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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, July 5, 2019

Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Innovative Techniques - Salazar Fineberg Family Community Room Letter to Sun: Land of Water – Edwige Charlot Spiegel Gallery Ebb & Flow La Vida Judia Contemporanea en Cuba– Linda J. Hirsch Third Floor Sanctuary - Photography Curator - Nanci Kahn Roland Salazar Rose: “Roots,” finds Salazar expressing in paint and text his quest for knowledge and understanding of his family ancestry: his Norwegian, Scotch/Irish & German roots: unearthing the hidden past. “Solar Flares & Salazar,” is an art/science collaboration; a ‘full-dome’ projection at the Emera Astronomy Center, USMO. The paintings selected are part of the eleven in his solar series, accompanied by the video from the planetarium public shows. “Land, Sea & Sky: Maine 2012-18” He writes: “I resided in Mexico over three decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries. I returned to Maine in 2012 for personal reasons where I established as a goal for my paintings to seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky as uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life.” Edwige Charlot: Letters to Sun: Land of Water are new works by artist printmaker Edwige Charlot. This new body of work explores how, physically and culturally, both Jewish and Black ancestries were carried by water. Charlot uses the concepts of print to insight our interconnectedness within the diasporas. Her matrix-centered practice aims to recollect and record a heritage, identity, and lineage. Letters to Sun: Land of Water is an ode to this empyrean and unspecified place where we came to be. At the center of these works is how darkness came to be from light and where the land rose from water. Edwige Charlot was born in Paris, France, of Haitian heritage. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. She lives in Providence, RI. Linda J. Hirsh: “What I always wanted was to have my work in a museum” said Stu Nudelman, in a Seacoastonline.com review, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Stu was a well-known photographer in southern Maine and beyond. He was an art critic as well as a photography teacher in the summer community of Ogunquit for many years. Nudelman was inspired at age 8, when Life Magazine came out with its first issue. ‘The cover was mind boggling to me”, he said “It was the Hoover Dam photographed by Margaret Bourke-White.” That one photograph led to a long life of investigating photography’s many avenues including photojournalism, portraiture, and fine art abstractions. The first part of this exhibit is his abstract color photographs, zooming in on life’s little details. The second section shows his series of portraits of artists and their work, which he photographed over many years.
Linda J. Hirsch

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