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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, October 4, 2019

Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual group exhibition of visual arts depicting imagery of Maine on Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit features works that exemplify the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The show is comprised of paintings in a variety of mediums and styles depicting scenes from the interior, to the islands, coves, and working waterfronts in Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene in Maine. 'Scenes of Maine' includes original paintings by gallery artists’ Amy Bickford – acrylic based gouache; Patricia Chandler - oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; and Wilson Stewart - oil and acrylic. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through October 30, 2019. Open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. For more information about the exhibit contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website www.richardboydartgallery.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Richard Boyd Art Gallery ~ 15 Epps Street, Peaks Island Portland, ME 04108 ~ 207-712-1097 ~ www.richardboydartgallery.com Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved Image" Jane Herbert ~ 'Late Summer Sunset' ~ Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"
Artist(s):
Amy Bickford; Patricia Chandler; Kevin Daley; Randy Eckard; Jane Herbert; Wilson Stewart
Medium:
Oil; Cold Wax Medium; Acrylic; Watercolor
Maine College of Art
On View: Sept. 26 - Oct. 13, 2019 MECA, 1st Floor Features artwork in a variety of mediums from Maine K-12 and other art teachers who are members of the Maine Art Education Association.
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Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street (Behind Local 188)
The Wellness Connection is hosting an open house at its Portland dispensary. Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour the dispensary and learn about the many benefits of nature's best medicine. On display for the month of October is artist Anita F. Poulin. Anita F. Poulin is a proud Franco-American who was born into a family of self taught artists. She has lived in Maine all her life and loves everything about Maine. “If an artist is patient, the State of Maine offers painting opportunities beyond expectation! Maine has it all!” Her art work and photography is influenced by the natural beauty of the State of Maine and its amazing four seasons. She is continuously inspired by a circle of creative and talented family and friends, who are her most valued critics. Must be 21+ with a valid ID to enter the dispensary. No Medical Card needed for entry.
Artist(s):
Anita F. Poulin
Medium:
Paint
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
Featuring artist Charles Thompson - En Plein Air Painting September 6th - January 3rd 2020 443 Congress Street Gallery Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Charles paints on location in the woods. His seductive colors and textures celebrate the raw and subliminal he discovers in ordinary places. He transforms and translates those sensual and spiritual qualities of light, atmosphere, and nature.
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Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Meet the artists at Bridge Gallery, the working studio/gallery of Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter. Gary is a classical realist painter, creating beautiful realistic still lifes. Rhonda is an expressive painter, using brilliant colors and moving paint strokes to convey feeling. See where they work, how they work, and how these two very different styles compliment each other!
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle
Medium:
oil and acrylic on canvas
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds' hand dyed fabrics, alcohol inks, and poured acrylics come together in this show at Coffee by Design on Congress Street and India Street. The techniques featured in these artworks all show how colors can be suspended, dispersed, and manipulated through paints, inks, and textiles.
Artist(s):
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds
Medium:
alcohol inks and poured acrylics
Coffee By Design, India St.
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds' Hand dyed fabrics, alcohol inks, and poured acrylics come together in this show at Coffee by Design on Congress Street and India Street. The techniques featured in these artworks all show how colors can be suspended, dispersed, and manipulated through paints, inks, and textiles.
Artist(s):
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds
Medium:
alcohol inks and poured acrylics
Maine Craft Portland
In the spirit of the wicked season to come, Maine Craft Portland will showcase various forms of fiber-art craft in a ‘Dark and Stormy’ theme! This lushly textured group show will highlight the works of some of Maine’s premier Fiber Craft Artists in a variety of ways through the month of October. You can see hand woven portraits of burlesque dancers, hand felted wolves and bats, mysteriously felted ‘Spirit Canoes’ to uniquely crafted shawls and other gorgeous wearables to keep you cozy into the darker stormy months.
Artist(s):
Susan Mills
Medium:
Felted Wool
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 4, 2019, 5-8PM On View: October 4 - December 14, 2019 DesignInquiry is a non-profit educational organization that explores pressing issues in design and culture. We are a collective of thinkers and makers devoted to extra-disciplinary exchange. For more than a decade DesignInquiry has spearheaded intensive team-based gatherings and shared the diverse outcomes and publications, influenced design research and teaching methods, and has inspired professional designers to rethink what design can be and can do. DesignInquiry: Futurespective is a series of installations that demonstrate how DesignInquiry engages in open-ended extra-disciplinary exchange. On display in the galleries are multi-media installations of objects + projects that present the experience of DesignInquiry as a real-time gathering and explore the process of DesignInquiry as a collective practice of thinking and making. Futurespective demonstrates how our practices unfold in design and everywhere. These practices are as diverse as the Inquirers themselves: we draw, write, weave, and cook; we discuss, debate, and document. Through these practices, which are conceptual as well as material, we query the way design informs culture and culture informs design.
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DesignInquiry
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Congress Square Park
Join us for music and dancing in Congress Square Park with El Malo from 6-8pm on Friday, October 4th! El Malo is a contemporary Latin-Rock band out of Portland, Maine. They play a blend of classic salsa tunes and original instrumental Latin music that is sure to get any crowd up and dancing! Come enjoy a diverse setlist of relaxing drum beats to lively horn section solos.
Artist(s):
El Malo
Medium:
Music Performance
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
The Portland Public Library is pleased to announce FOLKLAND, curated by Andy Rosen and Rachael Harkness, opening October 4th and running through December 21. Folklore and fairytales have long reflected our desire to understand the natural world and human behavior. Stories and illustrations connect us to each other and show how our relationship with nature is constantly evolving. Crafting a new kind of folklore, the artists in this exhibit tell a story of the natural world now, threatened by change, still rife with mystery and wonder. Their works ask us to revisit and reclaim our relationship with the world around us. FOLKLAND includes original art by Cecilia Ackerman, Stephen Burt, Annika Earley, Hilary Irons, and Andy Rosen.
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Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “A Study in Temperament,” Joe Mama-Nitzberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from October 4 through November 9, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5 – 8 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm. Mama-Nitzberg’s allusive, slippery, mordant works in various media draw on a wide range of cultural icons and sub-cultural attitudes, distilling and combining them in an approach equally indebted to fine art, commercial display, and memento mori. A bricoleur par excellence, Mama-Nitzberg manages the difficult feat of addressing our current moment head on with startling incisiveness while maintaining a critical distance, sagely tempering his (and our) investment in our present debates, urgencies, transformations, and crises with patience and a lack of self-seriousness. Pop (in both its upper- and lower-case senses), modernist painting, the postmodernism of the Pictures Generation, digital culture, literature, queer arcana, personal narrative — “A Study in Temperament” puts them all to work in ways both skeptical and tender. This would, naturally, be where we would explain to you that three works in “A Study in Temperament” transform homoerotic advertising images from After Dark by either juxtaposing them with paintings by gay artists such as Robert Indiana or the names of Sacco and Vanzetti or Leopold and Loeb. We could certainly offer an exhaustive analysis of three pairs of photographs presented in a double-sided freestanding metal sign featuring Shirley Temple Black, Ryan White, and Dorian Gray, and ensure that you not only understand who they are but also comprehend that the work is about youth and the various ways we lose it, that you’re aware that it might be a wink at Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe. If you missed Mama-Nitzberg’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, you would want to know that it also had something to do with Oscar Wilde, who here creeps into not only Black, White, and Gray but also a screaming pink photograph on Duratrans in a lightbox that collages a modeling portfolio photograph of Andy Warhol and a Soloflex advertisement, both of which were created the same year. (Warhol looms large in “A Study in Temperament,” but where doesn’t he?) Of course, a few of the works in the show are happy to go the extra mile and explain themselves to you. There’s a suite of three photographs in small metal signs on a shelf, two of which contain abstract shapes that nod to 20th Century painting. The third sign won’t tell you to think about Kasimir Malevich and Ellsworth Kelly, but it will tell you about the piece’s origins in Mama-Nitzberg thinking about digital manipulation and friends who died young. (It won’t tell you what they died of, but you’ll make whatever assumptions you’ll make.) There’s also a free-standing photographic sign melding text and abstraction in front of an abstract work on canvas, which relays both a story about the artist’s loss of his mother and also speaks to how we hold on to those we love and whether art in its currently debased state has any value. Oh! That one will also help you understand what the canvas and some other photographs in the show have to do with Bette Midler’s relationship to a certain chapter of queer history. ​ We could lay all of this out for you, but perhaps in a moment in which everything is available on our phones and everything is expected to be immediately legible and easily digestible the one remaining radical gesture is to hazard obscurity, to make and exhibit works that follow their obsessions as far as they will go, to have faith in one another’s curiosity and empathy at the risk of misrecognition or misunderstanding. You may or may not know who Paul was or what he has to do with this show, and you may or may not know about Raymond Burr’s fictional sons’ fictional leukemia, but this knowledge or lack of knowledge is to some extent a function of identity and privilege, and thinking about these things is perhaps a good start towards learning to be together in the world, to thinking more critically, and to seeing ourselves and one another more clearly. We look forward to seeing you. “’I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘I didn’t mean to be polite, or impolite, either. I guess it’s a sort of way I have of saying things, regardless.’” – Willa Cather, from “Paul’s Case” Joe Mama-Nitzberg received a B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1989 and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 1995. He lives and works in Catskill, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Grant Wahlquist Gallery; Basilica, Hudson; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. His work has also been featured in exhibitions at venues including Bunker 259, Brooklyn (organized by Regina Rex); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; the Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; the Pittsburg Center for the Arts; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; David Zwirner Gallery, New York; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and White Columns, New York. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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.
Artist(s):
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Medium:
Framed archival inkjet print
The Press Hotel
On View: October 1st, 2019 - January 2020. Opening Reception: November 1st, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Lisa Pixley is an artist printmaker located in Portland, Maine. She received her BFA with a concentration in painting from the Maine College of Art. After graduating, Pixley began a focus in the craft of print, both as a commercial and artistic practice. She studied as an apprentice with David Wolfe of Wolfe Editions where she worked closely with artists such as Charlie Hewitt and Allison Hildreth. In 2009 Pixley founded Pickwick Independent Press in Portland, a for-profit shared access print studio where she worked as director, master printer, and events coordinator, while also maintaining an active art practice in the medium of printmaking. Last winter, Pixley has developed a body of work consisting of suites of prints for the launch of her new studio boutique, PrintCraft. PrintCraft is a fine art print studio, and bindery started with Martha Kearsly of Strong Arm Bindery. With their combined forces, Kearsly and Pixley will work together to bring exquisite but affordable prints and stationary to market in their new store front located in Portland’s West End.
Artist(s):
Lisa Pixley
Medium:
printmaking
Dockfore
336 Fore St
A collection of images primarily depicting coastal scenes of Maine with a concentration on Portland's working waterfront.
Artist(s):
James O'Reilly
Medium:
photography
Maine Historical Society
Maine Historical Society currently features three engaging exhibits on Maine history. Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art: Explore Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans over 13,000 years in what is now known as Maine. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanaki people and immigrants to their region through 17th century colonial treaties, photographs, and contemporary artworks—everything from ash baskets to haute couture fashion. Icons & Influencers: Celebrity Photographs from the Evening Express, 1920-1935: America's obsession with celebrity is nothing new. While photo journalism began during the American Civil War, newspapers seldom used photography to illustrate or enhance stories until nearly seventy years later. Beginning in the 1920s, newspapers started featuring paparazzi-style candid photographs of cultural icons, including celebrities, politicians, and athletes, as a way to engage new audiences and increase sales. This exhibition features examples of celebrity photographs from the Evening Express, between 1920 and 1935. Recreating Hygge: Scandinavians in the Pine Tree State: MHS' pop-up exhibition, "Recreating Hygee" highlights specific examples of how Danish, Norwegian and Swedish families created comfortable homes and content lives, or "hygge," in Maine. Scandinavian-American communities flourished in Maine during the 19th and early 20th centuries, a period of increased immigration to the United States from Europe.
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Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
Tamara is a Maine artist who grew up in a rural town outside of Bangor. She studied Studio Art and Painting at the University of Maine in Orono, and through the Maine College of Art. Tamara has spent her entire life steeped in Maine’s natural abundance and beauty. Primarily as a plein air artist, she hopes to recreate a connection of energy and place with the viewer. Tamara lives and works in Portland, Maine.
Artist(s):
Tamara Jones
Medium:
Oil Paint, Pastel
Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art is thrilled to host N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives, the first major compilation of N. C. Wyeth’s art in almost 50 years. Co-organized with the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition contains approximately 45 paintings and drawings selected from museums and private collections across the United States, presenting a detailed, chronological exploration of Wyeth’s work and revealing the astonishing breadth of both his subject matter and style.
Artist(s):
N. C. Wyeth
Medium:
paintings
Vena's Fizz House
Teaching Artist Suzanne Drown Trout draws from nature, dance and the richness of cultures around the world to create art with a strong sense of hope, inspiration, and life affirming messages. Most recently she has been working on a series of Mandalas, a geometric figure which can be found in the art and symbolism of many cultures, from Hindu to Buddhist to Native American. In Sanskrit, Mandala means “circle” and represents wholeness or the idea of the Universe. This idea came to life as the creation of this Mandala series brought focus and clarity to Suzanne’s personal and professional life. To read more about her and what she has been doing go to her website www.suzannedrown.com.
Artist(s):
Suzanne Drown Trout
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Portland Museum of Art
Open-Ended: New Acquisitions at the Portland Museum of Art highlights many of the spectacular new objects that join the PMA's collection of over 18,000 works of art and provides the opportunity to share the stories behind these works and how they came to the PMA.
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Mechanics' Hall
Join us for our fourth partnership event with Print: A Bookstore: Open Mic Poetry Night! Print: A Bookstore and Mechanics’ Hall Library will present their first open mic poetry night. Interested poets (both published and unpublished) should email emily@printbookstore.com for one of ten six-minute slots. Please note that you must sign-up for a slot in advance of the event. Spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. FREE and open to the public. 7:00-8:00PM. Elevator access to second floor library.
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The Art Mart
517 Congress St.
The Art Mart will be opening an exhibit, Mindful Interpretations, on October 4th that will run until October 31st. An artists’ reception will be held on October 4th from 5-8 pm. The exhibit will include landscape and still life paintings by students of Chris Reed’s Portland Adult Ed class, Mindful Oil Painting. The classes are focused on a mindful approach to creating art through breathing exercises for cultivating attention in the present moment and letting go of obstacles, such as perfectionistic tendencies, that inhibit the freedom of self-expression. This show not only reflects the degree of skill that has been achieved by the students, but the time and commitment of making art a part of their lives. The subject matter, whether a lighthouse, an island, or a section of the Maine coastline, has been interpreted in such a way that gives meaning to each of them and hopefully will generate the same enthusiasm for the viewer. Students were asked to briefly explain their process, the challenges they faced - especially in the early stages of painting - and how mindfulness helped to resolve or mitigate those challenges, largely related to confidence and being self-critical. Here are some of the responses: “Mindfulness is a way of seeing beyond the canvas, of tapping into a deeper sense of beauty, color, and proportion.” “The quiet study in front of the canvas centered me and I was able to find my rhythm again…..Mindfulness provided a vehicle to find my creative path.” “(Mindfulness) It gave me perspective as I approached my process and an anchor to hold on to when feelings of perfectionism and obligation to paint something I thought I’d want to look at afterwards would begin to creep in.” “I definitely feel mindfulness is helpful by just taking time to clear your head, eliminate distractions, and 'breathe' so that you can focus on your art.” “With practice, and it did take practice, I’ve learned to save judgement for later when my head is in a more objective place. I’m often surprised at how well I actually did!” The show also reflects sheer enjoyment, the sense of being free in the creative act of painting, while imparting feelings such as tranquility……The public is invited to celebrate the wonderful artwork that is only beginning to flourish. Participating artists: Cynthia Loebenstein, Janice Siegle, Sarah Lawrence, Judy Crosby, James Sullivan, Colleen White, Linda Winsett, Valerie Hart, Jeanne Lafferty, and Chris Reed. The Art Mart is located at 517 Congress St., Portland, ME. Store hours are Sun., 12-5 pm, Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 am-7 pm, Fri., 8:30 am-6 pm, and Sat., 10 am-6 pm. For more information, call (207) 775-4244. Image: “Katahdin” by Colleen White, Oil on canvas, 7” x 11”
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Bomb Diggity Arts
Come on out to Bomb Diggity Arts for our first ever Psychedelic themed show! Featuring works such as petri-dish paintings, collaborative posters and black velvet paintings. We will also be releasing three new sweatshirt designs! Come on out for a groovy night, man!
Artist(s):
Monica Wood
Medium:
acrylic on Black Velvet
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
The Sea of Women Collective is putting together another art show, this time inspired by each artist's interpretation of the upcoming spooky/fall season. Just in time for Halloween! Opening reception is on First Friday, October 4th, at Pinecone+Chickadee.
Artist(s):
Sea of Women
Medium:
mixed
Prism Analog
With the opening of its new location in downtown Portland, Prism Analog Recording Studio will present exhibitions by Portland area artists that will occur during the monthly Portland First Friday Art Walks, beginning in October, 2019. Opening Friday, October 4th, will be an exhibition of photo art by Maine native Stephen Young and his vision, Luminous Drift Light Art. Enjoy an artistic journey through the sea smoke & moody hues of idyllic landscapes, coastal charms, and the unique anecdotes of life in New England. From lighthouses to autumn woodlands, Stephen’s images capture something beyond the familiar, and not so familiar, places in Maine. In his own words, “I strive to capture essence; everlasting impressions out of fleeting moments. The moments that drift in and out of the light.” The opening reception will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm with original jazzy, blues guitar music by Latido. Located in downtown Portland, Maine, Prism Analog seeks to inclusively engage area artists by offering recording services and performance and gallery space. Prism Analog is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and leverages the good in people: like-minded volunteers, local and federal grants, and personal and corporate donations help keep services affordable or free. For further information, contact Gregg Harper – studiomuseo7@gmail.com or Nick Johnson – nick@prismanalog.org or Stephen Young – luminousdrift@gmail.com
Artist(s):
Stephen Young
Medium:
photography
Portland Museum of Art
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 brings together painting, sculpture, and works on paper by pioneering Cubist artists such as Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Jean Metzinger, and Max Weber, in an examination of the vibrant intellectual and artistic exchanges that helped define one of the landmark styles of Modern art.
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Oak Street Lofts Gallery
“The Opening” is a statement about art, healing, thriving and a creative voice for change. Artists Amanda Grady, Morgan Mitchell, Deborah Train and Kathy Vilnrotter will transform the gallery into an experiential event of light, beauty and art, creating an immersive experience. Features include, wearable art, participatory sound, multi-media installations, colorful artwork and an interactive, participatory graffiti wall to be donated to Through These Doors domestic violence shelter. Each artist will contribute a piece for our silent auction which will be open for bidding during First Friday (Oct 4th) with all proceeds benefiting Through These Doors. Also on hand will be a representative from Through These Doors with literature and information about how you can help the community effort to end domestic violence. Through These Doors provides services to all affected by domestic abuse in Cumberland County, Maine, and offers education, training, systems advocacy, and consultation with a goal of reducing and ending the violence. Local businesses and artists who would like to join us in this community effort to bring awareness to domestic violence can contact Marie Sola at msola@daughtersofchange.com. Many thanks to our Venue Sponsor – Avesta Housing!
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Mixed
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is proud to present the exceptional metal work of MCA's 2019 Master Craft Award recipient, Tom Ferrero. Here’s your chance to see his multi-award winning 2-foot long ‘Mace’ that took the artist 2 years to create! If that doesn’t knock your socks off, ‘Aganon’s Device’ surely will! This compass-like tool is filled with splendid contraptions and scientific oddities. Come meet this master craft artist opening night during First Friday's Art Walk. His works will be on display through October. For more information about MCA's Master Craft Award: https://mainecrafts.org/programs/master-craft-artist-award/ For more information on Tom Ferrero: http://tomferrerostudio.com
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Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation
A glowing, dramatic show of historic work newly discovered from our archive of Leo Rabkin's life work. Watercolors of major scale, intricate hand-colored and embellished prints take the viewer through a thoughtful and emotional exploration of radiant auras of color, orbs floating through space and cosmic drifts of light and colored dust. Our year-long inventory project has yielded many surprises now ready to be shared with the Portland arts community.
Artist(s):
Leo Rabkin
Medium:
Watercolor and mixed media

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