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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, December 4, 2020

Bob Crew Gallery, MECA
522 Congress St

On view November 18, 2020 - January 3, 2021 <a href="https://www.metalscollective.com/upcoming-events">20/20 Visionary</a>: A collection of eyewear, and eyewear-inspired fine metal pieces to clear and shape one&rsquo;s vision of 2020 and beyond. Portland&rsquo;s Metals Collective presents 20/20 Visionary, a collection of eyewear and eyewear inspired fine art metalcraft in a variety of styles from functional to decorative. In this exhibition, the vision- in visionary is both literal and figurative, illustrating the idea thatseeing is truly in the eye of the beholder. Maria Wolff&rsquo;s &ldquo;Seeing is Believing&rdquo; Jackalope Safety Glasses feature masterfully crafted UV Lexan Jackalope lenses, rabbit fur lined bridged, and neon pink acrylic temples. The piece dons sterling silver fixtures embellished with 23k gold. Wolff&rsquo;s work is often intertwined with Norse Mythology, but given the current stateside climate, she chose a mythological creature that is &ldquo;closer to home&rdquo; to demonstrate the uncompromising absurdity that often comes with fervent belief when the truth can be seen right before our very eyes. Naomi Grace McNeil&rsquo;s &ldquo;Safety First&rdquo; Safety Glasses feature plexiglass lenses, copper frames, and an adjustable leather head strap. Their comfortable and secure fit, even when sporting an N95 mask, was designed as the ultimate survival accessory for the impending zombie apocalypse. FEATURED ARTISTS: Maria Wolff, Emily Percival, Shelby Goldsmith, Naomi Grace McNeill, Cat Bates, Holly Churchill-Lane, Ann Thompson, Tegan Curry, Nikki Warren, Jessie Irish, Olivia Boi.

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UV Lexan lenses, rabbit fur lined bridged, and neon pink acrylic temples
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Wednesday, December 9, 7–8pm
Join us on Wednesday, December 9, to hear from speakers about the current and future state of filmmaking in Maine, learn about upcoming MFA opportunities, and connect with colleagues from around the state! More information here
Let us know if you can make it–RSVP via Zoom

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Thursdays at 6pm EST via Facebook Live and IG Live . Join the Seacoast West African Dance & Drum Facebook Group and to stay tuned to Namory’s updates and payment options. 

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All of our events, markets, and pop ups have been canceled in order to keep our community safe, which is unfortunately limiting sales opportunities for our members. We've created this online market with easy curbside pick up to help get their delicious products into your homes! Feeling extra generous and wanting your neighbor businesses to succeed? We'd greatly appreciate any donations directly to Fork Food Lab so we can continue to support our local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available to use towards a future event or fun workshop. Please check back frequently as new items will be added each week, and contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding our online market. Thank you so much! IMAGE: Mama Mo's Tunisian Peanut and Sweet Potato Dip. View the online market!

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Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour! 

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Mechanics' Hall

Ongoing   The Mechanics' Hall Library is open for "curbside" service! You can pick up new titles and return old ones. Please visit our website for more details, but here are the basics:    Curbside hours:    Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 3:00pm.  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 2:45 pm     Curbside Basics:    1. Send us an email at library@mainemechanics.org or call us at (207)773-8396 during our curbside hours to request items. Please limit your request to five items.    2. A staff member or volunteer will call you back when your materials are ready to pick up. Your books will be placed on a table in a bag with your name on it right outside the library doors on the 2nd floor.    3. When you arrive at Mechanics' Hall please follow the instructions on the glass door to gain access and pick up your books. You must wear a mask to gain entry and there is no browsing at this time. No exceptions. We ask that you pick up your books and exit the building.  Please note: Any requests received over voicemail might experience a delay in processing. Calling during the curbside hours helps staff get books out faster! 

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Ongoing Our idea for the antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive, and forward looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in the state of Maine. View the online magazine here. IMAGE: Damir Porobic, Breathe 3, 2020, Archival pigment print, 38 x 38 inches.

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Ongoing - MWPA offers workshops across the state of Maine. With a variety of genres in a multitude of locations, there’s a workshop for all writers.  Please note: all workshops require advance registration. 

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Welcome to Mumbai to Maine: A Culinary Adventure! In celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday I’m excited to launch my podcast with a series, Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast. As you know Maine has one of the richest and most fascinating food and drink scenes in the country. This signature series will take a deep dive into Maine’s food story – past, present and future, showcasing Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers, food innovators and entrepreneurs. When I left Mumbai 24 years ago, I never dreamed or imagined that Maine would one day be my home, my happy place. I knew I had to find a portal to somehow share my passion for Indian cuisine and tie it into my deep love for Maine’s rich and dynamic food scene. This Bicentennial Food Podcast series is my gift to Maine on its 200th Birthday! I wanted to provide a platform, a portal of sorts to share some incredible ‘maker’ stories that capture Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and ethos. I’m hoping with this podcast I am able to deepen the dialogue and conversation as to why Maine is a formidable state for small businesses to thrive, create and innovate. 

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We missed summer’s traditional Thursday-night potlucks and croquet tournaments, due to the pandemic. But now that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship has reopened, we are tickled to honor the school sport by presenting “Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet” in the Messler Gallery through January 6, 2021.
 
The exhibition was curated by two croquet enthusiasts: furniture maker Silas Kopf, from Northampton, MA, and Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director at the Center for Art in Wood, in Philadelphia, PA. They invited 21 makers from across the US and Canada to reimagine the archetypal ball and mallet, and the resulting show is a magical array.
 
You can take a virtual tour of The Art of Croquet online and read about in Popular Woodworking's blog.

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Friday, November 27, 2020 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020
This year’s Photo A Go-Go will be an online Auction. Stayed tuned to www.bakeryphoto.com for more information!

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Maine Jewish Museum POP UP
67 Washington Avenue

Opening Day: Friday, November 27, 2020 11am – 4pm   Exhibition Runs: November 27 – December 24, 2020 67 Washington Avenue, Portland Hours: Tue - Fri: 11am -4pm Sat:11am - 5pm Closed: Sundays and Mondays Private Appointments available Sundays and Mondays Call Nancy Davidson, Curator at 207-239-4774. High Energy – Annette Kearney:   “I work in silence and I am now confronted with the need for words in reference to my work. As anyone who knows me can attest, silence is not my natural habit. This time of isolation from friends and family, this time of political unrest and uncertainly, have made me realize how essential silence is to my process.   I work in silence. There is no radio or music. Dimension, color, shapes are considerations made in silence. In silence, I tend my garden. I take walks and photograph the seasonal changes of Evergreen Ponds. I work in silence and hopefully the work, thoughtfully curated by Nancy Davidson, speaks for itself.”   Annette Kearney has worked for years as a mixed media artist.  She studied painting with her friend and mentor Polly Brown. Her degree is in political science and history.    Color Play– Laurie Russo Smith:   Laurie paints abstract expressionist landscapes on unprimed canvas with a touch of collage. She uses watercolor and other water-based mediums to achieve her colorful paintings. She combines the unpredictability of the wet paint with very controlled lines and shapes.   Laurie Russo-Smith is a 69-year-old Jewish woman. She has lived, traveled and studied art all over the world. Her work has been inspired by a love of landscapes and seascapes…the Swiss Alps, the Berkshires of W. Mass and the coast of Maine. Laurie now lives and works full time as an artist in Saco, Maine.      Additional Exhibitors:   The Pop-Up space for the Maine Jewish Museum has an additional corridor made available to us to exhibit work by artists who have been past exhibitors at MJM.      Artwork pictured: Annette Kearney: Two Constructions, sculptural painting, encaustic monotypes and dimensional collage

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

Through December 31, 2020.
The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure. Browse current offerings, with new films added to the roster each month.

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