After Hours
45 Wharf Street
Collage, prints, handmade jewelry, metalwork, posters, illustration, macrame, photography
Benjamin King, Bethany Glatz, James Frydrych, Sylvia Stormwalker, Tara Rook, Young Sun Han
Higher Grounds
Higher Grounds is pleased to showcase the artwork and creative pursuits of our talented staff! Featuring a diversity of approaches and mediums – from collage, drawing, printmaking, jewelry, and photography – this group exhibition explores the work that …

All My Friends Are Plants
6 Free Street
group show
Join us on Friday, August 3, for the opening reception of "All My Friends Are Plants," a plant themed group art show by artists from near and away. There will be snacks, refreshments, music and fun!

Amy Bickford: A Solo Exhibition of Paintings
15 Epps Street
Gouache and watercolor
Amy Bickford
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of original paintings by 1983 Maine College of Art graduate Amy Bickford on Wednesday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. with a meet the artist reception to follow …

Artist - Owner
609a Congress Street
Oil & watercolor original and prints
Robert Cohen & Stan Leiberman
Congress Square Gallery
Share with us brand new paintings and giclee prints of coastal Maine by Portland artists RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman.

August is Artist Demo Month at Casco Bay Artisans
68 Commercial Street, The Maine Wharf
Mary Brooking
Casco Bay Artisans
This month Casco Bay Artisans will host some of our very talented local artists as they demonstrate their skill and medium, on-site, for our gallery-goers. Friday, August 3rd from 5:00PM - 8:00PM: Landscape/Sky and Seascape with Acrylic Painter …

Birds of my father
31 Forest Avenue
Jo Goiran
Sanctuary Tattoo
Jo Goiran's current work was inspired by postage stamp birds her father did when she was a young girl. He rarely did art, but she has vivid memories of him bending over the table, using tweezers to carefully …

Capitol @ Creative Portland
84 Free Street
Creative Portland
The band Capitol — consisting of Cape Elizabeth college students -- reunites for the summer. Join them at Creative Portland on August's First Friday for an intimate concert. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. While you're …

Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 18951925
7 Congress Square
Clarence H. White
Portland Museum of Art
This exhibition is the first in over forty years to survey the work of Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and …

Coastal Maine Landscape Paintings
645 Congress Street
Oil on canvas
Finn Teach
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
Landscape paintings of Monhegan, Bar Harbor, Vinalhaven, and Portland.

Color and Light
568 Congress Street
Oil on linen
Gary Perlmutter
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 …

"Cult of Womanhood", Photographs by Tabitha Barnard
630 Forest Avenue
Tabitha Barnard
SPEEDWELL projects
Please join us for the closing reception of Maine photographer Tabitha Barnard's first solo-exhibition, "Cult of Womanhood". This ethereal series of photographs explores femininity and the mystical realms within us all. Tabitha is one of two recipients of …

Curious Nature: 2018 Alumni Triennial
522 Congress Street
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
Curious Nature brings together a diverse group of artists who draw inspiration from the natural world. Employing various mediums, from painting to sculpture, photography, and installation, their works are rooted in the act of looking closer. On view from …

Divergent Dreams: A Collective Reflection
61 Pleasant Street
Ink, paint, pencil
Richard Hudon, Virginia Monsell, and Isobel Stanton
Art House Picture Frames
Please join us on First Friday, August 3, 2018, for art by Richard Hudon, Virginia Monsell, and Isobel Stanton.

Escape Fate
584 Congress Street, 2nd floor
Joe Rosshirt
Broken Crow Collective
Come visit us and be sure to check out artist and illustrator Joe Rosshirt’s gallery show, Escape Fate. He will have $35 prints for sale from his unique series of work. You can also find his work at …

ESH Glass
432 Fore Street
ESH Glass (Eli Hemes)
The Blazin Ace
ESH Glass (Eli Hemes), a Portland, Maine glass artist will be releasing the first group of his limited mini series "Mini Unicyclers." ESH will also have a display of ESHlocks, Sector Pendys, and Carb Caps. All Mini-Unicyclers from …

First Friday Fiction
489 Congress Street
Portland Monthly
The Garden at Maine Historical Society
This month at First Friday Fiction, we will be joined by author Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Portland's poet laureate from 2015-2018. The reading will be held in the Longfellow Garden at the Maine Historical Society starting at 6:30 p.m. Join …

From the River to the Sea
620 Congress Street
Nance Parker
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
New and used paintings in acrylic on paper canvas and board by Nance Parker.

Instrument Petting Zoo
50 Monument Way
Portland Symphony Orchestra
Portland Symphony Orchestra
This is your chance to try out the different instruments in a symphony orchestra! Come and meet some Portland Symphony musicians and get an opportunity to play these instruments. Find us between 5 and 6pm in Monument Square …

Jill Poyourow: Recent Paintings
30 City Center, 2nd Floor
Oil on linen
Jill Poyourow
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Cape Neddick-based artist Jill Poyourow. The show presents paintings from a variety of Poyourow's ongoing projects, including works painted from an album of photographs taken …

La Vie en Rose
534 Congress Street
Chad States
SPACE Gallery
La Vie en Rose references the song originally made famous by Edith Piaf in 1946. It’s a song about finding a new love after a trying time and it became an anthem of hope for many after the …

Loops, Knots and Other Entanglements
13 Brown Street
String, wire, cloth, etc.
Leo Rabkin
Leo Rabkin's art is unique for his exploration of simple, everyday physical maneuvers. He stitched, tied intricate knots, strung fishing line in neat rows to make delicate grids. You can feel and see the art of the human …

Maine Craft Portland First Friday!
521 Congress Street
Various MCA Members
Maine Craft Portland
Celebrating Maine’s finest craft artists, Maine Craft Portland is serving Portland’s Arts District by representing an extensive collection of craft mediums. Here you will find everything from personal care products, clothing, and fine jewelry to furniture, home goods, …

Maine Historical Society hosts inaugural Seaweed Tasting as we celebrate Maine Eats: the Food Revolution Starts Here
489 Congress Street
Maine Historical Society
Visit the Maine Historical Society gallery exhibition, Maine Eats: the Food Revolution Starts Here and then sample delicious and nutritious Ocean's Balance and Cup of Sea seaweed products! Seaweed-inspired recipes will also be available for the taking and …

Mary E: A 1906 Schooner Comes Home to Maine
5 Monument Square
Maine Maritime Museum
Lower Level Hallway
The schooner Mary E is a rare survivor. Built in Bath in 1906, she is the oldest Maine-built fishing schooner still afloat. In 2017 she was purchased by Maine Maritime Museum and brought home to Maine, where she …

Meet the Author: Paul St.Cyr
519 Congress Street, 2nd Floor
Mechanics' Hall
Paul St. Cyr will host a drop-in author chat to discuss his books "Innocent Pride" and "Aftermath." Refreshments provided. MCMA Library, 5-8pm.

Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan
7 Congress Square
Cut colored paper on paper, diluted tempera and felt tip pen on paper, linoleum cut on rice paper
Ashley Bryan
Portland Museum of Art
Author and artist Ashley Bryan’s remarkable career spans more than half a century. At a young age, Bryan noticed the lack of children’s books with African American characters. Through his work as an artist, author, and educator, he …

538 Congress Street
Justin Favela
SPACE is pleased to present Pólvora, an installation by Las Vegas artist, Justin Favela. Using traditional "Cartonería" (Mexican paper craft) materials, Favela has filled the walls at SPACE with large scale "piñata murals" creating a landscape that includes …

Raging Brass in Congress Square Park
Jazz music
Raging Brass
Congress Square Park
Raging Brass is a 7-piece band collectively creating music which is improvisational by design. This eclectic group was established in 2014 by trumpeter and bandleader Marc Chillemi in Southern Maine. Raging Brass explores roots music throughout the Caribbean …

Sarah Kidner - Sunlit Cafe's
48 Free Street
Sarah Kidner
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for the opening of New Works by Sarah Kidner Titled Sunlit Cafe's. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday August 3 from 5:00 - …

Snowcolors by Akida Jawara Tesfa - Reception
519 Congress Street, 2nd Floor
Akida Jawara Tesfa
Mechanics' Hall
Opening for NYC based artist ?Akida Jawara Tesfa?, who explores abstraction using forces of the natural world. Snowflakes, watercolor, and gravity accumulate on a variety of surfaces. On view: 8/3 - 8/29.

87 Market Street
Fore River Gallery
The members all have new work fresh from their studios. TJ McDermott has been busy carving new sea creatures like this gilded 36" tall seahorse!! Come by, browse our jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and more.

Teamwork Team
643 Congress Street
Bomb Diggity Arts
A group show featuring work by artists of all abilities and the artist-mentors that support them. A celebration of mutual inspiration, collaboration, and experimentation. Multi-media. On display through August 31st.

The Allure of Color
376 Fore Street
Elizabeth Louden
Maine Potters Market
For the month of August, Maine Potters Market features the work of Elizabeth Louden. Elizabeth’s porcelain tableware is notable for its use of rich jewel tones and bold patterns. She loves to explore how subtle changes to the …

The Art of Rube Goldberg
5 Monument Square
Pen & ink
Rube Goldberg
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Marking the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Goldberg’s work since 1970, The Art of Rube Goldberg chronicles all aspects of the artist’s seventy-two year career, from his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions to his Pulitzer Prize-winning political …

411 Congress Street
Oil & mixed media
Lavennz Ooi
coworkHERS is thrilled to hold 'The Colors in Life', by Lavennz Ooi. Believing that true happiness comes from within, Lavennz explores the ideology of mindfulness through creating paintings and drawings based on simple wisdom inspired by stories from …

The Water is Warm
538 Congress Street
Anthony Bowers
SPACE Window
In this dream-like installation, Anthony Bowers explores the rich subject matter of pools, which tend to provide a collision between authenticity and artificiality on an architectural, historical, and social level. As sites of play and leisure that are …

Tim Bavington: Rock & Roll Abstraction
522 Congress Street
Tim Bavington
Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art
Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art (MECA) exhibits “Tim Bavington: Rock & Roll Abstraction.” The abstract painter translates Rolling Stones, Beatles, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix songs into visual experiences. Exhibition runs July 13 through October 19, Friday …

Under Pressure: Art from the 1980s
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
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 artists participated …

Visual Caffeine
336 Fore Street
Neo -existentialist abstract paintings
Bradford J. Beauchamp
" The dyslexic ambiguity of synergistic effect...abstract misappropriation of a multi-orgasmic technicolor mindscape..."

What Else Can You Do?
119 Exchange Street
Susan Webster & Stuart Kestenbaum
The Press Hotel
What Else Can You Do? Stu Kestenbaum and Susan Webster May 31 - August 13, 2018 The work that we make together is a partnership between image and word. One isn’t intended to illustrate the other, but to be …