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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 7, 2021

Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 -  July 1, 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.

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Cove Street Arts

February 25 - April 24, 2021 |    Nature, by definition, is not abstract.  Abstraction is a human construct, derived from Latin roots meaning "to draw away from."  However, abstraction does not "draw away from" the essence of a subject.  To the contrary, it is the process of removing characteristics from a subject to explore such essence; to limit or manipulate what is experienced to feel the greater whole.   This exhibition, curated by Bruce Brown, features the work of five artists who, through the focus of their cameras or manipulation of their images, present the natural world in beautiful and unexpected ways.  Although the viewer may not immediately recognize the natural world in any given image, she will feel nature throughout the show. Learn more here.  Image: Boothbay Ripples, CE Morse

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Cove Street Arts

Through May 15 | The installation is a part of a wonderful group exhibition curated by Portland, ME master printer David Wolfe and resides at Cove St Arts' pristine new space in Portland. The show titled, Gargantua & Lilliputian, features a breadth of contemporary print-based artists working mostly in Maine, but throughout the country and internationally as well, who emerge from a multifaceted trend in tiny and giant prints. Im very honored to have work included in this show amongst such talent and would love to share it with you. The installation (images attached) is the culmination of five years or research, development and production exploring the ubiquity of “fractal-like” patterns throughout nature and our perception of it. It’s composed of over 300 individually printed, brightly colored viscosity monotypes (a process I reverse engineered from an accident at the etching press five years ago). Each monotype is a unique impression of a dizzyingly detailed, branching imagery resembling everything from ice crystals, river deltas, plant growths, mycelium to dendrites and veins.
Photo by Joel Tsui

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

May 1st through May 30th | Stop in the gallery during the month of May to see the fourth annual exhibit of original oil paintings opening Saturday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. Whether you’re drawn to traditional landscapes or contemporary abstracts, the exhibit includes over 25 paintings created en plein air and in studio by artists’ Patricia Chandler, Carrin Culotta, Kevin Daley, Jen Pagnini, HM Saffer II, Roy Perkinson, and Felicity Sidwell.
 
Although, each artist has their own style and approach to using the medium they are joined by a passion – painting with oils. The exhibit is open free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through May 30th, 2021.
 
For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website.
 
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Image: Roy Perkinson, ‘Interior Landscape’ Oil on Canvas 18” x 24” Retail $1650.

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

April 1- 24, 2021 | MSA is thrilled to announce the third exhibition at the MSA Pop-Up Gallery featuring work by painter Patt Franklin! Learn more here! Location: 67 Washington Ave Portland (former Nissen Bakery Building);    MSA Pop-Up Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat, 12pm – 5pm

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Grant Wahlquist Gallery

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Eyes of,” Tad Beck’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will run from March 12 through May 1, 2021. Digital public programming will be announced at a later date. “Eyes of” marks the debut of a new body of photographs with the same title, each of which is an abstract portrait of an artist whose vision has shaped or inspired Beck’s own. “Eyes of” continues Beck’s signature strategy of “re-photography”—creating images that are the product of an iterative process of taking pictures of pictures. For the initial exposure, Beck takes a still-life photograph of eyeglasses lent by the portrait’s subject against a checkerboard backdrop. He then prints out the still-life and rephotographs it through the glasses’ lenses and creates a new print. Beck repeats the process until the glasses are barely or not at all legible, each time experimenting with the lenses’ orientation and their distance from the camera’s lens. The resulting works are the largest abstract works Beck has made to date. While they clearly draw on a number of photographic precedents, from the multi-focus images of Jean-Luc Mylane to the abstractions of Thomas Ruff and Eileen Quinlan, their soft, hazy shapes and washes of iridescent blues, greens, golds, and fuchsia reveal Beck to have a color field painter’s sensibility. 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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Maine Craft Portland

Through May 1 | Maine Craft Portland is proud to present the enameled jewelry & wall works of TS Mastro! "The new normal created by the pandemic allows more time and space to process thoughts and emotions generated from memories, events and interactions. So much time to think can create more anxiety as well as clarity and ease. In this series of paintings I set out to create visual diagrams of what equates to journal entries; rumination, ideas, mediation practice, rants… I use vitreous enamel on copper primarily in my jewelry making and have carried that medium over to my painting practice. Building up multiple layers, sifted enamel is applied and kiln fired before the next layer is applied. Interspersed in these layers are various forms of enamel, some bleeding through to the surface and others revealing something beneath the surface. These bits and pieces are symbolic of various thoughts, feelings and ideas floating around and connecting or bouncing off one another. The finished piece is chemically etched and hand polished to give the surface a dreamy matte finish." -Tracy Mastro.  After May 1, the exhibition will then be traveling to the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

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Able Baker Contemporary

March 12 - April 24 |   Curated by Veronica Perez. Artists:  M. Albertson;  Hannah Boone;  Heather Flor Cron;  Alejandra Cuadra;  Jay Katelansky;  Jak King;  Athena Lynch;  Veronica Perez;  Kendra Sanborn;  Golaleh Yazdani.   image: Jay Katelansky.    The show will open on Friday, March 12 from 3pm - 7pm, and will be open Fridays & Saturdays 3-5:30 pm through April 24. Learn more.

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