum, the University of New England Art Gallery, and Twiggs Gallery in New Hampshire. Farrar is represented by Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, Betts Gallery of Belfast, Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. Her work as an educator has brought her across the state of Maine including the Haystack Mountain School or Crafts, and she will be teaching at the 2019 International Encaustics Conference.
Artist(s):
Hélèn Farrar
Medium:
Watercolor,encaustic,acrylic,oil
SPACE Window
Glowing Reserves explores the aesthetic connections between celebration, queerness, and nature. Guided by the question, “What will people in Maine need in March?” Kelley-Yurdin sought to make an installation that could be a catalyst for playful communal experiences at the close of winter. With “fancy pinecones” suspended over a kinetic backdrop of tracing paper and LED lights, Glowing Reserves is a twist on the aesthetic history of party favors, celebratory garlands, and children’s mobiles.
Artist(s):
Devon Kelley-Yurdin
Medium:
textile installation
Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
Celebrating Maine's Bicentennial with handmade pottery inspired by our beautiful state.
Artist(s):
Group show
Medium:
clay
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
February 22 – July 5, 2020 "Seascape" is an intergenerational look at the influence of time, place, and material on an artist’s practice and highlights the importance of the Maine coast in the history of American Art. In 2018, the PMA and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art co-acquired the color film Seascape, by acclaimed contemporary artist James Welling. Seascape depicts moving pictures of the sea and Maine’s rocky coastline accompanied by an original composition of sound.
Artist(s):
James Welling (United States, born 1951)
Medium:
"Seascape, Film Still" (detail), circa 2017
Maine Craft Portland
A glass exhibition not to be missed! Joseph Webster, an emerging glass artist, owns and operates a glassblowing studio in Biddeford, Maine. Joseph’s works are highly regarded for his high level of craft and technical prowess. His exhibition will be comprised of a wide breadth of his sculptural design work as well as showcasing a new series of colored tableware, bar ware, and centerpieces. Maine Craft Portland is proud to open this month long exhibition just in time for unique Valentine’s Day offerings. Come meet the artist and hear local music duo Bohemian Swing!
Artist(s):
Joseph Webster
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Dockfore
336 Fore St
Some paintings!
Artist(s):
Liz Hardy
Medium:
Acrylics and watercolors
Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation
Leo Rabkin loved working in watercolor and did so for fifty years. This exhibition features a variety of works, early and late, using powdered watercolor, interesting layered techniques and a blast of vibrant color. Cast off the winter blues and take in the glow of his world in full color.
Artist(s):
Leo Rabkin
Medium:
Watercolor and mixed media
SPACE
538 Congress Street
Light Room: Practice is an installation and participatory project conceptualized by performance artists, Riley Watts and Asher Woodworth, with a floral installation by artist John Sundling of Plant Office. The 534 Congress Street gallery at SPACE will be turned into an open venue complete with full-spectrum lighting, humidifiers, and a soft floor, creating an environment that combats seasonal affective symptoms. The back gallery room will be transformed into a dedicated Plant Office grow room installation where visitors are invited to come work in a lush green indoor space. SPACE’s 538 Congress St. venue will host a video and sound installation lounge during gallery hours, exploring the effects of movement and sensory input on the body. Public participants are invited to sign up for a hour-long shift to host a pop-up performance, class, workshop, social gathering, rehearsal, or other proposed activity in the Light Room. Others may choose to participate or be audience to one of these activities. Time can be reserved in the Light Room starting on Monday, March 2nd, by stopping by SPACE’s Congress Street home or by calling one of our Light Room representatives at 207-828-5600. By dropping by the gallery, audience members can see the upcoming schedule of events, catch a program by chance, or find themselves as the center of the gallery activity during an unscheduled block. Light Room will be open Monday through Friday 8 am-4 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. The opening and inaugural Light Room activities will take place during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, March 6th. In keeping with the organization’s name, the aim of this project is to cultivate a deliberate and open space for curiosity, opportunity, and expression. SPACE is building off an established legacy of community-developed programming ranging from the celebrated Free for All 2D exhibitions, Goods & Services pop-up shop/“retail experiment”, 2018’s Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) exhibition for media works, and now with Light Room: Practice. SPACE’s 2019-2020 Community engagement interventions, public talks, and projects such as Light Room are generously supported by the Moser Family Foundation. Riley Watts is a multidisciplinary dance artist and producer in Portland, Maine. He works with dance improvisation, video art, sculpture, music, and live installations to experience states of consciousness through the hyper-articulate body in motion. Riley has been an artist-in-residence at SPACE, Bates Dance Festival, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and most recently is a 2019-2020 Studio Resident for the Ellis Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine. He is the co-creator of Portland Dance Month, an initiative to highlight the Fall season of dance & performance in Maine, and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet. He received a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and since 2010 has worked primarily with choreographer William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company, as well as with Netherlands Dance Theater 2, Bern Ballet, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Riley was a 2006 Princess Grace Award winner and was named Contemporary Dancers of the Year 2015, with Brigel Gjoka, by the Leonide Massine - Positano Prize, Italy, for their work in Forsythe’s DUO2015. Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.
Artist(s):
Riley Watts, Asher Woodworth, John Sundling
Medium:
Anything & everything
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Exhibitions: March 8, 2020 to May 1, 2020 Opening Reception: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2pm-4pm First Friday Art Walk: April 3, 5pm-8pm ANOTHER DIMENSION Victor Goldsmith, Spiegel Gallery Victor Goldsmith is an artist/sculptor living and working in Cushing, Maine, where he and his wife Ellen have resided since moving to Maine from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1969, and a Masters in Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. Mr. Goldsmith left architecture not long after graduation from Cornell, working on his sculpture through the late 1970’s. Returning to architecture in 1978, a period of twenty-two years passed during which he worked as an architect and later as owner of a successful construction consulting business in New York City. Retiring from architecture at the end of 2001, he resumed his art career. Drawing with colored pencils, a technique developed during his architecture career, has been a decades-long though intermittent means of expression until 2017/2018 when medical considerations dictated work in a dust free environment. Over that period, Mr. Goldsmith produced a series of 30 drawings, most of which form the bulk of this exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum. As opposed to his sculpture, the abstracted, landscape quality of the drawings allows a more expansive exploration of the elements that make up Mr. Goldsmith’s toolbox of form, spatial expression and color. CAPTURED MOMENTS Alan Fishman, Fineberg Community Room “Fishman traces his artistic roots mainly to Europe, citing as examples Klee, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso. And while his art may start with recognizable forms, it primarily reflects his interest in light, movement, color and abstraction.” Steven May, Portland Magazine This exhibition features works from the themes that have been central to Alan Fishman’s work for the past 50 years. During this time, he has continually alternated his focus from the beauty of the natural world, to the complexity and drama of the human spirit. His figure paintings, informed by the theater of our human relationships, are linked to the age-old tradition of art inspired by ancient myth, where the consequences of choice and will are crucial and often devastating. These works focus on mid-story moments that foreshadow great consequence, epiphany, or transformation. Born and raised in New York City, Alan Fishman has been an artist for more than fifty years. He received a BFA from Cornell University, with further study and years of residence in Italy. Fishman’s works are continually exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, and can be found in many collections around the world. It’s no small coincidence that his work is so often described as lyrical: Alan Fishman is also an accomplished classical musician, who has been playing the piano since the age of five. From 2014-18, he traveled the world on cruise ships, working as an Art History lecturer, and painting all along the way. During that time, he created more than 300 watercolor paintings, of which 60 were selected for the 2018 Biennial Exhibition at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art. A Professor Emeritus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fishman has lived and worked, since 1996, with his family in a converted barn on the coast of Maine. Elisabeth Greenberg, Third Floor Sanctuary (Nanci Kahn, Curator of Photography) “With my camera, I explore as an archeologist of memories and myths. I look for evidence of secrets, to tell stories of magic, mystery, love, loss, and memories of things never seen. My photographs suggest fictitious memories of moments and places as imagined, as if I am the first to discover them. The images are of what is not there, but for me.” Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living on the coast of Maine. She is an explorer of places and memories of that which has never been seen. Elizabeth’s passion for photography is her guide for living a life and career immersed in a daily conversation about looking at and making pictures. She is the Provost at Maine Media Workshops + College and teaches in all programs at Maine Media, including a workshop in Hawaii.
Artist(s):
Victor Goldsmith
Medium:
colored pencil on paper
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Artist(s):
Jan ter Weele
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Coffee By Design, India St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Artist(s):
Jan ter Weele
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Akari Hair Care and Day Spa
468-470 Fore Street
Join us at Akari Friday March 6th from 5 to 7pm for the opening reception of local artist Hannah Hirsch. Hannah’s work is informed by recollection and sensory perception of specific memories, and the physicalization of those sensations through organic shapes, varied textures and bold colors. There will be drink and hors d'oeuvres!
Artist(s):
Hannah Hirsch
Medium:
Painting
Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available, member goods for sale and tours of the facility on the half hour.
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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St.
See the work of Portland painter Paul Brahms at Mayo Street Arts. Paul's work includes landscapes, beach scenes, and the Maine coast. Artist Statement “I have been exploring realist painting as a way to articulate what interests me visually and emotionally about my experiences and surroundings. My hope, my intention, is to respond to the elusive characteristics of the medium in a way that is true to the elusive qualities of everything, the complexity of forms in nature, human or otherwise, or the ephemeral quality of light on a wave on the beach, for example. There is only so much our eyes and mind and heart can take in. With that truth, my challenge is to not be too explicit with the paint, but strive to imply atmosphere and mood rather describe it.” About Paul Brahms Born and raised in Portland, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting, including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subsequently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine. In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs. His fine art is inspired by the tradition of American realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as artistic goal.
Artist(s):
Paul Brahms
Medium:
oil painting
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics’ Hall & Print Bookstore Reading Series Date: Friday, March 6th Time: 7:00PM Location: Mechanics' Hall Library - 519 Congress St. 2nd floor. Come chat with author Martha Ackmann ("These Fevered Days") An engaging, intimate portrait of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest and most-mythologized poets, that sheds new light on her groundbreaking poetry. On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, “All things are ready” and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely “at home” (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was hesitant about publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer. In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, which prefigured her lifelong ambivalence toward organized religion and her deep, private spirituality. We see the poet through her exhilarating frenzy of composition, through which we come to understand her fiercely self-critical eye and her relationship with sister-in-law and first reader, Susan Dickinson. Contrary to her reputation as a recluse, Dickinson makes the startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, writes anguished letters to an unidentified “Master,” and keeps up a lifelong friendship with writer Helen Hunt Jackson. At the peak of her literary productivity, she is seized with despair in confronting possible blindness. Utilizing thousands of archival letters and poems as well as never-before-seen photos, These Fevered Days constructs a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. Together, these ten days provide new insights into her wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure.
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Casco Bay Artisans
Join Casco Bay Artisans as we celebrate new expansive work by Russ Cox. Working on a grand scale, Cox’s oil paintings evoke the sensory feeling associated with place, nature and experience. Works evolve from a process of applying layer upon layer with multiple glazes to create movement, translucency and depth. Cox’s use of exceptionally large scale create immersive environments full of color and dynamic forms. These works are deeply meditative, becoming more complex as they unfold.
Artist(s):
Russ Cox
Medium:
Mixed Media and Oil on Canvas
Syntropy
217 Commercial St., Suite 406
Travel off the beaten path of the First Friday Art Walk on March 6, 5pm-8om for the launch party of Syntropy. Come support two young, local artists who will be showcasing their work. Refreshments will be served. Featured Artists: Rowan Price: Rowan is a recent graduate of Dickinson College with a double major in studio art and environmental studies. Much of Rowan’s art career has been focused on two-dimensional works, though she has recently moved into sculpture, and soft sculpture. At the end of her senior year at Dickinson, Rowan was awarded the Nelson C. Bridger Memorial Art prize for her work. Sidney Jolicoeur: Sidney is currently finishing her degree in Communications and New Media at Southern Maine Community College. After graduation, she plans to become a graphic designer. Sidney specializes in logo and layout design. Her focus is on digital art; however, she also works with different mediums from time to time. Sidney’s art style is traditional - working mainly in black and white. Syntropy: Creating connections to align mind, body and spirit www.syntropyglobal.com 207.489.9480
Artist(s):
Rowan Price and Sidney Jolicoeur
Medium:
two-dimensional art, sculpture, soft sculpture and digital art
Portland Public Art Committe
The Fireman Statue, carved out of white granite from North Jay, Maine, was designed and created by Edward Souther Griffin in 1898. Installed on the Western Promenade at the head of West Street in 1898, and moved around 1902 to the Fireman’s Relief Association lot in Evergreen Cemetery, it finally landed at the Central Fire Station on the corner of Pearl Street and Congress Street in 1987. The artist, Edward Griffin, was most remembered for his ship figurehead carvings that adorned the bows of many sailing ships from Maine to Massachusetts. The heyday of this work was from 1860 to 1885. When sailing ship construction died out, Mr. Griffin went from pine to granite for a new carving medium. The Fireman Statue was his first major stone carving commission. Edward Griffin, in addition to being a fine artist, was a veteran member of the fire department. He is probably remembered more for his work as a craftsman than as a fine artist because his beautiful woodcarvings were exposed to the elements and slowly destroyed. There is very little of his figurehead work still in existence except in private collections.
Artist(s):
Edward Souther Griffin
Medium:
Granite
Zero Station
222 Anderson St
Zero Station is celebrating it's twentieth year as a multifaceted arts-space in Portland. We have invited over 50 artists who have a direct affiliation with Zero Station as a customer for framing or as an exhibiting artist. It will be a rare site to see this collection of artists shown under one roof. This is a true celebration of the high caliber of work that is created here in Maine (with a sprinkling of artists "from away"). Sorry no name dropping, just come see! Please join us on February 22nd for the opening and party, and we will be open for First Friday on March 6th from 5-8:00 PM.
Artist(s):
graphic
Medium:
Marcus Töpfen

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