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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

Maine Mead Works
200 Anderson St Bay 9
Maine photographer Courtney Mooney's "Aloha Kai" series consists of black & white seascapes to benefit environmental protection of Hawaiian coral reefs. Artist reception, snacks, and a guest speaker. 5-8pm. courtneymooney.com
Artist(s):
Courtney Mooney
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photography
SPACE
538 Congress Street
SPACE is pleased to fly Rose Nestler's Athena Pennant Flag on the flagpole from April 15 - June 30, 2019. Nestler's artworks pull from the iconography and structures of the ancient Greco-Roman Gymnasium, while also utilizing the familiar aesthetics and materials of contemporary sportswear. She explores the correlation among athleticism, spirituality, gender, and power through illustrating sports, ceremonies and rewards that sustain the oppressive regime of toxic masculinity within American culture. As a project-based, interdisciplinary artist, Rose Nestler uses fabric because of its links to clothing — our second skin — further illuminating how clothing can denote power and profession. She often adapts ancient subject matter with contemporary materials and reimagines iconic patriarchal institutions as feminine spaces, chipping away at the entanglement of gender and history. This exhibition is visible on our flagpole located outside our gallery at 534 Congress Street.
Artist(s):
Rose Nestler
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Chestnut Street Lofts Lobby Gallery
The exhibition “Explorations of Thought: Combinatorial Works by Gregg Harper” will be on view at the Gallery at the Chestnut Street Lofts, 21 Chestnut Street, Portland, ME, May 1 – 31, 2019. The opening reception will occur during First Friday Art Walk, May 3rd, 2019, 5-8pm. The gallery is located in the first floor lobby of the building. "With the exhibition title I am paying homage to a dedicated series of college courses that steered me in the direction of art and archaeology. These courses covered subjects ranging from eastern philosophy and Jungian psychology to color theory and post-modern art. The artworks to be exhibited are a selection of mixed media works of collage and assemblage that include my painting, drawing, photography, cut paper as well as objects collected over a lifetime." The gallery will be open to the public during the First Friday Art Walk and then by appointment for the remainder of the month. Gallery admission is free and the artworks will be available for sale. For further information please feel free to contact me at – studiomuseo7@gmail.com/774.992.3252. Image: La Serenissima: Quando Tornarai? (When will you Return?), GFH, 2018, Photo-acetate Prints, Ephemera, Velvet, Found Objects on Acrylic on Canvas Board.
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Gregg Harper
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SPACE
538 Congress Street
SPACE is pleased to present HOTLINE, an interactive group show featuring soundworks by artists, musicians, scholars, performers and poets. As the name suggests, the exhibition features eight listening stations where visitors can hear songs, artworks and readings on custom-built payphones designed by Smooth Technology, a New York City-based team of artist engineers. Each payphone is programmed with a distinct set of recordings that automatically play when the hook switch is released for a choose-your-own-audio-adventure experience. No two listening stations are alike. The works in HOTLINE range from the fancifully dulcet and intellectually stimulating to funkier versions of hold music and hard-to-listen-to noise. A limited edition vinyl record printed at the conclusion of the exhibition will serve as an archive and commemorative object for the project. Performances by featured artists are scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition. Support for HOTLINE is provided by Smooth Technology, Richardson Allen, Pickwick Independent Press, Big Blood and by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Hotline image credit: Joel Tsui
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Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available, member goods for sale and tours of the facility on the half hour.
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SPACE Window
SPACE is pleased to present Spirit Photography, an installation in the window gallery by Andrew Elijah Edwards. Spirit Photography uses the electric glow of yesterday's technologies to channel a live feed from the dream realm to pedestrians on Congress Street. In this video installation, an assemblage of vintage recording devices surrounds an empty chair. Their myriad cameras fix their lenses on the invisible inhabitants of the window gallery while a jungle of cabling connects to a stack of antiquated televisions. These finely tuned devices project the image of small spirits and animated beings alive in the light of the electric signal onto the TVs. As we watch, spirits enter and exit, coming to sit and express themselves, expanding an imaginative layer of the dream realm into the reality of the viewer. Spirit Photography explores the growing relationship between the evolving technologies that view the world through the light of the moving image and our connection to imaginative realms of the the dreamscape. A world of beings hovers just outside of the visible.
Artist(s):
Andrew Elijah Edwards
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