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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, June 7, 2019

Fore River Gallery
87 Market Street
Please join us in celebrating our Ten Year Anniversary since we first opened the door as Fore River Gallery. We have plenty of new work we've created and will also have select pieces on sale.
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Love Lab Studio
Come visit Love Lab Studio to check out their space, learn about their programs, and see gorgeous art about birds and the ocean created by children! We'll have a fun block area for children, and all natural clay out to play with for all. To accommodate our youngest friends with an earlier bedtime, we will start our 1st Friday at 4 pm. We welcome you into the studio!
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children
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mixed media
Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
This year’s exhibition features work in a variety of media, including drawing, video projection, interactive sculpture, performance, painting, photography, textiles, garments, and installation. Seen together, these thesis projects hybridize a range of conceptual themes and material approaches as they relate to visual culture, the political landscape and to contemporary art practice. The work in the exhibition represents the synthesis of each graduate candidate’s experience in the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art program at Maine College of Art. On view First Friday from 5-8pm, and then through June 8, 2019, ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thurs, 11:00am–7:00pm, Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, Institute of Contemporary Art, Artists at Work, & Bob Crewe Galleries at Maine College of Art
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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
A multidimensional mix media artist, whose orderliness is not a priority, even eliminates the fix focal points. Stop by the Portland Regional Chamber - it’s where you’ll see uniquely Maine subject matter built with found objects. It’s a see-it-to-believe-it show!
Artist(s):
Andre Benoit
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Mixed Media
First Floor at Maine College of Art Porteous Building
Maine College of Art is pleased to present the third Art in Exodus exhibition in its flagship Porteous Building. Art in Exodus is a mentoring and exhibition project through which refugee artists and Mainers from underrepresented populations share their art and culture. The exhibit will be celebrated during the Friday, June 7, First Friday Artwalk and include work from featured artists for sale. The exhibition runs through June 20, Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
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Congress Square Gallery
Recent work by Portland Artists RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman. Paintings and prints of Portland and Coastal Maine.
Artist(s):
Robert Cohen
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Oil and Watercolor
Mechanics' Hall
Take a journey through nature with Maine Author Lolisa Monroe and her camera. Follow the stories of flora and fauna she creates to inspire children of all ages. Come chat with the author during June Art Walk in the Mechanics' Hall Library. Stop by anytime from 5-8pm. Refreshments provided, free and open to all. Elevator access, 2nd floor. Website: https://www.lolisamonroe.com/publications
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Lolisa Monroe
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Photography/Children's writer
Fire on Fore
367 Fore Street
Come hang with Fire on Fore (367 Fore Street) as they set up shop for local graffiti artist, Bret Labelle, to sling paint, skill, and technique as he designs custom apparel in person (available for purchase) and shows off featured artwork from 5 to 8 pm. Bret is an abstract artist hailing from Biddeford, Maine, who has already made a big splash in the Portland arts scene with his work for Bissell Brothers and High Roller Lobster Company. Bret finds beauty in simplicity while diligently scanning his surroundings for inspiring nuggets of visual language to process and apply. Honing his painting skill and technique through minimal formal training, Bret has spent the past 20 years independently studying aerosol art, calligraphy, and sign painting. This will be Fire on Fore’s first time hosting a local graffiti artist for the First Friday Art Walk, but you can expect a series of artists for the upcoming summer!
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Bret Labelle
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Mixed media, aerosol and wood assemblage
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Lightweight metal wall art handcrafted in Haiti from recycled oil drums. All pieces are purchased from the artists at a fair price and resold to benefit healthcare facilities in the Cap-Haitien area of north Haiti. Fundraiser for Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Partnership, a 501(c)(3) founded in Maine in 2001 to increase access to and quality of health care in Haiti. FMI: 347-6733.
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Group Show
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Metal Art
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
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 to convey feeling. See where they work, how they work, and how these two very different styles compliment each other!
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Rhonda Pearle
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Oil and acrylic on canvas
The Bakery Glass Studios
This is the 6th Annual 'Donutfest' - a presentation of glass donuts and pipes brought to you by KGB Glass x The Blazin' Ace. We welcome anyone 18+ to view the show. KGB (Brian Owoc) will be showing a new series of collaborative work. These donuts look good enough to eat, we hope to see you there.
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KGB Glass (Brian Owoc)
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Glass
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
The 7th Annual Eat More Art group show is upon us! This is our biggest group show of the year featuring around 100 artists! The shop is open our normal hours starting at 10am but we'll have our opening party from 5-8. There will be snacks, music, drinks, and fun. Hope you can join us!
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group show
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mixed
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Shop local! Shop small! While drinking delicious BEER! Three to five Fork Food Lab members set up to sell their goodies. Every week will have a large variety of member goods for sale. Both ready to eat and packaged goods available.
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The Studio on Peaks Island
2 Garden Place
Opening to the public for the first time, The Studio on Peaks Island is featuring the art of Bethany Glatz. With a focus on ethical fashion, Bethany works with reclaimed and remnant materials to create home and body adornments that explore materials in a sustainable light.
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Bethany Glatz
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Reclaimed and remnant materials
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery proudly announces Henri Paul Broyard’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, “Episode 2.” The show will run from May 10 through June 22, 2019. An opening reception will occur on Friday, May 10 from 5 – 8 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, May 11 at 2 pm. “Episode 2” extends Broyard’s engagement with the interior scene as framework for painterly experimentation. Broyard collects photographs from thrift shops, flea markets, and cast-off design magazines, often cropping them or removing figures to generate an initial pictorial situation. Within this structure, Broyard creates zones of abstraction that are alternately improvisatory and deliberate, working until portions of the picture may be unrecognizably distorted or transformed. As critic Jenna Crowder wrote of his first exhibition at the gallery, “The magic of Broyard’s approach lies in the way he intentionally obfuscates and erases the details of his sources to a point where we cannot determine with any certainty if these are found spaces or now Broyard’s.” Discrete elements in his paintings shine with remarkable freedom, yet each work retains its overall sense of composition and balance with a casual elegance. While the paintings in “Episode 2” demonstrate Broyard’s appetite for the history of painting, they are not examinations of artistic influence or puzzles for the viewer to decode. Broyard is aware of his forerunners but is not mastered by them, borrowing and repurposing their marks and styles to create a vocabulary that is thoroughly his own. In each picture, we see Broyard painting himself into a corner and then using any painterly tool he sees fit to bravely paint his way back out, to varying degrees allowing this process to remain transparent for us, to see his joy in the simple pleasure of pushing paint. As with the exhibition as a whole, each painting is an episode in the life of a young artist who continues to challenge himself—and us—to look harder, deeper, and differently, with both confidence and warmth. Henri Paul Broyard received a B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the California College of the Arts in 2013. He attended the Klasse Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, in 2014. His first exhibition at the gallery was reviewed by Jenna Crowder in The Rib. The gallery’s presentation of his work alongside Kate Greene’s at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2019 received positive notice in ArtNews. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at: Essex Flowers, New York; Cindy Rucker Gallery, New York; Galerie Rainboww, New York; SOLA Art Gallery, Los Angeles; the School of Painting Hangzhou, China; Tom Dick or Harry, Dusseldorf; 41 Cooper Square Gallery, New York; Haphazard Gallery, Los Angeles; and 119 Essex Street, New York. Broyard lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com.
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Henri Paul Broyard
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Painting
Maine Historical Society
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine. Wabanaki advisors guided the exhibition, interpreting 17th century colonial treaties, photographs, heritage items, and contemporary artworks—everything from ash baskets to haute couture fashion. Wabanaki voices provide context for the present-day relevance and repercussions of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanaki people and immigrants to their region. In addition to items from Maine Historical Society collections and newly-commissioned pieces from Wabanaki artists, the exhibition will feature artifacts generously loaned by many individuals and organizations, including: Abbe Museum, Hudson Museum, Passamaquoddy Cultural Heritage Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Maine State Museum, Nova Scotia Museum, and Bangor Historical Society. Holding Up the Sky was developed in collaboration with a team of advisors, including Lisa Brooks (Abenaki), James Francis (Penobscot), Suzanne Greenlaw (Maliseet), Darren Ranco (Penobscot), Theresa Secord (Penobscot), Ashley Smith (Wabanaki descent), and Donald Soctomah (Passamaquoddy). We also invite First Friday Art Walk visitors to view Power of Potential: Photographs of the 1925 National Business and Professional Women’s Convention. The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) - which was established eight months before the 19th Amendment - hosted over 2,000 working women from around the country during their seventh annual convention in Portland in 1925. This exhibition features images from Evening Express’ coverage of this convention, which are part of the Portland Press Herald glass negative collection at Maine Historical Society.
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Portland Museum of Art
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. Organized by co-curators Rachael Arauz and Diana Greenwold, the exhibition features more than 90 works of art, including textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, paintings, and prints, as well as newly discovered correspondence, photographs, brochures, posters, and magazine articles from the Haystack archive.
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Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street (Behind Local 188)
The Wellness Connection is hosting an open house at its Portland dispensary. Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour the dispensary and learn about the many benefits of nature's best medicine. On display all month is James Ledue, a Portland born photographer working primarily in the digital format with a background in 35mm. He has been published in various online publications and photographed on assignment for the Martha's Vineyard Gazette. Aside from brief studies in 35mm and digital photo processing, he is self-taught. After some later experience in portrait and behind the scenes photography, he primarily focuses on fine art landscapes and studio portraiture.
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James Ledue
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Digital Photography
Portland Public Art Committe
The Jewel Box Bus Shelter was designed by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, a Seattle-based public arts team. It was installed in December 2004 after a two year process of review and planning. The goal for the bus shelter was to create focus and energy on Congress Street. The structure is an icon of Portland’s vibrant present and future, and acts as a counterpoint to the traditional architecture of the area. The name of the shelter was chosen because all the surfaces of the shelter are faceted, like a jewel. The walls bend slightly every 3 feet, giving the panes of glass a variety of reflective angles to pick up light. The shelter’s other faceted surfaces are abstracted from features of Maine’s marine environment. The form of the canopy, made of overlapping panels of golden anodized aluminum, is derived from a lobster shell. The lower walls are cast iron with a pattern of pyramids, evocative of barnacles. The wall at the west end has individual panes of angled glass joined together like ocean waves. Some of that glass is blue, and some of it has a holographic film that picks up both sunlight and electric light in the way the light scintillates across the surface of Casco Bay. The materials for the shelter were chosen for the naturalness of their color tones. The Jewel Box Bus Shelter replaced a blighted shelter and a mushroom shaped phone kiosk in Monument Square. It was part of a larger renaissance in downtown Portland that continues to today with the renovations to the Maine Historical Society and the Portland Public Library, and the influx of new restaurants and storefronts along Congress Street.
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Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan
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Cast iron, glass, and anodized aluminum
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for the art opening as we welcome Judy Metcalfe to the gallery. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday June 7 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through June 27. Judy Metcalfe, a Rockport, MA, artist, was the first place award winner in our recent juried show and we’re excited to welcome her onto our roster of represented artists. She brings us large-scale watercolors for you to enjoy and purchase for your own home. Her stunning rendition of lush florals dance with sunshine and light. Her colors are vivid and striking. Come see this award winning artist! She will be present at the opening. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing the works of Maine artist, Madeleine Hopkins. Her oil paintings hover a balance between realistic and an abstracted contemporary feel. She works in a soft palette with delicious pinks, blues and sage greens. With confident brushstrokes, she dances color and shapes to stimulate and engage the viewer. Come see her wide selection of mainly coastal themed paintings. Come meet both artists on June 7! Are you looking to redecorate this spring? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus in your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux July 12, 13, 14 from 9:30-4. $250 This workshop focuses on learning to use color creatively. Do you fear color? Is your work trapped in local color? Color is emotion and learning to use it to your advantage can transform your paintings. Please call for more information. Slots are filling up quickly. 207-576-7787. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux June 21-22-23 from 9:30-4:00. $250 For those of you wishing to paint portraits or the full figure, this is your opportunity to learn from the artist who paints figures regularly. Learn to how to capture the subtleties that really help convey the special qualities of your model. Attention to proportions, detail and values will also be prominent teaching points during this workshop. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Don Hatfield Workshop August 8, 9 +10 from 9:30-4:00. $350 California artist and Susan Roux’s mentor will be in Maine to teach an oil painting workshop. This is the workshop of the summer to take! It is an incredible opportunity to be taught by such a great artist. He works with students individually and targets the next step that they’re missing in they’re painting progression. He focuses on fundamentals and will elevate your end results if you follow what he offers for suggestions. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 207-576-7787 Gallery Services Framing. We are happy to inform you that we will now be offering framing for your convenience. Get the helpful eye of an artist to put just the right frame on all your framing needs. We’re happy to work with you. Art Concierge. We help you create beautiful spaces in your home or business, which captures the look and feel you desire, by bringing art directly into your space so you can view it with your own lighting and your own unique surroundings. Come ask about this unique boutique service. Oil Painting Classes. Offering a range of classes from beginner through advance. For more information, please contact the gallery. Art Immersion. Come spend a week in the gallery painting with instructions from Susan Roux. It’s a great way to jump back into art if you’ve wandered away from it or improve the skills you continue to develop. Please join us for our special exhibits along with works of 35 artists from 10 different countries. We look forward to seeing you soon! Creatively, Susan Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 48 Free Street Portland, ME 04101 207-576-7787 www.rouxandcyrgallery.com
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Judy Metcalfe
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watercolor
Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is please to present the newest work by Maine Artist Kelly Ufkin featuring her signature photo-realistic style. In her own words: "I began painting water reflections as part of the MFA painting program. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, in 2012, I had to come up with a thesis. Even though I felt inspired by my surroundings, it just wasn’t feeling like anything I wanted to invest an entire series to. During a graduate trip to Venice, I was captivated by the still water reflections of the canals. It was intriguing to be able to paint such a complex composition; combining realism and abstract. The accurately depicted physical world, and the abstracted version within the mirrored waters. I also came to realization that water had always been my personal therapy; my escape when life felt too overwhelming. Throughout my life I always viewed the ocean and lakes as calming. So, to include water in my thesis felt so perfect. Once my MFA was complete, I moved back to Maine from Pennsylvania and continued my water reflection theme. However, after a few years I really missed the beautiful architecture and history of Europe. So, I thought, why not expand and go back? Through extensive research, I designed a trip that began in Annecy, France, Colmar, France, and Strasbourg, France. Then moved onto Bruges, Belgium, and ended in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I loved the variety and extensive history of each location. Not to mention, they were all beautiful in their own unique ways."
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Kelly Ufkin
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Photo Realistic Oil Painting
Art House Picture Frames
“Movement is life; to be alive is to keep moving” Artist Jeanne O’Toole Hayman comments on the universal thread of body language via gestural figures. Figures are simultaneously 2D and 3D with shadow playing a key role in their creation.
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Jeanne O'Toole Hayman
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metal wire and works on paper
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Innovative Techniques - Salazar Fineberg Family Community Room This exhibition features four bodies of work from Roland Salazar Rose. “Roots,” finds Salazar expressing in paint and text his quest for knowledge and understanding of his family ancestry: his Norwegian, Scotch/Irish & German roots: unearthing the hidden past. “Solar Flares & Salazar,” is an art/science collaboration; a ‘full-dome’ projection at the Emera Astronomy Center, UMaine. The paintings selected are part of the eleven in his solar series, accompanied by the video from the planetarium public shows. “Land, Sea & Sky: Maine 2012-18” He writes: “I resided in Mexico over three decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries. I returned to Maine in 2012 for personal reasons where I established as a goal for my paintings to seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky as uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.” Portraits: Informal portraits of interesting folks from Mexico. Letter to Sun: Land of Water – Edwige Charlot Spiegel Gallery Letters to Sun: Land of Water are new works by artist printmaker Edwige Charlot. This new body of work explores how, physically and culturally, both Jewish and Black ancestries were carried by water. Charlot uses the concepts of print to insight our interconnectedness within the diasporas. Her matrix-centered practice of aims to recollect and record a heritage, identity, and lineage. Letters to Sun: Land of Water is an ode to this empyrean and unspecified place where we came to be. At the center of these works is how darkness came to be from light and where the land rose from water. Edwige Charlot was born in Paris, France, of Haitian heritage. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. She lives in Providence, RI. Ebb & Flow: La Vida Judia Contemporanea en Cuba – Linda J. Hirsch Third Floor Sanctuary - Photography Curator - Nanci Kahn “What I always wanted was to have my work in a museum” said Stu Nudelman, in a Seacoastonline.com review, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Stu was a well-known photographer in southern Maine and beyond. He was an art critic as well as a photography teacher in the summer community of Ogunquit for many years. Nudelman was inspired at age 8, when Life Magazine came out with its first issue. ‘The cover was mind boggling to me”, he said “It was the Hoover Dam photographed by Margaret Bourke-White”. That one photograph led to a long life of investigating photography’s many avenues including photojournalism, portraiture and fine art abstractions. The first part of this exhibit is his abstract color photographs, zooming in on life’s little details. The second section shows his series of portraits of artists and their work, which he photographed over many years. “Often I connect with people I photograph so it’s not click and I’m done - goodbye. I try to engage them and try to find out who or what they are”. Stu Nudelman 1931-2014
Artist(s):
Roland Salazar Rose
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Oil on Canvas
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative-bridal exhibition not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist! This exhibit showcases unique offerings for the discerning contemporary looking to get hitched in distinctive true to you style. How about matching hand stamped leather belts, lovers' knot bracelets, or a silk skived unisex Kurta? These dazzling, ready to wear pieces, like all offerings at the Maine Craft Portland retail gallery, were handcrafted by talented Maine-based craft artists. Our musical guest during this month's art walk will be the delightful young fiddler Owen Kennedy! (http://www.fiddlerokennedy.com/)
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Fork Food Lab
Come see what Fork Food Lab is all about. Tours of the facility every half an hour. Beer and wine available for purchase.
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Portland Museum of Art
This exhibition showcases 12 photographic portraits and three triptychs of celebrated individuals by the iconic American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Primarily a fashion photographer whose images played an influential role in defining America’s image of style, beauty, and culture, these portraits suggest his disillusionment with commercial work and his quest to portray the likeness of the sitter.
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Richard Avedon
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Photography
Post Office Park
Ready. Set. Laugh! Join Fresnel Theater for comedy improv in cozy Post Office Park (by Black Cow on Exchange Street). The jokes and scenes will be made up on the spot, thanks to *your* participation and creativity. The more belly laughs, the better! This performance is part of Portland Downtown's annual Square Hop, which features 4 free shows in 4 downtown parks from 6-8pm. "Hop" from square to square to enjoy a variety of local music & entertainment! Square Hop locations & performers include: Fresnel Theater Comedy Improv in Post Office Park; Maine Marimba Ensemble in Monument Square; Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight in Congress Square Park; and Palaver Strings Trio in Longfellow Square.
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Monument Square
Enjoy traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on handcrafted marimbas. The percussive rhythms never fail to get crowds moving – so get ready for dancing in Monument Square! This performance is part of Portland Downtown's annual Square Hop, which features 4 free shows in 4 downtown parks from 6-8pm. "Hop" from square to square to enjoy a variety of local music & entertainment! Square Hop locations & performers include: Fresnel Theater Comedy Improv in Post Office Park; Maine Marimba Ensemble in Monument Square; Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight in Congress Square Park; and Palaver Strings Trio in Longfellow Square.
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Longfellow Square
The intimate Longfellow Square provides a perfect setting for Palaver Strings, a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization founded in Boston in 2014. Now in its fifth season, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is rooted in community and creative programming. This performance is part of Portland Downtown's annual Square Hop, which features 4 free shows in 4 downtown parks from 6-8pm. "Hop" from square to square to enjoy a variety of local music & entertainment! Square Hop locations & performers include: Fresnel Theater Comedy Improv in Post Office Park; Maine Marimba Ensemble in Monument Square; Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight in Congress Square Park; and Palaver Strings Trio in Longfellow Square
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Congress Square Park
On June 7 from 6-8pm, Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight will present a full park sound installation in Congress Square Park – a living moving three dimensional soundscape. As visitors navigate the park, they’ll experience in-the-moment individualized and collective musical compositions that are responsive to natural parameters like sunset, humidity, and the activity of people, animals, and insects. The performance will include various musical guests as well as live shadow art accompaniment directed by Ian Bannon of Figures Of Speech Theater. Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight is the pseudonym of musician/conceptual artist Dan Capaldi. The essence of Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight is a fusion of sampled material/field recordings and tight orchestral compositions, formatted/performed live as a three dimensional sound installation with conscious attention to the evolving trends in human attention and perceived value. Dan studied Drum performance and Film scoring at Berklee College of Music and since has composed music for all varieties of film and live art installations, as well as frequently touring the United States and Europe with various groups and as a solo artist. This event is part of Square Hop, hosted in collaboration with Portland Downtown. From 6-8pm on June 7, you can stroll — or dance, should the mood strike — from square to square to experience some of Portland’s best & most unique local entertainment. Whether it’s a toe-tapping musical act, a dance extravaganza, or an interactive theater show — there’s fun for the whole family at each stop. Square Hop locations include Congress Square Park, Longfellow Square, Monument Square and Post Office Park.
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Sea Level & The Memorial Skylight
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Music & Puppetry
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement features panels from the Stonewall Museum & Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and objects from the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at USM. The exhibit showcases historical images and text highlighting the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and items featuring Maine's LGBTQ+ history and response to the Stonewall Uprising. This exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
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DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Summer Favorites brings together a broad array of our collection's colors, textures and moods. From Leo's dreamy watercolors of the late 1950s to crisp linear grids inside plexiglass boxes from the 1960s. One of our favorites is full of metal paillettes, blue, green, silver and it even lights up! Leo Rabkin's long career exhibiting in New York afforded him time to experiment and play. He often did his best work during warm summer afternoons in his skylit Chelsea studio. Our ongoing inventory project has turned up some new favorites and treasures. On display all summer, 2019.
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New System Exhibitions
82 Parris St.
Elyse Grams presents a curated exhibition including artists Chip Barchilon-Daley, Oscar Chacon, Frances from up the road, Justin Love, and Brian Smith: We build and rebuild ourselves constantly. In response to our friends, our families, and our jobs, we are fluid, chameleon-like, ramping up or tampering down parts of ourselves to suit the occasion. The five artists chosen for this show represent a range of reactions to their own gender identity, the identities other have placed on them, and each artist’s daily performance. Each work in the show could be classified as a self portrait, although none display true specificity in form or figure. Abstracted symbols, body parts, and garments create a vulnerable picture of in-between that function as a filter for the societies they came out of. Each artist is asking to understand how they have been built and how they comply with or reject outside construction. Open everyday from 2-7pm, June 7th to 16th.
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Brian Smith
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Congress Square
Join The Junior League of Portland, ME at May's First Friday Art Walk for a live installation of the Red Sand Project—a national campaign that calls attention to those often unseen victims of human trafficking who "fall through the cracks." To participate: 1. Collect a bag of red sand from the Junior League of Portland, ME table in Monument Square 2. Pour the sand in the cracks of Monument Square 3. Take a photo of your poured sand 4. Post the photo to social media, using the hashtags #JLPMaine, #JLPRSP, and #RedSandProject. Thank you in advance for helping the Junior League of Portland, ME—and this year's partners—spread red sand and awareness for the issue of human trafficking in Maine! The League's 2019 Red Sand Project partners and co-hosts are: CourageLIVES A residential safe-house for survivors of human trafficking in Southern Maine https://couragelivesme.org/ #CourageLIVES #HumanTraffickingAwareness #EndHumanTrafficking #DontTraffickME Survivor Speak USA An organization addressing the root causes of "sexploitation" through outreach, education, training, legislative advocacy, mentorship, and leadership development in Maine http://www.survivorspeakusa.org/
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The Junior League of Portland, ME
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Public Art Installation
Mechanics' Hall
TJ Whitmore Photography Exhibit and Book Launch Mechanics' Hall - Portland, Maine Whitmore is a travel and real estate photographer from Portland, ME. The Push/Shove exhibition is a collection of photos spanning from 2013 to 2019. The exhibit showcases the architecture of London as well as the natural beauty of Iceland and Maine. The gallery coincides with the release of the artist's photo book by the same title. Exhibit runs from June 7-13th, 2019. Gallery admission is free and most of the artworks will be available for sale. Other times to see the show are during Mechanics’ Hall library hours. Opening reception: 1st Friday, June 7th. FREE and open to the public. 5:00-8:00PM. Elevator access to second floor gallery. There will be a live acoustic performance by Chris Whitmore during the opening.
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TJ Whitmore
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Photography
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
The Union of Maine Visual Artists is pleased to present the “UMVA Members' Spring Exhibition” at the UMVA Gallery in the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland Maine, June 2-28, 2019. Thirty-four artists from across Maine will be represented in the exhibition. The work is new and engaging and ranges across several media. Artist Christine Higgins describes her “cathedral sunrise II” as a work of “pulp paper handmade fibers.” Its quiet colors, organic forms and hues and soft texture evoke the silence of a sunrise in the woods. In Anne Strout's fiery encaustic “Constant Turmoil” shades of blue, yellow, orange-red, white and black smolder and melt into each other. “Sunday Morning Paper” by Rabbe Kiwan is an expressionistic oil painting of an elderly man in a dark cold room reading a newspaper by window light. As curator Liz Prescott describes the work, “Rabbe's painting is rendered beautifully, an evocative world in earthy browns complemented by luminous strokes of lavender and ruby beneath the window with bright flecks of yellow and white suggesting light filtering through the opaque window.” Another gem is “Cuba,” Lesley MacVane's photograph of a Cuban couple dressed in brilliant white holding a gauzy white umbrella. In the hazy background a dock loading crane rises against a faded blue sky. Also, Jen Joachin's fine realistic acrylic painting “Monument Square” is filled with light and architectural detail. The UMVA Gallery is open during regular operating hours of the Portland Media Center ( http://portlandmedia.org/location-hours/) In addition, for the June show the Gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On First Friday Art Walk, June 7, the Gallery hours are 1-8 p.m. The Opening and Artists' Reception is Friday, June 7, 5-8 p.m. at the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress Street. Free and open to the public. Image: "Sunday Morning Paper," an oil on canvas painted by Rabbe Kiwan in May 2019
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Bomb Diggity Arts
Bomb Diggity Arts is proud to present 'Vacationland,' a multi-media group show that celebrates vacations and other places. Come see artists' interpretations of licence plates and faraway places! Featuring a life-size camper photo booth complete with marshmallow roasting station! There will also be two new tee shirt designs!! Bomb Diggity Arts is a community-support program of Momentum serving adults of all abilities and promoting discovery of artistic expression, development of professional arts-based skills, exploration of personal interest and passion, development of a healthy lifestyle, and fostering a meaningful and reciprocal community connection. Through all these endeavors, we challenge and transform attitudes about disability.
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Brenda Smith
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acrylic
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics’ Hall is pleased to announce a Spring & Summer First Friday variety show. May thru July, 2019 will showcase five acts and be formatted in the spirit of the art walk such that guests can come and go or stay for the entire hour. Set in the Grand Ballroom, Various! will increase exposure for Maine’s many talented performing artists while providing members of the public with a new art walk destination. June 7th, 2019 Performers: The Maine Squeeze Accordion Ensemble will play the usual crowd favorites and audience members will be invited to sing along. 2 Sheets Theater group offers an alien in human skin who gives a lecture on how to blend in on Earth. Up and coming Maine Pop-folk artist Jeanette Villanueva presents two original songs. Gay Goes Solo: Gay Pearson’s new work is inspired by the last movement of Prokofiev’s 7th piano sonata. Gay will play two piano compositions from the eight vignettes of "Mussel Cove Suite" inspired by leaving Falmouth Foreside at the end of spring. Final Act TBD This program is generously supported by the Warren Memorial Foundation.
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Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
For the month of June, Maine Potters Market features the collaborative work of member Robbi Fritz Portela and guest artist, Alex Portela. Robbi and Alex have combined their fun whimsical designs in a body of work representing one of their favorite subjects - Sea Life. Alex and Robbi are a mother daughter team who have been working together for the last 25+ years. As soon as Alex could hold and play with clay, she has enjoyed the amazing process of creating art! This is their first official collaboration show and they are very excited to be working together on this project, hopefully leading to more collaborative adventures! Robbi grew up in NH and came to Portland to pursue her art degree at Maine College of Art! She fell in love with Maine and her husband and decided to stay, make lots of great pottery and raise a family. She now lives in Windsor, Maine, where she has a wonderful pottery studio in her 200 year old farm house. Alex is currently based out of Saco Maine and uses her love of drawing and painting to illustrate her ceramics, whether that be itty bitty whale shark figurines, or mugs adorned with dragons. Surrounded by art, animals, and fantasy books from a young age, it is easy to see these influences in the whimsical creatures both real and imagined that inhabit her work.
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Alex and Robbi Portela
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stoneware
Dobra Tea
Eye catching and colorful patterns depicting flower-like images by artist Ebyn Moss. For more information and images check out The Canvas Journal on Facebook. Prints also available for purchase.
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Ebyn Moss
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Acrylic
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Google 'women titles in music' and you will find hundreds of songs from Sarah McLachlan's Adia to Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke. It seems as though the 60s, 70s and 80s were flooded with these epic 'she' titles. We hope you enjoy our art inspired by these songs and learning the stories behind these iconic women in rock.
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Teresa Lagrange & Dominic White
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Illustrations and paintings
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
You’re invited to meet artist Randy Eckard at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Saturday, June 1 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the opening of his solo exhibition of paintings in watercolor. Raised in North Carolina, Randy studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine, his career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades. Recently selected as one of Maine’s most collectible artists for 2019 in “Maine Home and Design magazine’s Art Maine 2019 Annual Guide” Randy is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. Winning over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast, his work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through June 29, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. About Randy Eckard When asked about his career as an artist, Randy replied, “I am closing in on forty years of working with watercolors. For several years I was fascinated by the versatility and wonder of drawing with pencil, and pen and ink. An HB pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a sheet of bristol board opened up a world or exploration in black and white. At the urging of a friend I tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and I was soon painting more than drawing. My love of drawing never diminished, and continues with quite detailed drawings in preparation for painting. Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. The drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings of Andrew Wyeth, have guided and fostered my sensibilities for most of my years as a painter. Reading about the techniques of drybrush and glazing, brought to the forefront by Wyeth, revealed a method of working with watercolor where my love of drawing could be paired with my new-found love of watercolor. As a young boy, growing up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, I began noticing and responding to the warm glow and cool, contrasting shadows of late afternoons. Those early observations of light would become the focus of my paintings. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural, and the alternation of lighted and shadowed planes produce powerful repeated patterns and are an important element of design. Early on I realized how quiet observation would most always reveal the life of a subject, and I learned to pay attention to sparks of inspiration, often arriving unexpectedly during my solitary wanderings along the backroads of coastal Maine.” For more information about the exhibit or reception, contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Image: Randy Eckard ~ 'Burnt Island Launch' ~ Watercolor on Paper 21" x 18" Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
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Randy Eckard
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Watercolor
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street
Exhibit Opening Reception on Thursday, June 6th from 6-8pm Exhibit stands until August 15 Zoo Cain is a professional Portland, Maine based artist known for making colorful kaleidoscope abstract paintings and slicing up old license plates to use the numbers and letters for creative statements. Zoo is a prominent member in the recovery community having changed his life from one of drugs and alcohol to dedicating himself to art and mentorship for others through their own recovery. Zoo is a beloved local persona and his art can often be seen on the streets of Portland as he drives around town in his colorfully painted truck. Sadly, much of Cain's work was destroyed in a fire in Portland in 2018. He is also the subject of a documentary, "Peace, Love and Zoo," by Reginald Groff. Please join us for this opening reception of paintings by Zoo Cain. "Peace, Love and Zoo" Trailer: https://vimeo.com/155850963
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Zoo Cain
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Abstract Paintings, Cut Up License Plates

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