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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, August 2, 2019

The Press Hotel
Opening Reception Thursday August 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, public welcome On view: July 12th - September 29th Pilar Nadal is a printmaker in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes relief, letterpress and screen printing as well as public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit. Nadal is the director and master printer of Pickwick Independent Press, a community printshop located in the heart of the arts district of Portland. Pickwick has the facilities and equipment to create relief, letterpress, screen, and intaglio printing, and offers membership for printmakers, workshops, residencies and commission work. pilarnadal.com pickwickindependentpress.com
Pilar Nadal
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
... speaking of summer: colors are sizzling at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce! Come see the displayed works of Maine's “hottest” artists, like Catherine LaBarre, Stephen Beckett, and Sandy Willcox.... Also, it’s your last chance to view the group photo exhibit "Sense of Sight,” which received a raving review by the Press Herald’s art critic, Daniel Kany.
Catherine LaBarre
Trueline Gallery @ 561
561 Congress Street
Come one, come all to Trueline’s “First Friday” art show this Friday, August 2, at our newly renovated Trueline Gallery @561, located at 561 Congress Street in Portland. Our August show is called “First Light,” and will showcase the art of four local creators. 100% of all art sales will be given back to the artist. Formerly the home of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, our space has a proud history of championing local art—a tradition we intend to continue. So please come out and show your support for these amazing artists. Dave Wade is a longtime Portland-based photographer and host of Juke Jive ‘n Jazz on WMPG whose portfolio features beautiful images from Portland’s waterfront. Chris Morse, another Portland-based photographer, specializes in detailed renderings of fatigued paint on old cars. Also featured will be Joanne Arnold, a Falmouth-based photographer, and South Portland’s Peter Dransfield, a bronze sculpture artist. Wine and light snacks will be offered. In addition, we’ll be giving away one free hour of business consulting to all guests that leave a business card with us!
SPACE Window
In conjunction with his interventionist sidewalk performance on August 2nd, jumatatu m. poe will create an installation in our window gallery. Let ‘im Move You: Installation is an open-ended collection of installation works that are often presented alongside the Let ‘im Move You performance series, created in collaboration with artist Jermone Donte Beacham. Combining video projection, drawing, and sculpture, the work addresses the artists' explorations of the performance of Black queerness and the J-Sette form. The work "has theoretical links to code switching, especially as it has to do with my Blackness and queerness, experiences of immediate compartmentalization/contextualization as a defense mechanism, as a means of survival.” Let 'im Move You is a series of works choreographed by jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham that stem from poe's seven-year research into J-Sette performance. Initial research for the series absorbed the artists’ curiosity about the performance of joy and the conundrum of Black joy. The series began in the summer of 2013 while jumatatu and Donte were at a residency through Tanzrecherche NRW. The series currently consists of three live performance works and an installation. Beginning in Summer 2018, poe will bring together a group of Black dancers – J-Sette artists and “Contemporary” dance artists – for a multimedia work to be alternately performed in black-box/white-box spaces, and on sidewalks and in alleyways in neighborhoods. Compelled by J-Sette’s specific rules around formation and order, the new project will confront meanings, real and imaginary, of black queered bodies in public assembly. Photo Credit: Gema Galiana
jumatatu m. poe
Prism Analog
Mélange will be an exhibition of artworks by Portland artists organized to celebrate the opening of the new location of Prism Analog Recording Studio at 34 Preble Street on August 2nd. Nine artists are participating with 2D artworks in a broad range of media and genres. The opening reception will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm with live music by Gregg Harper. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, August 17th. The artworks will be available for sale with 25% of the sale price going to Prism Analog, a non-profit organization. Participating Artists: Estefani Baez – Watercolor/Pen Lizz Berry – Fiber Arts Michaela Flint – Children’s Book Illustration Karolyn Greenstreet – Painting/Mixed Media Haley Hanks - Painting Gregg Harper – Combinatorial Art William Hessian – Painting Michaela Holt – Painting Bailey Pollack – Multimedia on Paper For further information, contact Gregg Harper – studiomuseo7@gmail.com
538 Congress Street
Second Hand closes on August 4th. Using acrylic paint on paper and collage, Meghan Brady has created a new wall-sized painting installation at SPACE. Incorporating multiple languages of paint and approach, Brady continues to explore the area between structured and free-formed large-scale painting. "These paintings came about as a response to my restlessness and desire to see my paintings on shaped surfaces, as well as the technical freedom to change the piece at nearly any given point (something that painting on stretched canvas makes difficult). Within these boundaries, I find a space where I can use direct, saturated colors to generate loose compositions that reference ceramic vessels, clothing, and gesture -- in other words, I am indirectly referencing the human body through an everyday kind of abstraction. My aim is to make paintings that are generous in spirit but also find a way to occupy their space and time in a frenetic, irregular, and ultimately surprising way." Photo Credit: Joel Tsui
Meghan Brady
acrylic, paper, collage