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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

Congress Square Park
Join Ikirenga cy’Intore for a free concert on First Friday in August in Congress Square Park from 6-8pm! Ikirenga cy’Intore is a local Portland dancing and drumming group performing the traditional dances of Rwanda. The choreography depicts scenes of hunting, fishing, and other activities while wearing traditional costumes and moving to the rhythms being created on handmade drums. Christielle Mutoniwase started the group in 2015 to perform at cultural events and weddings and there are now ten members who invite others to sample the ancient dances at many different venues.
Ikirenga cy’Intore
Music Performance
336 Fore St
This series is an attempt to capture the impression of space and light.
Lee Thomason
oil on canvas
Vena's Fizz House
Artist Statement: My paintings have taken on a more personal significance as I explore content that has importance to me; moving beyond the figure and still lifes. I am striving to obtain composition, balance and color relation while experimenting with textures. Even though my intuitive responses occasionally stray from color accuracy, I want to maintain precision with perspective and proportion. I have come to the realization that I am not a narrative artist, but would like my viewers to experience a sense of escape. My work has taken on new directions through the inspiration and study of artists that have made an impact on me, especially from the Impressionist era. Monet, Renoir and Corot have enlightened me on how to really capture a moment in time in a simplistic manner. They give just enough indication and detail to portray a mood. Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi’s realism and extensive technique have helped me enhance my style and progress as an artist. Modern painters such as the Wyeth family have provided me with motivation and insight. My more recent paintings contain elevated complexities with composition, lighting and contrast. The main focus is the distortion of images within water that converses with the concrete physicality of its surroundings. Rather than being inclusive of the standard formula of distribution between sky and land, I prefer to mostly deny the sky to allow water to be the primary element. Artist Bio: When I was six years old my family and I relocated from Riverside, California to Portland, Maine. This is where I spent most of my life until I went to college in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University became my home for seven years and where I earned a BFA in Art therapy and minor in psychology. I had decided to remain at Marywood to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Painting degree. During the seven years I had studied abroad for two semesters in Florence, Italy, where I was trained in oil and fresco painting which I plan to continue in the states. Europe was a life altering experience that I would definitely do again if given the opportunity. Being able to study the masters from Musee Marmottan Monet, Louvre, Uffizi and others have broadened my skills and highly influenced my work. Since completing my master's degree in May 2012 I have returned to Portland, Maine.
Kelly Ufkin
Maine Historical Society
Join us as we celebrate the power of music with Kate Beever, owner of Maine Music & Health (Small Business Administration’s Maine Micro-Enterprise of the Year in 2017) in our Power of Potential exhibition gallery. Kate is a talented musical therapist who brings comfort and pain relief to patients at Maine Medical Center each week. Please stop by to experience and participate in the incredible healing power of music from Kate while enjoying our Power of Potential, Doing Good: Medical Stories of Maine, and Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art exhibitions!
Kate Beever
Mechanics' Hall
Friday, August 2nd, 7PM First Friday at Mechanics’ Hall Reading Series: Writing with Wit: Three Maine Women Share Their Writing and Publishing Experience. A partnership event co-hosted by Print: A Bookstore, Maine Authors Publishing, and Mechanics' Hall. Kathy Eliscu, NOT EVEN DARK CHOCOLATE CAN FIX THIS: Somewhere in Maine, a middle-aged woman is having a serious temper tantrum. “Tink” Casawill is drowning in family and work demands, hormones, a fiancé oblivious to another woman’s flirtations, and…her doctor tells her to cut out caffeine. (WHAT?!?) While attempting to do a good deed, Tink’s life spins out of control and now, “Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess!” https://maineauthorspublishing.com/not-even-dark-chocolate-can-fix-this-mess/ Lew-Ellen Hughes, MAINE STORIES: This book is a collection of award-winning true tales of life, family, and the people, places, and lifestyle of rural Maine. Born in California and raised in the military with deep Maine roots, award-winning columnist and author Lew-Ellyn Hughes has had a life she describes as being abnormally fabulous and insanely unconventional. She writes about her life and the lives of her fellow Mainers. She has been published in several Maine publications, including Down East Magazine. https://maineauthorspublishing.com/maine-stories/ Patsy Baldus, LOVE, LUTEFISK AND LEMON ZEST SNEAKERS: What do yellow sneakers, a gecko, a visit to the vet’s, and a memorable seven-course Swedish meal all have in common? Why, calamity, of course! Romp through these humorous and sometimes poignant adventures as the author reveals the joys and comedic pitfalls of everyday experiences, including vacations, family pets, moving, and dealing with the neighborhood kids. https://maineauthorspublishing.com/love-lutefisk-and-lemon-zest-sneakers/