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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, September 5, 2014

DAUNIS FINE HANDMADE JEWELRY
616 Congress Street
Symmetry, Geometry and Balance represented in explosions of color, form and pattern in Water Color pen define this exhibition. Mesmerizingly bold forms and clashing vibrating color combinations inspired by the 60’s Op Art and Fauves evoke snowflakes forms, kaleidoscopes patterns, and stained glass illumination. Tina-Marie lives in New York City and South Portland. The energy of this show might be explained by her being the Xterra Trail Running Age-Group World Champion, two time USA National Masters Woman 50k Road Running Champion and also a two time top ten finisher at the World Championship in Snowshoeing.
Artist(s):
Tina-Marie Poulin
Medium:
Water Color Pen
Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray Street
Please join the Maine Irish Heritage Center in welcoming local artists Ginny Keegan, Gayl McNally, Evelyn Dunphy and many others for this exciting exhibit. Local Irish music, tours of our historical facility and light refreshments will be available. The exhibit will be available on Labor Day September 1st from 10:00 - 2:00 PM, Thursday 10:00 - 2:00 PM and by appointment, in our upper sanctuary, please use our Gray Street entrance. For more information about the exhibit or the Maine Irish Heritage Center please visit us at www.maineirish.com
Artist(s):
Ginny Keegan, Gayl McNally, Evelyn Dunphy
Medium:
Various
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street
"A Snapshot of Portland, 1924" celebrates the informal photographs that the tax assessor's office took of every taxable building in the City in 1924. The exhibition 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.
Artist(s):
Maine Historical Society collection material
Medium:
Photographs & Records
O'Maine Studios
54 Danforth Street
Join us at O'Maine Studios for our next Art of the Engine show! This month is Art of Speed featuring some incredible cars at the studio, including Lamborgininis. a 1932 Cragar and more! This is an opportunity to see and be photographed with some of the rarest cars in the world. Please join us at our studio on Danforth Street, just a 2 minute walk from Congress.
Artist(s):
Medium:
PhoPa Gallery
132 Washington Ave.
First solo show of Brendan Bullock's, titled "Travel Journals" features photographs from India, Newfoundland, Peru and Tanzania. Bullock is a freelance photographer and teaches at Maine Media Workshops.
Artist(s):
Brendan Bullock
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
DigitaLiteracy
44 Forest Ave
Sebago Lakes Region's Artists including Anne Bernard, Robert Brand, Terry Carlson, Jane Croteau, Lance Croteau, Nancy Engdahl, Brian Lipsett, and Elaine McMichael.
Artist(s):
Medium:
Guerrilla Downtown @ Rosemont Market
Guerrilla Downtown presents DIRTY DANCING: CELEBRATE COMPOST! in collaboration with local innovators: choreographer/instructor Marita Kennedy-Castro’s Blue Moon Tribe (embodytherhythm.com), compost pioneers Garbage to Garden (garbagetogarden.org) and hosted by local food heroes Rosemont Market & Bakery (rosemontmarket.com). Join the dancing in the aisles of Rosemont Market’s Commercial Street store to the sound of drums using Garbage to Garden’s compost buckets. Come hear the beat, get free samples, and dance in the street—compost was never this fun! Rosemont Market & Bakery, 5 Commercial St (near India), free samples @ 5:00 pm; dancing 6:00-7:30 pm on the 15 minutes. FMI: call Linda Shary @ Guerrilla Downtown 207-807-7812.
Artist(s):
Linda Shary
Medium:
Performance
SPACE Gallery
538 Congress Street
Join us for First Friday Art Walk and exhibitions by Katie Bell, Adam John Manley and the good folks at Broadturn Farm!
Artist(s):
Katie Bell, Adam John Manley, Broadturn Farm
Medium:
Various
As 1 Gallery
24 Exchange Street, Ste 211
Come spark your imagination among the intricate shadow boxes, gorgeous quilted glass, and serene batiks of local artist, Kharris. Each medium carries a unique signature feel, and showcases the artist's exceptional breadth of talent. The show runs from September 1st through the 30th, and includes spectacular never-before-viewed batiks produced while Kharris lived on Peak's Island in the early 1990s.
Artist(s):
Kharris
Medium:
Glass, wood, and batik
Photography at the Cathedral
September First Friday at the Cathedral of St. Luke will focus on the photographic colorization genius of artist Patty Allison of “Imbued by Hues.” Patty has the unique talent to be able to take a vintage photograph and colorize it bringing it back to life providing the viewer with an accurate look into the past featuring small details and characteristics lost in black and white original. Stop by and browse through Patty’s interesting display of unique pieces. 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):
Patty Allison
Medium:
Photography
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Portland and Bar Harbor landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and still life.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil Painting
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Eric Hou's Michael: A Koala Vampire Love Story Inspired by Michael Jackson's "THRILLER" Please join us on First Friday for the release of Eric's new zine 'Michael' and solo art show featuring prints and more on our little gallery wall! Expect lots of other goodies from Eric and Pinecone+Chickadee. There will be drinks and snacks and fun all night long! The show will be up from September 5th-October 3rd
Artist(s):
Eric Hou
Medium:
multi-media
645 Congress
645 Congress Street
I believe that my unique creativity is really a window into my soul. An expression of movement and color, flows like a river onto the canvas. This creativity allows me to go to places that are in my mind, places that in real life, I'll never visit or get to see. When people see my work, I'd like them to see it the way I see it,feel it the way I feel it. I want other's to see the beauty in my expression of movement and color. Before I start a piece, I begin painting in my mind. When I realize where I need to start, I begin to paint. I strive to paint things exactly the way I see it. A technique I love, is painting in layer's which I do in most of my pieces. I feel that doing this gives my work dimension and depth. I'm always exploring new materials and techniques, but really favor acrylic and oil paint for it's versatility and blendability. My main focus of study right now is learning to paint portraits. Trying to capture a moment in time, for someone else to forever cherish. I'm interested in still life and plein air. It amazes me that there is so much to learn in the world of art. The possibilities are endless! - Amy Murphey
Artist(s):
Amy Murphey
Medium:
Paintings
The Salt Institute
561 Congress Street
Enjoy stories about the people of Maine (and New England) by recent graduates of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. View awesome multimedia, listen to great radio stories, read phenomenal writing and enjoy a gallery exhibit of beautiful photography. The exhibit is open in June for first Friday art walk from 5-8p. The student work can also be seen, read, heard in Salt's gallery - 561 Congress St - Monday through Friday between 9a-4:30p. We hope to see you!
Artist(s):
various
Medium:
multimedia, photography, radio, writing
The Dogfish Bar and Grille
128 Free Street
Erinn lives on the Coast of Maine. She is inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds her and conveys that beauty by combining vivid and emotion-filled colors with abstract forms in her art. website: www.erinnmccusker.artspan.com
Artist(s):
Erinn McCusker
Medium:
oil and pastel
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of images by Friendship, Maine artist Pam Cabanas on September 1, at 10:00 a.m. Much of Pam's work has its start en plein air, inspired by the "stunning visuals and huge hearts rooted deep in the harsh and ever changing coast of Maine. My work seeks to uncover the chords that bind the love of place with the creation and viewing of fine art. My exploration of the uninhabited islands of the Muscungus has led me into a series of paintings that I hope blend the shocking beauty of the coastal Maine environment with a self-portrait easily accessible to the hearts of my viewers. Working in two divergent mediums, soft pastel and monochromatic ink wash, I move ever closer to my artistic goals." The exhibit is open free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through September 30, 2014. 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. For additional information about the exhibit please call the gallery at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com .
Artist(s):
Pam Cabanas
Medium:
Soft Pastel and Monochromatic Ink Wash
Portland Public Library Atrium
5 Monument Square
Portland Ballet will perform in the Atrium of the library to be viewed from Monument Square. The show starts at 7:30pm and will feature “Masquerade” from Halloween Spooktacular; an excerpt from Jack the Ripper; an excerpt from Boy Meets Girl: PBC Dances the American Songbook; a sneak peek at Midsummer’s Night Dream; and the finale of Bolero
Artist(s):
Portland Ballet
Medium:
Performance
Portland Museum of Art
Co-organized by the PMA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this exhibition is the most comprehensive survey since 1991 of the paintings of Richard Estes, the foremost practitioner of American photorealism who is renowned for his precise, crystalline style. Encompassing 50 works, the show spans from Estes’ first mature New York City facades and scenes of the late 1960s to panoramic views of Manhattan and numerous other cities and natural sites. The exhibition offers new perspectives onto Estes as a painter both of the urban and natural worlds, balancing his interest in the dense fabric of New York and other large cities with his close attention to the coast of Maine and the woods of Mount Desert Island, where he has spent part of each year since the late 1970s. Select examples of Estes’ rare portraits will also be included in the exhibition. This five-decade survey of his paintings reveals an artistic vision that is both deeply rooted in European and American art history, and consistently engaged with fundamental and contemporary questions of representation, form, and surface. Buy the Richard Estes’ Realism book from the PMA Store. Richard Estes’ Realism is organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The museums thank the following donors for their generous support of the exhibition: Gabrielle Bekink and the Honorable Rudolf Bekink, Isabelle and Scott Black, Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation, Thelma and Melvin Lenkin, The Lunder Foundation —Peter and Paula Lunder, Debbie Frank Petersen, Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, Holly and Nick Ruffin, and John Wilmerding. Local corporate sponsorship is provided by Bank of America. Local media sponsorship is provided by WCSH 6, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Artist(s):
Richard Estes
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
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
This September, art faculty members from Southern Maine Community College will exhibit works in celebration of the ten year anniversary of the formation of the Fine Arts Department at the college. The seeds for the art program were planted in 2003 when SMCC transitioned from a technical college to a community college. In an effort to develop Liberal Arts courses, the college initiated an Artist-in-Residence program the following year. When Michael Branca taught "Introduction to Drawing and Visual Art" in the spring of 2005, it was the first art class that the school had ever offered. “When I arrived at SMCC, I found an institution that was starving for creative outlets. We've become used to hearing about schools cutting the arts when budgets get tight. It has been great to be a part of this opposite movement to build an art program from scratch instead," said Branca, who currently teaches drawing and painting at the College’s Midcoast campus in Brunswick. The program grew as subsequent artists-in-residence introduced courses in their respective fields, including sculptor Deborah Klotz, photographer Gary Green, and painter/printmaker Mary Hart. Under the leadership of Architecture and Engineering Design Department Chair Ed Fitzgerald (now retired), the department gained a home in a renovated storage building that became an ocean side drawing and painting studio. According to Fitzgerald, “The Art Program was destined for success from the beginning due to the talented and committed artists who were drawn to the opportunity to teach. Initially funded by a six year grant, it quickly set roots with more diverse offerings each semester. Ten years later it continues to expand its offerings and provide a greater opportunity to a diverse group of students. It serves as an excellent example of creative thinking and planning by the SMCC community.” In 2009 the Fine Arts Department was officially designated an independent department and the curriculum for an associate’s degree with a concentration in Fine Art was approved. Under the leadership of Department Chair Jeff Badger, the department grew to be one of the largest programs on campus, currently offering over forty courses in studio art, art appreciation, art history, music, theater, and dance. With most courses open to students of all majors, over 1000 students take an art course at SMCC every semester. Courses like Woodworking, Photography and Illustration are now offered in 8 dedicated studios and classrooms on the South Portland and MidCoast campuses, as well as at Portland Pottery and other satellite sites. The college’s newly renovated Lighthouse Sculpture Studio won a 2014 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects. According to Badger, "The growth that our department experienced over the first five years was phenomenal. Although we grew fast, we also tried to grow smart. We developed courses like Screenprinting and Metal Arts that fit into a Fine Arts curriculum, but also appeal to students in other academic and technical programs. All along we have had strong support from the administration to build or repurpose spaces on campus for studios and classrooms. Most importantly, SMCC has a faculty made up of some of the best working artists and teachers in the state." Sixty students have completed the degree program since the first class graduated in the Spring of 2010, and the department has established articulation agreements for graduates to easily transfer to Lesley University College of Art and Design, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, and Maine College of Art, where many students have transferred into the college’s BFA programs. In 2014 Art Historian Virginia Rose took over as Department Chair, “The Arts at SMCC have grown three-fold in the last 10 years, and we now offer an incredible variety of creative learning experiences, from Modern Dance to Modern Art History. Our core foundation of fine arts is incredibly strong, with some of the best artists in New England teaching the fundamentals of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. We are fortunate to have these talented instructors, with inspiring studio spaces overlooking the beautiful Casco Bay." The exhibition consists of current work by over two dozen active members of the department. Artists include: Jeff Badger Jeffrey Bell Elizabeth Bieber Michael Branca Cole Caswell Luc Demers Michel Droge Christian Farnsworth Shannon Googins Tyler Gulden Thurston Howes Hilary Irons Colleen Kearney-Graffam Deborah Klotz John Knight Michael Lewis Brandon Lutterman Jim Murray Pilar Nadal Charles Ott Brett Plymale Brian Reeves Kate Sibole John Stetson Amy Temple Ann Thompson Emily Trenholm Henry Wolyni
Artist(s):
Southern Maine Community College
Medium:
mixed
Susan Maasch Fine Art
4 City Center
Prominent Maine Photographer Jack Montgomery will be showing current portraits in this show of "coming of age" series, some models from Maine and some from Paris. An artist deeply committed to fine art portraits of contemporary people telling the story relevant to their lives, holocaust survivors,the trans community, the fetish community, judges in Maine, coming of age and more………in collections such as the Portland Museum of Art and more, nationally and internationally, SMFA is proud to show this work. Jessica Gandolf once involved in figure work has been delving deep into abstraction and has become one of the state's strongest and most admired abstract painters. Jessica has taught at Bowdoin College and is an excellent colorist with a modernist fresh sensibility. BOTH artists are from Portland. Join us to enjoy this work. Side walls: paintings of Portland, various artists. And introducing Stephen Koharian, a local artist who is a phenomenal painter that graduated from MECA and the Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy.
Artist(s):
Jessica Gandolf, Jack Montgomery, Stephen Koharian
Medium:
painting and photography
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
Oak Street Lofts
72 Oak Street
"I'm a self taught landscape photographer who aims to capture the world found off the beaten path. I believe true photography is not just snapping pictures, but capturing something more than the human eye can easily see. Between the high peaks of the Colorado Plateau and the craggy shores of the northeast, I rise before dawn and search for inclement weather to add pure emotion to nature's palate."
Artist(s):
Jeremy Weir
Medium:
Photography
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Most of Liisa's art is based upon memories and imagination during childhood
Artist(s):
Liisa Ling
Medium:
ball point pen,print and colored pencil
BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe
23 Forest Avenue
We will be featuring art works done by a young New Hampshire artist Rebecca Boutwell. Rebecca is seventeen and is an aspiring artist. She does a lot of nature pieces in many mediums. This is Rebecca's first show and promises to be a great evening. Join us at BiBo's Madd Apple Cafe at 23 Forest Ave. in the heart of the arts district for this special treat.
Artist(s):
Rebecca Boutwell
Medium:
Painting

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