First Friday Art Walk
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, December 4, 2020
Live in our (safely-seated) Theater Dec 3 - 24 or Digital Streaming option through Jan 7.
This holiday family classic is brought to life in this one-man show adapted by and starring Joel Leffert on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, a few ghostly apparitions, and foley operator Nancy Nichols. This magical production is guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge.
TIME: Shows are at 7pm, with matinees on select days at 2pm
25 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Seniors age 65+: -$4 off the regular price.
Students age 16+: $20 each.
Children age 4-15: $15 each
Streaming tickets are $25.
On view November 18, 2020 - January 3, 2021 <a href="https://www.metalscollective.com/upcoming-events">20/20 Visionary</a>: A collection of eyewear, and eyewear-inspired fine metal pieces to clear and shape one’s vision of 2020 and beyond. Portland’s Metals Collective presents 20/20 Visionary, a collection of eyewear and eyewear inspired fine art metalcraft in a variety of styles from functional to decorative. In this exhibition, the vision- in visionary is both literal and figurative, illustrating the idea thatseeing is truly in the eye of the beholder. Maria Wolff’s “Seeing is Believing” Jackalope Safety Glasses feature masterfully crafted UV Lexan Jackalope lenses, rabbit fur lined bridged, and neon pink acrylic temples. The piece dons sterling silver fixtures embellished with 23k gold. Wolff’s work is often intertwined with Norse Mythology, but given the current stateside climate, she chose a mythological creature that is “closer to home” to demonstrate the uncompromising absurdity that often comes with fervent belief when the truth can be seen right before our very eyes. Naomi Grace McNeil’s “Safety First” Safety Glasses feature plexiglass lenses, copper frames, and an adjustable leather head strap. Their comfortable and secure fit, even when sporting an N95 mask, was designed as the ultimate survival accessory for the impending zombie apocalypse. FEATURED ARTISTS: Maria Wolff, Emily Percival, Shelby Goldsmith, Naomi Grace McNeill, Cat Bates, Holly Churchill-Lane, Ann Thompson, Tegan Curry, Nikki Warren, Jessie Irish, Olivia Boi.
Wednesday, December 9, 7–8pm
Join us on Wednesday, December 9, to hear from speakers about the current and future state of filmmaking in Maine, learn about upcoming MFA opportunities, and connect with colleagues from around the state! More information here.
Let us know if you can make it–RSVP via Zoom
July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 | Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale here.
On view from October 2 - December 11, 2020 The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA) is pleased to announce ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, an exhibition focused on the art of sound. Organized in collaboration with the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music, ACOUSTIC RESONANCE includes the work of 11 artists and presents sound as an artistic medium and tool of transformation in our culture today. The exhibition will be on view from October 2 - December 11, 2020, and is free and open to the public via a timed admission process. Visual artists, like musicians, have used sound as a medium to shape and construct, and in so doing have sought to transform a viewer-listener’s experience. Sound can provoke memory, communicate across barriers, claim a space, or transform a city. The works in ACOUSTIC RESONANCE reflect on sound as a medium and tool of transformation. Imagery, objects, and installations reveal the potent qualities of sound art in our cultural landscape today. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clearer than ever that the air is public space. Within our shared spaces, we distance ourselves to keep safe and raise our voices to be heard,” notes Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos. “Sound travels through airwaves, it carries across neighborhoods, and through barriers - even at a distance it communicates our longings for each other and our desires for change. ACOUSTIC RESONANCE foregrounds the power of sound to connect us and transform our lives.” ACOUSTIC RESONANCE highlights the vital art and music intersections at Maine College of Art, in particular, the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at MECA. The exhibition will be connected with academic courses that reflect on contemporary artists working with sound. Numerous public talks and sound art events will also accompany the exhibition. For more information about ACOUSTIC RESONANCE and additional public events in conjunction with the exhibition, please visit the ICA website.
Saturday | Nov 7 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A Saturday | Nov 14 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A Saturday | Nov 21 | 5:30 pm on-line reading followed by LIVE Q&A Register to attend the Writers’ Cut - 3 diffferent live readings of the newly published novel, read by the novelist followed by a Live Q&A. Fall in love again with the story that started on Portland Stage and traveled the globe to become on of the most produced plays in history. Read by the Tony-nominated actor and author, John Cariani. Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States―it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it’s just . . . Almost. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost and found. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same. Venue: Portland Stage Address/Weblink: https://portlandstage.secure.force.com/ticket/#/events/a0S3Z000006UdAmUAK Time: 5:30pm online reading followed by a live Q&A Cost, if any: Event is free - register online
Thursdays at 6pm EST via Facebook Live and IG Live . Join the Seacoast West African Dance & Drum Facebook Group and to stay tuned to Namory’s updates and payment options.
All of our events, markets, and pop ups have been canceled in order to keep our community safe, which is unfortunately limiting sales opportunities for our members. We've created this online market with easy curbside pick up to help get their delicious products into your homes! Feeling extra generous and wanting your neighbor businesses to succeed? We'd greatly appreciate any donations directly to Fork Food Lab so we can continue to support our local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available to use towards a future event or fun workshop. Please check back frequently as new items will be added each week, and contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding our online market. Thank you so much! IMAGE: Mama Mo's Tunisian Peanut and Sweet Potato Dip. View the online market!
Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour!
December 4th through December 27th
(Portland, ME) If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a lover of visual art, stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery on December 4th at 10:00 a.m. to see a great annual exhibit featuring a selection of original paintings no larger than 24” x 24” depicting a range of scenes from traditional landscapes to contemporary abstracts; limited edition bronze sculptures; and a select offering of works in clay.
‘Holiday Offerings’ is comprised of paintings in a variety of mediums and styles by gallery artists’ Linda Caron – watercolor; Patricia Chandler – oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Jen Pagnini – oil; HM Saffer II – oil; Bob Santandrea – watercolor; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; Susan Tan – watercolors; and a select offering of limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe, DVM; and works in clay by Richard Boyd.
The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 4th through December 27th, 2020. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment.
For more information contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, email mailto:email@example.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com. For event updates like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery and follow us on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327.
NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM Sacred Resonance, In Partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts Across America: Sacred Resonance. Portland Ovations, in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance, is honored to produce an original performance event featuring three Maine artists to be featured in this Kennedy Center national series. Part of the Washington, D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Social Impact Initiatives, Arts Across America is a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country. This free, online programming will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website. Featured Maine artists include: Firefly, a member of the Penobscot Nation and raised in his people’s ancient village at Indian Island, Maine in Firefly: Sacred Fire. A journey through sound, light and emotion from the ancient to the unknown. Deeply influenced by the traditions of his ancestors, Firefly performs both traditional hand drum, shaker and vocal songs as well as cutting edge musical compositions rooted in his ancestral traditions. A hyper creative, Firefly’s artistry involves powerful vocals, eye popping visuals and cutting-edge costumes created by himself and his team. Atiim Chenzira, Destiny Manifest: Poetry and Spoken Word exploring the African ancestry from East to West Coast and back formulating my identity and roots as a new Mainer. Atiim is a musician, songwriter, spoken word poet, community activist and family therapist originally from Oakland CA. His music is an eclectic mix of New Age Hip Hop, Old School Soul and Jazz Poetry. Maya Williams (pronouns they/she), Definitions of Home, a showcase of poems touching on mental health, suicide, and racism. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Maya is a Black and Mixed Race suicide survivor residing in Portland since 2017. She has published poems with glitterMOB, The Portland Press Herald, Black Table Arts, Occulum, Littoral Books, Homology Lit, and more. Her work has garnered a Best of the Net Nominee and a PortFringe’s Audience Choice Award as well as residencies with Hewnoaks, Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), and Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation. Maya hosts open mics on most Tuesday nights with Port Veritas.
Ongoing The Mechanics' Hall Library is open for "curbside" service! You can pick up new titles and return old ones. Please visit our website for more details, but here are the basics: Curbside hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 3:00pm. Wednesdays 10:00 am - 2:45 pm Curbside Basics: 1. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (207)773-8396 during our curbside hours to request items. Please limit your request to five items. 2. A staff member or volunteer will call you back when your materials are ready to pick up. Your books will be placed on a table in a bag with your name on it right outside the library doors on the 2nd floor. 3. When you arrive at Mechanics' Hall please follow the instructions on the glass door to gain access and pick up your books. You must wear a mask to gain entry and there is no browsing at this time. No exceptions. We ask that you pick up your books and exit the building. Please note: Any requests received over voicemail might experience a delay in processing. Calling during the curbside hours helps staff get books out faster!
Available virtually through December 22, 2020 Join the movement that changed the Constitution in it’s fight to add the 19th Amendment – the first step in giving women the right to vote. This dramatization of a young White woman’s experience as a suffragette during World War l brings to life the rock stars who led the change, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the generation who continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns; as well as those who opposed it – including her own parents. The performance is bookended by an introduction and post-performance talk that provide more context and historical footage. All teachers will receive a virtual copy of Ovation’s Educators Guide with arts integrated lesson plans to extend on the performance and topic. Vote! Learn more here.
The Maine Crafts Association is thrilled to introduce and invite you to explore our brand new online gallery: SHOP Maine Craft! We are proud to offer for online purchase hundreds of handmade craft objects made by hundreds of Maine craft artists! With the ability to shop in a socially distant manner from your couch, the park, or another state completely, it's never been easier to find and purchase from Maine craft artists. Your purchases directly support Maine craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association (a non profit serving artists since 1983!). The MCA's mission is to support craft artists with educational, marketing and retail opportunities. During these unprecedented times we are working to support our craft artists in new and creative endeavors. An online shopping platform allows you to safely connect with our artists. Please browse, share, make purchases and check back at SHOP Maine Craft often. As with our gallery locations, products are constantly changing and many are one of a kind; and in our humble opinion, we think if you like it you should buy it!
Ongoing Our idea for the antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive, and forward looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in the state of Maine. View the online magazine here. IMAGE: Damir Porobic, Breathe 3, 2020, Archival pigment print, 38 x 38 inches.
Ongoing - MWPA offers workshops across the state of Maine. With a variety of genres in a multitude of locations, there’s a workshop for all writers. Please note: all workshops require advance registration.
Friday, November 20, 6:00pm – Friday, December 11, 6:00pm This year’s annual Holiday Sale will continue online! Featuring hundreds of handmade items by over 50 MECA students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the college, this always popular annual sale brings the Portland community and beyond together. Learn more. Now, more than ever, artists and students need your support. While the sale has moved online, we will still have our Featured Artists Raffle. The raffle showcases pieces by six MECA alumni who are selected by the jury. Raffle tickets are $5 for 1 ticket or $25 for 6 tickets, and all proceeds benefit the MECA Student Scholarship Fund. Also, Friday, November 20, 5:00 – 5:30pm (via Zoom), join MECA to Meet the Makers, for Festive Cocktails, Holiday Sale Gift Picks from the Experts, and Pre-Sale Shopping. Learn more.
Welcome to Mumbai to Maine: A Culinary Adventure! In celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday I’m excited to launch my podcast with a series, Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast. As you know Maine has one of the richest and most fascinating food and drink scenes in the country. This signature series will take a deep dive into Maine’s food story – past, present and future, showcasing Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers, food innovators and entrepreneurs. When I left Mumbai 24 years ago, I never dreamed or imagined that Maine would one day be my home, my happy place. I knew I had to find a portal to somehow share my passion for Indian cuisine and tie it into my deep love for Maine’s rich and dynamic food scene. This Bicentennial Food Podcast series is my gift to Maine on its 200th Birthday! I wanted to provide a platform, a portal of sorts to share some incredible ‘maker’ stories that capture Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and ethos. I’m hoping with this podcast I am able to deepen the dialogue and conversation as to why Maine is a formidable state for small businesses to thrive, create and innovate.
Get your concert fix with OLS' live streamed shows. Use this link to find upcoming live streams along with archived shows! Donations are shared between both artists and OLS. Please share the stream to spread the music! Image: Liz Longley.
We missed summer’s traditional Thursday-night potlucks and croquet tournaments, due to the pandemic. But now that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship has reopened, we are tickled to honor the school sport by presenting “Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet” in the Messler Gallery through January 6, 2021.
The exhibition was curated by two croquet enthusiasts: furniture maker Silas Kopf, from Northampton, MA, and Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director at the Center for Art in Wood, in Philadelphia, PA. They invited 21 makers from across the US and Canada to reimagine the archetypal ball and mallet, and the resulting show is a magical array.
You can take a virtual tour of The Art of Croquet online and read about in Popular Woodworking's blog.
Learn more about the "Out of the Blue Livestream Series" and other virtual concerts that occur nightly at Port City Blue!
Thursdays, 7-8pm Join Palaver Strings for an intimate livestream featuring a different Palaver soloist each week! They started this series in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and look forward to continuing to reach audiences safely and frequently, with the personal touch of each soloist’s voice.
Friday, November 27, 2020 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020
This year’s Photo A Go-Go will be an online Auction. Stayed tuned to www.bakeryphoto.com for more information!
Opening Day: Friday, November 27, 2020 11am – 4pm Exhibition Runs: November 27 – December 24, 2020 67 Washington Avenue, Portland Hours: Tue - Fri: 11am -4pm Sat:11am - 5pm Closed: Sundays and Mondays Private Appointments available Sundays and Mondays Call Nancy Davidson, Curator at 207-239-4774. High Energy – Annette Kearney: “I work in silence and I am now confronted with the need for words in reference to my work. As anyone who knows me can attest, silence is not my natural habit. This time of isolation from friends and family, this time of political unrest and uncertainly, have made me realize how essential silence is to my process. I work in silence. There is no radio or music. Dimension, color, shapes are considerations made in silence. In silence, I tend my garden. I take walks and photograph the seasonal changes of Evergreen Ponds. I work in silence and hopefully the work, thoughtfully curated by Nancy Davidson, speaks for itself.” Annette Kearney has worked for years as a mixed media artist. She studied painting with her friend and mentor Polly Brown. Her degree is in political science and history. Color Play– Laurie Russo Smith: Laurie paints abstract expressionist landscapes on unprimed canvas with a touch of collage. She uses watercolor and other water-based mediums to achieve her colorful paintings. She combines the unpredictability of the wet paint with very controlled lines and shapes. Laurie Russo-Smith is a 69-year-old Jewish woman. She has lived, traveled and studied art all over the world. Her work has been inspired by a love of landscapes and seascapes…the Swiss Alps, the Berkshires of W. Mass and the coast of Maine. Laurie now lives and works full time as an artist in Saco, Maine. Additional Exhibitors: The Pop-Up space for the Maine Jewish Museum has an additional corridor made available to us to exhibit work by artists who have been past exhibitors at MJM. Artwork pictured: Annette Kearney: Two Constructions, sculptural painting, encaustic monotypes and dimensional collage
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Our Fall Benefit Auction is about to begin! Bidding starts Black Friday, November 27th. Artwork by fabulous local and national artists! We need the support of our community and art appreciators everywhere during this challenging time. And all donations are tax deductible.
Participating artists include: Lisa Pixley, Alison Hildreth, Abby Shahn, Adriane Herman, Jessica Gandolf, Pat Corrigan, Jenny Gardiner, Elise Ansel, Grace DeGennaro, Michel Droge, Eileen Gillespie, Sara Crisp, Jocelyn Lee, Winky Lewis, Charlie Hewitt, Juliet Karelsen, Lin Lisberger, Elizabeth Thomas, Andrea Sulzer, Anne Buckwalter, Barbara Sullivan, Carol Eisenberg, Deborah Klotz, Dylan Hausthor, Elizabeth Ruskin, Hilary Irons, Isaac Jaegerman, Jackie Brown, James Mullen, Jessica Gandolf, Josephine Chase, Kari Radasch, Katarina Weslien, Lari Washburn, Lauren Welch, Lucy Breslin, Lynn Duryea, M P Landis, Meg Hahn, Mitchell Rasor, Pamela Moulton, Shoshannah White, Smith Galtney, Tessa Green O’Brien, Titi DeBaccurat, Tonee Harbert many more!
SPEEDWELL’s singular mission it to elevate the work of mid to late-career women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists. This is what sets us apart! Please help us continue this important work. Thank you.
Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.
Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming livestreams.
11/11/20 – 12/19/20 Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “The Party’s Over,” an exhibition of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and video spanning the past four decades of contemporary art. Coming at the close of what countless headlines have described as a “year like no other,” it casts a backward-looking glance at the promise and disappointment of American life fully conscious of Walter Benjamin’s declaration that “[t]he tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the ‘emergency situation’ in which we live is the rule. We must attain to a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight.” By transforming, distorting, or subverting images and icons alternately hopeful and oppressive, the works featured in “The Party’s Over” share a spirit of art making as critique, reclamation, survival, and joy. Artists: D-L Alvarez, Patrick Charles Brown, Diana Cherbuliez, Mary Beth Edelson, Marisol Escobar, Mores McWreath, Nyeema Morgan, Jill Poyourow
Through November 28, 2020
"In July of last year, I started a series of portraits in my studio in Bath. I used a stack of etching papers brought back from the University of Iowa print shop years ago when I was a grad student there. The paper is 30 inches by 22 inches. 29 friends and acquaintances sat for me in the studio, in the same straight backed, hard, wooden chair. With each individual, it was an intimate and deeply personal experience. Portraiture is always very challenging and engaging, the balance being to not be too literal yet maintain the ‘essence’ of the sitter along with the ‘freedom’ of the mark. I used pencil, oil pastel, collage, ink, and oil wash. In each of the drawings, a piece of the chair shows and is an integral, if minor, part of the series." Learn more and view the exhibition.
<b>For Immediate Release:</b>
<b>Union of Maine Visual Arts Gallery</b>
<b>516 Congress Street</b>
<b>Contact: Amy Bellezza</b>
<a href="mailto:email@example.com"><b>firstname.lastname@example.org</b></a><b> </b><span><b>(207) 239-8113</b></span>
<b>UMVA Member Fall Exhibition</b>
The Union of Maine Visual Artists is presenting its annual Members Exhibit opening online this November 2, 2020. It is an Open Theme exhibit that showcases current Members’ talents and expressions through photography, mixed-media and paintings. Due to the Pandemic this exhibit will be hosted online at <a href="http://theUMVA.org"><span>theUMVA.org</span></a>. The UMVA Gallery @ Portland Media Center is closed until the public health crisis subsides.
This year’s exhibit is being curated by UMVA Member, Amy Bellezza.
This exhibit presents such artists as - Titi de Baccarat, Greg Mason Burns, Ann Tracy and Amy Bellezza.
Titi de Baccarat presents us with powerful images that provoke the discussion of race relations. “My artistic creation is both poetic and social.”
Greg Mason Burns shows us images that can evoke psychological behavioral changes just by adjusting the art technique; a photo versus a painting of the same subject. “The goal is to show how the media’s message (journalism, advertising, public relations, etc.) can be easily spun to mean something very different from the original, intended message.”
Ann Tracy presents us with a piece that promotes a feminist viewpoint. “It seeks to have a conversation with the viewer about the role of women in history and the hoops they still must jump through.”
And Amy Bellezza exhibits a Surrealist-Inspired portrait of her parents along side an example of squirrel made art and how “[i]t all started during the winter of 2019.”
During this interim UMVA artists are presenting other online exhibitions which can be seen at <a href="http://theUMVA.org"><span>theUMVA.org</span></a>. The current show is Words <span>كلمات</span> by Dave Berrang and Rabee Kiwan - https://www.theumva.org/words
The Union of Maine Visual Artists is an artist-run, non-profit organization, dedicated to
upholding the dignity of artists and creating positive social change through the arts. The UMVA represents visual artists statewide in all fields of endeavor and welcomes those who support contemporary artists in Maine.
For more information, look at - http://www.theumva.org
November 27 - December 24
Join us this season for "Vena's Holiday Parlor" at our Portland venue located at 345 Fore Street. We have all you need for some good cheer and holiday shopping featuring gift baskets, vintage barware, beverage products and locally crafted art.
Through December 31, 2020.
The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure. Browse current offerings, with new films added to the roster each month.