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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, July 2, 2021

Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square

JUNE 19 - SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 | David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History represents a landmark moment in American art: a major exhibition of artist, curator, and scholar David Driskell’s remarkable career as a painter. Driskell’s legacy in the history of American art is unparalleled: through his curatorial work, his writing, and his teaching, he pushed audiences to consider the American story inclusive of the art of Black people.  Learn more here. Pictured: David C. Driskell, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, 1972, acrylic on canvas.

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Visit 240 Strings events page to see upcoming livestream shows featuring local artists.

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Fork Food Lab

Wednesdays 4pm-7pm June 23rd, July 21st and August 18th | The members of Fork Food Lab have missed you! Start-up food businesses LOVE every opportunity to connect with foodies, share what they’ve been cooking up, and get feedback on their products. In fact, this exchange is mission critical for new food enterprises. After a long, but necessary break from public gatherings, Fork Food Lab is ready to invite the public back to savor the diverse flavors of Fork Food Lab at a series of outdoor Summer Samplers which will be held in our parking lot at 72 Parris Street in Portland.   The $10 admission price (or $25 for all three) includes a small sample from each vendor, a beer, wine or seltzer, and a tote bag to take products home. Sample something that tastes like more? Many of the vendors will offer small plates (@$5) for purchase.   Come join us for a few bites and a drink after work, or purchase several plates and make it dinner with friends. While you’re with us, we hope you’ll support our members by purchasing products from our online marketplace A Taste Of Fork. The store features both frozen and shelf stable products including meals, hot sauces, snacks and desserts. This series is also a wonderful way to meet caterers for your next office party or celebration. Learn more and buy tickets!

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Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray Street

Through July 31, 2021 |  Bealtaine means “Bright Fire” and ritualizes the “well”-coming of Summer. Bealtaine welcomes the Light Half of the year – a concept we here in Maine can really understand!  Were we in Ireland, we might ascend the Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath recently featured on the St. Patrick’s Festival broadcast from Dublin; or, we might build two bonfires through which to pass for health and protection.   Instead of real bonfires, we welcome you to our two virtual, metaphorical bonfires through which we hope you will pass, safe and well. The Bealtaine Exhibit is comprised of two galleries each featuring three artists. Additionally, you will find one featurette. Gallery One features Sara Weldon, Joe Kelly, and Vincent Crotty. Gallery Two features Syra Larkin, Mary O’Connor, and Paul Mac Cormaic. Like our St. Brigid’s/Imbolc Exhibit, you will find Curator’s Notes for each Gallery in addition to the artworks.   The featurette is Norah McGuinness, a 20th-century landscape painter, designer, and illustrator. Curator Robin Savage offers notes on her work and we welcome you to link to numerous websites where you can view and study her work and life. View the exhibition. Image: Joe Kelly

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Maine Historical Society

Through December 2021 | Maine Historical Society's powerful new initiative BEGIN AGAIN: reckoning with intolerance in Maine examines the roots of social justice topics and aims to stimulate civic engagement and foster dialogue among Mainers. Learn more here

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

If you’re in or around Portland, ME in July stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery to see an exhibit of original works of visual art offering a study in contrasting styles from impressionism to realism. Contrasts includes works by artists’ with diverse backgrounds whose range of styles, choice of mediums, and color palette give them distinction in the visual arts community. If you like a specific style of painting like pointillism, abstracts, or traditional realism you’ll see a painting or drawing in the exhibit that brings you in for a closer look. The exhibit is comprised of a selection of original paintings and drawings by artists Patricia Chandler, Carrin Culotta, Roy Perkinson, and HM Saffer II.  Open free charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily from July 1 through July 30, 2021. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website www.richardboydartgallery.com. After the exhibit opens, updates and images of paintings installed in the gallery are posted on our social media accounts. So, like the gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGalleryand follow the gallery on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327. Image: HM Saffer ~ ‘Effervescent Waters II’ ~Oil on Canvas 16” x 20” 

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

Tuesday June 29th, 2021 // doors @ 6:00 PM // show @ 6:30PM | SPACE’s first live concert in 15 months (!) kicks off a summer of outdoor music programming, between cityscapes and across pastoral parks. Sunset sounds from hip-hop-r&b renaissance man Just Plain Jones and electro-pop soundweaver Just Milk at this very special outdoor show at Peaks Island’s historic Greenwood Garden. Learn more here. Just Plain Jones photo by Sean Alonzo Harris.

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SPEEDWELL//projects

Visit SPEEDWELL <em>projects</em> to see Katarina Weslien&#39;s dynamic solo exhibition featuring large-scale jacquard weavings, photographs of microscopic images, and textile pieces.&nbsp; Please note: we are still asking visitors to wear masks when visiting the gallery.&nbsp;

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Katarina Weslien&rsquo;s solo exhibition brings together three long term projects that instantiate Weslien&#39;s abiding interest in symbolic systems of meaning-making within and beyond spiritual traditions. The organizing elements of the three projects on view include interaction with water&mdash;specifically the Ganges River in India and its sources, mountain lakes in Tibet&mdash;rendered through deliberate and radical shifts of attention to overlooked or invisible dimensions of materiality.&nbsp;
Weslien has been drawn to and participated in India&#39;s spiritual culture and mythical landscape for more than 40 years (1976 to present). By her account, a comfort with dislocation has made these sometimes-arduous travels possible, and a deep appreciation of transience has resulted. She has returned to India again and again as a teacher, artist, and pilgrim, refining her vision by close examination and reflection. Her artistic range and command of materials captivate across the three sections of the exhibition: themes of water, pilgrimage and embodied spirituality, and material culture transformed are carried throughout.&nbsp;
ABOUT KATARINA WESLIEN
Katarina Weslien is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. Her work takes form in cross-media installations, collaborative efforts, textile constructions, and print media. She builds her projects through layers of research with a particular interest in how images and objects elicit thoughts, emotions, and embodied knowledge. By investigating the possibilities of how different confluences of materials, people, events, and the environment reflect our interdependence, her work serves to reveal how meaning is embedded and exposed within the context of shifting sets of circumstances.&nbsp;

Weslien received her BFA in Textiles and from Utah State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is the former editor of the Moth Press at the Maine College of Art, where she was also the director of graduate studies. More recently, she has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also co-led study trips to India that focus on material culture and pilgrimage studies. Her work has been exhibited internationally and recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Payson Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, among others. Originally from Sweden, she now lives on Peaks Island and works in Portland, Maine.

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Thanks to everyone who has already sent us work to include on the MFA's Made in Maine collection on Vimeo! Check out your colleagues' music videos, documentary shorts, feature films and their trailers, commercials, narrative films of all lengths – you name it – at vimeo.com/showcase/madeinmaine. Have a made-in-Maine film/video/commercial you'd like us to include? Upload your work that was made in Maine to VIMEO and send the link to info@mainefilm.org.

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The Portland Conservatory of Music hosts an ongoing Noonday Concert Series feauturing local musicians. Visit the link to learn more about individual performances. 

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Blue
650 Congress Street

Learn more about the "Out of the Blue Livestream Series" and other virtual concerts that occur nightly at Port City Blue!

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Portland Museum of Art

MAY 14 - NOVEMBER 28, 2021 | Explore the rarely seen prints of Photorealist painter Richard Estes, who inventively used the printmaking process to construct detailed cityscapes as awe-inspiring as his renowned paintings. Learn more here.

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Portland Museum of Art

MAY 28 - AUGUST 22, 2021 | Explore the wide reach of the American Arts and Crafts movement and its promotion of female artists through exquisite examples of pottery, painting, and photography. Learn more here.

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Dockfore
336 Fore St

First Friday Art Walk | July 2 | Tarantinis
A collection of infamous scenes from the director, Quentin Tarantino, but made into smaller versions on canvas.
Tarantinis
A collection of infamous scenes from the director, Quentin Tarantino, but made into smaller versions on canvas panels and canvases in order to allow those who favored my Tarantino series to have a smaller more affordable piece! I will also display a couple larger canvases (16x20) of Pulp Fiction scenes that have yet to be displayed.
canvas, pencil, varnish, acrylic paint.

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Courtney Drahms
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UMVA Gallery

The Union of Maine Visual Artists is presenting its annual Members Exhibit opening online this June 4, 2021. It is an Open Theme exhibit that showcases current Members’ talents and expressions through photography, mixed-media and painting. Due to the Pandemic this exhibit will be hosted online at theUMVA.org . The UMVA Gallery @ Portland Media Center is closed until the public health crisis subsides.

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Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress Street

May 13, 2021 through June 25, 2021 | Main Jewish Museum Spiegel Gallery:   Chris Beneman’s work combines architectural details and fragmented images as a way to build a unique urban landscape. In the printmaking work she uses hand cut stencils and collagraph plates to create monoprints which are sometimes cut apart and reassembled. Working in a space between intention and improvisation, these new shapes often become new stencils to be printed on top of and through. The acrylic paintings in the exhibit are a more direct way of expressing the same intent and allow for a nuanced exploration of neutral tones.   Chris is a graduate of Bates College and has lived and worked in the Greater Portland area since 1981. She has studied printmaking at Haystack, MECA, Mass College of Art, Zea Mays Printmaking, Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Ireland) and the Icelandic Printmaking Association. She has been a member of the Peregrine Press in Portland since 2005 and is also a member of the Boston Printmakers and the Monotype Guild of New England. Her printmaking work was featured in the 2019 book Singular and Serial, Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint, Schiffer Publishing and is in numerous public and private collections. Learn more

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Maine Craft Portland

With a passion for color, this is a show of gorgeous light play, collaborative composition and texture. Chong and Judi Lim of Island Designs have worked together for 43 years and currently reside in Scarborough, ME. Come see the beautiful portraits of Maine&rsquo;s nature embossed in flame-patina painted copper, watercolor on paper and keepsake items at Maine Craft Portland through July 24th.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to present the fifth annual solo exhibition of watercolor paintings by noted artist Randy Eckard on June 1st at 10:00 a.m.   Raised in North Carolina, Randy studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine his career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.     Randy is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His watercolor paintings capture the timeless beauty and charm of Maine’s architecture and landscape, and his ability to capture the beauty and nuances of simply utilitarian objects in watercolor is magical. When asked about his career as an artist Randy replied, “I’m closing in on forty years of working with watercolors. For several years I was fascinated by the versatility and wonder of drawing with pencil, and pen and ink. An HB pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a sheet of bristol board, opened up a world or exploration in black and white. At the urging of a friend I tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and I was soon painting more than drawing. My love of drawing never diminished, and continues with quite detailed drawings in preparation for painting. Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. The drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings of Andrew Wyeth, have guided and fostered my sensibilities for most of my years as a painter. Reading about the techniques of drybrush and glazing, brought to the forefront by Wyeth, revealed a method of working with watercolor where my love of drawing could be paired with my new-found love of watercolor. As a young boy, growing up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, I began noticing and responding to the warm glow and cool, contrasting shadows of late afternoons. Those early observations of light would become the focus of my paintings. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural, and the alternation of lighted and shadowed planes produce powerful repeated patterns and are an important element of design. Early on I realized how quiet observation would most always reveal the life of a subject, and I learned to pay attention to sparks of inspiration, often arriving unexpectedly during my solitary wanderings along the backroads of coastal Maine.” For the two years in a row Randy was selected as one of Maine’s most noteworthy artists for The  artmaine Annual Guide. He has won over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast recently winning the Red Ribbon Award in Watercolor, Graphics, and Drawings at the Vero Beach, Florida 2021 Under the Oaks Arts Festival. His work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections. The exhibit is on view free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through June 29, 2021. When the exhibit opens you can view images of all the paintings selected for the exhibit on the gallery’s website click on the Current Exhibit tab. Images of his paintings installed in the gallery will be available for viewing on the gallery’s Facebook page on June 2nd. 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.   Image: Randy Eckard ~ ‘Growing In’ ~ Original Watercolor on Paper 20” x 28”

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