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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, February 7, 2020

Vena's Fizz House
Phoebe’s work dreamily recalls the everyday, the ordinary, with vibrant colors and energetic abstractions. While her work has taken many forms, Phoebe’s creative efforts are often focused in painting and book work. She uses painting as a tool to reflect on concepts of spirituality alongside the collective mysteries of our lives. Writing is a part of her daily practice as an artist, and many of her paintings contain snippets of poetic compositions. Her choice of imagery is an homage to the magic of the natural world, and an investigation into the ways in which our own lives are reflected in nature — a flower blooms and wilts, the sun rises and sets, a star burns brightly and later combusts into nothingness. Phoebe was born in Portland, studied Fine Art at Smith College and Goldsmiths University of London, and currently works out of her studio in Biddeford, ME.
Artist(s):
Phoebe Harris
Medium:
Painting
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Join us Saturday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m. for the opening of a group exhibit of visual arts comprised of a selection of paintings and sculptures by 10 artists’ with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and interests joined by their love of creating art. Whether you’re drawn to contemporary abstracts or traditional realism, the exhibit includes works in a variety of styles and mediums by artists’ Amy Bickford –gouache and watercolor; Patricia Chandler – oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Kevin Daley - oil; Jane Herbert - acrylic; Jen Pagnini – oil; Roy Perkinson – oil, and pastel; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; Susan Tan – watercolor; Charles Ellithorpe - limited edition bronze sculptures; and Jean Noon - wire sculptures. Ten percent of Richard Boyd Art Gallery’s net income from the sale of art during the month of February will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund to help support their efforts to map and conserve ecosystems and improve the livelihoods of endangered species around the globe. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from February 1st through February 29, 2020. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. Open to 8:00 PM on the first Friday of every month. For more information about the exhibit contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at http://www.richardboydartgallery.com . Image: Jen Pagnini ~ ‘Late December Light’ ~ Oil on Canvas 24” x 24”
Artist(s):
Amy Bickford;Patricia Chandler;Kevin Daley;Jane Herbert;Jen Pagnini;Roy Perkinson;Wilson Stewart;Susan Tan;Charles Ellithorpe;Jean Noon.
Medium:
Oil; Acrylic;Gouache;Pastels;Watercolor;Wire;Bronze Castings
Public Market House
Karlee Cutler is a self-taught Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Artist. Her passion for bright and bold colors and fluid art was influenced by other Acrylic pouring artists. In late 2019, Karlee began creating her own custom art work to showcase her talent.
Artist(s):
Karlee Cutler
Medium:
Portland Public Art Committe
Beach Pea, a sculpture by Jesse Salisbury, is a still life of geological movement split and shaped from one eight-ton natural-faced slab of Jonesborough granite. The seed shaped form was split into curves and internal blocks using hand-forged steel chisels and wedges. Mindful of the relationships between positive and negative forms, the blocks were carved and polished down to mimic beach rocks. The process is similar to the natural forces but controlled, and formed much faster than geologic time. The title comes from the wild Beach Pea, which grows by the seashore among the naturally rounded rocks shaped by time, wind and waves. Jesse Salisbury is an internationally celebrated artist from Steuben, Maine. He is the founding director and host of Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Their mission is to host Stone Sculpture Symposia in downeast Maine that will engage individuals and communities in public art. Salisbury has work in public collections including the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, The Steuben Library, and Bartlett Wines in Gouldsboro, in addition to his symposium pieces in Egypt, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. Granite has played an important part in Maine’s history. In its peak usage in 1901, an estimated 3,500 workers were employed at 152 quarries on the mainland and off shore islands. Schooners laden with the stone would carry their cargo to public works projects along the east coast. It can be found in buildings and projects including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Church of St. John the Divine, and the Kennedy Memorial. Maine Granite is famous for the diversity of its color and texture and can often be traced back to the quarry it came from. It is the bedrock of Maine and remains an enduring medium for artists.
Artist(s):
Jesse Salisbury
Medium:
Jonesborough granite
SPACE Gallery
Both Players Move, featuring Salidas y Entradas / Exits and Entrances (2018) and Le Survivant (The Survivor) (2020), marks yet another collaborative exhibition between contemporary peers at SPACE. This time between Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson, two artists who blend theatricality and sight-specific video to blur the boundaries between individual lives and sociopolitical realities. Hankey and Jonhson have been artistic and curatorial collaborators since graduate school, with highlighted works including the curatorial vision behind 2016’s An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall (University of New Mexico) and 2018’s video installation, Salidas y Entradas / Exits and Entrances (Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso, TX). Living in Maine at one time or another, Hankey and Jonhson are also both past Kindling Fund grantees, a statewide regranting program administered by SPACE, on behalf of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In Both Players Move, we find the tension between fact and fiction reimagined. Through a proliferation of imagery comes an instability of representation; communicating truth becomes a balance of rehearsal, improvisation, and performance whether the act is fantastic and imaginative or of habitual norm. In Salidas y Entradas / Exits and Entrances, seniors in El Paso, Texas use the hallways, auditoriums, and kitchens of city-run senior recreation centers as a stage to explore acting and improvisation. To make the film, artists Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson brought in a theatre director and created a series of performance workshops. With the senior center’s institutional spaces as stand-ins for the rest of the world, the senior actors use the workshops to improvise scenes for the camera that explore social and political imaginaries. Salidas is a layered film that combines documentary footage of recreational activities at the senior centers (bingo, line dancing, water aerobics) with fictional, improvised scenes that range from comic send-ups of television melodrama, to uncannily realistic encounters with authorities such as an unyielding traffic cop and an unsympathetic bank teller. Themes emerge such as gender as performance, the role of musical storytelling as a soundtrack to daily life, and the dynamics of the U.S.- Mexico border. As the boundaries between rehearsal, improvisation, and performance blur, the ways in which individual lives and sociopolitical realities merge together are foregrounded. Jessica Hankey’s single-channel video installation Le Survivant (the Survivor) (2020) looks at the 1979 record sale of William Nelson Copley’s collection of Surrealist art through the lens of former sex worker Marjorie Annapav, who married Copley a year after the auction in exchange for $600,000. Through a nonlinear, looping narrative that reverberates with intimacy and distance, the short film at the center of the project follows Annapav as she works with a performance coach to develop a one-woman show about her life. Objects and wall pieces draw from the visual vocabularies of works in Copley’s collection. Le Survivant highlights paradoxes of value—the worth ascribed to precious works of art, to erotic intimacies, and to human beings across a lifespan.
Artist(s):
Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson
Medium:
Video
Dobra Tea
Brianna Beebe obtained her BFA in Digital Media from Maine College of Art in 2017. She works in a wide array of mediums, primarily focusing on character sculpture. Her current, personal, focus is on creating illustrative depictions of anthropomorphic creatures.
Artist(s):
Brianna Beebe
Medium:
Dockfore
336 Fore St
The work is a play of foreground and background, using simple texture and pattern.
Artist(s):
Sam Johnson
Medium:
Acrylic and spray paint
SPACE Window
What magical place do you dream of running away to? Syd and her sister Carly share this dream of a healing place in nature to feel totally at peace. While she now lives in the cold of Chicago and paint the babes that reside in this imagined Oasis, Carly lives island life in Saint Lucia, creating a real physical space to bring others into. Last January, Syd spent the whole month with her, painting and helping her build her visions, while collecting a feeling that comes with being a lumpy girl, barely clothed, laying in sunshine. Syd frequently paints happy beach babes because of the pure, good feelings that reside in them. They are in the place of comfort that we yearn for when we want to run away from stress or even just the cold. This January, Syd is taking the residency opportunity at SPACE to create an entryway to the Oasis that exists in her desires, based on her time spent with her sister and the dreams they've discussed since they were kids. The installation will contain three layers: the background layer will be a jungle-patterned mural based on sketches and photos Syd collected of the flora of the island, while beach babes of all shapes, genders and skin tones lounge, hanging in the space between wall and window. On the front window, Syd will paint a portal, the doorway into this world, for all Portland's winter-clad passersby to yearn to jump into or remember a time they had that bliss. Syd Veverka is an illustrator and muralist based out of Chicago. You’ll recognize her lumpy, rainbow skin-toned ladies and tropical patterns as common themes in her work. She paints interior and exterior murals commercially as well as a form of street art, focusing on line, color and shape to enhance spaces. In 2019, Veverka published her first book, Things To Do Before A Monday with Chronicle Books; her series of amusing prompts accompanied by drawings is half irresistible mojo-compliments, half feminist instructional art, all in the spirit of influencing optimism and open-mindedness. Veverka is a self-described "mixed bag of creative talents," and it shows in her genre-bending style that combines illustration histories, interior design and architecture conventions, street art, play, and body positivity. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, she is passionate about the environment, bicycles, and repurposing old materials into colorful art.
Artist(s):
Syd Veverka
Medium:
paint
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring works by Tad Beck (Vinalhaven, ME), Joe Mama-Nitzberg (Catskill, NY), Kyle Patnaude (Portland, ME), Marc Swanson (Catskill, NY), and George Dureau. The show will run from February 7 - March 21, 2020. An opening reception will occur on Friday, February 7 from 5 - 8 pm.
Artist(s):
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Medium:
Pigment print on canvas, thread
Able Baker Contemporary
Able Baker is pleased to host Happy Agitation, a new show in our Artist In Context series curated by Christopher Patch. Featured artists are Bianca Beck, Bridget Mullen, Valerie Hegarty, Christopher Patch, Claire Sherman, Carter, Jim Nutt, Nancy Ford, Rufus Tureen, Colin J. Radcliffe, and James Guy. The show opens on January 31st and will be on view through March 15th. Able Baker Contemporary is a painting-forward art gallery in downtown Portland. We are open Fridays-Sundays from 1pm to 5:30pm and by appointment.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Maine Craft Portland
A glass exhibition not to be missed! Joseph Webster, an emerging glass artist, owns and operates a glassblowing studio in Biddeford, Maine. Joseph’s works are highly regarded for his high level of craft and technical prowess. His exhibition will be comprised of a wide breadth of his sculptural design work as well as showcasing a new series of colored tableware, bar ware, and centerpieces. Maine Craft Portland is proud to open this month long exhibition just in time for unique Valentine's Day offerings.
Artist(s):
Joseph Webster Glassworks
Medium:
Glass
Coffee By Design, India St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Artist(s):
Jan ter Weele
Medium:
Acrylic and/or Oil on Canvas
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Artist(s):
Jan ter Weele
Medium:
Acrylic and/or Oil on Canvass
Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available and tours of the facility on the half hour.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St.
“I have been exploring realist painting as a way to articulate what interests me visually and emotionally about my experiences and surroundings. My hope, my intention, is to respond to the elusive characteristics of the medium in a way that is true to the elusive qualities of everything, the complexity of forms in nature, human or otherwise, or the ephemeral quality of light on a wave on the beach, for example. There is only so much our eyes and mind and heart can take in. With that truth, my challenge is to not be too explicit with the paint, but strive to imply atmosphere and mood rather describe it.” Born and raised in Portland, ME, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting, including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subsequently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine. In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs. His fine art is inspired by the tradition of American realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as artistic goal. Exhibition runs February 6 – May 2, 2020
Artist(s):
Paul Brahms
Medium:
Painting
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics' Hall and Print: A Bookstore partner every First Friday on a literature reading and author conversation series that takes place in the Mechanics' Hall library. On February 2nd, they welcome Jolene Grace author of GOING DARK. Jolene will be in conversation with fellow author Jane Willan as they are both part of the Sisters in Crime organization.
Artist(s):
Medium:
The Press Hotel
Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment. Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.
Artist(s):
Reggie Burrows Hodges
Medium:
Acrylic and Oil on canvas
Bomb Diggity Arts
643 Congress St.
Bomb Diggity Arts is having a Tattoo themed show. We have invited over 10 Tattooists and Artists in the New England Area to submit work to our show. Come see work by Jamie Gati, Kara Munro, and our resident BDA artists!
Artist(s):
Brenda Smith
Medium:
digital
Maine College of Art
THE TOLERANCE PROJECT has brought a message of social acceptance to over 100,000 people in 26 countries. Founded by artist-activist Mirko Ilić, this initiative showcases posters designed by artists from around the world. THE TOLERANCE PROJECT starts a conversation about inclusion, which can only begin with a foundation of tolerance. In a world increasingly split by race, religion, sexuality, and national origin the show utilizes the unique power of design to remind us what we all have in common. THE TOLERANCE PROJECT includes over 137 posters made by designers worldwide. The selection exhibited at Maine College of Art represent a larger global conversation. On view from December 13, 2019 – February 22, 2020 Maine College of Art: Congress Street Windows + MECA Lobby Public Reception: First Friday, February 7, 5–6:30pm MECA, Porteous Lobby 522 Congress Street, Portland ME, 04101 (Free admission) For more info: toleranceposters.blogspot.com
Artist(s):
Alejandro Magallanes
Medium:

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