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First Friday Art Walk


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, February 7, 2020

Portland Public Art Committe
Beach Pea, a sculpture by Jesse Salisbury, is a still life of geological movement split and shaped from one eight-ton natural-faced slab of Jonesborough granite. The seed shaped form was split into curves and internal blocks using hand-forged steel chisels and wedges. Mindful of the relationships between positive and negative forms, the blocks were carved and polished down to mimic beach rocks. The process is similar to the natural forces but controlled, and formed much faster than geologic time. The title comes from the wild Beach Pea, which grows by the seashore among the naturally rounded rocks shaped by time, wind and waves. Jesse Salisbury is an internationally celebrated artist from Steuben, Maine. He is the founding director and host of Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. Their mission is to host Stone Sculpture Symposia in downeast Maine that will engage individuals and communities in public art. Salisbury has work in public collections including the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, The Steuben Library, and Bartlett Wines in Gouldsboro, in addition to his symposium pieces in Egypt, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. Granite has played an important part in Maine’s history. In its peak usage in 1901, an estimated 3,500 workers were employed at 152 quarries on the mainland and off shore islands. Schooners laden with the stone would carry their cargo to public works projects along the east coast. It can be found in buildings and projects including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Church of St. John the Divine, and the Kennedy Memorial. Maine Granite is famous for the diversity of its color and texture and can often be traced back to the quarry it came from. It is the bedrock of Maine and remains an enduring medium for artists.
Jesse Salisbury
Jonesborough granite
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring works by Tad Beck (Vinalhaven, ME), Joe Mama-Nitzberg (Catskill, NY), Kyle Patnaude (Portland, ME), Marc Swanson (Catskill, NY), and George Dureau. The show will run from February 7 - March 21, 2020. An opening reception will occur on Friday, February 7 from 5 - 8 pm.
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Pigment print on canvas, thread
Maine Craft Portland
A glass exhibition not to be missed! Joseph Webster, an emerging glass artist, owns and operates a glassblowing studio in Biddeford, Maine. Joseph’s works are highly regarded for his high level of craft and technical prowess. His exhibition will be comprised of a wide breadth of his sculptural design work as well as showcasing a new series of colored tableware, bar ware, and centerpieces. Maine Craft Portland is proud to open this month long exhibition just in time for unique Valentine's Day offerings.
Joseph Webster Glassworks
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Jan ter Weele
Acrylic and/or Oil on Canvass
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics' Hall and Print: A Bookstore partner every First Friday on a literature reading and author conversation series that takes place in the Mechanics' Hall library. On February 2nd, they welcome Jolene Grace author of GOING DARK. Jolene will be in conversation with fellow author Jane Willan as they are both part of the Sisters in Crime organization.
Maine College of Art
THE TOLERANCE PROJECT has brought a message of social acceptance to over 100,000 people in 26 countries. Founded by artist-activist Mirko Ilić, this initiative showcases posters designed by artists from around the world. THE TOLERANCE PROJECT starts a conversation about inclusion, which can only begin with a foundation of tolerance. In a world increasingly split by race, religion, sexuality, and national origin the show utilizes the unique power of design to remind us what we all have in common. THE TOLERANCE PROJECT includes over 137 posters made by designers worldwide. The selection exhibited at Maine College of Art represent a larger global conversation. On view from December 13, 2019 – February 22, 2020 Maine College of Art: Congress Street Windows + MECA Lobby Public Reception: First Friday, February 7, 5–6:30pm MECA, Porteous Lobby 522 Congress Street, Portland ME, 04101 (Free admission) For more info: toleranceposters.blogspot.com
Alejandro Magallanes