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, December 4, 2020
NOVEMBER 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM Sacred Resonance, In Partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Arts Across America: Sacred Resonance. Portland Ovations, in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance, is honored to produce an original performance event featuring three Maine artists to be featured in this Kennedy Center national series. Part of the Washington, D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Social Impact Initiatives, Arts Across America is a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country. This free, online programming will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website. Featured Maine artists include: Firefly, a member of the Penobscot Nation and raised in his people’s ancient village at Indian Island, Maine in Firefly: Sacred Fire. A journey through sound, light and emotion from the ancient to the unknown. Deeply influenced by the traditions of his ancestors, Firefly performs both traditional hand drum, shaker and vocal songs as well as cutting edge musical compositions rooted in his ancestral traditions. A hyper creative, Firefly’s artistry involves powerful vocals, eye popping visuals and cutting-edge costumes created by himself and his team. Atiim Chenzira, Destiny Manifest: Poetry and Spoken Word exploring the African ancestry from East to West Coast and back formulating my identity and roots as a new Mainer. Atiim is a musician, songwriter, spoken word poet, community activist and family therapist originally from Oakland CA. His music is an eclectic mix of New Age Hip Hop, Old School Soul and Jazz Poetry. Maya Williams (pronouns they/she), Definitions of Home, a showcase of poems touching on mental health, suicide, and racism. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Maya is a Black and Mixed Race suicide survivor residing in Portland since 2017. She has published poems with glitterMOB, The Portland Press Herald, Black Table Arts, Occulum, Littoral Books, Homology Lit, and more. Her work has garnered a Best of the Net Nominee and a PortFringe’s Audience Choice Award as well as residencies with Hewnoaks, Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA), and Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation. Maya hosts open mics on most Tuesday nights with Port Veritas.
Available virtually through December 22, 2020 Join the movement that changed the Constitution in it’s fight to add the 19th Amendment – the first step in giving women the right to vote. This dramatization of a young White woman’s experience as a suffragette during World War l brings to life the rock stars who led the change, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the generation who continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns; as well as those who opposed it – including her own parents. The performance is bookended by an introduction and post-performance talk that provide more context and historical footage. All teachers will receive a virtual copy of Ovation’s Educators Guide with arts integrated lesson plans to extend on the performance and topic. Vote! Learn more here.
Through November 28, 2020
"In July of last year, I started a series of portraits in my studio in Bath. I used a stack of etching papers brought back from the University of Iowa print shop years ago when I was a grad student there. The paper is 30 inches by 22 inches. 29 friends and acquaintances sat for me in the studio, in the same straight backed, hard, wooden chair. With each individual, it was an intimate and deeply personal experience. Portraiture is always very challenging and engaging, the balance being to not be too literal yet maintain the ‘essence’ of the sitter along with the ‘freedom’ of the mark. I used pencil, oil pastel, collage, ink, and oil wash. In each of the drawings, a piece of the chair shows and is an integral, if minor, part of the series." Learn more and view the exhibition.
November 27 - December 24
Join us this season for "Vena's Holiday Parlor" at our Portland venue located at 345 Fore Street. We have all you need for some good cheer and holiday shopping featuring gift baskets, vintage barware, beverage products and locally crafted art.