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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, June 7, 2019

Fore River Gallery
87 Market Street
Please join us in celebrating our Ten Year Anniversary since we first opened the door as Fore River Gallery. We have plenty of new work we've created and will also have select pieces on sale.
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First Floor at Maine College of Art Porteous Building
Maine College of Art is pleased to present the third Art in Exodus exhibition in its flagship Porteous Building. Art in Exodus is a mentoring and exhibition project through which refugee artists and Mainers from underrepresented populations share their art and culture. The exhibit will be celebrated during the Friday, June 7, First Friday Artwalk and include work from featured artists for sale. The exhibition runs through June 20, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
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Congress Square Gallery
Recent work by Portland Artists RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman. Paintings and prints of Portland and Coastal Maine.
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Robert Cohen
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Oil and Watercolor
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Meet the artists at Bridge Gallery, the working studio/gallery of Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter. Gary is a classical realist painter, creating beautiful realistic still lifes. Rhonda is an expressive painter, using brilliant colors and moving paint strokes to convey feeling. See where they work, how they work, and how these two very different styles compliment each other!
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Rhonda Pearle
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Oil and acrylic on canvas
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery proudly announces Henri Paul Broyard’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, “Episode 2.” The show will run from May 10 through June 22, 2019. An opening reception will occur on Friday, May 10 from 5 – 8 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, May 11 at 2 pm. “Episode 2” extends Broyard’s engagement with the interior scene as framework for painterly experimentation. Broyard collects photographs from thrift shops, flea markets, and cast-off design magazines, often cropping them or removing figures to generate an initial pictorial situation. Within this structure, Broyard creates zones of abstraction that are alternately improvisatory and deliberate, working until portions of the picture may be unrecognizably distorted or transformed. As critic Jenna Crowder wrote of his first exhibition at the gallery, “The magic of Broyard’s approach lies in the way he intentionally obfuscates and erases the details of his sources to a point where we cannot determine with any certainty if these are found spaces or now Broyard’s.” Discrete elements in his paintings shine with remarkable freedom, yet each work retains its overall sense of composition and balance with a casual elegance. While the paintings in “Episode 2” demonstrate Broyard’s appetite for the history of painting, they are not examinations of artistic influence or puzzles for the viewer to decode. Broyard is aware of his forerunners but is not mastered by them, borrowing and repurposing their marks and styles to create a vocabulary that is thoroughly his own. In each picture, we see Broyard painting himself into a corner and then using any painterly tool he sees fit to bravely paint his way back out, to varying degrees allowing this process to remain transparent for us, to see his joy in the simple pleasure of pushing paint. As with the exhibition as a whole, each painting is an episode in the life of a young artist who continues to challenge himself—and us—to look harder, deeper, and differently, with both confidence and warmth. Henri Paul Broyard received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2013. He attended the Klasse Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, in 2014. His first exhibition at the gallery was reviewed by Jenna Crowder in The Rib. The gallery’s presentation of his work alongside Kate Greene’s at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2019 received positive notice in ArtNews. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at: Essex Flowers, New York; Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York; Galerie Rainboww, New York; SOLA Art Gallery, Los Angeles; the School of Painting Hangzhou, China; Tom Dick or Harry, Dusseldorf; 41 Cooper Square Gallery, New York; Haphazard Gallery, Los Angeles; and 119 Essex Street, New York. Broyard lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com.
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Henri Paul Broyard
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Painting
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for the art opening as we welcome Judy Metcalfe to the gallery. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday June 7 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through June 27. Judy Metcalfe, a Rockport, MA, artist, was the first place award winner in our recent juried show and we’re excited to welcome her onto our roster of represented artists. She brings us large-scale watercolors for you to enjoy and purchase for your own home. Her stunning rendition of lush florals dance with sunshine and light. Her colors are vivid and striking. Come see this award winning artist! She will be present at the opening. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing the works of Maine artist, Madeleine Hopkins. Her oil paintings hover a balance between realistic and an abstracted contemporary feel. She works in a soft palette with delicious pinks, blues and sage greens. With confident brushstrokes, she dances color and shapes to stimulate and engage the viewer. Come see her wide selection of mainly coastal themed paintings. Come meet both artists on June 7! Are you looking to redecorate this spring? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus in your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux July 12, 13, 14 from 9:30-4. $250 This workshop focuses on learning to use color creatively. Do you fear color? Is your work trapped in local color? Color is emotion and learning to use it to your advantage can transform your paintings. Please call for more information. Slots are filling up quickly. 207-576-7787. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux June 21-22-23 from 9:30-4:00. $250 For those of you wishing to paint portraits or the full figure, this is your opportunity to learn from the artist who paints figures regularly. Learn to how to capture the subtleties that really help convey the special qualities of your model. Attention to proportions, detail and values will also be prominent teaching points during this workshop. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Don Hatfield Workshop August 8, 9 +10 from 9:30-4:00. $350 California artist and Susan Roux’s mentor will be in Maine to teach an oil painting workshop. This is the workshop of the summer to take! It is an incredible opportunity to be taught by such a great artist. He works with students individually and targets the next step that they’re missing in they’re painting progression. He focuses on fundamentals and will elevate your end results if you follow what he offers for suggestions. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 207-576-7787 Gallery Services Framing. We are happy to inform you that we will now be offering framing for your convenience. Get the helpful eye of an artist to put just the right frame on all your framing needs. We’re happy to work with you. Art Concierge. We help you create beautiful spaces in your home or business, which captures the look and feel you desire, by bringing art directly into your space so you can view it with your own lighting and your own unique surroundings. Come ask about this unique boutique service. Oil Painting Classes. Offering a range of classes from beginner through advance. For more information, please contact the gallery. Art Immersion. Come spend a week in the gallery painting with instructions from Susan Roux. It’s a great way to jump back into art if you’ve wandered away from it or improve the skills you continue to develop. Please join us for our special exhibits along with works of 35 artists from 10 different countries. We look forward to seeing you soon! Creatively, Susan Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 48 Free Street Portland, ME 04101 207-576-7787 www.rouxandcyrgallery.com
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Judy Metcalfe
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watercolor
Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is please to present the newest work by Maine Artist Kelly Ufkin featuring her signature photo-realistic style. In her own words: "I began painting water reflections as part of the MFA painting program. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, in 2012, I had to come up with a thesis. Even though I felt inspired by my surroundings, it just wasn’t feeling like anything I wanted to invest an entire series to. During a graduate trip to Venice, I was captivated by the still water reflections of the canals. It was intriguing to be able to paint such a complex composition; combining realism and abstract. The accurately depicted physical world, and the abstracted version within the mirrored waters. I also came to realization that water had always been my personal therapy; my escape when life felt too overwhelming. Throughout my life I always viewed the ocean and lakes as calming. So, to include water in my thesis felt so perfect. Once my MFA was complete, I moved back to Maine from Pennsylvania and continued my water reflection theme. However, after a few years I really missed the beautiful architecture and history of Europe. So, I thought, why not expand and go back? Through extensive research, I designed a trip that began in Annecy, France, Colmar, France, and Strasbourg, France. Then moved onto Bruges, Belgium, and ended in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I loved the variety and extensive history of each location. Not to mention, they were all beautiful in their own unique ways."
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Kelly Ufkin
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Photo Realistic Oil Painting
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative-bridal exhibition not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist! This exhibit showcases unique offerings for the discerning contemporary looking to get hitched in distinctive true to you style. How about matching hand stamped leather belts, lovers' knot bracelets, or a silk skived unisex Kurta? These dazzling, ready to wear pieces, like all offerings at the Maine Craft Portland retail gallery, were handcrafted by talented Maine-based craft artists. Our musical guest during this month's art walk will be the delightful young fiddler Owen Kennedy! (http://www.fiddlerokennedy.com/)
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Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement features panels from the Stonewall Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and objects from the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM. The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine's LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
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DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Summer Favorites brings together a broad array of our collection's colors, textures and moods. From Leo's dreamy watercolors of the late 1950s to crisp linear grids inside plexiglass boxes from the 1960s. One of our favorites is full of metal paillettes, blue, green, silver and it even lights up! Leo Rabkin's long career exhibiting in New York afforded him time to experiment and play. He often did his best work during warm summer afternoons in his skylit Chelsea studio. Our ongoing inventory project has turned up some new favorites and treasures. On display all summer, 2019.
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UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
The Union of Maine Visual Artists is pleased to present the “UMVA Members' Spring Exhibition” at the UMVA Gallery in the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland Maine, June 2-28, 2019. Thirty-four artists from across Maine will be represented in the exhibition. The work is new and engaging and ranges across several media. Artist Christine Higgins describes her “cathedral sunrise II” as a work of “pulp paper handmade fibers.” Its quiet colors, organic forms and hues and soft texture evoke the silence of a sunrise in the woods. In Anne Strout's fiery encaustic “Constant Turmoil” shades of blue, yellow, orange-red, white and black smolder and melt into each other. “Sunday Morning Paper” by Rabbe Kiwan is an expressionistic oil painting of an elderly man in a dark cold room reading a newspaper by window light. As curator Liz Prescott describes the work, “Rabbe's painting is rendered beautifully, an evocative world in earthy browns complemented by luminous strokes of lavender and ruby beneath the window with bright flecks of yellow and white suggesting light filtering through the opaque window.” Another gem is “Cuba,” Lesley MacVane's photograph of a Cuban couple dressed in brilliant white holding a gauzy white umbrella. In the hazy background a dock loading crane rises against a faded blue sky. Also, Jen Joachin's fine realistic acrylic painting “Monument Square” is filled with light and architectural detail. The UMVA Gallery is open during regular operating hours of the Portland Media Center ( http://portlandmedia.org/location-hours/) In addition, for the June show the Gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On First Friday Art Walk, June 7, the Gallery hours are 1-8 p.m. The Opening and Artists' Reception is Friday, June 7, 5-8 p.m. at the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress Street. Free and open to the public. Image: "Sunday Morning Paper," an oil on canvas painted by Rabbe Kiwan in May 2019
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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
You’re invited to meet artist Randy Eckard at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Saturday, June 1 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the opening of his solo exhibition of paintings in watercolor. 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. Recently selected as one of Maine’s most collectible artists for 2019 in “Maine Home and Design magazine’s Art Maine 2019 Annual Guide” 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. Winning over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast, his work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through June 29, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. About Randy Eckard When asked about his career as an artist, Randy replied, “I am 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 more information about the exhibit or reception, 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 . Image: Randy Eckard ~ 'Burnt Island Launch' ~ Watercolor on Paper 21" x 18" Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
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Randy Eckard
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Watercolor

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