2018 Merit Scholarship Competition at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Maine College of Art
2018 Merit Scholarship Competition is open for viewing on April First Friday ArtWalk. The Merit Scholarship Competition is an annual exhibition providing scholarships for students, based solely on their work, regardless of financial need. To compete for awards, …

3rd Annual Regional High School Art Show
Tempera and acrylic paint, chalk, charcoal, and graphite
Sakara Pullen, Portland High School
Casco Bay Artisans
The 3rd Annual Regional High School Art Show's Opening Reception will begin 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, April 6, 2018, at Casco Bay Artisans (68 Commercial Street, The Maine Wharf, Portland, ME). All are welcome. Portland High School interns …

538 Congress Street
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
Raised in the Pacific Northwest on the Colville Indian Reservation, Spencer Keeton Cunningham uses a signature graphic vocabulary to address the first point of contact between European colonists and indigenous peoples in New England. Image credit: Julia Whyel

Bob Crewe Gallery Open for Viewing
522 Congress Street
Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art
The Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art is open for viewing on April First Friday.

13 Brown Street
Canvas and metal
Leo Rabkin
The early work of Leo Rabkin was three-dimensional and related to the dramatic intensity of Abstract Expressionism. Living in New York City in the aftermath of World War II, Rabkin focused on imagery of shredding, injury and compassionate …

Color and Light
568 Congress Street
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Rhonda Pearle
Bridge Gallery
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 …

Cosmic Lag
538 Congress Street
Tyler Ryan
SPACE Window
COSMIC LAG explores modes of surveillance that encourage audience members to become conscious of their existence in a particular time and space, to make them aware of the “lag” they imprint on the universe.

Creativity is a Wild Mind with a Disciplined Eye
75 State Street
75 State Street
Starting at 5:00pm we will open up our doors to the public. From 6:00-7:30pm David Ernst, a very talented pianist, will be playing in order to provide entertainment for our out of town guests and local Portlanders. A …

Dimensional Travel
643 Congress Street
Watercolor, marker on paper
Scott Moore
Bomb Diggity Arts
Join us this First Friday for "Dimensional Travel," an art show celebrating all things imaginary. From magical creatures to dream illustrations to exquisite corpses to Nicki Minaj, this multi-media group show presents imagination in all its glorious forms. …

Eric Adjetey Anang - Fantasy Coffin
522 Congress Street
Maine College of Art Front Window
Artwork Viewing & Meet the Artist: Friday, April 6, 2018, 5-8PM The culmination of a week-long workshop from Eric Adjetey Anang, Visiting Artist in the Woodworking & Furniture Design program. Ghanaian sculptor Anang is best known for his remarkable …

Fair Skies
Shelley Breton
Vena's Fizz House
Shelley Breton is a self-taught artist living in Maine who has been painting and studying in oils for over 9 years. Although her education and career are science-based, she has always had a love of the arts. Her …

First Friday at the Hall
519 Congress Street, 2nd Floor
Lois Stailing
Mechanics' Hall
Local Maine author Lois Stailing will discuss "Nearaway Places: Driving to a Meal in Maine" in the library. A Maine native, Stailing earned a BA in history from the University of Maine. Her love of history and travel …

First Friday Happy Hour
504 Congress Street
Port City Music Hall
Join us on First Friday in April from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to support many Maine based artists, makers, and musicians right here at Port City. This month's featured artists are Pinfolk Studios, ATK Woodworking, Caitlin Puchalski, …

45 Wharf Street
Aquarelle and ink on paper
Sophie Cangelosi
Higher Grounds
This body of work explores the fluidity and impermanence of intrapersonal identity. Using graphic inked line work layered over abstracted aquarelle forms, the artist navigates through the truths and personal narratives that make up identity. Sophie Cangelosi (b. 1993) …

Geometry of Oppression
524 Congress Street
Sandra Erbacher
SPACE Gallery
Sandra Erbacher’s exhibition explores the parallels between bureaucracy and fascism via the appropriation of images and text from archives. Shared formal characteristics are emphasized in the artworks, alluding to detached efficiency, rational compartmentalization, and rigid hierarchical structures while …

Group Juried Show
48 Free Street
Kirk Mc Bride
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to the art opening of our second Juried Show titled Capturing Light. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday April 6 from 5:00 - 8:00. This …

Jeannie Hutchins: Between Earth and Orion
132 Washington Avenue
Tri-color gum-bichromate print, 8 x 8 inches
Jeannie Hutchins
PhoPa Gallery
“This exhibition space is a psychological visual narrative about our experiences when confronting questions that have no answers. Placed in the metaphorical context of trying to understand our physical and temporal place in the Universe perhaps will give …

Kate Greene and Bill Albertini: Exceptional Objects
30 City Center, 2nd Floor
Kate Greene
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
“In the mind of every mathematician, there is tension between the general rule and exceptional cases. Our conscience tells us we should strive for general theorems, yet we are fascinated and seduced by beautiful exceptions.… The dream solution …

Layers of Meaning
61 Pleasant Street
Oil, paper, canvas
Brenda Overstrom
Art House Picture Frames
Brenda Overstrom's "Layers of Meaning" sets out to capture the process of "engaging with tensions, both personal and universal, between stasis and creation." Art House Picture Frames is proud to show her work, a collection of provocative pieces …

Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here
489 Congress Street
Maine Historical Society
Join us as we expand our newest exhibition "Maine Eats: The Food Revolution Starts Here" to showcase the Back-to-the-Land Movement in Maine. Nothing exemplifies this movement better than the Good Life Center, the historic Forest Farm homestead of …

Migration Experience - Reflections of Maine Immigrant Artists
516 Congress Street
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
In April, the creative voices and talents of more than a dozen immigrant artists living in greater Portland will be exhibited at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery. Seventeen artists collaborated with curators Kifah Abdulla (poet and …

New Exhibitions at MJM
267 Congress Street
Various Artists
Maine Jewish Museum
BLACK & WHITE - Spiegel Gallery Karen Brooks ~ Reliefs - These works inhabit the broken and holy. They reflect the relationship between the hidden inner nestled in the natural world. The paper sculptures are black and white, constructed …

New work from Rebecca May Verrill
376 Fore Street
Rebecca May Verrill
Maine Potters Market
Through April 15th, Maine Potters Market features new work by member Rebecca May Verrill. Rebecca's cheerful line of graphic and contemporary earthenware looks ahead to Spring, highlighting her signature and freehand leafy cutouts on oval platters with bright …

NEWS CENTER Maine Presents: Falafel Mafia Food Truck
1 Congress Square
Stop by the station and check out the Falafel Mafia, which specializes in vegan falafel pita pocket sandwiches.

Paintings in Oil: A Group Exhibition of Visual Art
15 Epps Street
Group Exhibit
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
Join us at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of an annual group exhibition of original oil paintings created en plein air and in studio settings with a reception to follow on the 7th. The exhibit is comprised …

Pathways to Nowhere
Corner of Congress & Pearl Street
The Living Room Dance Collective
Lincoln Park
Pathways to Nowhere is a site specific performance by the Living Room Dance Collective. Performers explore where their internal landscapes meet the outdoor landscape. Onlookers are encouraged to weave in and out of the performers for different perspectives …

Paul Vose--Maine Aerial Photographer
Paul Vose
Mainely Frames & Gallery
Please join us Friday, April 6th, at 5 pm - 8 pm, to enjoy the works of Maine aerial photographer, Paul Vose. Fifteen works are matted and framed. All photographs can be ordered and custom framed.

Photography on Canvas
28 Monument Square
Carla McDonnell
Public Market House
Having retired and relocated to Portland seven years ago, Carla McDonnell began pursuing her life-long interests in art and music. She enjoys exploring Maine with its breathtaking beauty and turning its everyday scenes into art. More recently she …

Pledges of Allegiance
538 Congress Street
SPACE joins 19 other cultural institutions and universities in Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance, a serialized commission of sixteen flags, each created by an acclaimed artist. Conceived in response to the current political climate, Pledges of Allegiance aims …

Portland Landscapes and Cityscapes
620 Congress Street
Mixed media
Dennis Fournier
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Dennis Fournier has been paining Portland since he graduated in 1986. Many of you may have seen him painting from sidewalks and parks and cafes, capturing the lively Portland scene. “Our beautiful city is a continual inspiration to …

Portland Landscapes and Cityscapes.
67 India Street
Mixed media
Dennis Fournier
Coffee By Design, India St.
Dennis Fournier has been paining Portland since he graduated in 1986. Many of you may have seen him painting from sidewalks and parks and cafes, capturing the lively Portland scene. “Our beautiful city is a continual inspiration to …

Remarkable Beauty
117 Spring Street
SMCC Art Squad
FLASK Lounge
A First Friday Art show by the SMCC Rainbow League and Art Squad celebrating the beauty and successes of the LGBTQ+ community and culture. FLASK Lounge, Portland Maine Arpil 6th 5-8 PM. Followed up by a Dance night called "LOVE" 21+

Reverence of a Thread: Function and Form
5 Monument Square
Mixed, fiber
Curated by Juliet Karelsen and Barbara Sullivan
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Reverence of a Thread: Function and Form Curated by Juliet Karelsen and Barbara Sullivan Threads metaphorically and physically connect everything imaginable. The inspiration for “Reverence to the Thread” is an appreciation of the resurgence of hand stitchers, knitters, and art …

Ryan Alex
128 Free Street
Ryan Alex
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
I was born on the coast and raised in the woods of Maine. My work has always involved the natural surrounding features of both these area, focusing on texture, shading and contrast. I attended the University of Southern …

Taber Twizzle
336 Fore Street
Marc Poirier
The April show at Dock Fore will feature marine oil paintings by Marc Poirier ranging from images of historic schooner Stephen Taber to the modern sailing yacht Twizzle.

The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial features more than 60 works by 25 participating artists, highlighting the diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine and making a powerful statement about art's impact in this historical …

The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
Grosz’s prints were part of a broader artistic culture in which other printmakers and theater directors produced modern interpretations of canonical German literature, overtly politicizing the hallmarks of the nation’s cultural heritage. Their work, available to broad audiences …

THIS DESIRE: poetics + longing
29 Forest Avenue
Text-based intervention
Bridget Frances Quinn
Able Baker Contemporary
That tender, aching nature of longing is rarely straightforward: take, for example, the need to belong, to be seen, to be acknowledged; how we yearn for a friend or a lover; or, perhaps, in quests for knowledge, distance, …

Acrylic on board
Karolyn Greenstreet
The Francis and Bolster, Snow & Co.
Marci Spier and Karolyn Greenstreet explore concepts of time through abstract painting. Opening reception will be held during February's First Friday Art Walk. Show is up through April.

Translucence and Color Fields
616 Congress Street
John Ripton
Photographs by John Ripton. John Ripton is a poet, essayist, photographer and historian. His work has been exhibited in galleries in New York City, New Jersey and New England. Several of John's photographs have appeared in magazines. In …

Under Pressure: Art from the 1980s
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
This spring, the PMA takes a fresh look at a selection of prints, sculptures, and drawings made during the 1980s. The energetic installation highlights a cross-section of diverse aesthetics and artistic practices, revealing the distinctive visual ways that …

Wilsonart Student Chair Design Competition Exhibition
522 Congress Street
Artists at Work at Maine College of Art
An exhibition of work by students enrolled in the Fall 2017 Chair Making course. This annual national design competition is hosted by a different educational institution each year, with Maine College of Art receiving the honor to serve …

You Never Know How You Look Through Other Peoples Eyes
522 Congress Street
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
“Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies, you never know just how you look through other people’s eyes.” – Gibby Haynes, 1996 In the summer of 1996, pop culture gave us the song "Pepper" by the Butthole Surfers. Deceptively …