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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

Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
This year’s exhibition features work in a variety of media, including drawing, video projection, interactive sculpture, performance, painting, photography, textiles, garments, and installation. Seen together, these thesis projects hybridize a range of conceptual themes and material approaches as they relate to visual culture, the political landscape and to contemporary art practice. The work in the exhibition represents the synthesis of each graduate candidate’s experience in the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program at Maine College of Art. On view First Friday from 5-8pm, and then through June 8, 2019, ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thurs, 11:00am–7:00pm, Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, Institute of Contemporary Art, Artists at Work, & Bob Crewe Galleries at Maine College of Art
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Portland Museum of Art
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. Organized by co-curators Rachael Arauz and Diana Greenwold, the exhibition features more than 90 works of art, including textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, paintings, and prints, as well as newly discovered correspondence, photographs, brochures, posters, and magazine articles from the Haystack archive.
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Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Innovative Techniques - Salazar Fineberg Family Community Room This exhibition features four bodies of work from Roland Salazar Rose. “Roots,” finds Salazar expressing in paint and text his quest for knowledge and understanding of his family ancestry: his Norwegian, Scotch/Irish & German roots: unearthing the hidden past. “Solar Flares & Salazar,” is an art/science collaboration; a ‘full-dome’ projection at the Emera Astronomy Center, UMaine. The paintings selected are part of the eleven in his solar series, accompanied by the video from the planetarium public shows. “Land, Sea & Sky: Maine 2012-18” He writes: “I resided in Mexico over three decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries. I returned to Maine in 2012 for personal reasons where I established as a goal for my paintings to seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky as uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.” Portraits: Informal portraits of interesting folks from Mexico. Letter to Sun: Land of Water – Edwige Charlot Spiegel Gallery Letters to Sun: Land of Water are new works by artist printmaker Edwige Charlot. This new body of work explores how, physically and culturally, both Jewish and Black ancestries were carried by water. Charlot uses the concepts of print to insight our interconnectedness within the diasporas. Her matrix-centered practice of aims to recollect and record a heritage, identity, and lineage. Letters to Sun: Land of Water is an ode to this empyrean and unspecified place where we came to be. At the center of these works is how darkness came to be from light and where the land rose from water. Edwige Charlot was born in Paris, France, of Haitian heritage. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. She lives in Providence, RI. Ebb & Flow: La Vida Judia Contemporanea en Cuba – Linda J. Hirsch Third Floor Sanctuary - Photography Curator - Nanci Kahn “What I always wanted was to have my work in a museum” said Stu Nudelman, in a Seacoastonline.com review, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Stu was a well-known photographer in southern Maine and beyond. He was an art critic as well as a photography teacher in the summer community of Ogunquit for many years. Nudelman was inspired at age 8, when Life Magazine came out with its first issue. ‘The cover was mind boggling to me”, he said “It was the Hoover Dam photographed by Margaret Bourke-White”. That one photograph led to a long life of investigating photography’s many avenues including photojournalism, portraiture and fine art abstractions. The first part of this exhibit is his abstract color photographs, zooming in on life’s little details. The second section shows his series of portraits of artists and their work, which he photographed over many years. “Often I connect with people I photograph so it’s not click and I’m done - goodbye. I try to engage them and try to find out who or what they are”. Stu Nudelman 1931-2014
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Roland Salazar Rose
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Oil on Canvas
Portland Museum of Art
This exhibition showcases 12 photographic portraits and three triptychs of celebrated individuals by the iconic American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Primarily a fashion photographer whose images played an influential role in defining America’s image of style, beauty, and culture, these portraits suggest his disillusionment with commercial work and his quest to portray the likeness of the sitter.
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Richard Avedon
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Photography
New System Exhibitions
82 Parris St.
Elyse Grams presents a curated exhibition including artists Chip Barchilon-Daley, Oscar Chacon, Frances from up the road, Justin Love, and Brian Smith: We build and rebuild ourselves constantly. In response to our friends, our families, and our jobs, we are fluid, chameleon-like, ramping up or tampering down parts of ourselves to suit the occasion. The five artists chosen for this show represent a range of reactions to their own gender identity, the identities other have placed on them, and each artist’s daily performance. Each work in the show could be classified as a self portrait, although none display true specificity in form or figure. Abstracted symbols, body parts, and garments create a vulnerable picture of in-between that function as a filter for the societies they came out of. Each artist is asking to understand how they have been built and how they comply with or reject outside construction. Open everyday from 2-7pm, June 7th to 16th.
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Brian Smith
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