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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, September 6, 2019

Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” Winston Churchill I started painting with watercolor when my children were young, believing that by starting early, I would gain experience by the time they were grown. This held true. Over the length of my Philadelphia days, I made the transition to oil painting, studying under many brilliant teachers, and taking courses at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. I was invited to join a group of ten women artists who worked and travelled together. We painted in Italy, France, Nova Scotia, and Martha’s Vineyard; and we showed all over the Philadelphia metropolitan area. My favorite show was Rittenhouse Square. Life has changed dramatically. I now live with my husband and two golden retrievers in a fishing village called Five Islands, on the coast of Maine. I paint in a little red studio with views of the water on both sides. During the long Maine winters, I work in studio from photos and from memory, keeping my hands in the paint, fostering experimentation, and new ideas. Nicer weather finds me outside, working “en plein aire” or on location. I frequently paint with PAPME (plein aire painters of Maine) Mid Coast Chapter, a group of over 500 members who love to paint outdoors. Painting is my joy and a blessing. It is kairos time, not chronos. It is personal journey of experiencing nature, and finding immediacy in the work. I am fully present, mindful and deliberate about each stroke, each painting. Learning to cope with bugs, temperature, wind and disasters is part of the game. My work en plein aire is vibrant and full of life; the colors sing, the brushwork is free. Visitors are welcome to my studio in Five Islands, by chance or appointment. I show locally at Couleur Collection in Falmouth and Damariscotta River Grille. “We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paintbox. And for this, Audacity is the only ticket!” Winston Churchill
Susan Zimmerman
Oil Paint, Pastel