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, May 3, 2019
The Press Hotel
Book paper and steel are placed in different contexts in our lives. The book is appreciated as an object of education, growth, and escape. Whereas steel is often invisible, even though it is a primary structure of our constructed environment. I strive to level the playing field between these disparate perceptions and materials. I search for harmony between paper and steel that in so many ways possess similar attributes: flexibility, history, mass, and density. Unbound blocks of text lose their original meaning when I cut the pages from their bindings. This allows me to respond to the shape and texture of the paper and give new meaning. Introducing metal to the process gives structure and support to the loose pages, and elevates the steel - a familiar material in industry and architecture - to the level of the book - an object for contemplation. Alongside the paper, the steel becomes graceful, its subtle colors and surface heightened. Bound together, the pages and steel become something new and unified. No longer a book on a shelf, but a unique object with its own strength and story. Opening Reception is Thursday May 2nd, 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm open to the public On View: Until June 23rd
Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
For the month of May, Maine Potters Market is pleased to feature the collaborative work of member Rebecca May Verrill and guest artist Jeffrey Lipton. Rebecca and Jeffrey have combined their signature graphic, light-hearted imagery of fictitious flora and fauna on stoneware and porcelain pots fired together in the salt kilns at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. New for both artists this year has been an exploration of digital practices in their surface designs. Rebecca’s leafy graphics begin from freehand paper cutouts with scissors, while Jeffrey’s typically begin as pencil sketches later masked off with wax and/or latex directly on the pots. Using digital scans of their signature plant and animal motifs, they have been able to replicate, scale their designs and cut them with use of a digital die cutter. While both artists still gravitate to their comfortable freehand methods, they are excited by the potential that these new-fangled devices can present. Learning curves aside, both artists are happy to present some works from their digital explorations in this show. These two have also been known to do some amateur kilnside spooncarving while waiting for cones to melt. After all, learning is more fun with friends! Both artists are native Mainers, avid gardeners, and animal lovers. Rebecca and Jeffrey show their individual earthy pots at galleries and craft shows throughout the region, though this is the first time they have shown their collaborative works together. Jeffrey lives in Litchfield, ME, where he is renovating and building out a new studio, landscaping, and tending bees with his wife Ali and their incredibly handsome dog Waldo. Rebecca lives and works in Portland, ME, working from her studio at Running With Scissors, cutting paper and tending backyard vegetable and flower gardens with GK Fuzzy Bunny, her feline companion of 17 years. FMI on their creative journeys in clay please follow along @jeffreyliptonpottery and @rebeccamayverrill on Instagram and Facebook.
Rebecca May Verill and Jeffrey Lipton
Salt fired stoneware and porcelain
Eye catching and colorful patterns depicting flower-like images by artist Ebyn Moss. For more information and images check out The Canvas Journal on Facebook. Prints also available for purchase.
336 Fore St
Join us for a stroll through time with more than thirty years of the official works of the Kentucky Derby. Famous artists such as Neiman, Williams, Maxx and Tony Bennett to name just a few. Join us on First Friday for the Kentucky Oaks and watch the Fillies run for the lilies! The art will surely set the tone for what awaits the next day: our annual Derby party, the best this side of Churchill Downs. Get dressed up and wear your best hat, as we will have a prize for the best Derby hat. Lots of contests too.
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