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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, February 7, 2020

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”
Amy Bickford;Patricia Chandler;Kevin Daley;Jane Herbert;Jen Pagnini;Roy Perkinson;Wilson Stewart;Susan Tan;Charles Ellithorpe;Jean Noon.
Oil; Acrylic;Gouache;Pastels;Watercolor;Wire;Bronze Castings
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.
Jessica Hankey and Erin Johnson
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.
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
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.
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.
Joseph Webster Glassworks