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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, March 5, 2021

Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 | Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale  here.

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Visit 240 Strings events page to see upcoming livestream shows featuring local artists.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

On Exhibit March 5th through March 28th |

Join us Friday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. for the opening of our fifth annual exhibit of American landscape paintings. Visual art portraying landscapes has been around for centuries and remains one of the most collected. Whether created en plein air to capture the natural light and color in the area or in a studio setting using a sketch or photograph as a reference each work represents the artist’s vision of that place in time.
 
The exhibit is comprised of over 25 paintings depicting the artist’s interpretation of a specific scene or a detailed rendering of the landscape before them and includes paintings by artists’ Amy Bickford – gouache, and watercolor; Patricia Chandler – cold wax medium and oil; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Jane Herbert – acrylic; HM Saffer II –oil; and Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils.

A Walk in the Woods is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 28, 2021. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com.

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Image: Felicity Sidwell ~ ‘Can You Hear the Peepers’ ~ Oil on Canvas 16” x 20” Retail $550.

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January 22 - April 7, 2021 | A juried exhibition of work by alumni of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship opened at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine on Friday, January 22. The show is open to the public through April 7, 2021.   The 22 pieces of original, contemporary woodwork on display were winnowed from 85 submissions. They encompass a surprisingly wide range of categories, from functional furniture to figurative sculpture, and include decorative vessels, suspended lighting, precious boxes, and small brushes. For Messler Gallery Director Victoria Allport, being in the room with “Alumni and Fellows” provides a welcome respite from the isolation of the pandemic. “Each piece speaks with the voice of its maker, sharing their curiosity, ambitions, skills, private obsessions, and public concerns.”   Jurors for the exhibition were Tib Shaw from St. Paul, MN, who is Curator at the American Association of Woodturners, Josh Vogel from Kingston, NY, who is a designer, maker, and founder of Black Creek Mercantile & Trading Co., and Jeremy Zietz from Oakland, CA, who is a principal designer at Steelcase.   The exhibitors in “Alumni and Fellows” are a mixture of professional and avocational woodworkers from across the U.S. who have previously participated in the Center’s courses or its Fellowship program. They include Nick Barboza (Hampden, ME), Greg Bruck (Bedford, OH), Sam Cotton (Hope, ME), Erik Curtis (Philadelphia, PA), Kate Davidson (Milton, MA), Aspen Golann (Bakersville, NC), Duncan Gowdy (Holden, MA), Owain Harris (Center Barnstead, NH), Matthew Hedgepath Smith (Austin, TX), Jamie Herman (Fairport, NY), Anna Hitchcock (Little Compton, NY), Sayer Houseal (Antarctica), R.D. Johnson (Vienna, VA), Alan Kalker (Madison, WI), Kathleen Kilanowski (San Francisco, CA), Sergey Levchin (Brooklyn, NY), Steve Miller (Black Mountain, NC), George Partal (Bangor, ME), John Scanlan (Cleveland, OH), Emma Senft (Madison, WI), Julann Troiano (Chamberlain, ME), and Chelsea Witt (Rockport, ME).   Image: Nick Barboza, Capoano Bench, 2020. Cherry.

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Join Portland Society of Architecture during the month of March, one year since COVID-19 shut the city down, to explore the history of city centers, civic plazas, and the importance of our shared spaces and places as we reimagine where and how we live and work. Learn more about the series here.

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NEAAO invites the community to join us for this special event that evokes all the excitement of a childhood "Show and Tell"--but with a deeper purpose. Is there an object that seems to represent home or identity for you? Please share it with us on March 19 at noon via Zoom. Whether you are a native Mainer or a New Mainer, we hope you will join us as we learn more about each other and the objects we treasure.
 
Join us at noon on March 19 for Gifts of Acadia. This event is free, but please register so we may send you the link.

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Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street

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

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Maine Craft Portland

Maine Craft Portland is proud to present the fiber works of Hagstone Design this February. Maine fiber artist, Emily Freeman, creates larger than life wet felted wall pieces and home goods inspired by the rocky coast and wilder corners of New England, along with a little lore! Hagstone: (hag stone, adder stone, holey stone, witch stone) is a stone with a hole worn through it by water. Many cultures associate hagstones with magic. Legend says one can look through the hole in a hagstone and see into the Otherworld.The fiber used in her work is undyed and primarily sourced from New England farms. The practice of felt making does not use any machinery but relies on soap, hot water and friction created by hand rolling. This results in each piece being completely unique in color, shape and texture. A warming contemporary exhibition not to be missed!

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Thanks to everyone who has already sent us work to include on the MFA's Made in Maine collection on Vimeo! Check out your colleagues' music videos, documentary shorts, feature films and their trailers, commercials, narrative films of all lengths – you name it – at vimeo.com/showcase/madeinmaine. Have a made-in-Maine film/video/commercial you'd like us to include? Upload your work that was made in Maine to VIMEO and send the link to info@mainefilm.org.

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Colby Museum of Art

February 11, 2021 - April 25, 2021 | Retablos are thank-you notes to the heavens dedicated to Christ, the Virgin, or saints to consecrate a miraculous event. The votives on view—spanning the entirety of the twentieth century—were offered by Mexican migrants and their families to commemorate the dangers of crossing the border and living in the United States. Filled with emotive detail, they eloquently express subjects of greatest concern to the migrants, such as the difficulty of finding work or falling sick in a foreign land and the relief of returning home. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street

The Chamber is excited to partner with GPCOG, the Portland Public Library, and the United Way of Greater Portland to bring you a Racial and Social Equity Series! This series will be expanding to include reading, podcasts, and more, as well as events aimed at continuing the conversation of advancing racial equity. Learn more and register here.    Please Note: The first batch of resources will be emailed to registrants on Monday, February 1st

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The Portland Conservatory of Music hosts an ongoing Noonday Concert Series feauturing local musicians. Visit the link to learn more about individual performances. 

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Greenhut Galleries

Thursday, February 4, 202110:00 AM - Saturday, March 6, 20216:00 PM |  This exhibition places non-representational sculptural objects made by Maine artists George Mason, Jonathan Mess, and Oliver Solmitz in conversation with each other. The materials are diverse, and the dialogue fascinating. View the Exhibition.

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Print: A Bookstore

Monday, March 1, 7PM | 

The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders lead luxurious lives inside a climate-controlled biodome, dependent on technology and gene therapy to keep them healthy and youthful forever. Outside, the poor and forgotten scrape by with discarded black-market robotics, a society of poverty-stricken cyborgs struggling to survive in slums threatened by rising sea levels, unbreathable air, and deadly superbugs. Ashiva works for the Red Hand, an underground network of revolutionaries fighting the government, which is run by a merciless computer algorithm that dictates every citizen’s fate. She’s a smuggler with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, and her cargo includes the most vulnerable of the city’s abandoned children. When Ashiva crosses paths with the brilliant hacker Riz-Ali, a privileged Uplander who finds himself embroiled in the Red Hand’s dangerous activities, they uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. From armed guardians kidnapping children to massive robots flattening the slums, to a pandemic that threatens to sweep through the city like wildfire, Ashiva and Riz-Ali will have to put aside their differences in order to fight the system and save the communities they love from destruction. Learn more.

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Blue
650 Congress Street

Learn more about the "Out of the Blue Livestream Series" and other virtual concerts that occur nightly at Port City Blue!

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This is a podcast for people who actually love musicals, but are starting to realize that maybe the ones that keep getting produced over and over aren’t exactly holding up. Megan, Chantal, and Kyle are three such people and are doing the work of breaking down these problematic musicals so you don’t have to!   We are releasing new episodes the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. You can listen on our website, or subscribe via your favorite podcast provider.   In our first episode, we break down Grease: The Musical! Listen on Apple Podcasts here, listen on Spotify here.

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Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.

Project 20/20 is an artistic journey along the Maine Island Trail traveled by artist Matthew Russ. The Trail, a recreational water trail connecting over 200 wild islands and coastal sites along Maine’s coast, is maintained by the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2020, Matt visited 20 sites on the Trail and created an original 20”x 20” painting during each visit. Follow Matt’s journey, view the paintings he produced and interact with Matt’s experience on the Trail along the way.

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Colby Museum of Art

February 11, 2021 - June 6, 2021 |
Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948–1960 is the first major museum exhibition to investigate the early work of one of the most celebrated American artists of the twentieth century. It tells the overlooked story of Lichtenstein’s early career and establishes a deeper understanding of postwar American art. The unprecedented exhibition features loans from museum and private collections, presenting about 90 works from the artist’s fruitful formative years. Many of the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints will be on public view for the first time. Learn more here.

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Cove Street Arts

This exhibition is co-curated by Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who first saw kawandi while documenting Siddi expressive culture in 2004, and artist and scholar Sarah K. Khan. All of the quilts in the exhibition are by members of the nonprofit Siddi Womens’ Quilting Cooperative, which is keeping this tradition alive and vibrant.   The Siddis of Karnataka, India are the descendants of both early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast by the Portuguese beginning in the 16th century. Gradually, they escaped slavery and moved southward into the remote Western Ghatt mountains of Northern Karnataka in order to create free, independent African diaspora communities.   While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain African traditions. In the visual arts, one tradition stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi.   Used as both mattresses and covers, kawandi are made by women for their children and grandchildren. Walking through a Siddi village, kawandi are seen draped over fences, hung on lines, or spread on low roofs to be aired in the sun. Yet they are practically unknown outside Siddi communities, even within India.   Mixing together a vibrant array of well-worn clothing fabrics, Siddi quilts are highly individualistic, yet quilters share many clear and precise opinions about quality, beauty, and the need to “finish properly” the corners with triangular patches called phulas, or flowers. Catholic and Muslim Siddi women sometimes incorporate crosses or crescents in their designs, and baby quilts in particular are often bejeweled with lots of small, colorful patches called tikeli.   This exhibition is a collaboration with Indigo Arts Alliance, and sales proceeds help support both the Siddi quilters and Indigo. Photo courtesy of Sarah K. Khan

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

February 16 - March 19 |  Spitting Fire is the inaugural programming series for SPACE’s new Curatorial Fellowships where SPACE staff invite local, national, and international voices to explore ideas in Maine. Our first Curatorial Fellow, Valeria Missalina Bembry, brings her unique background as both a humanitarian and art historian to explore the radical histories and possibilities in using oral traditions, visual storytelling, spoken word performance and “artivism”. Learn more here

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State Theatre

Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming livestreams. 

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Grant Wahlquist Gallery

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Eyes of,” Tad Beck’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. The show will run from March 12 through May 1, 2021. Digital public programming will be announced at a later date. “Eyes of” marks the debut of a new body of photographs with the same title, each of which is an abstract portrait of an artist whose vision has shaped or inspired Beck’s own. “Eyes of” continues Beck’s signature strategy of “re-photography”—creating images that are the product of an iterative process of taking pictures of pictures. For the initial exposure, Beck takes a still-life photograph of eyeglasses lent by the portrait’s subject against a checkerboard backdrop. He then prints out the still-life and rephotographs it through the glasses’ lenses and creates a new print. Beck repeats the process until the glasses are barely or not at all legible, each time experimenting with the lenses’ orientation and their distance from the camera’s lens. The resulting works are the largest abstract works Beck has made to date. While they clearly draw on a number of photographic precedents, from the multi-focus images of Jean-Luc Mylane to the abstractions of Thomas Ruff and Eileen Quinlan, their soft, hazy shapes and washes of iridescent blues, greens, golds, and fuchsia reveal Beck to have a color field painter’s sensibility.

The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com

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Dockfore
336 Fore St

The Janks are an eclectic group of artists from a diverse background of craft and composition working together to create a community for artistic pursuits, wherein members work together to hone their skills and further Maine's artistic presence.

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Portland Museum of Art

FEBRUARY 12 – MAY 31, 2021 |  At the PMA, we strive to understand the world through the lens of artworks, and we’re deeply curious about the ways in which the events of this year are affecting our artistic communities. When we work together and listen to one another, we create opportunities for change, but how is that change manifesting itself through the art we are making? This year has impacted us all in powerful and distinct ways, and as we navigate these historically challenging and remarkable times, we ask ourselves: how is art defining the moment? Untitled, 2020: Art From Maine In A _______ Time seeks to unpack this question by highlighting artworks created in Maine during 2020 and showcasing how artists in the region are responding in the wake of generational events.  

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Portland Museum of Art

March 1 - March 31 | This annual exhibition emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs through a month-long exhibition of artwork by K-12 students throughout the state. The exhibition will begin digitally on March 1, 2021 on the PMA’s website. Learn more. Pictured: Dorcas Bolese, "Jackie Ormas" 10th grade.

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