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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

Vena's Fizz House
Phoebe’s work dreamily recalls the everyday, the ordinary, with vibrant colors and energetic abstractions. While her work has taken many forms, Phoebe’s creative efforts are often focused in painting and book work. She uses painting as a tool to reflect on concepts of spirituality alongside the collective mysteries of our lives. Writing is a part of her daily practice as an artist, and many of her paintings contain snippets of poetic compositions. Her choice of imagery is an homage to the magic of the natural world, and an investigation into the ways in which our own lives are reflected in nature — a flower blooms and wilts, the sun rises and sets, a star burns brightly and later combusts into nothingness. Phoebe was born in Portland, studied Fine Art at Smith College and Goldsmiths University of London, and currently works out of her studio in Biddeford, ME.
Phoebe Harris
Portland Public Art Committe
Beach Pea, a sculpture by Jesse Salisbury, is a still life of geological movement split and shaped from one eight-ton natural-faced slab of Jonesborough granite. The seed shaped form was split into curves and internal blocks using hand-forged steel chisels and wedges. Mindful of the relationships between positive and negative forms, the blocks were carved and polished down to mimic beach rocks. The process is similar to the natural forces but controlled, and formed much faster than geologic time. The title comes from the wild Beach Pea, which grows by the seashore among the naturally rounded rocks shaped by time, wind and waves. Jesse Salisbury is an internationally celebrated artist from Steuben, Maine. He is the founding director and host of Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Their mission is to host Stone Sculpture Symposia in downeast Maine that will engage individuals and communities in public art. Salisbury has work in public collections including the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, The Steuben Library, and Bartlett Wines in Gouldsboro, in addition to his symposium pieces in Egypt, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. Granite has played an important part in Maine’s history. In its peak usage in 1901, an estimated 3,500 workers were employed at 152 quarries on the mainland and off shore islands. Schooners laden with the stone would carry their cargo to public works projects along the east coast. It can be found in buildings and projects including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Church of St. John the Divine, and the Kennedy Memorial. Maine Granite is famous for the diversity of its color and texture and can often be traced back to the quarry it came from. It is the bedrock of Maine and remains an enduring medium for artists.
Jesse Salisbury
Jonesborough granite
336 Fore St
The work is a play of foreground and background, using simple texture and pattern.
Sam Johnson
Acrylic and spray paint
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics' Hall and Print: A Bookstore partner every First Friday on a literature reading and author conversation series that takes place in the Mechanics' Hall library. On February 2nd, they welcome Jolene Grace author of GOING DARK. Jolene will be in conversation with fellow author Jane Willan as they are both part of the Sisters in Crime organization.