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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, August 7, 2020

Indigo Arts Alliance

Indigo Arts Alliance and I’m Your Neighbor Books are proud to produce The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, an inaugural event in honor of artist Ashley Bryan. This one-of-a-kind program will celebrate authors and illustrators from across the African diaspora while honoring their roots, identity and resiliency. The festival will include online readings featuring selected works by several nationally recognized authors, online arts and craft workshops and a lively dance-along performance. We are committed to enabling readers to see themselves reflected in great literature and cultivating creators who understand the necessity of that reflection. We’ll also be giving away over 750 books to communities served through Portland Housing Authority. Special thanks to our partners I’m Your Neighbor Books, Diverse Book Finder, the Ashley Bryan Center. Our Sponsors: The Horizon Foundation, The Davis Family Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Coffee By Design. Our Community Partners: Portland Parks and Rec, Portland Housing Authority, and Knack Factory.  Go to the festival!

Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St




What We Look At Alex Sax & Jane Sutherland In “What We Look At”

Jane Sutherland and Alex Sax, mother and daughter, present a dialogue in art.  Included in the exhibit are oil, gouache and pastel paintings of everyday objects, hand-made dolls, and portraits of woman artists by Sutherland.  Works included by Sax are mixed media sculptures, drawings and paintings of everyday objects, flora and fauna, and animals from her historical fiction stories. The details of their observations reveal the complexity and often unnoticed richness of the world. This is the second collaboration between Alex Sax and Jane Sutherland.  In 2002 they presented The Crane Project at Vassos Gallery, Silvermine, CT dedicated to saving these endangered birds world-wide. “What We Look At” is dedicated to women’s activism to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment securing equal voting rights for women.

Jane Sutherland is Professor Emerita at Fairfield University. From 1998 – 2014, she was the author of “Technical Q&A” in American Artist Magazine, and Artist in Residence at the Summer Seminars of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Colorado Springs. Sutherland received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and MFA from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, and is an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her art has been exhibited in the U.S. and in Mexico and is in many private and public collections. She resides in Southport, Connecticut.  

Alex Sax teaches privately and part-time at the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Weir Farm. Sax received a BA from Hamilton College and MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her temporary and permanent installations have been exhibited in New York, Connecticut and Maine. She resides in Yarmouth, ME.     

Pieces of You Meghan Nathanson
“Pieces of You,” is a collection of work that draws on Meghan Nathanson’s impulse to piece together new life from what might otherwise have been discarded. Her work explores themes such as inner and outer freedom, body language and social justice, expressing her interpretations in the colors through which she experiences the world. Meghan’s journey as a visual artist began in NYC where she received training in figure drawing through the Art Students League of New York as well as painting at The New School. She currently works primarily in mixed media, transforming large, figurative pencil drawings into sculptural collage, applying the torn papers from repurposed wall-calendars onto the drawings in a painterly fashion. Some of her largest creations are composed of hundreds of pieces, each carefully selected, gently torn and massaged together with a polymer medium. Meghan Nathanson’s Show will also include works by Special Guest Sculptor, Clara Cohan  

Gathering Clara Cohan
“This project started as an exercise in letting go of control.  There was no planning.  I went into my studio, picked out a piece of wood, and started carving long sweeping ridges.  I saw a figure emerging. I picked up another piece of wood, and the same thing happened. As each figure emerge, it became clear that these entities had a collective purpose. They were representatives of diverse cultures, ethnic groups, animal-spirits, young and old…all coming together. I truly believe in the healing and magic of creations.  I started this project long before the Corona virus and the killing of George Floyd.  And here it is and here we are.  Is there a deeper reason that the GATHERING is happening?”

Meghan Nathanson
mixed media