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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, September 6, 2019

Artists at Work: Project Window at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
This First Friday, stop by the Bob Crewe Gallery Window and get a glimpse of what it happening at MECA this September. Watch Machine Dazzle & MECA artist at work. Machine Dazzle, costume designer for Taylor Mac, will be an artist-in-residence at MECA from September 15 to 19. He will be working with Textile and Fashion Design students in the front windows of the Porteous Building to create a site-specific work. This residency is a collaboration with Portland Ovations and is made possible by the Crewe Foundation. Portland Ovations presents Taylor Mac at the State Theater on September 19. BOB CREWE GALLERY WINDOW @ the Maine College of Art is adjacent to Artists at Work room, located at 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.
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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
Captivating Fearless Vibration: through color and texture. Group artist exhibition. Featuring artist: Charles Thompson En Plein Air Painting Sept.6th - Jan. 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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Charles Thompson
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En Plein Air Painting
SPACE
538 Congress Street
Carry Me features paintings by Howard Fonda with baskets from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jeremy Frey, Suzanne Greenlaw, Jennifer Neptune, Sarah Sockbeson, and Fred Tomah. The pairing revels in formal connections between works and complicates traditional definitions of fine art and craft.
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Howard Fonda
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paint, textile
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!
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Rhonda Pearle
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oil and acrylic on canvas
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for an art opening with new works by Dan Graziano. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday September 6 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through September 27. Dan Graziano, formerly from Maine, will introduce new works to the gallery. This highly collected artist paints culinary scenes from little outdoor umbrella tables to chefs cooking in the kitchen. His expertise with this subject fits perfectly with Portland’s foodie scene along with everyone’s kitchen and dinning rooms! Have you started collecting him yet? This is your chance to get first pick from the new works arriving. Graziano works with a direct brushstroke charged with contrast. He engages you with the actions of his figures rather than their faces. His use of white is stunning. He carefully uses it to direct the viewers eye around. He likes to leave traces of his orange underpainting exposed to create areas that are high in energy and interest throughout his work. If you aren’t already familiar with his engaging paintings, do stop in to experience them first hand. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing the work of one of our new artists, Lou James. She paints on tiles with alcohol ink. She has amazing control of this fluid medium which she uses to create bright works of art. Her use of color intermixed with gold is stunning. She has been the hottest seller in the gallery this summer. Come meet her on September 27! Are you looking to redecorate your home? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus of your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux - Sept 13, 14, 15 from 9:30-4 - $250 This workshop focuses on learning to use color creatively. Do you fear color? Is your work trapped in local color? Color is emotion and learning to use it to your advantage can transform your paintings. Please call for more information. Slots are filling up quickly. 207-576-7787. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux - October 18, 19, 20 from 9:30-4:00 - $250 For those of you wishing to paint portraits or the full figure, this is your opportunity to learn from the artist who paints figures regularly. Learn to how to capture the subtleties that really help convey the special qualities of your model. Attention to proportions, detail and values will also be prominent teaching points during this workshop. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 207-576-7787 Gallery Services Framing. We are happy to inform you that we will now be offering framing for your convenience. Get the helpful eye of an artist to put just the right frame on all your framing needs. We’re happy to work with you. Art Concierge. We help you create beautiful spaces in your home or business, which captures the look and feel you desire, by bringing art directly into your space so you can view it with your own lighting and your own unique surroundings. Come ask about this unique boutique service. Oil Painting Classes. Offering a range of classes from beginner through advance. For more information, please contact the gallery. Art Immersion. Come spend a week in the gallery painting with instructions from Susan Roux. It’s a great way to jump back into art if you’ve wandered away from it or improve the skills you continue to develop. Please join us for our special exhibits along with works of 35 artists from 10 different countries. We look forward to seeing you soon! Creatively, Susan Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 48 Free Street Portland, ME 04101 207-576-7787 www.rouxandcyrgallery.com
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Dan Graziano
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oil
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
On View: July 12 - September 20, 2019 Dark and light. The space between. The moment of change. The necessity of one to identify the other. Hope. Fading. The opportunities to explore the theme seemed so many and varied that the idea of a group exhibition was born. Invited artists have created work addressing the psychological and/or physical implications of light and/or dark. All are Maine artists with established careers and reputations for fine craftsmanship and artistic excellence. Exhibiting Artists include: Lynn Duryea, Rebecca Goodale, Tom Hall, Joe Hemes, Alison Hildreth, Lissa Hunter, Jamie Johnston, George Mason, Julie Morringello, Jan Owen, Warren Seelig, Carol Stein, Todd Watts, Susan Webster. An exhibition from Guest Curator Lissa Hunter.
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Alison Hildreth
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oil on canvas
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Trigger Warning,” Diana Cherbuliez’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from August 23 through September 28, 2019. An opening reception will occur on Friday, August 23 from 4 – 7 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm. Cherbuliez is well-known for working in a myriad of traditional and unconventional materials, frequently requiring her to concoct new means of making. She masterfully repurposes found or cast-off materials with personal and poetic associations to draw out their material and allusive possibilities in playful and heartbreaking ways. While her work often alludes to fairy tales, myths, and construction—that is, narrative and physical structures, and the way they complement each other—“Trigger Warning” takes on a new domain: the absurdity and loneliness, but also the connectivity and expansiveness, of life online. The exhibition includes three pairs of bespoke boxing gloves, each titled Concussion. Though wearable, the thumbs are out (ouch!), and their design is based on Facebook’s “like” button. Ten years after its launch, the “like” button has morphed from a tool for ranking popularity and selling ads into the laziest mode of engagement, the one-click equivalent of “have a nice day.” What once indicated endorsement or encouragement is now an empty token and source of overwhelming anxiety for the masses engaged in internet popularity contests. These intricately constructed transformations of the ubiquitous icon into covetable 3D objects comically address the pugilistic nature of social media, our latest and greatest playground for the agonism of our disintegrating democracies under late capitalism. “Trigger Warning” also features Their selves, a series of variously-positioned cast rubber dolls clutching cell phones in both hands laying scattered about the gallery’s floor as though discarded by a child. The figures are simultaneously realistic and strangely cartoonish, gendered and sexless. Eternally snapping selfies, they contrast the deliberative, conscientious, and historically rare nature of self-portraiture with the narcissistic self-regard of Instagram. Like many, Cherbuliez is an internet flâneur, and a number of works in “Trigger Warning” draw on the experience of scouring the web and diving down its various rabbit holes. For Cherbuliez this often takes the form of exploring on Google Maps street view locations far from Vinalhaven, the island in Maine where she has lived since the early 1990s. Following a trip to visit Robert Maillart’s Salginatobel Bridge, she explored the road traversed by the bridge online. Cherbuliez discovered a nonplussed woman turned towards Google’s strange camera car passing through her remote alpine hamlet; in other images she appears to return her gaze to her own land, rejecting or dismissing the intrusion. Detailing an unanticipated encounter with another nameless person across great distance—though the woman’s face was initially visible, Google caught their mistake and later blurred it—two photographs materialize comfort in solitude and the disjunction between expectation and the actual appearance of real people. Cherbuliez was awake late at night on December 2, 2016. That evening, the warehouse inhabited by the artist collective known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, burned. Killing 36, it was the deadliest fire in Oakland history. Cherbuliez, who had lived in the area while a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, took to street view to see if she remembered the building; apparently scores of others were doing the same, as whenever she approached the Ghost Ship’s location the site began to load increasingly abstract, fragmented images. Cherbuliez cached many of them, a selection of which have become photographs and are on view here. The photographs are documents of loss, but also of a digital spectatorship that is an extension of the human impulse to crowd around a tragedy—a memorial in some sense makes a tragedy—of the ineradicable gap between ourselves and the sufferings of others, which are abstractions both figuratively and literally in these images. Gift, 2000, on view for the first time in many years, is a hand scaled with match strike plates clasping an apple made of matchstick heads and beeswax. While in the present exhibition its gestural quality on one level echoes the miniature iPhones in the hands of Their selves—the substitution of Silicon Valley’s Apple for Eden’s fruit here attests to Cherbuliez’s humor and talent for wordplay—it links “Trigger Warning” to some of the artist’s perennial concerns: the potency of materials and the importance of handwork, the quest for and volatility of (self-) knowledge, and the promise and peril of connection and loneliness. Diana Cherbuliez received a B.F.A. from SFAI and an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at, amongst others: Grant Wahlquist Gallery (solo and group exhibitions); the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (group exhibitions and two-person exhibition with Alison Hildreth), Rockland, Maine; Theodore:Art, Brooklyn (two-person exhibition with Tad Beck); Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine; the Schlitkamp Gallery at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts; and June Fitzpatrick, Portland, Maine (group exhibitions and two-person exhibition with Alison Hildreth). A work from her first solo exhibition at the gallery was acquired by the Worcester Art Museum. Cherbuliez has attended residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California. She thanks the Maine Arts Commission for a Visual Arts Fellowship in support of her work this year. 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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Diana Cherbuliez
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Sculpture
DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Classic Works from the 1960s and 1970s by Leo Rabkin. An array of modernist painting and sculpture from the artist's classic period including plexiglass boxes, large scale watercolors and mixed media constructions. Rabkin emerged from the ethos of the New York School to challenge its heroic swagger with intimate and even delicate works offering an kindly closeness to everyday experiences. See how modernism became post-modernism in the art of a New York artist whose legacy now lives in Portland.
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Leo Rabkin
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Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics’ Hall is proud to co-sponsor a First Friday author discussion series with Print: A Bookstore. Meet mystery writer Edwin Hill who will be discussing his new novel, “The Missing Ones”, in conversation with Maine mystery writer Bruce Coffin.
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Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
EVEN THE BUGS AND ANIMALS ARE SAD is a grouping of work that is part of a larger series called LEARNING HOW TO CRY WHILE DRIVING UP GHOST MOUNTAIN. This work presents narratives of a woman in a car and spirits in subtle interactions with each other. This series of paintings is driven by the act of learning how to let go of a loved one in the present and dealing with the metaphorical ghosts of the past.
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Caitlin Duennebier
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mixed
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is pleased to extend this dual exhibition of Maine’s most unique sculptural ceramicists around! Jonathan White of Odd Inq and Carolyn Judson of Judson Pottery will be showing us sculptural forms remarking on the nature of industrial objects to elements from outer space! A show of sculpture not to be missed! We will also entertain your ears with the musical talent of Bohemian Swing.
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Mechanics' Hall
A vision of artist Larry Hayden, the Portland Drawing Society was created years ago to both indulge a passion for drawing and to honor the wealth of leaders in arts and culture in our community. The Honored Guests in this pop-up exhibit (along with many others not shown) have all contributed in some way to making Portland the vibrant, creative place that it is, and these portraits represent our appreciation in charcoal, graphite, ink and paint. Members of the Portland Drawing Society are artists with a variety of backgrounds and practices, whose common link is a love of capturing people on paper. Works shown in this exhibit were created in the last year.
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Portland Museum of Art
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. The Washington Post says "It’s a revelatory show about a summer craft school that opened in rural Maine in 1950, broke down barriers between art and craft, established itself as a hotbed of creative experiment and is still operating." Don't miss it before it closes on September 8.
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Art House Picture Frames
Contemporary still life paintings.
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Gail Pfeifle
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Acrylic on canvas
Maine College of Art
On View: September 5 - 20 Maine College of Art, Bob Crewe Gallery Window Display - Congress St. An installation of works by Machine Dazzle, costume designer for Taylor Mac. This project is a collaboration with Machine Dazzle and MECA's Textile and Fashion Design students, supported by Maine College of Art and Portland Ovations. From September 15 - 19, MECA students and Machine Dazzle will collaborate on an elaborate window installation spanning MECA's three Congress St. facing windows. Machine Dazzle will also give a public lecture, Tuesday, September 17 at 6PM in MECA's Osher Hall. Free and open to the public.
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Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Plein air landscapes by local artist, Finn Teach
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Finn Teach
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Oil on canvas
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
“If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.” Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, they bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate. Melt Down is organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Artists included: John Paul Caponigro, John Eide, Ella Hudson, Jonathan Laurence, Justin Levesque, Jim Nickelson, Jan Piribeck, Peter Ralston, Shoshannah White, Deanna Whitman.
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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 September is art work by Molly Anathan. "I view most of my abstract work as the result of individual conversations between myself and the piece that I am creating. I rarely plan ahead, and start with simple child-like mark making. The work develops organically and almost spiritually as I respond to what I see and feel that painting “is asking for”. The materials and techniques I use are varied, ranging from xerox-transfer to colored pencil, collage, and acrylic paint. I will occasionally incorporate found objects and nature-based materials. The results are somewhat mysterious, eclectic, organic, sometimes whimsical, and always visceral." -Molly Anathan
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Molly Anathan
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Mixed
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Visit Nina Hope's Colorful Little Worlds at two Coffee by Design locations, July 28-Sept. 8, at Congress Street and India Street. This self-taught artist paints from her imagination, influenced by everything from flora and fauna to Victoriana to Art Deco architecture.
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NINA HOPE
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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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Portland Museum of Art
There's a new work calling the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park home: Isamu Noguchi’s Play Sculpture. To celebrate this colorful addition to the Sculpture Park, as well as the myriad ways in which Noguchi considered the relationship of play to sculpture, the PMA hosts a series of Portland-based musicians interpreting Noguchi's sculpture through sound. Join the PMA for the final installment of the Summer Music Series with Portland's own Spencer Albee. 4:30-7pm
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Spencer Albee
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Maine Historical Society
MHS' pop-up exhibition, Recreating Hygge, 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. The exhibit features the Kair, Ek, and Johnsen Families of Portland, and the Ek and Abrahamson families of New Sweden, one of the United States' first planned communities, which focused on attracting Scandinavian settlement in northern Maine. Project made possible by Philip Kair Grime, Elsie M. Grime and Family.
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George M. Hathaway
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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
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Susan Zimmerman
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Oil Paint, Pastel
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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Congress Square Park
corner of Congress and High Streets
An urban runway show that clashes the gritty stylings of budding Portland-based painter Jacob A. M. Powers, with the beauty and grace of fine art and fashion. The set and clothing will be designed in-house by Powers and his team. Music, lights, and beauty… Portland at it’s finest. Jacob A. M. Powers is a Portland native and self taught painter working in mixed media with salvaged material. He uses written word, fine detail and crude brush strokes to create surreal and figurative works that poke fun and question the world around him. Looking to become a permanent fixture in the Portland landscape, Powers is always looking for new challenges to facilitate greater connection to others and beautify public and private space alike. He first debuted his work in March of 2018 throwing his own independent, solo exhibition by the moniker “1905.” Since then Powers has hung 6 installations in restaurants and galleries in the downtown Portland area. Congress Square Park - FFAW September 6th 6-8pm - FMI: http://congresssquarepark.org/event/urban-fashion-show-with-jacob-powers-friends/
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SPACE
538 Congress Street
This site-responsive wall drawing unfolds throughout Mark Licari’s two-week residency at SPACE. Inspired by the sonic waves that shift in and out SPACE, Licari will produce a mural that interweaves the natural world and the human world in a way that exposes absurdities and weaknesses.
Artist(s):
Mark Licari
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paint
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
Opens First Friday, September 6th, 5-8pm...open Fri, Sat and Sun, 1-4pm through 9/28. Image: Diana Arcadipone
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