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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 7, 2020

Vena's Fizz House
Phoebe’s work dreamily recalls the everyday, the ordinary, with vibrant colors and energetic abstractions. While her work has taken many forms, Phoebe’s creative efforts are often focused in painting and book work. She uses painting as a tool to reflect on concepts of spirituality alongside the collective mysteries of our lives. Writing is a part of her daily practice as an artist, and many of her paintings contain snippets of poetic compositions. Her choice of imagery is an homage to the magic of the natural world, and an investigation into the ways in which our own lives are reflected in nature — a flower blooms and wilts, the sun rises and sets, a star burns brightly and later combusts into nothingness. Phoebe was born in Portland, studied Fine Art at Smith College and Goldsmiths University of London, and currently works out of her studio in Biddeford, ME.
Artist(s):
Phoebe Harris
Medium:
Painting
Dobra Tea
Brianna Beebe obtained her BFA in Digital Media from Maine College of Art in 2017. She works in a wide array of mediums, primarily focusing on character sculpture. Her current, personal, focus is on creating illustrative depictions of anthropomorphic creatures.
Artist(s):
Brianna Beebe
Medium:
Dockfore
336 Fore St
The work is a play of foreground and background, using simple texture and pattern.
Artist(s):
Sam Johnson
Medium:
Acrylic and spray paint
The Press Hotel
Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment. Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.
Artist(s):
Reggie Burrows Hodges
Medium:
Acrylic and Oil on canvas

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