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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, August 2, 2019

Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
You’re invited to join us Friday, August 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of a group exhibition of visual arts comprised of works across multiple genres. The show contains more than forty works by 15 artists with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and interests, joined by their love of creating visual art. Whether you’re drawn to contemporary abstracts or traditional realism, the exhibit includes works in a variety of styles and mediums by featured artist Amy Bickford – cityscapes and landscapes; and artists’ Patricia Chandler - landscapes, abstracts, and still life; Carrin Culotta - landscapes; Kevin Daley - landscapes; Randy Eckard - architectural landscapes; Jane Herbert - landscapes; Scarlet Kinney - landscapes; Jen Pagnini - abstracts, and landscapes; Roy Perkinson - landscapes, and still life; Bob Santandrea - plein air landscapes; Felicity Sidwell - plein air landscapes; Wilson Stewart - landscapes; Susan Tan - landscapes; Charles Ellithorpe, DVM limited edition bronze sculptures and works in clay by Richard Boyd. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through August 29, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street on Peaks Island in Portland, ME. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . To view images of works selected for the current month’s exhibit click on Https://richardboydpottery.com/current-exhibit/ . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Follow us on Instagram #richardboydartgallery . Image: Amy Bickford ~ ‘Tall Ships’ ~ Watercolor and Gouache on Paper 20” x 26” Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
Artist(s):
Group Exhibition
Medium:
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolors, Gouache, Pastels, Mixed Mediums, Cast Bronze, Clay
SPACE Gallery
SPACE is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Howard Fonda augmented with weavings from indigenous artists across Maine. An opening with the artist will be held during the first Friday Art Walk on Friday, August 2nd from 5pm - 8pm. “As a painter wrestling with the aesthetic and critical shallowness of the contemporary art world," Fonda writes, "the baskets act as an anchor, or frame. This simple juxtaposition draws a connection between content, craft and form – a connectedness that transcends time, enriches dialogue and attempts to break down any walls of imparity.” Howard will be in residence at SPACE from July 24 - August 3, 2019 where he will be working on a limited edition print with Pickwick Independent Press. Prints will be availbale for sale on a first come first served basis at SPACE. Please check back for more updates.
Artist(s):
Howard Fonda
Medium:
paint, textiles
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!
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
On View: July 12 - September 20, 2019 Dark and light. The space between. The moment of change. The necessity of one to identify the other. Hope. Fading. The opportunities to explore the theme seemed so many and varied that the idea of a group exhibition was born. Invited artists have created work addressing the psychological and/or physical implications of light and/or dark. All are Maine artists with established careers and reputations for fine craftsmanship and artistic excellence. Because of the size of the Institute of Contemporary Art, participants were encouraged to undertake large-scale work, if they wished, in order to take advantage of the unusual opportunity to use this vast, beautiful space. Exhibiting Artists include: Lynn Duryea, South Portland; Rebecca Goodale, Freeport; Tom Hall, Raymond; Joe Hemes, South Portland; Alison Hildreth, Portland; Lissa Hunter, Portland; Jamie Johnston, Portland; George Mason, Nobleboro; Julie Morringello, Stonington; Jan Owen, Belfast; Warren Seelig, Rockland; Carol Stein, Kittery Point; Todd Watts, Blanchard TWP; Susan Webster, Deer Isle "When I was a child, my mother would say, “Be in before dark”, as I ran out the door to play in summer. We lived in that kind of neighborhood. It was the fifties, in the Midwest, on a short block with dozens of kids and no fences. “Before dark” became a particular designation of time, between outside in daytime and the inside at night. It held a kind of magical conversion, a sliver of time that signaled a shift in energy and focus. When the sun fell below the horizon, colors flattened and lost definition. The sky looked lighter than the treetops below, which became a single mass of darkness. Houses were Monopoly pieces, with no definition of windows or porches, just outlines and dark interiors until the lights within were turned on, creating golden rectangles. The air became cool. The earth smelled moist. And the fireflies became apparent, flashing lights against the gathering dark, adding to the sense of separation from the real world. It didn’t last long. Maybe ten or twenty minutes." — Lissa Hunter
Artist(s):
Warren Seelig
Medium:
Sculpture
DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Classic Works from the 1960s and 1970s by Leo Rabkin. An array of modernist painting and sculpture from the artist's classic period including plexiglass boxes, large scale watercolors and mixed media constructions. Rabkin emerged from the ethos of the New York School to challenge its heroic swagger with intimate and even delicate works offering an kindly closeness to everyday experiences. See how modernism became post-modernism in the art of a New York artist whose legacy now lives in Portland.
Artist(s):
Leo Rabkin
Medium:
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
With formidable, illustration skills, Julia Durgee paints the activity, buzz, and beauty of Maine. She grew up drawing and painting cartoons, fashion designs, murals, and portraits in Albany, New York. This early work led to her apparel design degree from Cornell University and eventual freelance illustration work for Forbes.com and national branding agencies in NYC. In 2005, she was heavily influenced by the graphic novel boom and unearthed her talent for producing structured, autobiographical comic art, winning her an American Illustration Award in 2007. Upon the market crash of 2008, she pursued her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, believing the business world could benefit from more artists. In 2013, after marketing the magic of Disney World, she moved to Portland, Maine, to market the magic of L.L.Bean. She revived her oil painting practice by studying painting en plein air on Monhegan Island with David Lussier, who taught her that a great painting contains just as much structure as a great comic. Plein air has also emboldened her to paint less-serene, crowded settings: a rock-climbing competition, a fundraiser, a rowdy, craft beer festival. Her powers of concentration are recharged weekly at her volunteer work, drawing portraits of energetic kids and teens at the Portland Boys & Girls Club. www.juliadurgee.com
Artist(s):
Julia Durgee
Medium:
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is pleased to announce a dual exhibition of Maine’s most unique sculptural ceramicists around! Jonathan White of Odd Inq and Carolyn Judson of Judson Pottery will be showing us sculptural forms remarking on the nature of industrial objects to elements from outer space! A show of sculpture not to be missed! This opening will also entertain your ears with the musical talent of guitarist Alejandro Graciano.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is honored to present an exhibition years in the making with Kim Radochia’s Shimms. Radochia’s work is the nexus where innovation, materials, technique, and vision transform into contemporary fine art. Her sense of color and movement creates dynamic and immersive imagery that changes with the light over the passage of a day. This work is not to be missed. Shimms: Artist Statement Much of my work is a meditation on movement in nature, whether it be the circular weave of a birds nest, the dance of smoke, or, in this most recent body of work, Shimms, the undulation of water. My conceptual preoccupation is with the study of ‘Li’, an ancient Chinese practice of gathering and organizing the extraordinary patterns found in nature on every scale. Water currents and water lines, patterns of flocking birds called murmurations, and geological formations collect and disperse on these worked surfaces. Shimms are paper and acrylic pieces in which the process of creating the work, the painting and tearing of paper and then the fixing of each shred onto the surface, reflects actual movement the piece creates. The slow, steady ritual of making this recent body of work has also become a symbol of my energy and endurance for the past five years. My method of making these dimensional artworks was discovered through trial and error with the goal of pushing one simple material in my studio, paper. Thousands of meticulously painted and hand torn pieces of paper converge and disperse in each sculpture, pulling our gaze along, radiating movement and energy. The static becomes kinetic with the viewer’s participation, as color and form shift dramatically alongside our own movements. From each angle, the paper creations transform into seemingly new works of art. - Kim Radochia
Artist(s):
Kim Radochia
Medium:
Hand Painted Torn Paper on Panel
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
New Maine landscape paintings by local artist Finn Teach.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Technique/Support,” Tad Beck’s second exhibition with the gallery. The show will run from June 29 through August 10, 2019. The gallery will hold an opening reception on Saturday, June 29 from 4 – 7 pm. Please note that the gallery is open by appointment only July 3 – 6. “Technique/Support” features selections from two recent photographic series and a new multi-channel video installation that use re-photography and repetition to both elucidate and complicate their architectural, erotic, and performative concerns. Continuing a strategy from Beck’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, each body of work is hung at a unique height; as with a chamber music score, the installation allows each to function semi-autonomously while also forming part of an ensemble. In the aggregate, “Technique/Support” demonstrates Beck’s pursuit of photography’s edges, to stretching its capacities by doubling down on its most basic attributes. It develops and adopts forms of expertise—“technique” is multivalent, equally applicable in photographic, choreographic, and sexual contexts—to test what a photograph can do. In his ongoing series “Blanks,” Beck begins by photographing a white sheet of glossy photographic paper, capturing reflective traces of the studio environment and camera. The photograph is printed and re-photographed under glass, occasionally embellished with white spray paint. This process is repeated a number of times such that the resulting image is a composite of multiple photographs. Beck begins with an empty subject and dilates the photographic moment until the studio itself functions as an apparatus for the creation of a new abstract space. While the “Blanks” owe much to modernist painting and structuralism—they at turns recall Alvin Lucier, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Jan Dibbets, and Michael Snow—they toggle between digital and analog, painting and photography, system and accident, and image and architecture with an elegant insouciance. These are “pictures of nothing” that are nonetheless documents of specific times in specific places with a specific quality of light. “Colby” addresses how context changes the meaning of a pose. Beck worked with pornographic film star and artist Colby Keller. After capturing body positions from his films suggestive of other forms of performance, Beck had Keller carefully recreate these poses in his studio, solo and in dance tights. The images isolate the original poses against a black studio floor, blurring the lines between choreography and sex. The series explores both the importance of context in understanding what a body “means” as well as the choreographic nature of even the most (biologically) basic of movements. Condenser is a multi-channel video installation featuring Maine-based artist and dancer Riley Watts that extends a strategy developed in Beck’s photographic project “Double Document.” Beck took still photographs and video of Watts performing from above. He printed and placed select images on the floor and Watts re-executed the original movements on top, distressing and tearing the prints. Beck backlit the distressed prints with the original video footage, re-filming the prints with a video camera directly opposite the projector, a setup that evokes a darkroom enlarger (a condenser compresses light en route to a negative). The finished work is projected on suspended plexiglass. Like “Double Document,” Condenser explores photography's relationship to performance and the abstract body, incorporating a new form of duration to expand on its blurring of flat and sculptural space. Tad Beck received a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York and an M.F.A. in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He lives in Vinalhaven, Maine. In Summer 2019, his work will be featured in “Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall” at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Beck’s solo exhibitions include: Grant Wahlquist Gallery; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. Two-person exhibitions include collaborative works made with the artist Jennifer Locke at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and an exhibition with Diana Cherbuliez at Theodore:Art, Brooklyn. His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at: Grant Wahlquist Gallery; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland; FotoFest, Houston; Spritmuseum, Stockholm; the Addison Gallery of American Art; the Portland Museum of Art; and the Worcester Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Portland Museum of Art; the Worcester Art Museum; and the Addison Gallery of American Art. 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.
Artist(s):
Tad Beck
Medium:
Photography and Video

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