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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, November 1, 2019

Maine College of Art
On View: October 21 - November 15, 2019 Maine College of Art Porteous Building: Lower Level, Floors 1-3 MECA's annual fall student exhibition, the BFA Exhibition, is open to all MECA students. It offers an opportunity for students to show new work, gain practical professional experience, and get valuable feedback from faculty and peers. Exhibition participants will be installed in the hallways and common area gallery zones on the Lower Level and Floors 1-3.
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Portland Museum of Art
Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) was a pioneering figure in American photography known for her dynamic images of modern dance, experiments in photomontage, and gestural light drawings. Throughout her career, Morgan worked to visualize the “inner meanings” of her subjects. Her photographs capture fundamental elements of both photography and life – light and motion. Raised in southern California, Morgan studied and taught painting and became interested in gesture and movement. She carried this fascination into her photography, determined to record what she called the world’s “rhythmic vitality.” Image: Barbara Morgan (United States, 1900-1992), Wild Bee Honeycomb Skyscraper (detail), 1973 photomontage, 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches Gift of Paul B. Ford 1984.340
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Barbara Morgan
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Photography
Mechanics' Hall
CAPITOL CRAFT: The artisans and tradespeople who built and restored the U.S. Capitol Dome. Stop by Mechanics' Hall for First Friday Art Walk and the opening of a special exhibit curated by Bruce Brown and Robert Baird. Capitol Craft explores the architectural history of one of America's most iconic landmarks - the U.S. Capitol dome - and the restoration of this engineering marvel. Over twenty photographs by Charles Badal of the tradespeople who worked on this fascinating multi-year project will be on view. The exhibit will also feature large format prints of the original drawings of the Capitol by architect Thomas U. Walter. Capitol Craft can be viewed at Mechanics' Hall during the month of November. The art walk reception is free and open to public. Baird will give a presentation on Friday, November 8th, as part of The 2019 Sparrow Lecture. He will be introduced by Senator Angus King whose own photographs of the U.S. Capitol will also be included in the exhibit. Visit mainemechanics.org for more information and tickets to the lecture. Exhibit images, including feature image, are all courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.
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Charles Badal
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Photography
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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Gary Perlmutter
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Oil on linen
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
On View: October 4 - December 14, 2019 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. Events, visiting artists, and designers-in-residence will intersect with MECA faculty, students, and the Portland community. DesignInquiry: Futurespective is an invitation to witness and participate in an active design lab with the goal to make evident that while a design process may appear unfinished, unplanned, and unknown, the outcomes can surprise in productive ways that reframe initial expectations of success.
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Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
The Portland Public Library is pleased to present FOLKLAND, a group show in the main branch's Lewis Gallery, 10/4-12/21. 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. Participating artists: Cecilia Ackerman, Stephen Burt, Annika Earley, Hilary Irons, and Andy Rosen. Curated by Rachael Harkness and Andy Rosen.
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Cecilia Ackerman, Stephen Burt, Annika Earley, Hilary Irons, and Andy Rosen
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mixed
Maine Historical Society
Swing by Maine Historical Society during the First Friday Art Walk to visit the museum exhibit galleries at no charge! Women in Harmony will be here between 6:30 and 6:45 sharing their music! Our exhibit "Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art" explores 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.
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Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Please join us on Friday, November 1, for Bomb Diggity artist Gabe Brewington's opening reception of "I'm Cute." There will be art, refreshments, and fun! In Gabe's words: "When I am making my work, I think about being creative, and smart. Some of them come from horror movies, animals, and food that I like. I also get inspiration from musicians and comedy."
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Gabe Brewington
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Sharpie on paper
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. 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 light box 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 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.
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Joe Mama-Nitzberg
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Archival inkjet print on Duratrans in lightbox
Atrium @ PPL
In honor of 100 years of Maine Suffrage, the Women in Harmony chorus will perform at 6pm just inside the Congress Street doors of the Portland Public Library's main branch.
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Women in Harmony chorus
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music
Maine College of Art
Make.Art.Think. at MECA 380 Cumberland Ave., Portland (corner of Cumberland and Casco) Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 5-6:30PM Please join Maine College of Art's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) candidates and LearningWorks Afterschool students, families, and staff in a celebration of artwork created during Make.Art.Think. Art Enrichment Classes. Come see artwork from 150 students across Portland and South Portland LearningWorks Sites, along with plenty of food, drink & gallery games! The exhibition will be open to the public during the First Friday Artwalk, 5 - 8 PM. View exhibit by arrangement November 2-6 - email Kelly McConnell, MAT Program Chair, at kmcconnell@meca.edu to inquire. This program is supported by Jeremy Moser and Laura Kittle through a gift from the Moser Family Foundation.
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Mechanics' Hall
Stop by Mechanics' Hall library for another exciting partnership event with Print: A Bookstore. We invite Patricia O’Donnell, author of The Vigilance of Stars, together with Hannah Calkin, author of Pomegranate Odyssey, to discuss their latest work and the art of writing and teaching in our library. Patricia O’Donnell, The Vigilance of Stars: Four stories twine together in this novel set in both contemporary and 1950’s Maine. Kiya, a Portland hair stylist in her early 20’s, becomes unexpectedly pregnant and determined to keep the baby as she struggles to recover from her brother’s suicide. Peter, the baby’s father, wants to break away from Kiya and find love—somewhere else. Maddie, Peter’s mother, fights her own loneliness as she cares for Alex, incapacitated in a nursing home. Evie, Maddie’s mother, appears as a young woman in the 1950’s, searching to heal herself both emotionally and physically. Kiya loses her confidence to be a mother in a shattering experience, which drives her from her home in Portland into the care of Maddie. On the shores of a wide and quiet lake in central Maine, Kiya tries to piece herself together. Peter, still in Portland, struggles to do the right thing without assuming the responsibilities of fatherhood, finding help from his new girlfriend Toni, who—for reasons of her own—pushes him into helping Kiya. In counterpoint to the lives of her descendants, Evie, Peter’s grandmother and Maddie’s mother, puts herself into the care of Wilhelm Reich at his institute in northern Maine, Orgonon. She is hoping to heal both her melanoma and (though she can hardly admit this to herself) her sexual problems. The characters’ lives spiral together, moving with inexorable force toward an ending which takes place on an uninhabited island in Maine where the stars stand watch over lives both old and new. Hannah Calkin, Pomegranate Odyssey: Pomegranate Odyssey is a celebration of women in fairy tales and mythology through a series of narrative and lyrical poems. From Rapunzel to Persephone and girlhood to womanhood, Calkin explores the evolution of the archetypal female protagonist in classic literature and modern culture. Reading Series: First Friday, Nov 1st. FREE and open to the public. 7:00-8:00PM. Elevator access to second floor gallery. Light refreshments provided by Mechanics’ Hall.
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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 Michael Milczarek. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday, November 1, from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through November 29. Michael Milczarek, a New England artist, brings us new works just in time for your pre-holiday shopping! He is known for his dramatic skies and water. He captures a real sense of space, seemingly with such ease. Whether moving his viewers eye deep into the far distance or vertically down the edge of a cliff to view the churning waters below, he sends us on a journey that is difficult to achieve. Milczarek’s oil paintings are filled with intense contrast in areas and extreme softness in others. He uses vivid shots of color to accent his otherwise neutral tone scenes. His brushwork is both soft and gentle and direct and stark. He plays two opposites in nice balance on canvas and it is the power and the emotion behind his beautiful work. Come meet the artist on November 1. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing works by Corrine Bongiovanni. Many of you know her because she is my very appreciated helper during First Friday Art Walks. She was the People’s Choice Award winner during our April Juried Show. She works in both oil and acrylic, focusing primarily on figurative/portraits and landscapes. Her palette is primarily earthy as she loves the richness of the golds to browns. That’s not to say that she doesn’t enjoy punching color in all it’s brightness as well. Her brushstroke is direct and the use of palette knife to create interesting textures is a favorite of hers. Come meet both artists on November 1! 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 - January 10, 11, 12 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. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux - March 13, 14, 15 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 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! Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 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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Michael Milczarek
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oil
Portland Museum of Art
Countless people across the globe can close their eyes and conjure Wyeth’s work—his vibrant use of color, his striking figures, his storyteller’s sense of visual narrative. Many are aware of his onetime standing as the country’s foremost illustrator, his deep ties to the places he lived—particularly Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania, and midcoast Maine—and his stature as patriarch to three generations of acclaimed artists, including his son Andrew and grandson Jamie. Very few, however, can describe his life beyond these brief biographical touchstones. N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives aims to broaden our understanding of Wyeth and American art. Image: N.C. Wyeth (United States, 1882 - 1945) Captain Nemo (detail), 1911, oil on canvas, 40 3/16 x 30 1/8 inches. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection.
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N. C. Wyeth
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paintings
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Nance Parker is a Portland native, the artistic director of Shoestring Theater, a painter, and a proud member of the Side x Side teaching team. Her work has been seen throughout the city and state for over 40 years in community parades, art exhibits, and puppet shows. She is a strong believer that art is for everyone and serves to enhance the quality of everyone lives. Whether as a participant or an observer, art makes life better.
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Nance Parker
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Acrylic work on Panels and Canvas
SPACE
538 Congress Street
Bee's work stems from trauma, grief, love, unity, history, crime, dysphoria, dystopia, utopia, memories, unconscious thought, psychedelic experience, and the celebration of existence. Their work often speaks in blunt defiance of authority and denounces all systems of oppression. They are an active member and organizer at New Fruit, an affordable shared studio space in Portland. "This project, in particular, draws influence from 60s and 70s children’s books... I find so much beauty in the ways people worked in that time period, which is very different from a lot of illustration now — super produced, complex, and technological. So many of those drawings are just two or three colors filled in, and still spilling over the outline." Bee Daniel is a multi-disciplinary, non-binary trans artist living and working in Portland, Maine. Follow Bee on Instagram @lil_bees_dream_emulator
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Bee Daniel
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paint
SPACE
538 Congress Street
SPACE is pleased to announce a new window installation, "Portland Terrain Biennial," co-organized by Meg Hahn, Bailey Romaine, and Brendan Shea. The Portland Terrain Biennial is an exhibition of site-specific art made for front yards, balconies, windows, and porches. The intent is to repurpose private spaces into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives. This October, the Portland Terrain Biennial will have 18 artists presenting site-specific artwork at SPACE Gallery's Window Gallery, in addition to 14 residential sites throughout Portland and its surrounding area. Follow Portland Terrain Biennial on Instagram: @portland_terrain_biennial
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Portland Public Art Committe
Rustle Diptych II, a vertical, red-painted steel sculpture by Maine College of Art (MECA) graduate Vivien Beer, is sited in Winslow Park, at the corner of Baxter Boulevard and Temple Street. Rustle Diptych II was designed to conjure the idea of “a sail caught in the wind, a wisp of smoke and an ironic throne.” Beer also contributed Cloud Couch as a companion piece for Rustle Diptych II. Winslow Park was for many years the home of a carved wooden sculpture, Milkweed Pod (1975), by Maine sculptor Clark Fitzgerald. Carved from a Deering Oaks Park log, it was installed as a temporary piece in the park. It became so popular, however, it was eventually moved to Winslow Park and became a part of the City’s permanent public art collection. The sculpture gradually rotted and eventually blew down in a strong wind. The Portland Public Art Committee decided to replace it with an existing sculpture by a Maine-based artist, and Beer’s work was chosen based on an interior piece she exhibited at MECA’s Institute for Contemporary Art.
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Vivien Beer
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Painted Steel
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is setting its table again for "The Dining Room." This second annual group show exhibition will represent all craft mediums ready for your holiday hosting. On the table and throughout the gallery you will see finely hand crafted items such as forged flatware, thrown dinnerware, Venetian stemware, felted trivets, napkin rings, and much much more! Also specially built for this year's show is the dining table and chairs created by the fine woodworkers of W.A. Mitchell. Come join us for this cozy candlelit opening!
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Trueline Gallery @ 561
561 Congress Street
Portland-based marketing agency Trueline will host another “First Friday” art show on November 1 at its 561 Congress Street headquarters. While the company’s first three shows featured a dynamic roster of local and regional creators, the next installment will highlight one artist in particular: the legendary Zoo Cain. A fixture in and around Portland, Cain is known for creating colorful, kaleidoscopic pieces in a variety of formats, including wood panel, sculpture and paper. Cain was also the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Reginald Groff, “Peace, Love and Zoo.” Don’t miss this amazing showcase by one of Portland’s most beloved artists. Formerly the home of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, the space at 561 Congress has a proud history of championing local art—a tradition that Trueline intends to continue. Wine and light snacks will be on tap. In addition, we’ll be giving away one free hour of business consulting to all guests that leave a business card with us!
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Zoo Cain
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Zoo Cain
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) will be holding its annual Fall Members Exhibition for November 2019. The opening reception will be, yes, that's right, on Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:00-8pm, at the UMVA Gallery, located in the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland, ME. The exhibit will run through the end of the month, until November 30. The exhibit is open to all Members throughout this statewide artists group. There is no theme for this show, but the range, scope, and variety of the exhibit will be extensive, including 2 and 3 dimensional artwork and widely varying styles and genres. It should represent the organization in all its anarchic and individualistic strength. Expect to see political, environmental, conceptual, figurative, abstract, sophisticated and primitive styles. A smorgasbord of visual delight! The UMVA Gallery is open during typical business hours, Monday-Thursday, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-5pm.
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