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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

Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Please join us during the First Friday Art Walk for the opening reception of Primordial Stew, an art installation by Zach Johnsen. Primordial Stew is the bubbling, rolling broth that has simmered to the perfect temperature and consistency to finally spill forth life from its core. It is the origins of the flowers and mushrooms and mud and dust and fish and frogs and people that we have come to know and love. It includes the cycles of nature and the myths of man that have come to define our understanding of life today.
Artist(s):
Zach Johnsen
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Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
For the month of May, Maine Potters Market is pleased to feature the collaborative work of member Rebecca May Verrill and guest artist Jeffrey Lipton. Rebecca and Jeffrey have combined their signature graphic, light-hearted imagery of fictitious flora and fauna on stoneware and porcelain pots fired together in the salt kilns at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. New for both artists this year has been an exploration of digital practices in their surface designs. Rebecca’s leafy graphics begin from freehand paper cutouts with scissors, while Jeffrey’s typically begin as pencil sketches later masked off with wax and/or latex directly on the pots. Using digital scans of their signature plant and animal motifs, they have been able to replicate, scale their designs and cut them with use of a digital die cutter. While both artists still gravitate to their comfortable freehand methods, they are excited by the potential that these new-fangled devices can present. Learning curves aside, both artists are happy to present some works from their digital explorations in this show. These two have also been known to do some amateur kilnside spooncarving while waiting for cones to melt. After all, learning is more fun with friends! Both artists are native Mainers, avid gardeners, and animal lovers. Rebecca and Jeffrey show their individual earthy pots at galleries and craft shows throughout the region, though this is the first time they have shown their collaborative works together. Jeffrey lives in Litchfield, ME, where he is renovating and building out a new studio, landscaping, and tending bees with his wife Ali and their incredibly handsome dog Waldo. Rebecca lives and works in Portland, ME, working from her studio at Running With Scissors, cutting paper and tending backyard vegetable and flower gardens with GK Fuzzy Bunny, her feline companion of 17 years. FMI on their creative journeys in clay please follow along @jeffreyliptonpottery and @rebeccamayverrill on Instagram and Facebook.
Artist(s):
Rebecca May Verill and Jeffrey Lipton
Medium:
Salt fired stoneware and porcelain
Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street (Behind Local 188)
Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour our newly remodeled Portland dispensary. We cultivate pesticide-free cannabis and test our products for purity and consistency. We have proudly served medical patients in the Portland community for over 7 years. No medical card needed to enter or for the purchase of pure CBD products. Currently showcasing local Maine artists on a rotating basis.
Artist(s):
Michael Heinitz
Medium:
Hand Hammered Fine Copper Art

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