Light in the Dark: Art As a Sane Voice in an Insane World
UMVA Gallery at CTN
Many of us have been shocked, saddened, numbed and confused by the 2016 election and the unprecedented events that have followed in the country. This group exhibition sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists features visual …

'Works on Paper: Paintings and Drawings' April 1-29
15 Epps Street
Watercolor; oil; graphite
Paul J. Noel
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
"Works on Paper' an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens Saturday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit explores works by three artists creating paintings and drawings on a time honored raw product - paper. An …

0th Birthday Party: Publication Studio's Open House
613 Congress st
Printmaking; publishing
The Publication Studio
The Publication Studio
Come by on First Friday to see what our artists have been working on, help us pick a name for our new press, meet our artists, bask in the glory of our new space. There will be artwork …

2nd Annual Regional High School Art Show - Curated by Students for Students
68 Commercial Street, The Maine Wharf
Caitriona Moran, Portland High School
Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is proud to host The 2nd Annual Regional High School Art Show where Portland High School Interns, Caitriona Moran and Morgan Kierstead have been working since January 2017 to bring Southern Maine Gallery-Goers the best …

An inscription on the entrance gate to Serengeti National Park reads: “Welcome to the Serengeti where the world began.” “Before my travels to Africa, I had thought about Africa and Maine as being two separate and …

Art for Social Change
522 Congress St.
Maine College of Art Zand Head Gallery
A student exhibition of public engagement work, Zand Head Gallery at Maine College of Art, on view through April 17.

Artist Owner
609A Congress St
Oils and watercolors
Robert Cohen
Congress Square Gallery

Artist's Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
The photographs in this focus exhibition all belong to the artist and collector Judy Glickman Lauder, who has spent her life immersed in photography. She is an acclaimed photographer herself, yet her joy in the medium began during …

Black Ice
538 Congress St.
Shoshannah White and Charley Young
BLACK ICE is a joint exhibition by Shoshannah White (Portland, Maine) and Charley Young (Halifax, NS) based upon residencies and travels to the high arctic. As a part of the Arctic Circle Residency Program, the artists traveled separately …

Broken Canvas
539 Deering Ave
Ben and Joetta Gonzalez
Join us at Abilene for the opening of Ben and Joetta's beautiful acrylic and oil paintings. We'll have drink specials and free hors d'oeuvres from 4pm-6pm. Don't forget, the METRO is free on First Friday, and you can …

Caribbean Inspiration
Encaustics, acrylic, pen, pencil
Nancy Kanner
Dobra Tea

Catherine LaBarre
51 Exchange Street
Catherine LaBarre
Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream
Artist's Statement: I approach creation through colors. They make me vibrate and feed me with emotions. They remind me of my humanity. My craving for colors motivate me to create. The chromatic exploration begins. Spontaneous and raw. Emotions emerge. Strokes, stamps, …

Color and Light
568 Congress St.
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 …

Community Night at Longfellow Books
Longfellow Books
The policies that are now being put in place by this administration are completely antithetical to our values as an organization, and what we believe as a community. Let us be clear: The singling out of any group based …

Creative Muscle
480 Congress Street, First Floor
Stroll by Kingspoke for a mesmerizing window installation inspired by the sea and our connection to it. An abstract short film will be projected onto our windows and viewable at the intersection of Center and Congress Street.

DigitaLiteracy / Gallery 44
44 Forest Avenue
James Graham
Taking from the Montreal Automatistes and the COBRA movement, James paints out abstracted emotion on canvas, turning to formalism only when emotion is exhausted, and the painting must be finished.

Elizabeth Fox: Candy Colored Cravings
195 Middle Street
Elizabeth Fox
PROCESS / Art at Akari
Elizabeth Fox’s paintings are a paradox. Brimming with glamour girls who evoke the pastel sensuality of Botticelli virgins and goddesses, at first glance Fox’s surreal dreamscapes seem frisky and fun. Just beneath the surface, however, lies a sense …

Evolving Perceptions, Explorations in clay: Adrian King
522 Congress St.
Adrian King
Artists at Work at Maine College of Art
Evolving Perceptions is a showing of functional and sculptural wares that are exploring a conversation between surface, form and the ever changing perspective of functional objects. Adrian King recently worked as an apprentice to a production potter …

First Friday Fiction
Portland Monthly Magazine
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
In each issue of Portland Monthly magazine, we publish fiction with a Maine connection. First Friday Fiction offers the opportunity for this work to be showcased beyond our pages by the writers themselves. Join us each First Friday …

Get Ready Weekly
538 Congress St.
Mixed media
SPACE Gallery
Weekly workshops with local activists and artists working together in resistance! Evidence of each happening will be included in a living archive on view in the main space through May 1. MONDAY 4.10 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MONDAY …

Local Art: Newcomers and Familiar Faces
84 Free Street
Creative Portland
Come into Creative Portland on First Friday and view our current exhibition of local artworks. Featuring pieces from Alison Hildreth, Daniel Minter, Margaret Lawrence, Nelson Bruns, Kifah Abdullah, and many others. All artwork is for sale.

Maia Snow "A Long Blink"
594 Congress St.
A solo show by Mike Lewis
Vestibule 594
Maia Snow was born in Perm, Russia. She moved to United States at the age of thirteen. She studied Painting at Maine College of Art (2013). Currently she lives, paints and works in Portland Maine. Her Paintings are …

Martha Miller: A Woman's Movement
10 Mayo St.
Mixed media
Martha Miller
Mayo Street Arts
Maine artist Martha Miller works from her home studio in Woolwich in pencil, pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. Opening March 16 6-8pm. “My self portraits are pictures from the pages of my life; the life of a woman, an …

Mid-Century Sculpture
13 Brown Street
Wood, plastic, paint and more
Leo Rabkin
The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation is an artist-endowed non-profit foundation created to share the work of Leo Rabkin with the public and support initiatives in art journalism and other art projects. We are open free of …

Momentary Certainties featuring work by Megan Magill and Sal Taylor Kydd
132 Washington Ave
Platinum photographic print
Sal Taylor Kydd
PhoPa Gallery
Megan Magill will exhibit work from her recent project, My Business is Circumference, in which she created one of a kind works on paper by pushing dry mediums, such as powdered graphite and chalk pastels, through a photographically …

Olena Babak Fleeting Light
48 Free Street
Olena Babak
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to see New works by Olena Babak titled Fleeting Light Please join us for wine and Cheese on First Friday April 7 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through April 28. Olena Babak is a Maine …

Paintings by Brian Killeen
St. Lawrence Arts/ 76 Congress St.
Brian Killeen
St. Lawrence Arts
Brian Killeen has painted in Maine for over 8 years. The story of everyday life runs through all of his work. Whether it is his sons’ clothes drying on the radiator, or people shuffling along Congress Street, Brian’s …

Paintings by Loretta Turner
Mixed medium
Loretta Turner
The Dogfish Bar and Grille

Randy Fein: Forty Years in Maine of Finding Her Way with Clay
267 Congress Street
Randy Fein
Maine Jewish Museum
Spiegel Gallery Opening Reception: March 9, 2017, 5pm-7pm Exhibition: March 9, 2017 - April 30, 2017 First Friday Art Walk: April 7, 2017 5pm-8pm Randy Fein is a professional ceramic sculptor and potter, whose career spans forty years of …

Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes On the World
522 Congress St.
Osher Hall at Maine College of Art
We will screen the film Refugee Kids in Osher at 7:00pm during First Friday in April. This event is free. Refugee Kids is a short documentary that follows students at a New York City summer program for children …

Residents paint!
75 State Street
Paintings in several mediums
Residents of Seventy-Five State Street
Seventy Five State Street
Having enjoyed exhibiting and selling their paintings in the State Street Stroll last November, residents have produced another impressive body of work in a variety of mediums. They are pleased to exhibit this new collection of paintings …

87 Market St
Fore River Gallery
All members of Fore River Gallery have been productive this Winter. We'll have new sculptures, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. Stop in to see what we've been making in our studios.

Selected Works
522 Congress St.
Maine College of Art Front Window
A showcase of work by students in MECA's Woodworking & Furniture Design Program. On View through April 21.

Spatial Voids: The Art of Kyl Owns
142 High Street Suite 626
Painting/mixed media/sound art
Kyl Owns
Inked Wing Studio
First Friday in April we'll be showing Spatial Voids: The Art of Kyl Owns. The show will feature both his arresting visual art and a sound art performances. Stay tuned. About the Artist Kyl Owns was raised in the rotted …

Strange Maine
336 Fore St
Jerry Corey
Jerry Corey's "Strange Maine" exhibit brings together works from early 2016 to the present. This latest collection of oil paintings gathers inspiration from several locations in the greater Portland area, where the artist has lived for most of …

The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the esteemed Isabelle and Scott Black Collection. The exhibition explores the social and aesthetic dynamics that distinguish …

The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
From 1973 to 1984, Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr. (American, 1921-1987) assembled one of the most important private collections of photographs in the world. Wagstaff promoted photography as an art form by organizing exhibitions, delivering lectures, and publishing material …

Through Her LensWomen Photographers of Midcoast Maine
5 Monument Sq
Penobscot Marine Museum
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Portland Public Library will present an exhibit in conjunction with the Penobscot Marine Museum in the Lewis Gallery in April. Through Her Lens—Women Photographers of Midcoast Maine, 1885-1925 will be on exhibit in the Lewis Gallery April …

UNLOADED Reception
522 Congress St.
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
Curated by Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University; UNLOADED is a multimedia group show that explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture. It includes …

WWI and the Maine Experience
489 Congress Street
Maine Historical Society
Known as "The War to End All Wars", World War I ended nothing. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in the first World War, and an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact it continues to …