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First Friday Art Walk


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, October 1, 2021

Maine Craft Portland

<p>Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron reveal their newest work in a collection of larger than life polymer clay wall sculptures inspired from the wilds of their Maine garden, fields and dreams beyond! A wonderful WILDFLOWER WALL: FLORA and FAUNA Large and Small.</p>
You can also join us for Maine Craft Weekend to learn more about polymer clay marquetry from Bonnie Bishoff&#39;s live demonstrations the following Saturday and Sunday at noon!&nbsp;</div>

Bonnie Bishoff & JM Syron
Polymer Clay
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street

The show features the work of residents (prisoners) of Maine's prison system. The incarcerated artists make use of many materials and produce meaningful works. Below each artwork is a personal statement. The exhibition is an engaging and challenging experience.

336 Fore St

First Friday Art Walk, October  1, 5:00 - 8:00 PM | Maine Green is a story of family, friendship, and home told through art. Their vision is to create Maine inspired images for Mainers and beyond. Through legends, history, and nature all images have been cultivated with passion and love. They owe a great debt of gratitude to this beautiful state, and this is their thank you! 

Congress Square Park
Project Emmersive
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

October 1st through October 30th | For the past eleven years Richard Boyd Art Gallery has installed an annual exhibition of paintings depicting scenes of Maine. This year’s exhibit is another great show of paintings documenting scenes in Maine through the eyes of artists with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and styles. The exhibit features paintings that exemplify the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The show is comprised of visual works of art depicting scenes from the interior, to the islands, coves, and working waterfronts in Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene in Maine. Scenes of Maine includes original paintings and drawings by gallery artists’ Patricia Chandler – oil and cold wax medium, and mixed media; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Felicity Sidwell – oil; and Wilson Stewart – acrylic. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily from October 1st through October 30th, 2021. For more information contact the gallery by phone (207)-712-1097, email or visit the gallery’s website For exhibit updates like the gallery on Facebook and follow it on Instagram.


The Complete City: Filled In
Peloton Labs, 795 Congress Street
October FFAW

The Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) invited architects, designers and students to visualize and test the limits of Portland’s newly adopted building code regulating the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The hope of PSA was that the competition would bring to light any overly restrictive rules in the current code as well as give inspiration to anyone looking to build an ADU on their own property.

We received 32 submissions from local, national and international teams.
Our submissions were juried by John Peterson, Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University; Roseanne Haggerty, Director of Community Solutions;
Kevin Kraft, Deputy Director of Planning & Urban Development at City of Portland, Maine;
Milan Nevajda, Director of Planning, City of South Portland, Maine;
Jake Ryan, Founder and Director of the Open Bench Project in Portland, Maine;
Tara Hill, Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Maine; and
William O’Brien Jr., principal of WOJR + Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture. Winners and all submissions are on display at Peloton Labs

The Francis Hotel
747 Congress Street

Marci Spier is showcasing her latest collection called “Love Notes” at The Francis throughout October. “I’ve always been interested in time and the way we remember events – how memories vary from person to person and the way we fill in the blanks when memory fails. Time bends and curves – goes back and forth, not always linear,” said Marci. “’Love Notes’ are reflections and observations from notes I’ve taken over the past 18 months. Memories of mostly mundane and common, sometimes emotional moments in time. You may see a glimpse of yourself in these paintings.” All of Marci’s art will be available for sale. Beer & wine will be available for purchase during the evening.

Marci Spier