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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, February 7, 2020

Coffee By Design, India St.
"The Maine landscape is powerful, mysterious and beautiful. I have painted it for years, usually outdoors on location. I am still coming to grips with it."
Jan ter Weele
Acrylic and/or Oil on Canvas
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St.
“I have been exploring realist painting as a way to articulate what interests me visually and emotionally about my experiences and surroundings. My hope, my intention, is to respond to the elusive characteristics of the medium in a way that is true to the elusive qualities of everything, the complexity of forms in nature, human or otherwise, or the ephemeral quality of light on a wave on the beach, for example. There is only so much our eyes and mind and heart can take in. With that truth, my challenge is to not be too explicit with the paint, but strive to imply atmosphere and mood rather describe it.” Born and raised in Portland, ME, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting, including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subsequently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine. In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs. His fine art is inspired by the tradition of American realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as artistic goal. Exhibition runs February 6 – May 2, 2020
Paul Brahms