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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, May 3, 2019

Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Biodiversity Research Institute has collaborated with artists from across the country to bring two art exhibits to Portland, Maine: Conserve the Call and A Critical Balance. Both exhibits will be on display at the Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery, April 5th - May 25th, 2019. Funds raised during the event will be contributed towards conservation efforts. Conserve the Call - Our Conserve the Call exhibit features five species of loons that will be at the center of the 2020 International Loon/Diver Symposium. The artwork will be paired alongside information on current research and ongoing conservation efforts. A Critical Balance - Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird, and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65 million years ago. Today many of the creatures that are familiar to us are at a critical balancing point. They might not be here for future generations to experience. Ten New England artists have gathered to paint and exhibit a selection of species that are listed as endangered on the IUCN’s red list. As artists that have a dedication to the natural world, they have a unique opportunity to share their observations and use their art to convey both the beauty of these endangered species and the need to protect them. The intent of this exhibit is to use art to inspire and educate in ways that will reach beyond statistics, policy, and politics. The exhibit will include approximately 23 pieces of art painted to life-size and a catalog of the work. All work will be available for sale and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to the conservation of endangered or threatened species. Featured artists: Adelaide Tyrol Nick Mayer Nissa Kauppila Michael Boardman Heidi Broner Gabriel Tempesta Linda Mirabile Susan Parmenter Suzanne Stryk Shearon Murphy
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Biodiversity Research Institute
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mixed
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Join us Thursday, May 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of an annual group exhibition of original oil paintings created en plein air and in studio settings depicting a variety of scenes across multiple genres. ‘Paintings in Oil’ is comprised of a selection of works by artists’ Patricia Chandler – landscapes, abstracts and still life; Carrin Culotta – landscapes; Kevin Daley – landscapes; Felicity Sidwell – plein air landscapes; Jen Pagnini – landscapes and abstracts; Roy Perkinson – landscapes and still life; and Wilson Stewart - landscapes. Although each artist has their own style and approach to using the medium, they are joined by a passion – painting with oils. The exhibit is on view free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through May 29, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street. For more information about the exhibit 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. Hope you’ll like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery and follow us on Instagram @richardboydartgallery9327 and #richardboydartgallery. See you at the gallery! Image: Roy Perkinson ~ 'November on the Pond' ~ Oil on Canvas 18" x 24" Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved.
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Oil
Congress Square Gallery
Recent painting and prints of coastal Maine by Portland artists RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman.
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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!
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle
Medium:
oil and acrylic on canvas
Creative Portland
84 Free Street
Join Creative Portland for the public opening of our fourth juried show, Immersion, during May's First Friday Art Walk. Eighteen artists have been selected for Creative Portland’s upcoming juried art exhibition, Immersion, which will open with a private reception on April 24, 2019. The group art show, representing established and emerging artists from Greater Portland, will feature paintings, photography, prints, drawings, and mixed-media work. The eclectic group of exhibitors range from emerging artists in their 20s to more established artists. The final list of artists will be revealed at the opening and will include the following: Peg Becksvoort, Lydia Jane Brown, CeCe Camacho, Anita Clearfield, Rebecca Cote, Andy Curran, Anna Dibble, Amy Hagberg, Rob Hammond, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Maryjane Johnston, Cliff Kucine, Sarah McCullough, Olga Merrill, Jack Montgomery, Jenny Scheu, Carter Shappy, and TJ Whitmore. Executive Director Dinah Minot assembled a volunteer curatorial team of artists and arts administrators, including: Kate Anker, Running With Scissors; Nelson Bruns, artist; Titi De Baccarat, artist; Annie Lloyd Witte, artist; Alice Spencer, TEMPOart; Stephen Walsh, University of Southern Maine; and Jay York, photographer. The exhibition will run through October 2019, Monday through Friday, from 10am-4pm. The Creative Portland Gallery is located at 84 Free Street, directly across from the back entrance of Maine College of Art.
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group show
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UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
"Into the Nation" - paintings, pastels and drawings by Norajean Ferris Opening Reception - First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm Open 5/3 - 5/31/19
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Norajean Ferris
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Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Check out Finn's landscape paintings! Locations include Monhegan, Bar Harbor, Portland, Vinalhaven, and more.
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Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Mainely Frames & Gallery
541 Congress Street
Friday, May 3rd, Mainely Frames and Gallery will be featuring original antique maps of Maine as well as a tremendous display of historic United States and World Maps. Rare maps include large schoolhouse maps, original maps of local areas as well as historical maps from around the world. See modern map prints created by artists who paint on maps. Our experienced staff can share information about the care and framing of antique maps and prints. Gallery Information: Mainely Frames & Gallery displays art from many famous local artists and provides professional framing services. Antique maps originated in the 19th and 20th Centuries are also available. Contact Information: Mainely Frames & Gallery Leo Pelletier at 207-828-0031 541 Congress Street, Portland, ME Hours: M-F 10-7, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Mainelyart@mainelyart.com http://www.mainelyart.com
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Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative bridal show 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 2-month long exhibit will showcase 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. We open this show on First Friday Art Walk with the romantic talents of the lovely jazz pianist, Sonja Florman, at Maine Craft Portland, 5-8pm. Also join us on our Custom Design Jewelry Consultation Day where you can meet with select Maine fine craft jewelers to create your own exclusive design. This event is one day only, May 11th, 12pm-4pm. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to reset your treasured stones into something new just in time for wedding season and summer festivities! Email Maria@mainecrafts.org to reserve your spot for this free consultation!
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DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
A festival of delightful and playful works made with paper, on paper, from paper, and about paper. Come and see what paper can be and do!
Artist(s):
Leo Rabkin
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Paper and Other Materials

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