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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 2, 2020

Grant Wahlquist Gallery

9/11/20 – 10/31/20   “First things first,” he says. He says something else. But I don’t need to listen. I can’t hear a thing with so much water going.   Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “So Much Water So Close to Home,” an exhibition of new photographs by Kate Greene. The show will run from September 11 through October 31, 2020.    As in the short story from which the exhibition takes its title, Greene’s photographs conjure a complex web of emotional registers with startling efficiency and intensity. A master of light and texture, Greene marries a resolute commitment to observed detail with formal experimentation, exploiting photography’s tenuous indexicality to create images that are visually exquisite and polyvalent in affect. Whatever their genre—landscape, domestic scene, still life, sculptural study—her photographs’ strange beauty functions as a lure to deeper consideration of the relationship between vision, knowledge, and authority, often from a feminist perspective. Featuring a selection of 11 photographs produced in the past two years, “So Much Water So Close to Home” resides where desire and danger coincide. As in Raymond Carver’s tale—a narrative of careless men and the women who love them—it manifests the feeling of navigating a world in which what we want may also be our undoing.

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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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SPACE Gallery

Through October 1, 2020 The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure. Image: Film still from "Son of the White Mare."

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SPACE Gallery

September 4 - October 2. D R / F T, a new installation by Peaks Island artist Daisy Braun at SPACE, reflects on plankton's role in the world's ecosystems and our bodily links to earth's past, present, and future.   "For millennia, plankton have floated through the world’s oceans, carried by the current. They inhabited the sea before the continents held life, when the winds blew over bare rock. They endured as the world developed language, myth, agriculture, machinery, and mass culture. They continue to drift today – outside our awareness, despite the vital bond we share." Read more

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Maine Craft Portland

FRIDAYS 3pm-7pm  & SUNDAYS 9am-1pm through September An outdoor market featuring artists + farmers + foodies. East End Vend is an outdoor, socially distanced market Friday evenings and Sunday mornings in Portland’s East End neighborhood.   Picture (mask wearing) residents and visitors shopping the market for handmade items for themselves or their home, dinner ingredients or brunch additions (think bagels or maple syrup!), fresh flowers and other good stuff from Maine.

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Mechanics' Hall

September 21st from 7-8pm. HAMILTON! How the Musical Remixes American History with Dr. Richard Bell.   America (once again) has Hamilton-mania! With Disney+ now streaming the show, backyard movie screens and living television sets have been screening Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical all summer long.  Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-how-the-musical-remixes-american-h...   Join us on Monday, September 21st with University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell where we will explore this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and entertainment. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States—and why, particularly in this moment in time – all that matters.   What were the real Hamilton’s choices and policies in relation to immigrants, working people, rural farmers, and those enslaved? We’ll examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other, who we are, the nation we made and the importance of “who tells your story.”   Not yet a Mechanics’ Hall member? Visit mainemechanics.org to become one today!   *This program is presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society. FREE to Mechanics’ Hall and Maine Historical Society members. Ticket price of $10 for non-members.

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Mechanics' Hall

Ongoing   The Mechanics' Hall Library is open for "curbside" service! You can pick up new titles and return old ones. Please visit our website for more details, but here are the basics:    Curbside hours:    Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 3:00pm.  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 2:45 pm     Curbside Basics:    1. Send us an email at library@mainemechanics.org or call us at (207)773-8396 during our curbside hours to request items. Please limit your request to five items.    2. A staff member or volunteer will call you back when your materials are ready to pick up. Your books will be placed on a table in a bag with your name on it right outside the library doors on the 2nd floor.    3. When you arrive at Mechanics' Hall please follow the instructions on the glass door to gain access and pick up your books. You must wear a mask to gain entry and there is no browsing at this time. No exceptions. We ask that you pick up your books and exit the building.  Please note: Any requests received over voicemail might experience a delay in processing. Calling during the curbside hours helps staff get books out faster! 

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street

Through March 2021   MHS is relaunching our Bicentennial public programming with MAINE at 200, an exciting new virtual (Zoom) series! In live conversations, distinguished historians and speakers will explore how Maine became a State in 1820, what that has meant to Maine people, and how 13,000 years of history has shaped the complex issues that matter to Mainers today.   You won't find this series anywhere else! Presenters include James E. Francis, Sr; Lise Pelletier; Liam Riordan; Kate McMahon; Pulitzer prize winner Alan Taylor; Earle Shettleworth, Jr., and Colin Woodard.  Visit our Programs & Events page for updates on the complete series and how to register! Most programs are free and open to the public (unless noted as MHS Members Exclusive.) Click here for more info!

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Maine Craft Portland

The Maine Crafts Association is thrilled to introduce and invite you to explore our brand new online gallery: SHOP Maine Craft! We are proud to offer for online purchase hundreds of handmade craft objects made by hundreds of Maine craft artists! With the ability to shop in a socially distant manner from your couch, the park, or another state completely, it's never been easier to find and purchase from Maine craft artists. Your purchases directly support Maine craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association (a non profit serving artists since 1983!).   The MCA's mission is to support craft artists with educational, marketing and retail opportunities. During these unprecedented times we are working to support our craft artists in new and creative endeavors. An online shopping platform allows you to safely connect with our artists.   Please browse, share, make purchases and check back at SHOP Maine Craft often. As with our gallery locations, products are constantly changing and many are one of a kind; and in our humble opinion, we think if you like it you should buy it!

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Mechanics' Hall

October 28, 7-8pm
 
Join Portland based potter Ayumi Horie in her studio (virtually of course)! Come get a closer look at her pottery and activism work.
 
This October, we’re so excited to bring local potter Ayumi Horie right to your computer for an in-depth virtual chat! Horie’s two-part lecture will cover her work and a survey of great ceramic work being made by contemporary makers. She’ll also discuss a number of side projects including The Democratic Cup, Pots In Action, and Portland Brick, a public art installation in the India Street neighborhood of Portland. If there’s time, there will be a studio tour and discussion.
 
FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members, $8 general admission. Register through Eventbrite.
 
Thank you to Machias Savings Bank, supporting sponsor for Makers at the Hall 20/21 season.

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Mechanics' Hall

September 30, 7-8pm

Join Terrill Waldman of Tandem Glass in her studio (virtually of course)! Come get a closer look at the work of Tandem Glass duo, Terrill Waldman and Charlie Jenkins. Ask Terrill your burning questions (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). Tandem Glass Gallery is located in a 2000 square foot space in Dresden Mills, Maine. Normally you can visit their studio and gallery to witness the glass blowing process first-hand, but this September, we are bringing Waldman right to your computer for an in-depth virtual chat!
 
FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members, $8 general admission. Get your tickets through our Eventbrite page!
 
Thank you to Machias Savings Bank, supporting sponsor for Makers at the Hall 20/21 season.

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One Monument Square
One Monument Square

Get your concert fix with OLS' live streamed shows. Use this link to find upcoming live streams along with archived shows! Donations are shared between both artists and OLS. Please share the stream to spread the music!  Image: Liz Longley

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Blue
650A Congress Street

Join Blue on their Facebook page for a series of livestreamed music. View the full line-up here. There is also a seperate Irish Live Stream Series throughout the Fall and Winter. Tune in! 

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Mechanics' Hall

October 1st from 6-7:30pm THE ATHENAEUM OF PHILADELPHIA in collaboration with the Membership Libraries Group and Mechanics' Hall presents…   Peniel E. Joseph: The Sword and the Shield:    The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.   Description: In his new book, THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books; March 31, 2020), acclaimed historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a paradigm-shifting dual biography of the leaders, presenting a more nuanced narrative that pushes readers to reconsider these two leaders and the era they came to define. Joseph depicts both men not as antagonists, but as revolutionaries who confronted the same problem from two different perspectives. As Joseph explains, examining their political lives next to one another provides a more complicated, but ultimately more satisfying, understanding of these men and the times they shaped.   Bio: Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan professor of political values and ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written several previous books on African American history, including Stokely: A Life. He lives in Austin, Texas.   FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members. Registration required.

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Peniel Joseph by Kelvin Ma
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SPACE Gallery

SPACE House Shows is back for Volume 2! Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm EST, musicians will take to our Instagram page, performing live from their homes to yours. We hope these digital shows can be a vessel for the same sorts of joy, curiosity, and community found at SPACE events of the past and of course, future. These shows are member-supported and it's because of our members' generosity that we're able to run this concert series and ensure that all performers are paid. We firmly believe in compensating artists fairly and these times are no different.  

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.

Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.

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State Theatre

Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming free livestreams along with canceled show listings. 

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Maine Craft Portland

On view @ Maine Craft Portland August 25 – October 25, 2020   Maine Craft Portland presents a challenge for our MCA craft artists to create one-of-a-kind pieces that embody one of the many meanings The Holy Grail has held over the centuries.    Pictured: Chalice of the Goddess | Susan Mills

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