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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 5, 2021

Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

February 5th through February 28th
If you’re out and about this February hope you’ll stop in the gallery to see a lovely selection of paintings and sculptures created by a group of established and emerging 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 is comprised of paintings in a variety of styles and mediums by artists’ Amy Bickford – gouache and watercolor; Patricia Chandler –  cold wax medium and oil; Jane Herbert - acrylic; Jen Pagnini – oil; Roy Perkinson – oil; HM Saffer II – oil; Bob Santandrea – plein air pastels; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils; and a select offering of limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe, DVM.
 
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 5th through February 28th, 2021. Additional days and times by chance or appointment.
 
For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website.  For exhibit updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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Elizabeth Moss Gallery
Shaw's Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1, Falmouth

January 8 to February 6 | When the world stopped in Spring of 2020, Eva Rose Goetz’s Covid Dairy began. Isolated together within the pandemic, paintings became her coping mechanism. This series was intended to visually report, reflect and transcend the hurt and confusion playing out within us all. 10% of sales will benefit Spurwink Services, a Maine nonprofit that provides behavioral health and education services to adults and children. Stay tuned for upcoming events! The Faithful, 24”x24”, gouache on canvas. View the exhibition.

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Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 | Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale  here.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

(Portland, ME) To help ring in the New Year, Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual exhibition on January 1st at 10:00 a.m. comprised of smaller works of visual art including paintings created en plein air and in studio settings, limited edition bronze sculptures, and works in clay.   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 January 1st through January 31st, 2021. Additional days and times by chance or appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com.   ‘Holiday Offerings – Ringing in the New Year’ includes over 25 original paintings in a variety of mediums and styles by artists’ Patricia Chandler – cold wax medium and oil, Kevin Daley – oil, Randy Eckard – watercolor, Jane Herbert – acrylic, Jen Pagnini – plein air oils, HM Saffer II – oil, Bob Santandrea – plein air pastels, Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils, Wilson Stewart – acrylic; and a select offering of limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe and works in clay by Richard Boyd.   For exhibit updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.   Image: ‘Late Afternoon Reflection’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 8” x 10” by Jane Herbert. Retail $400.

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Elizabeth Moss Gallery
Shaw's Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1, Falmouth

WHAT: “Hunt Slonem: Returns to Maine”   WHERE: Moss Galleries, 251 Route 1, Falmouth   WHEN: Through Feb. 6   HOURS: Monday by appointment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday   ADMISSION: Free

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Maine Craft Portland

The Maine Crafts Association is thrilled to introduce and invite you to explore our brand new online gallery: SHOP Maine Craft! We are proud to offer for online purchase hundreds of handmade craft objects made by hundreds of Maine craft artists! With the ability to shop in a socially distant manner from your couch, the park, or another state completely, it's never been easier to find and purchase from Maine craft artists. Your purchases directly support Maine craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association (a non profit serving artists since 1983!).   The MCA's mission is to support craft artists with educational, marketing and retail opportunities. During these unprecedented times we are working to support our craft artists in new and creative endeavors. An online shopping platform allows you to safely connect with our artists.   Please browse, share, make purchases and check back at SHOP Maine Craft often. As with our gallery locations, products are constantly changing and many are one of a kind; and in our humble opinion, we think if you like it you should buy it!

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

January 1 – February 26, 2021 Mayo Street Arts is excited to announce a Pop-Up Gallery opening January 1, 2021 at 67 Washington Avenue in the former Nissen Bakery Building. In January and February the gallery will host two exhibits with works by Richard Wilson, Michel Droge, Shannon Rankin, Justin Richel, Noriko Sakanishi, William Manning, Christopher Patch, and others.   The exhibits will be curated by June Fitzpatrick, former owner of June Fitzpatrick Galleries on High Street and Congress Street in Portland. The first show will run from January 1 - 22, 2021. The second show opens February 5 - 26, 2021.   Pop-Up Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 5pm or by private appointment   Location: 67 Washington Ave Portland (former Nissen Bakery Building)   Artwork from the exhibitions will also be available online for viewing and purchase at mayostreetarts.org.   Please know that we strictly follow the CDC guidelines for the State of Maine including limiting the number of people in the gallery at any one time to 5, respectfully require the wearing of masks (which we can provide if you don’t have one), and appropriate social distancing.   Pictured: Michael Droge, The Absence of You in Moonlight (Night Harvest#5), Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 42" x 54", 2020

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |    Parallax/Geography exhibits the work of four artists whose use of the photographic medium negotiates the slippery retreat of the real from the camera’s eye, extending the distance and longing that retreat provides. Using experimental processes and conceptually driven structures, these works revisit the classic materials of photography: time, light, space, and substrate. The term parallax refers to the apparent displacement of an object when seen from differing points of view. We use parallax to see: each eye provides a subtly different sightline that our brains then stitch together, creating our perception of depth. Through photographing constructed spaces, reflection, light effects, and distant geology, each of these artists navigate distance, landscape, desire, and time through the medium of photography.   ARTISTS: Elizabeth Atterbury, Tad Beck, Sage Lewis, Amanda Marchand.   Pictured: Sage Lewis, Cache Scan, Feb 25, 2020

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UMVA Gallery

Portland, ME - When the New Year rolls around the UMVA Portland Gallery, inside the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland ME,  will not have a physical show up, but they are asking artists to create postcard-sized mail art and photograph them for the on-line show on the blog - from January 1st to the 29th. The physical exhibition for this show will be held in December of next year as a fundraiser for UMVA with each piece of mail art being sold for $5 each.  The theme of the January show is "Your Vision of the Year 2021".   It was decided to go with a mail art show since the January 2021 show couldn't go forward at the last moment and because one of the founders of the Union of Maine Visual Artists was also a renowned Mail Artist - Carlo Pittore. The show on-line and in the later physical exhibition will also feature some language from the artists about their hopes for the coming year.    Pictured: wacky mail art that UMVA member Ann Tracy sent to Steven Colbert...

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Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.

Project 20/20 is an artistic journey along the Maine Island Trail traveled by artist Matthew Russ. The Trail, a recreational water trail connecting over 200 wild islands and coastal sites along Maine’s coast, is maintained by the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2020, Matt visited 20 sites on the Trail and created an original 20”x 20” painting during each visit. Follow Matt’s journey, view the paintings he produced and interact with Matt’s experience on the Trail along the way.

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |  Tory Fair: Portable Window: Tory Fair’s new video, photographs, and sculpture developed through an intergenerational dialogue with pioneering ecofeminist artist Mary Miss begun in 2018. Fair was inspired to steward some of the seeds Miss planted in the 1970s and is guided by her priorities: “Breathing space, human scale, and first-hand experience”, suggesting that art has the ability to give back and empower these fundamental rights. Reimagining one of Miss’s sculptures in particular, Portable Window (1968), Fair has created mobile framing devices in the form of large wooden wheels that roll through her neighborhood, creating videos that operate as an extension of the sculpture and capture what the sculpture is framing. “This slow flipping is how I feel right now”, notes Fair. “Observing calm, and even beautiful moments, but then seamlessly moving to a disorienting and dizzy feeling, a rupturing of the frame, and uncertainty.” Framing space usually helps to formalize composition, but these videos frame in order to destabilize and disorient. The landscape tilts and turns. Fair’s playful work opens up several platforms to listen and learn in an unprecedented time of pandemic anxiety and cultural upheaval.    “During these times of reflection and introspection, Maine College of Art (MECA) is privileged to present these artists whose concepts and implementation help us develop new insights, or knowledge at first sight,” notes MECA President Laura Freid.  “We all need to find new ways to see and I am hopeful that these perspectives will provide inspiration for our students as they return to campus this month.”   Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 PM, Join Tory Fair in conversation with pioneering environmental artist Mary Miss.

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