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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, February 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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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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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |    Parallax/Geography exhibits the work of four artists whose use of the photographic medium negotiates the slippery retreat of the real from the camera’s eye, extending the distance and longing that retreat provides. Using experimental processes and conceptually driven structures, these works revisit the classic materials of photography: time, light, space, and substrate. The term parallax refers to the apparent displacement of an object when seen from differing points of view. We use parallax to see: each eye provides a subtly different sightline that our brains then stitch together, creating our perception of depth. Through photographing constructed spaces, reflection, light effects, and distant geology, each of these artists navigate distance, landscape, desire, and time through the medium of photography.   ARTISTS: Elizabeth Atterbury, Tad Beck, Sage Lewis, Amanda Marchand.   Pictured: Sage Lewis, Cache Scan, Feb 25, 2020

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |  Tory Fair: Portable Window: Tory Fair’s new video, photographs, and sculpture developed through an intergenerational dialogue with pioneering ecofeminist artist Mary Miss begun in 2018. Fair was inspired to steward some of the seeds Miss planted in the 1970s and is guided by her priorities: “Breathing space, human scale, and first-hand experience”, suggesting that art has the ability to give back and empower these fundamental rights. Reimagining one of Miss’s sculptures in particular, Portable Window (1968), Fair has created mobile framing devices in the form of large wooden wheels that roll through her neighborhood, creating videos that operate as an extension of the sculpture and capture what the sculpture is framing. “This slow flipping is how I feel right now”, notes Fair. “Observing calm, and even beautiful moments, but then seamlessly moving to a disorienting and dizzy feeling, a rupturing of the frame, and uncertainty.” Framing space usually helps to formalize composition, but these videos frame in order to destabilize and disorient. The landscape tilts and turns. Fair’s playful work opens up several platforms to listen and learn in an unprecedented time of pandemic anxiety and cultural upheaval.    “During these times of reflection and introspection, Maine College of Art (MECA) is privileged to present these artists whose concepts and implementation help us develop new insights, or knowledge at first sight,” notes MECA President Laura Freid.  “We all need to find new ways to see and I am hopeful that these perspectives will provide inspiration for our students as they return to campus this month.”   Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 PM, Join Tory Fair in conversation with pioneering environmental artist Mary Miss.

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