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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, March 5, 2021

Creative Portland
84 Free Street

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

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Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street

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

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Maine Craft Portland

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

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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street

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

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

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

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State Theatre

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

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Grant Wahlquist Gallery

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

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

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Portland Museum of Art

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

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Portland Museum of Art

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

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