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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

Neiley Gallery & Studio
94 Commercial St., 2nd floor
Neiley Harris brings you... "Branching Out" Join us for Neiley’s colorful journey through the natural beauty of Maine, from scenic Bar Harbor to Portland’s working waterfront. Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2019, 5–8PM Meet Neiley and enjoy her latest body of work along with light refreshments at her new gallery & studio in Portland’s Old Port. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Lucky Pup Rescue, a non-profit all-breed dog rescue in Kennebunkport, Maine. Neiley Gallery & Studio 94 Commercial Street, 2nd Floor (elevator access via side entrance) Portland, ME 04101 For more information, please visit neileyharris.com Or contact Neiley at neiley@neileyharris.com or by phone 207.215.8680
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Neiley Gallery & Studio
94 Commercial St., 2nd floor
Neiley Harris brings you... "Branching Out" Join us for Neiley’s colorful journey through the natural beauty of Maine, from scenic Bar Harbor to Portland’s working waterfront. Opening Reception: Friday, November 1, 2019, 5–8PM Meet Neiley and enjoy her latest body of work along with light refreshments at her new gallery & studio in Portland’s Old Port. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Lucky Pup Rescue, a non-profit all-breed dog rescue in Kennebunkport, Maine. Neiley Gallery & Studio 94 Commercial Street, 2nd Floor (elevator access via side entrance) Portland, ME 04101 For more information, please visit neileyharris.com Or contact Neiley at neiley@neileyharris.com or by phone 207.215.8680
Artist(s):
Neiley Harris
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Casco Bay Artisans
A little History…. Casco Bay Artisans was founded in 2012 on the idea of bringing the best contemporary fine art to the market here in Portland, Maine. Over the last seven years, owner Jen Swarts has used a group curation model to find artists in the community and around the world that fit that criteria. This has evolved into the current group of artists that we are delighted to work with. Through a passion for beautiful objects, high technique, and diverse aesthetics, Swarts has created one of Portland’s foremost commercial art galleries representing 50 artists from the local, national, and international markets. This October, we celebrate 25 of these artists working in oil, acrylic, pastel, encaustic, found object, torn paper, glass, and steel. Our Featured Artists: Chris Beneman | Britta Bruce | Pat Campbell | Grace Cooper | Diane Dahlke | Christina Davis | Suzanne de Lesseps | Julia Doughty | Rachel Eleni | Joelle Feldman | Anastasia Gatto | Rebecca Hayes | Anne Ireland | Savya Jain | Erika Manning | Andrea Mulcahy | Kim Radochia | Ellen Roberts | Jan Royall | Michela Sperindo | Bonnie Spiegel | Robin Swennes | Dana Trattner | Maya Travaglia | Jean Wiecha
Artist(s):
Group exhibition
Medium:
oil, acrylic, pastel, encaustic, found object, torn paper, glass, and steel
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Christmas is right around the corner. Come check out these custom Corn Hole boards, and order one to put under the tree!
Artist(s):
Ted Hill
Medium:
The Press Hotel
I wanted this year's work, this momentous year of great change in my life, to be a balance of the exotic and contemporary, while also holding it’s own with the traditions of print. I want this year's work to be a representation of my ongoing study of the craft of printmaking while showcasing my "coming into my own." And I feel it as such, I feel this work is my own. It’s the work an artist makes when they finally understand what their mentors were trying to teach them, while at the same time giving themselves permission to disregard some of those teachings. Aesthetically, this work is heavily informed and inspired by artist printmakers such as Fèlix Vallotton, Mauricio Lasansky, and Leonard Baskin, as well as the traditions of Japanese woodblock and Ukiyo-e prints. Like many of the works made by these influences, my goal is to create images of the poetry that is inherent in everyday life. I want to glorify everyday life the way rock music or movies might. I want to create images that howl with tenderness, and pain, like an old Billy Holiday song might, while still being, on the surface, just a little song. There is something so compelling about trying to capture but not limit a moment. I'm looking for scenarios both intimate in detail but "everyday" enough to represent an idea of a moment that may occur a thousand times or once a lifetime, like the chorus in a love song. In my work, I am looking to represent moments so universal, I can’t help but stylize them, like an opera or Kabuki theatre, while also seeking a level of emotional realism. My aim is to treat my subjects with forgiveness, to redeem where I can, and to find glimmers of beauty in our awkwardness. Most of all, I want to make pictures, lovely pictures to hang in the salon, like the French used to. But not so fancy that they wouldn't be prints anymore. The sort of thing people might see and love, and want. Maybe this is what every artist wants, to make images that resonate with people, but with this work, I gave myself permission to actively make it a goal, to seek my audience through shared experience, while finding a visual language that might feel fresh and new.
Artist(s):
Lisa Pixley
Medium:
printmaking
Vena's Fizz House
At the heart of Brian Wasser's photography is a search for the hidden nature of things. Land, objects, plants - everything has memory, and places are always quietly holding thoughts from another time, just below the surface. This subtle, dreamlike refraction of the familiar is what he seeks to create with his images. He is thrilled to be showing work from a "floating" artist residency he did in August 2019, called the Village Canoe. Ten artists spent ten days paddling the coast of Maine from Bangor to Brooklin in two 30-foot canoes. Inspired by this communal journey from river to sea, his new work seeks to evoke the memory and spirit inherent in the coastal Maine landscape.
Artist(s):
Brian Wasser
Medium:
Photography

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