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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, November 1, 2019

Neiley Gallery & Studio
94 Commercial St., 2nd floor
Neiley Harris brings you... "Branching Out" Join us for Neiley’s colorful journey through the natural beauty of Maine, from scenic Bar Harbor to Portland’s working waterfront. Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2019, 5–8PM Meet Neiley and enjoy her latest body of work along with light refreshments at her new gallery & studio in Portland’s Old Port. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Lucky Pup Rescue, a non-profit all-breed dog rescue in Kennebunkport, Maine. Neiley Gallery & Studio 94 Commercial Street, 2nd Floor (elevator access via side entrance) Portland, ME 04101 For more information, please visit neileyharris.com Or contact Neiley at neiley@neileyharris.com or by phone 207.215.8680
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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for an art opening with new works by Michael Milczarek. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday, November 1, from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through November 29. Michael Milczarek, a New England artist, brings us new works just in time for your pre-holiday shopping! He is known for his dramatic skies and water. He captures a real sense of space, seemingly with such ease. Whether moving his viewers eye deep into the far distance or vertically down the edge of a cliff to view the churning waters below, he sends us on a journey that is difficult to achieve. Milczarek’s oil paintings are filled with intense contrast in areas and extreme softness in others. He uses vivid shots of color to accent his otherwise neutral tone scenes. His brushwork is both soft and gentle and direct and stark. He plays two opposites in nice balance on canvas and it is the power and the emotion behind his beautiful work. Come meet the artist on November 1. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing works by Corrine Bongiovanni. Many of you know her because she is my very appreciated helper during First Friday Art Walks. She was the People’s Choice Award winner during our April Juried Show. She works in both oil and acrylic, focusing primarily on figurative/portraits and landscapes. Her palette is primarily earthy as she loves the richness of the golds to browns. That’s not to say that she doesn’t enjoy punching color in all it’s brightness as well. Her brushstroke is direct and the use of palette knife to create interesting textures is a favorite of hers. Come meet both artists on November 1! Are you looking to redecorate your home? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus of your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux - January 10, 11, 12 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. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux - March 13, 14, 15 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 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! Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 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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Michael Milczarek
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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Join us at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Friday, November 1st for the opening of an annual exhibit of paintings that evoke feelings of tranquility or calmness in viewers. With so much happening this November, from celebrations including the Maine Suffrage Centennial, holiday gatherings, the ever growing to do list, and our ongoing struggle to reach inclusion and equality for all, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. So take a break, stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery and relax while viewing over twenty paintings by gallery artists Patricia Chandler – oil, and cold wax medium; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Roy Perkinson – oil, and pastel; Jen Pagnini – oil; and Susan Tan - watercolor. Serenity – 2019 is open free of charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from November 1 through November 30, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . All works are available for purchase at the gallery. Follow us on Instagram #richardboydartgallery and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . 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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Patricia Chandler; Carrin Culotta; Kevin Daley; Randy Eckard; Jane Herbert; Roy Perkinson; and Susan Tan.
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Oil, acrylic,watercolor, cold wax medium, pastels and mixed media.
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is setting its table again for "The Dining Room." This second annual group show exhibition will represent all craft mediums ready for your holiday hosting. On the table and throughout the gallery you will see finely hand crafted items such as forged flatware, thrown dinnerware, Venetian stemware, felted trivets, napkin rings, and much much more! Also specially built for this year's show is the dining table and chairs created by the fine woodworkers of W.A. Mitchell. Come join us for this cozy candlelit opening!
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SPEEDWELL//projects
SPEEDWELL projects is pleased to announce that the powerful exhibition Tiny Pricks Project by Diana Weymar, is on view until November 3, 2019. The Tiny Pricks Project is a public art project and exhibition about the Trump era by artist/activist Diana Weymar. Tiny Pricks Project is an ongoing community project in which participants stitch quotes by Trump into antique textiles to create a material record of his presidency. Since Weymar started the collaborative project in January of 2018, hundreds of people across the world have submitted unique, hand-stitched contributions. This exhibition marks the first time the work will be on display in Maine. Tiny Pricks Projects holds a creative, accessible and cathartic space during a tumultuous political climate. The series counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter, other social media, and Trump’s statements by utilizing vintage textiles as a memory-making timeline. Weymar references the key role embroidery played in the women’s suffrage movement and notes it is symbolic of warmth, comfort, craft, civility, care, and a shared history. Community participation is a vital component of this exhibition, and we are saving a wall in the gallery to fill with embroidered pieces made by our community. Please note that the gallery is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 - 6 PM.
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Diana Weymar
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Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation
A glowing, dramatic show of historic work newly discovered from our archive of Leo Rabkin's life work. Watercolors of major scale, intricate hand-colored and embellished prints take the viewer through a thoughtful and emotional exploration of radiant auras of color, orbs floating through space and cosmic drifts of light and colored dust. Our year-long inventory project has yielded many surprises now ready to be shared with the Portland arts community.
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Leo Rabkin
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Watercolor and mixed media
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) will be holding its annual Fall Members Exhibition for November 2019. The opening reception will be, yes, that's right, on Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:00-8pm, at the UMVA Gallery, located in the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland, ME. The exhibit will run through the end of the month, until November 30. The exhibit is open to all Members throughout this statewide artists group. There is no theme for this show, but the range, scope, and variety of the exhibit will be extensive, including 2 and 3 dimensional artwork and widely varying styles and genres. It should represent the organization in all its anarchic and individualistic strength. Expect to see political, environmental, conceptual, figurative, abstract, sophisticated and primitive styles. A smorgasbord of visual delight! The UMVA Gallery is open during typical business hours, Monday-Thursday, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-5pm.
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