C. P. Sketch x Abilene
539 Deering Avenue
C.P. Sketch
Join us for the First Friday opening of C.P. Sketch x Abilene! We'll have drink specials and free hors d'oeuvres! Check out this playful show that will undoubtedly take you back to your childhood. From https://www.cpsketch.com/ : "I …

2017 MECA Holiday Sale
522 Congress St.
Maine College of Art
This year’s Holiday Sale at the Maine College of Art will be held on Friday December 1, 2017 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10am to 5pm. In its 23rd year, the MECA Holiday …

3rd Annual Victoria Mansion Volunteer Art Show
109 Danforth Street
Variety of mediums
Victoria Mansion Volunteers and Staff
Victoria Mansion Carriage House
Join us for a special exhibit showcasing art in a variety of mediums by Victoria Mansion's volunteers and staff View artwork by Victoria Mansion volunteers and staff upstairs in the Mansion's Carriage House (above the Museum Shop). In …

A Retelling
61 Pleasant Street
Mixed media collage
Maya Kuvaja
Art House Picture Frames
Stop by Art House Picture Frames on December's First Friday Art Walk to sip wine and view "A Retelling" by artist Maya Kuvaja. "The found materials are intertwined with my own painted images drawn from personal histories, dreams …

AIDS Memorial Quilt
534 Congress St.
Keith Haring
SPACE Gallery
SPACE joins the Frannie Peabody Center and other community partners in honoring those we've lost and showing support for those living with HIV/AIDS. We will have Keith Haring's AIDS Memorial Quilt on display, courtesy of New England Names …

Amy Ray Exhibition Opening
519 Congress Street
Mechanics Hall
Art opening for Amy Ray, an exhibit of drawing and collage inspired by her father's WWII pilot training ephemera. A book signing featuring six local authors is taking place in the library and Acorn Theatre Productions performs …

Andrew Crane | Antipodean Isles
132 Washington Avenue
Archival digital inkjet print from original 5x7 tintype.
Andrew Crane
PhoPa Gallery
The photographs featured in the exhibition were shot in two islands on opposite sides of the globe, the small fisherman’s island off of Hong Kong called Cheung Chau and the island of Vinalhaven off the coast of Maine. …

Annual book sale at MECA Library
522 Congress St.
Joanne Waxman Library at Maine College of Art
The Joanne Waxman Library at MECA will be holding their annual book sale during Holiday Sale hours, Friday, Dec. 1, 5-9pm and Saturday, Dec. 2, 10am-5pm. All of the proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Library.

Artist owner
609a Congress Street
Oil watercolor
Robert Cohen
Congress Square Gallery
New paintings and prints for the holidays by RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman plus 2018 Calendar.

Autumn Maine Artist Series
88 Middle Street
The Common
Featuring John & Cynthia Orcutt, well-known Maine architect, landscape architect, photographers, artists, and authors. Stop by for wine and cheese and a presentation and book signing for their new book, Enduring Heights, featuring photos of the Sugarloaf and …

Best of Portland Art Exhibition
Creative Portland
Twenty Portland-area artists have been selected for Creative Portland's first juried art exhibition, which will run from October 20th through April 2018. The group show, representing established and emerging artists from Greater Portland will feature paintings, mixed-media pieces, …

Bob Crewe Gallery open for viewing
522 Congress St.
Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art
The Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art is open for viewing on First Friday Art Walk.

Child's Play: Representations of Adolescence
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
Child's Play: Representations of Adolescence will take a close look at childhood and the unsteady terrain of adolescence through a selection of 20th-century photographs. This exhibition reveals artists' awareness that the early years of life are marked by …

Color, Light and Chickens!
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 …

Confabulations of Millennia
522 Congress Street
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
Using established styles, techniques and objects perfected in the 18th and 19th centuries, the 19 artists assembled deploy history as a springboard in order to speak to the intricacies and inconsistencies of modern life be they social, political …

Dahlov Ipcar: Stories
5 Monument Sq
Watercolor illustrations
Dahlov Ipcar
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Dahlov Ipcar’s books are appreciated and revered around the world, but perhaps nowhere more than in Maine where she created, wrote, and illustrated books for over 60 years. While her primary audience is children, her work resonates just …

Dalov Ipcar: Stories
5 Monument Square
Watercolor illustrations
Dahlov Ipcar
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
As we mark Portland Public Library’s milestone 150th year, we’re delighted to celebrate the life and work of Dahlov Ipcar during what would have been her 100th year with an exhibition of her illustrations. Original watercolor paintings from …

Dogfish Staff & Friends
128 Free Street
Dogfish Staff & Friends
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
Come see the talents of our incredible staff and their artistic friends. All different mediums.

Dooryard Holiday Sale
108 High Street, 2nd Floor
The Dooryard
Artists will be selling prints, originals, jewelry and other items to satisfy your holiday gift list, directly from their studios. We are excited to welcome two guest artists this time; both are local. Painter Haley Nannig will be …

Elemental States: Justin Levesque and Sage Lewis
193 Middle Street
Color laser print on found watercolor painting
Sage Lewis
PROCESS / Art at Akari
In their photography-based works, Levesque and Lewis look to the extremes of nature for inspiration and meaning. Levesque investigates the Arctic landscape as both permanent and fleeting in its reaction to climate change. Lewis explores her personal histories …

First Friday Fiction
Portland Monthly
Maine Historical Society
Each month, Portland Monthly Magazine hosts First Friday Fiction at Maine Historical Society. Experience the stories beyond our pages!

Gift of Art 4
Fore River Gallery
We have been busy creating new work and have a great collection of affordable artwork with pieces starting as low as $10 for a handmade piece! Tegan Curry has brought in some very cool asymmetrical earrings, TheDaysmith has …

Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association and MECA
522 Congress St.
Maine College of Art
Where Art and Science come together! Multimedia works of art created by Maine College of Art BFA students in courses such as “Natural History of Coastal Ecosystems” and “Ocean Currents” will be on display. Come see how the …

Hand-Colored Works By Harrison
541 Congress St
Pen & ink/ watercolor
William Harrison
Mainely Frames & Gallery
William Harrison’s hand-colored works will be featured in December’s First Friday Art Walk at Mainely Frames & Gallery. Dec. 1, 2017 in Portland, William Harrison’s hand-colored work will be on display from 5-8 pm at Mainely Frames & Gallery, …

534 Congress Street
Alyssa Freitas
SPACE Gallery
Freitas, a Portland-based artist, presents dreamy landscapes and euphoric closeness to combat social media fatigue. Here/Now is an ASMR-inspired video series that focuses on how one can find comfort through synthetic mediation.

"Holiday Offerings - 2017"
15 Epps Street
Variety of mediums
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to present an annual exhibition of two and three-dimensional works of art on December 1 at 10:00 a.m. The show features over 30 works, created en plein air or in studio, …

Bonnie Spiegel
Casco Bay Artisans
Fine art that sparkles and shines; art that clinks; and art that adorns walls - it will be a very festive First Friday at Casco Bay Artisans! Come on down to the Maine Wharf and find that …

616 Congress Street
Oil paintings
A balance of light and dark; and luminous color, strong composition utilizing pattern and repetition; simplicity of form whether out-of-doors or in the studio, are the same concerns for Leslie Anderson when she creates her fine oil …

Love Life
28 Monument Square
Eric Sorensen
Public Market House
My art is an extension of the freedom in my heart. It exploded when I grabbed a piece of cardboard from a Commercial Street dumpster and had a pencil and eraser. Drawing my previous life was healing. I …

Maine Beauty : Above and Below
336 Fore Street
Dylan Quinn
A showcase of photography capturing Maine's beauty from urban landscapes to th beaches of Cape Elizabeth. There is something for everyone in this collection of work featuring images taken with a GoPro, Drone, and Nikon DLSR.

Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
519 Congress Street
Hayman, Coffin, Babin, Morin, Rudalevige
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association
6 Portland authors presenting their newest books Jim Hayman, Bruce Coffin, John Babin, Chris Morin, Christine Rudalevige

Maine Gift Guide Silent Auction
98 Cross Street North
Rhum Food + Grog
The best gifts are made by local makers and craftspeople who live and work in our beautiful state. Knack Factory and Might & Main have teamed up to show off some of our favorites through our new site, …

Maine Jewish Museum Current Exhibitions
267 Congress Street
Maine Jewish Museum
Artifact and Artifice | Jeffrey Ackerman Spiegel Gallery Hours and Days | Kathy Weinberg Fineberg Community Room 2017 Menorah Invitational Exhibition 3rd Floor Sanctuary Exhibitions: November 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018 First Friday Art Walk: December 1, 2017, 5pm-8pm ARTIFACT AND ARTIFICE | JEFFREY ACKERMAN Jeffrey …

Maine Landscapes
Oil on canvas
Finn Teach
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery

Mendacious Veracity
534 Congress Street
Liz Miller
SPACE Gallery
Incorporating draped textile forms -- beautiful, absurd, poetic, and -- at times -- menacing, interspersed at various levels throughout the gallery. From the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation grantee.

Model Citizens: Art and Identity in the United States, 17701830
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
This wide range of visual culture provides a glimpse into how late 18th and early 19th-century Americans elected to represent themselves in private and public spheres as husbands, wives, children, and citizens. Arranged in three sections, the exhibition …

Multi-Artist Show & Silent Auction Fundraiser
65 Washington Avenue
Photography, paintings, ceramics, sculpture
Alison Eads, Lisa Dombek, Erin McGee Ferrell, Russell French, Jeff Stevenson, Mark Rockwood, Shannon Thibodeau, Samuel Strickland, Jane Collins, Mark Little, Patrick Pierce
Venn + Maker
Please join Venn + Maker for a celebration with refreshments, a silent auction and fundraiser for a dear friend in the photography community. Local artists and makers will be on display and for sale. Featuring the art, photography and …

Nan Goldin
7 Congress Square
Nan Goldin
Portland Museum of Art
The photography of Nan Goldin offers audiences a kaleidoscopic narrative of the breadth of the human experience. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present, Goldin captures her world as it unfolds before her, resulting in a …

NEWS CENTER Presents: Mashed in Maine Food Truck
Stop on by the NEWS CENTER parking lot and bring your appetite for some delicious, fresh, scratch cooking, all served in a nest of Maine mashed potatoes.

Nurture / Nature
6 Free Street
Emma McCabe and Anabelle Souza
Through this intimate body of work, Emma McCabe and Anabelle Souza explore romantic themes as a reminder to take care of oneself – either by taking a six month solo road trip through America’s National Parks as done …

On the Island and By the River
67 India Street
Acrylic on wood panels and canvas
Nance Parker
Coffee By Design, India St.
New Paintings by Nance Parker. Inspired by life on Lesvos Greece and in the woods of Maine. Acrylic on wood panels and canvas. All CBD Locations in town are participating in World AIDS Day.

On the Island and By the River.
620 Congress St
Acrylic on wood panels and canvas
Nance Parker
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
New Paintings by Nance Parker. Inspired by life on Lesvos Greece and in the woods of Maine. Acrylic on wood panels and canvas. aAll CBD locations in town will be participating in World AIDS Day.

Perfect Imperfections
594 Congress second floor
Steve Gendron
Broken Crow Collective
We have a couple gallery shows to check out this First Friday art walk here at Broken Crow Collective, so be sure to come by and warm up from the cold. This is your last chance to check …

Place & Planet
533 Congress Street
Molly Holmberg Brown
Think Tank Gallery
Cartographer Molly Holmberg Brown seeks to reconcile the beauty and tragedy of contemporary landscapes.

Poetry Out Loud Readings
273 Congress St
Spoken word
Waynflete Students
Print: A Bookstore
Lend your ears to Waynflete students as they don black berets and recite their poems with fearless wit and candor! Poetry Out Loud is a nation-wide competition that celebrates poetry in its original form: recitation. Students across the country …

Portland Ballet Performs Scenes from the Nutcracker
5 Monument Sq
Portland Ballet
Atrium @ PPL
Portland Ballet presents scenes from the Victorian Nutcracker performed in the Library's Atrium Windows to be viewed from Monument Square. A Portland tradition, The Victorian Nutcracker tells the timeless holiday classic set in Victorian era Portland with sets and …

Rethinking Watercolor: The Art of Leo Rabkin
13 Brown Street
Watercolor; box construction; collage
Leo Rabkin
Join us for some holiday cheer to celebrate our first anniversary in Portland! Leo Rabkin spent fifty years exploring the medium of watercolor. He used expensive Japanese mulberry paper, thin and transparent vellum, rich textured rag paper, stationery …

Sandra Leinonen Dunn Solo Exhibit
48 Free Street
Sandra Leinonen Dunn
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to see New Works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn titled Maine Impressions. Please join us for wine and Cheese on First Friday December 1 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit …

Danny Camp Glass
The Blazin Ace
Portland, Maine native Danny Camp will be showcasing his recent work based on and inspired by bottled sand art. This show will be running 5pm-9pm.

Spark! Maine ART Stories
489 Congress Street
Neon light
David Johansen
Maine Historical Society
Maine has always been a home and a haven to artists and creative makers. This exhibition explores the varied ways Mainers express themselves today, and features contemporary Maine artists who are diverse in their geography, their artistic mediums, …

Tad Beck: The accident
30 City Center, 2nd Floor
Tad Beck
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
“[T]he accident reveals something important we would not otherwise know how to perceive.”– Paul Virilio Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to present “The accident,” an exhibition of photographs by Vinalhaven and Portland, Maine-based artist Tad Beck. The exhibition …

The 17th Annual Photo A Go-Go Exhibit and Auction
630 Forest Avenue
Jocelyn Lee
The Bakery Photo Collective
Join us for the opening of the 17th Annual Photo A Go-Go! Hosted by the Bakery Photo Collective, this weeklong exhibit and silent auction showcases work from photographers of all stripes: professionals and beginners, students and established artists, …

The Same River
538 Congress Street
Nick Carter
SPACE Window Gallery
Providence-based Nick Carter layers flag-like artworks in the window, using the changing sunlight to accentuate the cut-and-dyed fabric. Inspired by the experience of walking alongside fences and the staccato glimpses of the property they protect, The Same River …

UMVA Holiday Art Sale
516 Congress Street
UMVA Gallery at CTN
The Union of Maine Visual Artists will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale on December 1st (5-8 p.m.) and December 2nd (1-6 p.m.) at the UMVA Gallery at CTN. The Gallery is located at 516 Congress Street in Portland. More …

Vena's Holiday Parlor
345 Fore Street
Mixed media
Vena's Holiday Parlor Collective
Vena's Fizz House
Join us for Vena’s Holiday Parlor: December 1st from 2pm-11 pm, December 2nd 11am- 11pm and December 3rd from 2pm-9pm. Enjoy vintage cocktailware, local art, Vena's Hot Toddies & Cocktail Infusion Kits and live music for the warmest …

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
Corners of High and Congress Streets
Light display
Frannie Peabody Center
Congress Square Park
Join Frannie Peabody Center along with a special presentation from LumenARRT! as we remember those we've lost and show support for those living with HIV/AIDS. A candlelight vigil will be hosted in Congress Square Park this evening, starting …