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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, June 5, 2020

Cove Street Arts

“Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity, and own brother Jove? Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.” - Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or, The Whale. In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, artist Charlie Hewitt has created a new series of woodcut prints focused on New England’s strong bond with the sea. In his dynamic, imaginative, and unmistakable style, Hewitt re-imagines iconic regional sights - shining lighthouses; brightly colored, numbered buoys - grounding the series in human industry while reminding us of the ineffable power, beauty, and peril of the sea. The series consists of 15 separate prints, each limited to an edition of 20. Each was printed by master printer David Wolfe at Wolfe Editions. View the exhibition.

Artist(s):
Charlie Hewitt
Medium:
Woodcut Prints
Cove Street Arts

The exhibition features work from Marc Leavitt’s Mithuna Series. As the artist describes the series: “My Mithuna Series of abstract figurative paintings was influenced by The Three Ways of Asian Wisdom: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zen and their significance for the West (a book written by Nancy Wilson Ross) and the extraordinary writings of Krishnamurti, a renowned spiritual teacher awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1984. View the exhibition.

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Cove Street Arts

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological. Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine as the subject matter, Greenway captures imaginative landscapes by detailing the island’s geology. Focusing on the micro-ecology and transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway reimagines a recognizable setting. The landscape transforms into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality. View the exhibition.

Artist(s):
Tim Greenway
Medium:
Photography

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