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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, August 1, 2014

Print Version
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street
Open usual First Friday hours with a performance at 7pm. Free tickets available at the ICA front desk. Choreographer, writer, and performer Jack Ferver and visual artist Marc Swanson collaborate to create an original work that is both performance and art installation, coupling the formalism of Swanson’s art practice with the emotional intensity of Ferver’s choreography and text.
Artist(s):
Marc Swanson and Jack Ferver
Medium:
One Longfellow Square
181 State St.
In anticipation of the upcoming, local songwriter showcase, Songwriters in the Round, One Longfellow presents Artists in the Round, a collection of art that escapes the gallery and flows out into Longfellow square, and into your life! Join the artists as they share art that stretches across the spectrum, with paintings, ceramics, origami, hand painted yoga mats, jewelry, screen printed shirts and more. You will find quality art that has a place in your soul, your home, your practice and your wardrobe. And, since any good connoisseur knows that there’s an art for every sense, there will also be a free beer tasting by Funky Bow Brewery, as well as live music from local musicians. You won’t want to miss this art block party!
Artist(s):
Medium:
Constellation Art Gallery
511 Congress St
Tonight is the opening reception for "FORM and FLOW" - 26 paintings, photographs and sculpture on display through August 28, with Deering artist Kate Sanders-Fleming on the Feature Wall. At 6pm join assemblage artist Anastasia Weigle for a lively discussion on the assemblage art process, 6:30 PM assemblage demonstration, and at 7:45 PM you could win the original assemblage art* on the spot! LIVE MUSIC: Pretty Girls Soprano will lift their voices and your spirit. Come explore the studios and talk with the artists. *To be eligible for the drawing, you must donate a small found object, 5” max. Winner must be present to win.
Artist(s):
Maine Artist Collective
Medium:
Various
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Owner Susan Roux and well-known accomplished Maine artist Sandra Leinonen Dunn will be showcased at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery. Roux is showing a collection of her popular sensual figures on the ocean's edge. She will also be exhibiting a mixture of scenery and still life. Leinonen Dunn is offering wonderful florals and still life's. Along with the 2-person Show, the gallery is exhibiting 28 artists from 8 different countries. Come view the wonderful representational art they have on hand.
Artist(s):
Susan Roux + Sandra Leinonen Dunn
Medium:
oil
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
Come get your SNAP on and join Maine Historical Society for the gallery reception of "A Snapshot of Portland, 1924". This exhibition celebrates the informal photographs that the tax assessor's office took of every taxable building in the City in 1924. The show highlights a selection of these fascinating snapshots of Portland life—from its first "skyscrapers" to tenements, pool halls, and farms. Our museum exhibition Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland, will also be open to visitors at no charge. Come see how the Wadsworth-Longfellow House has experienced Portland's growth and change for more than 230 years. During the Art Walk, the Museum Store will be open late for shoppers! Come and get a very cool 1924/2014 Snapshot taken!
Artist(s):
1924 Portland Tax Records
Medium:
Photographs & Records
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Please join us for our 3 Year Anniversary Bash at Pinecone+Chickadee! We will be unveiling our new line of t-shirt designs hot off the presses. There will be good music, good food, and fun times.
Artist(s):
Pinecone+Chickadee
Medium:
silkscreen
O'Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street
O'Maine Studios presents Art of the Engine! A celebration of the amazing car collections in our state. We are located at 54 Danforth Street in Portland, just a 2 minute walk from Congress Street, The August event will feature the Art of the Road Trip and show classic convertibles from the collection at the Portland Motor Club and Owl's Head Transportation Museum. Come check out these gorgeous convertibles, enjoy our beer garden with samples from Shipyard and food from Mainely Burgers and Mainly Treats as well as music and movies. This is a destination stop on First Friday so come, bring your families and reminisce about summer road trips!
Artist(s):
O'Maine Studios
Medium:
automobiles
The Dooryard
108 High St
Stop by and see what's new at the Dooryard and celebrate for a while! 11 Artist studios: Sculpture, Painting, Print Making, Jewelry, Fiberarts, Multimedia and more. Look for the Blue Door and come up to the second floor!
Artist(s):
Dooryard Collective
Medium:
Various
PacaNaturals
23 Temple St
Join us for an evening of fine art and fiber art! Olena Babak's oil paintings are inspired by the natural beauty (and the sounds) of Maine. This artist has always had an affinity for drawing. Over the years, she has studied a variety of art styles. Babak has traveled internationally to gain perspective on the way a culture develops its unique form, taking inspiration from all over. She believes that, "Art all together is like fine wine or food for the soul ... you should taste and experience it all." In addition to Olena's art work, our store will have a few extra guests. Pam Harwood of Longwoods Alpacas will join us with her weaving loom, and Sheila McDonough of Falling Star Farm will tote her spinning wheel. Wine is made available for those 21+.
Artist(s):
Olena Babak
Medium:
Oil
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of works in pastel by New York based artist Bob Santandrea on August 1, at 10:00 a.m. A research scientist and patent attorney by training Bob's been drawing, painting, and sculpting on and off for 30 years. For many years his primary artistic interests were the human figure and portraiture. After moving to New York he re-discovered his love of pastels. In Bob's words, "I now primarily work in pastels. Much of my work has its start en plein-air and is a reaction to what I see in nature. The scene itself may be rather mundane on its face - such as a roadside view in a small town or an out cropping of rocks along a trail or shore - that evokes a sense of something noble or unique. Seldom does a man-made structure appear in my paintings, if it does it is often well weathered, suggesting the impermanence of our works with respect to those of nature." The public is invited to meet Bob at a reception on Saturday, August 2, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at Richard Boyd Art Gallery where he will be available to discuss his work. The gallery is located on Peaks Island, ME at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. The exhibit is on view free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through August 31, 2014. For additional information about the exhibit or reception please contact Pamela at the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097(local), via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Bob Santandrea
Medium:
Pastels/Mixed Media
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
Photography exhibiton for August: Brenton Hamilton Painting exhibition: Kiki Gaffney Salon wall exhibition: Paintings of Portland and more Sculpture: gallery artists
Artist(s):
Brenton Hamilton, Kiki Gaffney
Medium:
photography, paintings, mixed media and ceramic
The Blazin Ace
432 Fore St
Campin' Out will feature Maine themed glass pipes, paperweights, pendants. Outhouses, Lighthouses, Marshmallows getting 'toasted' all made right here in Portland. Danny Camp will be displaying a months worth of solo and collaborative work. Danny is regarded very highly in the local glass community while also gaining national attention. He has been glassblowing for 7 years and has a great understanding of techniques and style - this is a show not to miss. Munchies and light refreshments will be served. 5-9pm.
Artist(s):
Danny Camp Glass
Medium:
Borosilicate Glass
As 1 Gallery
24 Exchange Street, Ste 211
Join us for an exclusive viewing of the latest photographs from JoAnne Becker! Works are printed on canvas, metal, and paper, and capture a sense of nostalgia with bold composition, focus, and style. Opening reception is Friday, August 1st from 4-10PM.
Artist(s):
JoAnne Becker
Medium:
Photography
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Brilliant color... fascinating light effect... these two artists bring two very different styles together to compliment one another. Rhonda Pearle, an expressive colorist, and Gary Perlmutter, a classical realist, show their latest work in their gallery/studio.
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter
Medium:
Oil on canvas and linen
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
A diverse collection of Nature Photography which includes landscapes and a wide assortment of wildlife.
Artist(s):
Jeanne Marie Coleman
Medium:
Photography
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Maine native and outdoor enthusiast, I take great pleasure in capturing the essence of Maine in its natural environments. I have a passion for displays of color, the beauty of flowers, nature and the Maine landscape. I feel my photography depicts a definite “Maine flavor”, including colorful fall scenes, birds, wildlife, marine and nautical themes, lighthouses and still life.
Artist(s):
Diane Aube
Medium:
Photography
Bright Star World Dance
108 High Street, 3rd Floor
Dirigo Dance Project, a collaborative effort from seven Maine dance veterans, will be joined by indiedanceworks of Portland for its August First Friday Artwalk at Bright Star World Dance beginning at 6pm and occurring every half hour until 7:30pm. Join Dirigo Dance Project in the studio to witness new works, see works in progress, and to see their spectacular guest artists indiedanceworks. This free public performance will delight First Friday Artwalkers of all ages. Bright Star World Dance is located near the Portland Museum of Art at 108 High St., on the 3rd floor.
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Dance
Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant Street
We know that summer is busy in Maine and that we must enjoy the warm weather in it's brevity. Please take a moment to celebrate the sun with us at an artist reception for Brita Holmquist, one of our favorite artists. This summer's show is aptly titled, "Dog Days" and will run from August 1st - September 13th.
Artist(s):
Brita Holmquist
Medium:
Oil Pastel Drawings and Oil Paintings on Canvas
Sanctuary Tattoo and Gallery
31 Forest Ave
Pete Gorski is a professional local artist. His vibrant paintings are narrative in nature. They may have been inspired by a lyric from a song, a quote read or overheard or, as is often the case, a concept or character that just needed to get down in paint. The human figure, especially the face is featured prominently in Pete's work. A portrait painted successfully is much more than just the surface the eye sees. It is a capturing of the soul, the character, however odd, that the eye cannot necessarily see. These paintings are portraits done in reverse, with the genesis of the character being a conjured or known soul, and a physical being created from that. Examples of Pete's work can also be found at petegorski.com
Artist(s):
Pete Gorski
Medium:
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Join us for First Friday Art Walk and see exhibitions by Katie Bell, Adam John Manley and Miles Templeton.
Artist(s):
Katie Bell, Adam John Manley, Miles Templeton
Medium:
Various
HopeGateWay
185 High Street
Photographs from the May 2014 New England United Methodist mission trip to Guatemala, where our team of eleven provided healthcare to nearly 300 people in four remote mountain villages. These images provide a small glimpse of the beautiful people and places we encountered during our eight days there. The next UMC mission trips to Guatemala are scheduled for October 2014 and April 2015. For more information or to register, contact Mike Davis (mikebwd@gmail.com) or Linda Brewster (ljbre@maine.rr.com) or visit www.guatemalagrace.org.
Artist(s):
Jen Dimond
Medium:
photography
The Salt Institute
561 Congress Street
Last year National Geographic photographer Amy Toensing spent three weeks documenting urban refugee children in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal was to put a human face on the individuals living in the darkest corners of Africa’s slums. Within this exhibit is a short film, a collaboration with Amy and her husband, Matt Moyer. The short documentary gives voice to a 12 year-old refugee boy named Claude as he describes his journey from his home country to being a refugee living in Nairobi. Claude’s story, in his own words, offers an intimate and deeply personal window into the realities and hopes and dreams of a refugee boy. Nairobi’s refugee population is estimated to be close to 100,000 people. In Africa, 50% of refugees are children. They join the 1.5 million Kenyans already living in Nairobi’s slums. The average length of time a person spends as a refugee today is seventeen years; equal to an entire childhood for a young refugee boy or girl.
Artist(s):
Amy Toensing
Medium:
Photography
In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation
250 Commercial Street
The artfully created brews and spirits at In'finiti Fermentation and Distillation are complemented by the artist's collection of pieces featuring intricate line work and patterns composed to represent organic forms.
Artist(s):
Brittani Fleury
Medium:
Marker/Paint/Pen
St. Lawrence Arts
76 Congress Street
Artist(s):
Medium:
Paintings
3fish gallery
377 Cumberland Avenue
These paintings are all made on paper with watercolors, oil pastels and ink. Some of them have hair and an assortment of natural materials like leaves and milkweed fluff applied to the paper with stitching and wax. The paper on some of them is distressed and torn, and stitched back together. They are sewn onto canvas, sometimes with the stitching entering the picture as a line or shape. Growing up in Nebraska, I watched the power lines draw long spanning upward arcs on the ever changing ocean of sky and land as we drove thru the otherwise featureless prairie. My love of line has roots in that. The color yellow ochre that is in a lot of my paintings has roots in the same place, the prairie. These paintings are about the lines, colors, shapes and textures that are found in vast places and small places. Places that are mostly discarded from the mind because there is so much around us that is designed to capture our attention. I like to look for the places under city bridges where the rust has stained the concrete into a piece of art, I look for the twisted rubber and wire remnants of truck tires, and the little pieces of car that have been smashed and rusted into amazing natural shapes. Things in nature too, like the masses of sea grass dried flat on the beach, a leaf skeletonized by a beetle, and flotsam tossed by waves into curious balls. These paintings aren’t to reproduce found objects and glimpsed wonders, but to draw attention to them. They’re a mixture of a dreaming, an assemblage and a quilt inspired by human and nature made accidental art.
Artist(s):
Kit Bartmess
Medium:
mixed medium
Dockfore
336 Fore St
This celebration of centering & colorful energy is based on a recent study of mandalas ( circular symbolic designs) and the effort required and energy released in their creation.
Artist(s):
Lauren Ostis
Medium:
acrylic
Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
“This show is a representation of my life’s struggle against possible death and against the struggle itself. Some of the pieces of work are predictive though not infallible. Some are current or simply coming of age as random puzzle pieces finally finding a place in space and time. Though seemingly abstract, all existence may not seem rational-as intelligence which humans might not understand and attribute to insanity or alien (not of this earth) thought. All of the pieces are my original work which should never stop evolving. They are of my physical and mental reality which (hopefully) can contribute to life’s role in our universe.”
Artist(s):
Ingrida Grins
Medium:
Paintings
Dobra Tea
151 Middle St.
Mixed media collage of street views - new work by Chris Easton. More at www.dobrateame.com.
Artist(s):
Chris Eaton
Medium:
Built-up paper, graphite, and water color, with acrylics on the frames
Coffee By Design
620 Congress Street
3 young photographers just beginning their hopeful photography careers, all while spending their days working for an amazing coffee company. That's right - this exhibit features photographers who all work for Coffee By Design! Come check out this great collection of work ranging from custom magnets and postcards, to digital prints and homemade window pane frames. Affordably priced work from local artists.
Artist(s):
Lindsay Heald, James Frydrych, Erika Grover
Medium:
Photography
Coffee By Design
67 India Street
3 young photographers just beginning their hopeful photography careers, all while spending their days working for an amazing coffee company. That's right - this exhibit features photographers who all work for Coffee By Design! Come check out this great collection of work ranging from custom magnets and postcards, to digital prints and homemade window pane frames. Affordably priced work from local artists.
Artist(s):
Lindsay Heald, James Frydrych, Erika Grover
Medium:
Photography
Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.
Portland Art Gallery, Art Collector Maine's newest art gallery, will host a First Friday Artist Reception with a specially curated show featuring Art Collector Maine artists. Light refreshments and wine will be served. Join us for a very special evening as we introduce the art community to our newest gallery!
Artist(s):
Art Collector Maine Artists
Medium:
DigitaLiteracy
44 Forest Ave
Variety of media by artists from the Sebago Lake's Region of Maine. Including Robert Brand, Anne Bernhard, Terry Carlson, Lance Croteau, Jane Croteau, Nancy Engdahl, Brian Lipsett and Elaine McMichael.
Artist(s):
Medium:
She-Bear Gallery
She-Bear Gallery’s First Friday in August will feature woodblock prints by Johanna Smick. Johanna received her BFA in Printmaking from Washington University and went on to complete the two-year Bookbinding Program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Her latest series of prints demonstrate her mastery of both printmaking and bookbinding and will be on display at She-Bear Gallery from August 1st through the 24th. This sequence of self-referential prints depicts their own creation; Johanna has carved images of the printmaking and bookbinding process itself. All ten of these powerful and exquisite compositions will be on display individually framed as well as bound together in book form. Stop in for some refreshment and to enjoy She-Bear’s additional works: lively woodblock prints by Holly Meade, fine handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, and more.
Artist(s):
Johanna Smick
Medium:
Printmaking/Bookbinding
Rick Hamilton
New Art from Rick Hamilton. The Wild Strawberry Collective will have fresh veggies and Sacred Basil from their farm in North Yarmouth with a pay-what-you-can sidewalk sale. The Somali-Bantu Community Mutual Assistance Association of Lewiston/Auburn will be selling their Hand-made woven baskets to fund raise for their community garden.
Artist(s):
Rick Hamilton
Medium:
The State Theatre Building
142 High St. & 615 Congress St.
The State Theatre Building 142 High Street, All floors Over 40 artist under one roof here at the State Theatre Building in the Arts District. Open from 5:00 - 8:00 pm every First Friday Art Walk. If you're looking for variety in art exhibitions then look no further...it's all here!
Artist(s):
Other
Medium:
Mixed Media
HOLLY READY Studio/Gallery
609 Congress Street
original paintings in gouache and oils by Maine painter Holly Ready.
Artist(s):
Holly Ready
Medium:
gouache on paper and oils
Fore River Gallery
87 Market Street
Liz and Mike Marks are holding a Sale on their artwork this August to help offset the costs associated with their one year old son's rising medical costs. All their work, ranging from paintings,ceramics jewelry photography and more, will be on sale for up to 50%. Please come by and support these two artists be able to continue being part of Portland's Art community.
Artist(s):
Liz & Mike Marks
Medium:
Multi
Portland Public Library Cultural Center
5 Monument Square
Portland Public Library hosts exhibit by Maine Maritime Museum in the Lower Level Hallway - July 3rd through December 15th, 2014 Portland Public Library will host an exhibit by Maine Maritime Museum, “The Faces that launched a Thousand Ships” in the Lower Level Hallway from July 3rh through December 15th 2014. A ship-launching is the supreme maritime amusement, a joyful, thrilling rite that builds to a moment of drama unparalleled in any theater. It is a rite repeated tens of thousand times since ships were built, joining us with historical legions of spectacle seekers, while channeling our best wishes for the future career of a brand-new untested vessel. View the emotions, fashions, and personalities of participants and on-lookers at some Maine coast launchings of the last century or so.
Artist(s):
Maine Maritime Museum
Medium:
mixed
Vivid Motion Dances
Vivid Motion will be sharing a few pieces from it's upcoming show - "Thug". Come check it out! We'll be performing outside near Congress Square, weather permitting. Performances will be about every 20-30 minutes, starting at 5:15. Times will be posted nearby. For more info about the show visit www.vividmotion.org
Artist(s):
Vivid Motion
Medium:
Dance
PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave.
Two Generations features over two-dozen images by each artist, and highlights the careers of the family of artists as well as changing media and practices in the fine art of photography. The juxtaposition of different media may seem startling at first. While Paul is a traditional straight shooter, John is a process artist. Yet, after careful inspection, what is more apparent are the similarities. It becomes clear that each artist’s work influences the other. Both artists share a strong dedication to their craft and a deep reverence for nature. With fine art photographer Paul Caponigro’s fifty plus year career, he is regarded as one of America’s most significant master landscape photographers. Born in Boston in 1932, Paul Caponigro was captured by photography early in life, the camera quickly becoming a lasting vehicle for reflection and discovery of nature. Paul Caponigro was a student of Minor White, and has since exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. Recipient of two Guggenhiem fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants, Caponigro’s images will be found in most history of photography texts and contemporary art museums. Paul’s son, John Paul Caponigro, is one of the most prominent artists work in digital photography. John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting with traditional and alternative photographic processes using digital technology. His art has been exhibited internationally and resides in numerous collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change.
Artist(s):
Paul and John Paul Caponigro
Medium:
Photography
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
Maine has a rich heritage of fiddling that encompasses Yankee, Franco-American, and, to a lesser extent, Irish-American cultures. The exhibit will explore and celebrate this heritage by bringing together a wide range of materials—photographs, printed and manuscript tunebooks, sound recordings, concert flyers, and dance cards—that document the Pine Tree State’s vibrant fiddling traditions. Maine has also been home to a surprising number of fiddle makers; researchers have identified close to 200 professional and amateur craftspeople in Maine who have made violins. Examples of the work of several of these are included in the exhibit. Curators of the exhibit are Paul F. Wells, Director Emeritus of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and Tom Wilsbach, Arts Librarian at the Portland Public Library. Wilsbach and Wells are both fiddlers and fiddle researchers. The exhibit will hang through June and July. Associated events, including lectures and performances will take place during the exhibit’s run.
Artist(s):
history
Medium:
mixed
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Portland and Bar Harbor landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and still life.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil Painting
Art at the Cathedral
143 State St.
Our featured artist, Linda Carleton, is spiritual director and a retired U.C.C. minister and teacher of comparative religions from Connecticut. She and her husband Peter moved to Chebeague Island in 2008 and now divide their time between the Island and Portland. Linda studied watercolor with Joan Downey at the Guilford Art Center and BJ Abrahamson on Chebeague Island. In addition to years of painting landscape watercolor, she is drawn to the sacred circle of the mandala and has formed a business called Maine Mandalas. Many of the paintings in this show reflect Linda's tendency to work out spiritual questions through art. You can see more of Linda's work on her website lindacarleton.com. While enjoying the works of our guest artist take a self-guided tour of the historic art of the Cathedral that includes a stunning portrait of the Madonna and child painted by John LaFarge, stained glass by Westbrook artesian Robin Neely, and one of the most renowned wood carvings of the 20th century by Ernest G. Pellegrini. Come and join in the fun from 5:00-8:00.
Artist(s):
Linda Carleton
Medium:
Water Color

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