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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, October 4, 2019

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
Maine Craft Portland
In the spirit of the wicked season to come, Maine Craft Portland will showcase various forms of fiber-art craft in a ‘Dark and Stormy’ theme! This lushly textured group show will highlight the works of some of Maine’s premier Fiber Craft Artists in a variety of ways through the month of October. You can see hand woven portraits of burlesque dancers, hand felted wolves and bats, mysteriously felted ‘Spirit Canoes’ to uniquely crafted shawls and other gorgeous wearables to keep you cozy into the darker stormy months.
Artist(s):
Susan Mills
Medium:
Felted Wool
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 2019, 5-8PM On View: October 4 - December 14, 2019 DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization that explores pressing issues in design and culture. We are a collective of thinkers and makers devoted to extra-disciplinary exchange. For more than a decade DesignInquiry has spearheaded intensive team-based gatherings and shared the diverse outcomes and publications, influenced design research and teaching methods, and has inspired professional designers to rethink what design can be and can do. DesignInquiry: Futurespective is a series of installations that demonstrate how DesignInquiry engages in open-ended extra-disciplinary exchange. On display in the galleries are multi-media installations of objects + projects that present the experience of DesignInquiry as a real-time gathering and explore the process of DesignInquiry as a collective practice of thinking and making. Futurespective demonstrates how our practices unfold in design and everywhere. These practices are as diverse as the Inquirers themselves: we draw, write, weave, and cook; we discuss, debate, and document. Through these practices, which are conceptual as well as material, we query the way design informs culture and culture informs design.
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DesignInquiry
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Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
The Portland Public Library is pleased to announce FOLKLAND, curated by Andy Rosen and Rachael Harkness, opening October 4th and running through December 21. Folklore and fairytales have long reflected our desire to understand the natural world and human behavior. Stories and illustrations connect us to each other and show how our relationship with nature is constantly evolving. Crafting a new kind of folklore, the artists in this exhibit tell a story of the natural world now, threatened by change, still rife with mystery and wonder. Their works ask us to revisit and reclaim our relationship with the world around us. FOLKLAND includes original art by Cecilia Ackerman, Stephen Burt, Annika Earley, Hilary Irons, and Andy Rosen.
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Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “A Study in Temperament,” Joe Mama-Nitzberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from October 4 through November 9, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5 – 8 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm. Mama-Nitzberg’s allusive, slippery, mordant works in various media draw on a wide range of cultural icons and sub-cultural attitudes, distilling and combining them in an approach equally indebted to fine art, commercial display, and memento mori. A bricoleur par excellence, Mama-Nitzberg manages the difficult feat of addressing our current moment head on with startling incisiveness while maintaining a critical distance, sagely tempering his (and our) investment in our present debates, urgencies, transformations, and crises with patience and a lack of self-seriousness. Pop (in both its upper- and lower-case senses), modernist painting, the postmodernism of the Pictures Generation, digital culture, literature, queer arcana, personal narrative — “A Study in Temperament” puts them all to work in ways both skeptical and tender. This would, naturally, be where we would explain to you that three works in “A Study in Temperament” transform homoerotic advertising images from After Dark by either juxtaposing them with paintings by gay artists such as Robert Indiana or the names of Sacco and Vanzetti or Leopold and Loeb. We could certainly offer an exhaustive analysis of three pairs of photographs presented in a double-sided freestanding metal sign featuring Shirley Temple Black, Ryan White, and Dorian Gray, and ensure that you not only understand who they are but also comprehend that the work is about youth and the various ways we lose it, that you’re aware that it might be a wink at Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe. If you missed Mama-Nitzberg’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, you would want to know that it also had something to do with Oscar Wilde, who here creeps into not only Black, White, and Gray but also a screaming pink photograph on Duratrans in a lightbox that collages a modeling portfolio photograph of Andy Warhol and a Soloflex advertisement, both of which were created the same year. (Warhol looms large in “A Study in Temperament,” but where doesn’t he?) Of course, a few of the works in the show are happy to go the extra mile and explain themselves to you. There’s a suite of three photographs in small metal signs on a shelf, two of which contain abstract shapes that nod to 20th Century painting. The third sign won’t tell you to think about Kasimir Malevich and Ellsworth Kelly, but it will tell you about the piece’s origins in Mama-Nitzberg thinking about digital manipulation and friends who died young. (It won’t tell you what they died of, but you’ll make whatever assumptions you’ll make.) There’s also a free-standing photographic sign melding text and abstraction in front of an abstract work on canvas, which relays both a story about the artist’s loss of his mother and also speaks to how we hold on to those we love and whether art in its currently debased state has any value. Oh! That one will also help you understand what the canvas and some other photographs in the show have to do with Bette Midler’s relationship to a certain chapter of queer history. ​ We could lay all of this out for you, but perhaps in a moment in which everything is available on our phones and everything is expected to be immediately legible and easily digestible the one remaining radical gesture is to hazard obscurity, to make and exhibit works that follow their obsessions as far as they will go, to have faith in one another’s curiosity and empathy at the risk of misrecognition or misunderstanding. You may or may not know who Paul was or what he has to do with this show, and you may or may not know about Raymond Burr’s fictional sons’ fictional leukemia, but this knowledge or lack of knowledge is to some extent a function of identity and privilege, and thinking about these things is perhaps a good start towards learning to be together in the world, to thinking more critically, and to seeing ourselves and one another more clearly. We look forward to seeing you. “’I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘I didn’t mean to be polite, or impolite, either. I guess it’s a sort of way I have of saying things, regardless.’” – Willa Cather, from “Paul’s Case” Joe Mama-Nitzberg received a B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1989 and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 1995. He lives and works in Catskill, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Grant Wahlquist Gallery; Basilica, Hudson; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. His work has also been featured in exhibitions at venues including Bunker 259, Brooklyn (organized by Regina Rex); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; the Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; the Pittsburg Center for the Arts; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; David Zwirner Gallery, New York; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and White Columns, New York. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com.
Artist(s):
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Medium:
Framed archival inkjet print
Oak Street Lofts Gallery
“The Opening” is a statement about art, healing, thriving and a creative voice for change. Artists Amanda Grady, Morgan Mitchell, Deborah Train and Kathy Vilnrotter will transform the gallery into an experiential event of light, beauty and art, creating an immersive experience. Features include, wearable art, participatory sound, multi-media installations, colorful artwork and an interactive, participatory graffiti wall to be donated to Through These Doors domestic violence shelter. Each artist will contribute a piece for our silent auction which will be open for bidding during First Friday (Oct 4th) with all proceeds benefiting Through These Doors. Also on hand will be a representative from Through These Doors with literature and information about how you can help the community effort to end domestic violence. Through These Doors provides services to all affected by domestic abuse in Cumberland County, Maine, and offers education, training, systems advocacy, and consultation with a goal of reducing and ending the violence. Local businesses and artists who would like to join us in this community effort to bring awareness to domestic violence can contact Marie Sola at msola@daughtersofchange.com. Many thanks to our Venue Sponsor – Avesta Housing!
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Mixed
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is proud to present the exceptional metal work of MCA's 2019 Master Craft Award recipient, Tom Ferrero. Here’s your chance to see his multi-award winning 2-foot long ‘Mace’ that took the artist 2 years to create! If that doesn’t knock your socks off, ‘Aganon’s Device’ surely will! This compass-like tool is filled with splendid contraptions and scientific oddities. Come meet this master craft artist opening night during First Friday's Art Walk. His works will be on display through October. For more information about MCA's Master Craft Award: https://mainecrafts.org/programs/master-craft-artist-award/ For more information on Tom Ferrero: http://tomferrerostudio.com
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