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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

Public Market House
Karlee Cutler is a self-taught Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Artist. Her passion for bright and bold colors and fluid art was influenced by other Acrylic pouring artists. In late 2019, Karlee began creating her own custom art work to showcase her talent.
Karlee Cutler
SPACE Window
What magical place do you dream of running away to? Syd and her sister Carly share this dream of a healing place in nature to feel totally at peace. While she now lives in the cold of Chicago and paint the babes that reside in this imagined Oasis, Carly lives island life in Saint Lucia, creating a real physical space to bring others into. Last January, Syd spent the whole month with her, painting and helping her build her visions, while collecting a feeling that comes with being a lumpy girl, barely clothed, laying in sunshine. Syd frequently paints happy beach babes because of the pure, good feelings that reside in them. They are in the place of comfort that we yearn for when we want to run away from stress or even just the cold. This January, Syd is taking the residency opportunity at SPACE to create an entryway to the Oasis that exists in her desires, based on her time spent with her sister and the dreams they've discussed since they were kids. The installation will contain three layers: the background layer will be a jungle-patterned mural based on sketches and photos Syd collected of the flora of the island, while beach babes of all shapes, genders and skin tones lounge, hanging in the space between wall and window. On the front window, Syd will paint a portal, the doorway into this world, for all Portland's winter-clad passersby to yearn to jump into or remember a time they had that bliss. Syd Veverka is an illustrator and muralist based out of Chicago. You’ll recognize her lumpy, rainbow skin-toned ladies and tropical patterns as common themes in her work. She paints interior and exterior murals commercially as well as a form of street art, focusing on line, color and shape to enhance spaces. In 2019, Veverka published her first book, Things To Do Before A Monday with Chronicle Books; her series of amusing prompts accompanied by drawings is half irresistible mojo-compliments, half feminist instructional art, all in the spirit of influencing optimism and open-mindedness. Veverka is a self-described "mixed bag of creative talents," and it shows in her genre-bending style that combines illustration histories, interior design and architecture conventions, street art, play, and body positivity. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, she is passionate about the environment, bicycles, and repurposing old materials into colorful art.
Syd Veverka
Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available and tours of the facility on the half hour.
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St.
“I have been exploring realist painting as a way to articulate what interests me visually and emotionally about my experiences and surroundings. My hope, my intention, is to respond to the elusive characteristics of the medium in a way that is true to the elusive qualities of everything, the complexity of forms in nature, human or otherwise, or the ephemeral quality of light on a wave on the beach, for example. There is only so much our eyes and mind and heart can take in. With that truth, my challenge is to not be too explicit with the paint, but strive to imply atmosphere and mood rather describe it.” Born and raised in Portland, ME, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting, including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subsequently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine. In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs. His fine art is inspired by the tradition of American realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as artistic goal. Exhibition runs February 6 – May 2, 2020
Paul Brahms
The Press Hotel
Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment. Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.
Reggie Burrows Hodges
Acrylic and Oil on canvas
Bomb Diggity Arts
643 Congress St.
Bomb Diggity Arts is having a Tattoo themed show. We have invited over 10 Tattooists and Artists in the New England Area to submit work to our show. Come see work by Jamie Gati, Kara Munro, and our resident BDA artists!
Brenda Smith