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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 5, 2021

Maine College of Art

MECA Made launches online with MECA Made, With Love, the first in a series of virtual pop-up sales offered through our new online sales platform.
Focusing on the theme of love, MECA Made, With Love features a range of gifts thoughtfully made and designed by MECA artists for your loved ones (or yourself) for Valentine's Day. The MECA Made, With Love sale runs January 22 through February 15.
Select artists include: Joe Rosshirt '11 of FortHouse Studios, Cat Quattrociocchi '17 of CATQUAT, Jaina Neri '24 of Ellodies, Evelyn Wong MFA '19, Liza Sperry '07 of Sperry General Store, Natalie Reed Fine Jewelry '13, Danielle Gerber '12 of DMG Designs, Julie Cunningham '00, Audrey Robidoux BFA '19 MAT '21, Elle Henault '24 of Marigold Ceramics, Arikah Lynne '22 of Rat Hands Press, Holly L. Gooch '08, and more.
Image: Catherine Zdancewic '05 

Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St

Maine Jewish Museum to Reopen to the Public |
Exhibition Opening Scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 
We are happy to announce the Maine Jewish Museum is opening after months of renovation due to a fire this past Spring.  We are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of Etz Chaim Synagogue which houses the Maine Jewish Museum.  “Mixing It Up” will be our first exhibition in the newly renovated space. This exhibition of 10 artists will be held in the Spiegel Gallery and Fineberg Community Room. We will also have a photography exhibit by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, on the third floor in the newly dedicated Jody S. Sataloff Art and History Pavilion.  
Mixing It Up: 
Exhibition curated by Nancy Davidson, Resident Curator and Elizabeth Ruskin, Ceramicist and Art Collector; 
Located in the Spiegel Gallery and Fineberg Family Community Room - The exhibition features a selection of work from the Following Artists:
Sondra Bogdonoff - Weavings; 
Reid Brechner - Ceramic Paintings; 
Linda Gerson - Paintings; 
Joe Hemes - Illuminated Sculptures; 
Jamie Johnston - Wood Sculptures; 
Lin Lisberger - Wood Sculptures; 
Elizabeth Ruskin - Ceramic Sculptures; 
Meryl Ruth - Teapots; 
Adrienne Sloane - Fiber; 
Gail Spaien - Paintings; 
Rituals - Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest, Photography. 
Located in the newly dedicated Jody S. Sataloff Art and History Pavilion. 
“My great-great-great grandmother Rachel Mendez De Leon’s (1834-1903) Portuguese ancestors moved to Amsterdam during the Sephardic Immigration in the 17th century because of the inquisition. That does not make me Jewish but my two grandsons are. I feel privileged to have been able to witness them turn from babies into real (wonderful) human beings. Seeing them grow up in the Jewish faith put me in a position as an outside observer. As a photographer, I am also an outsider looking in. I am a bystander documenting the world around me. These ceremonies and rituals I witnessed and photographed were strange and new to me. But they were also loving, warm and inviting. It has been a privilege to document them.”
Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest is a Fine Arts photographer living in Pownal Maine. He studied photography at the Portland School of Art, and at the Maine Photographic Workshops with Joyce Tenneson and Arnold Newman. The majority of his work can be classified as street/documentary and portrait photography. His work has been published in a variety of magazines and books and has been exhibited in the U.S, the Netherlands, Russia, The Portland Museum of Art, The Bowdoin College Museum, the University of Southern Maine and the Art Gallery at the University of New England.

Image: Possibili-tea, ceramic and fiber, by Meryl Ruth

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.

Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.

Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street

Maine at 200 Series:True North: Finding the Essence of Aroostook, With Kathryn Olmstead
“Aroostook symbolic of rural places throughout the nation that retain the vanishing qualities of life many people long for in today’s world. The pace is slow, nature is close, the beauty is breathtaking, and the people are authentic.”
Meet Kathryn Olmstead who will discuss her new book that introduces readers to rural human life and wildlife to reveal the universal in the particular—the night sky, the people and their cultural roots, and the intimacy with nature. MORE
Free & open to the public. Online via Zoom. REGISTER.