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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, February 5, 2021

Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

February 5th through February 28th
If you’re out and about this February hope you’ll stop in the gallery to see a lovely selection of paintings and sculptures created by a group of established and emerging artists’ with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and interests joined by their love of creating art.
 
Whether you’re drawn to contemporary abstracts or traditional realism, the exhibit is comprised of paintings in a variety of styles and mediums by artists’ Amy Bickford – gouache and watercolor; Patricia Chandler –  cold wax medium and oil; Jane Herbert - acrylic; Jen Pagnini – oil; Roy Perkinson – oil; HM Saffer II – oil; Bob Santandrea – plein air pastels; Wilson Stewart – acrylic; Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils; and a select offering of limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe, DVM.
 
The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from February 5th through February 28th, 2021. Additional days and times by chance or appointment.
 
For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website.  For exhibit updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

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Elizabeth Moss Gallery
Shaw's Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1, Falmouth

January 8 to February 6 | When the world stopped in Spring of 2020, Eva Rose Goetz’s Covid Dairy began. Isolated together within the pandemic, paintings became her coping mechanism. This series was intended to visually report, reflect and transcend the hurt and confusion playing out within us all. 10% of sales will benefit Spurwink Services, a Maine nonprofit that provides behavioral health and education services to adults and children. Stay tuned for upcoming events! The Faithful, 24”x24”, gouache on canvas. View the exhibition.

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Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 | Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale  here.

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Online

Visit 240 Strings events page to see upcoming livestream shows featuring local artists.

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Greater Portland Landmarks

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm |  Back by popular demand and now VIRTUAL, Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy at Greater Portland Landmarks, will join Friends of Woodfords Corner for a special presentation of A Neighborhood History of Woodfords Corner.   Woodfords Corner has historically been the commercial heart of its surrounding suburban neighborhoods. When Deering was its own municipality, the corner also served as the civic center of the city of Deering. Join us to learn more about the history of the corner, its surrounding neighborhoods, and landmark buildings!   WHAT: A Neighborhood History of Woodfords Corner Virtual Presentation WHEN: Thursday, January 28, 6-7pm WHERE: Via ZOOM

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On Sunday, January 24th, from 4:00-5:30, The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth, ME will be hosting their 2nd presentation in “The Faces of Stigma” series. This virtual event is open to everyone. Join via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85036559592....
 
“Anti-Immigrant Bias in Maine and What We Can Do About It” will be a presentation and discussion led by Steve Wessler. Participation, education, and understanding are key in helping to combat stigma.

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

Jan 4, 2021 – Feb 21, 2021 On View in the Poster Case   Bee Flowers is a collaged paper quilt made of cut up silk screen prints from my series Flowers Bees Love. The original prints were made using the same five screen design and then printed with six separate color combinations each inspired by a specific flower that bees love to pollinate: Meadowsweet, Rugosa Rose, Butterfly Milkweed, Purple Cone Flower, Borage, and Lavender. To create the Bee Flowers collage, I riffed on traditional circle and square quilt patterns and used my silk screen prints that didn’t come out “perfectly,” quartered each one, and then recreated the circles in varying combinations to expand on the illusion of the kaleidoscopic mandala. Learn more.

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Online

Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba dance classes are ongoing! Learn more about the options here.  Tuesday and Thursday classes are free style // Saturday classes are partner dance. All classes run at 413 Broadway, South Portland. Come join us!

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Thursdays at 6pm EST via Facebook Live and IG Live . Join the Seacoast West African Dance & Drum Facebook Group and to stay tuned to Namory’s updates and payment options. 

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Online

All of our events, markets, and pop ups have been canceled in order to keep our community safe, which is unfortunately limiting sales opportunities for our members. We've created this online market with easy curbside pick up to help get their delicious products into your homes! Feeling extra generous and wanting your neighbor businesses to succeed? We'd greatly appreciate any donations directly to Fork Food Lab so we can continue to support our local entrepreneurs. Gift cards are also available to use towards a future event or fun workshop. Please check back frequently as new items will be added each week, and contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have regarding our online market. Thank you so much! IMAGE: Mama Mo's Tunisian Peanut and Sweet Potato Dip. View the online market!

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Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street

Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour! 

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

On View January 8, 2021 - February 19, 2021 Mai Snow is a painter. Snow was born in Perm, Russia and moved to America at the age of 13. Currently, they are splitting their time between Austin, Texas and Portland, Maine. Snow received their MFA from University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Snow’s work celebrates the complexities of queer sexuality, gender, and the non-binary body. They deeply care about language and its ability to shape time, physicality, and openness. Snow has shown their paintings throughout New England, mostly Maine, and in various parts of the Midwest. Learn More about the exhibition.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

(Portland, ME) To help ring in the New Year, Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual exhibition on January 1st at 10:00 a.m. comprised of smaller works of visual art including paintings created en plein air and in studio settings, limited edition bronze sculptures, and works in clay.   The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from January 1st through January 31st, 2021. Additional days and times by chance or appointment. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com.   ‘Holiday Offerings – Ringing in the New Year’ includes over 25 original paintings in a variety of mediums and styles by artists’ Patricia Chandler – cold wax medium and oil, Kevin Daley – oil, Randy Eckard – watercolor, Jane Herbert – acrylic, Jen Pagnini – plein air oils, HM Saffer II – oil, Bob Santandrea – plein air pastels, Felicity Sidwell – plein air oils, Wilson Stewart – acrylic; and a select offering of limited edition bronze sculptures by Charles Ellithorpe and works in clay by Richard Boyd.   For exhibit updates like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.   Image: ‘Late Afternoon Reflection’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas Panel 8” x 10” by Jane Herbert. Retail $400.

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Elizabeth Moss Gallery
Shaw's Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1, Falmouth

WHAT: “Hunt Slonem: Returns to Maine”   WHERE: Moss Galleries, 251 Route 1, Falmouth   WHEN: Through Feb. 6   HOURS: Monday by appointment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday   ADMISSION: Free

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Mechanics' Hall

Ongoing   The Mechanics' Hall Library is open for "curbside" service! You can pick up new titles and return old ones. Please visit our website for more details, but here are the basics:    Curbside hours:    Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 am - 3:00pm.  Wednesdays 10:00 am - 2:45 pm     Curbside Basics:    1. Send us an email at library@mainemechanics.org or call us at (207)773-8396 during our curbside hours to request items. Please limit your request to five items.    2. A staff member or volunteer will call you back when your materials are ready to pick up. Your books will be placed on a table in a bag with your name on it right outside the library doors on the 2nd floor.    3. When you arrive at Mechanics' Hall please follow the instructions on the glass door to gain access and pick up your books. You must wear a mask to gain entry and there is no browsing at this time. No exceptions. We ask that you pick up your books and exit the building.  Please note: Any requests received over voicemail might experience a delay in processing. Calling during the curbside hours helps staff get books out faster! 

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Maine Craft Portland

The Maine Crafts Association is thrilled to introduce and invite you to explore our brand new online gallery: SHOP Maine Craft! We are proud to offer for online purchase hundreds of handmade craft objects made by hundreds of Maine craft artists! With the ability to shop in a socially distant manner from your couch, the park, or another state completely, it's never been easier to find and purchase from Maine craft artists. Your purchases directly support Maine craft artists and the Maine Crafts Association (a non profit serving artists since 1983!).   The MCA's mission is to support craft artists with educational, marketing and retail opportunities. During these unprecedented times we are working to support our craft artists in new and creative endeavors. An online shopping platform allows you to safely connect with our artists.   Please browse, share, make purchases and check back at SHOP Maine Craft often. As with our gallery locations, products are constantly changing and many are one of a kind; and in our humble opinion, we think if you like it you should buy it!

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Ongoing | Our idea for the antidote to the viral disruption happening is that we tout upbeat, positive, and forward looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in the state of Maine. View the online magazine here. IMAGE: Damir Porobic, Breathe 3, 2020, Archival pigment print, 38 x 38 inches.

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Ongoing - MWPA offers workshops across the state of Maine. With a variety of genres in a multitude of locations, there’s a workshop for all writers.  Please note: all workshops require advance registration. 

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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 

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

January 1 – February 26, 2021 Mayo Street Arts is excited to announce a Pop-Up Gallery opening January 1, 2021 at 67 Washington Avenue in the former Nissen Bakery Building. In January and February the gallery will host two exhibits with works by Richard Wilson, Michel Droge, Shannon Rankin, Justin Richel, Noriko Sakanishi, William Manning, Christopher Patch, and others.   The exhibits will be curated by June Fitzpatrick, former owner of June Fitzpatrick Galleries on High Street and Congress Street in Portland. The first show will run from January 1 - 22, 2021. The second show opens February 5 - 26, 2021.   Pop-Up Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 5pm or by private appointment   Location: 67 Washington Ave Portland (former Nissen Bakery Building)   Artwork from the exhibitions will also be available online for viewing and purchase at mayostreetarts.org.   Please know that we strictly follow the CDC guidelines for the State of Maine including limiting the number of people in the gallery at any one time to 5, respectfully require the wearing of masks (which we can provide if you don’t have one), and appropriate social distancing.   Pictured: Michael Droge, The Absence of You in Moonlight (Night Harvest#5), Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 42" x 54", 2020

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Welcome to Mumbai to Maine: A Culinary Adventure! In celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday I’m excited to launch my podcast with a series, Maine’s Bicentennial Food Podcast. As you know Maine has one of the richest and most fascinating food and drink scenes in the country. This signature series will take a deep dive into Maine’s food story – past, present and future, showcasing Maine’s most creative and accomplished culinary taste-makers, food innovators and entrepreneurs. When I left Mumbai 24 years ago, I never dreamed or imagined that Maine would one day be my home, my happy place. I knew I had to find a portal to somehow share my passion for Indian cuisine and tie it into my deep love for Maine’s rich and dynamic food scene. This Bicentennial Food Podcast series is my gift to Maine on its 200th Birthday! I wanted to provide a platform, a portal of sorts to share some incredible ‘maker’ stories that capture Maine’s entrepreneurial spirit and ethos. I’m hoping with this podcast I am able to deepen the dialogue and conversation as to why Maine is a formidable state for small businesses to thrive, create and innovate. 

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SPACE Window

Dec 30, 2020 – Jan 19, 2021   Never See You Again is a meditation on masculinity, suicidal ideation and aging. Created during an artist residency at Studio 153 in Brooklyn, NY over the summer of 2020, this six minute video is the first in a diptych by Portland based multimedia artist Hi Tiger and Emmy award-winning director Eric Miclette. Learn more

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The Portland Conservatory of Music hosts an ongoing Noonday Concert Series feauturing local musicians. Visit the link to learn more about individual performances. 

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One Monument Square
One Monument Square

Get your concert fix with OLS' live streamed shows. Use this link to find upcoming live streams along with archived shows! Donations are shared between both artists and OLS. Please share the stream to spread the music!  Image: Liz Longley.

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Blue
650 Congress Street

Learn more about the "Out of the Blue Livestream Series" and other virtual concerts that occur nightly at Port City Blue!

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Palaver Strings

Thursdays, 7-8pm | Join Palaver Strings for an intimate livestream featuring a different Palaver soloist each week! They started this series in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and look forward to continuing to reach audiences safely and frequently, with the personal touch of each soloist’s voice. 

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |    Parallax/Geography exhibits the work of four artists whose use of the photographic medium negotiates the slippery retreat of the real from the camera’s eye, extending the distance and longing that retreat provides. Using experimental processes and conceptually driven structures, these works revisit the classic materials of photography: time, light, space, and substrate. The term parallax refers to the apparent displacement of an object when seen from differing points of view. We use parallax to see: each eye provides a subtly different sightline that our brains then stitch together, creating our perception of depth. Through photographing constructed spaces, reflection, light effects, and distant geology, each of these artists navigate distance, landscape, desire, and time through the medium of photography.   ARTISTS: Elizabeth Atterbury, Tad Beck, Sage Lewis, Amanda Marchand.   Pictured: Sage Lewis, Cache Scan, Feb 25, 2020

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This is a podcast for people who actually love musicals, but are starting to realize that maybe the ones that keep getting produced over and over aren’t exactly holding up. Megan, Chantal, and Kyle are three such people and are doing the work of breaking down these problematic musicals so you don’t have to!   We are releasing new episodes the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. You can listen on our website, or subscribe via your favorite podcast provider.   In our first episode, we break down Grease: The Musical! Listen on Apple Podcasts here, listen on Spotify here.

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UMVA Gallery

Portland, ME - When the New Year rolls around the UMVA Portland Gallery, inside the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., Portland ME,  will not have a physical show up, but they are asking artists to create postcard-sized mail art and photograph them for the on-line show on the blog - from January 1st to the 29th. The physical exhibition for this show will be held in December of next year as a fundraiser for UMVA with each piece of mail art being sold for $5 each.  The theme of the January show is "Your Vision of the Year 2021".   It was decided to go with a mail art show since the January 2021 show couldn't go forward at the last moment and because one of the founders of the Union of Maine Visual Artists was also a renowned Mail Artist - Carlo Pittore. The show on-line and in the later physical exhibition will also feature some language from the artists about their hopes for the coming year.    Pictured: wacky mail art that UMVA member Ann Tracy sent to Steven Colbert...

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Portland Art Gallery
154 Middle St.

Project 20/20 is an artistic journey along the Maine Island Trail traveled by artist Matthew Russ. The Trail, a recreational water trail connecting over 200 wild islands and coastal sites along Maine’s coast, is maintained by the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). Throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2020, Matt visited 20 sites on the Trail and created an original 20”x 20” painting during each visit. Follow Matt’s journey, view the paintings he produced and interact with Matt’s experience on the Trail along the way.

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We are a Portland, Maine company connecting local music fans, artists, and venues in the simplest most delightful way possible. We're deeply passionate about music, the vibrant communities that surround them, and providing a sustainable way for live musicians to be successful—whatever your definition. Visit the link below to see local live stream music listings! Full listings here!

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SPACE
538 Congress Street

SPACE Gallery and Apohdian theater continue their film series. Watch new offerings like Acasa, My Home, Film About a Father Who, and Don’t Just Think I’ll Scream

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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.

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State Theatre

Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming livestreams. 

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Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

On view from January 15 – February 28, 2021 |  Tory Fair: Portable Window: Tory Fair’s new video, photographs, and sculpture developed through an intergenerational dialogue with pioneering ecofeminist artist Mary Miss begun in 2018. Fair was inspired to steward some of the seeds Miss planted in the 1970s and is guided by her priorities: “Breathing space, human scale, and first-hand experience”, suggesting that art has the ability to give back and empower these fundamental rights. Reimagining one of Miss’s sculptures in particular, Portable Window (1968), Fair has created mobile framing devices in the form of large wooden wheels that roll through her neighborhood, creating videos that operate as an extension of the sculpture and capture what the sculpture is framing. “This slow flipping is how I feel right now”, notes Fair. “Observing calm, and even beautiful moments, but then seamlessly moving to a disorienting and dizzy feeling, a rupturing of the frame, and uncertainty.” Framing space usually helps to formalize composition, but these videos frame in order to destabilize and disorient. The landscape tilts and turns. Fair’s playful work opens up several platforms to listen and learn in an unprecedented time of pandemic anxiety and cultural upheaval.    “During these times of reflection and introspection, Maine College of Art (MECA) is privileged to present these artists whose concepts and implementation help us develop new insights, or knowledge at first sight,” notes MECA President Laura Freid.  “We all need to find new ways to see and I am hopeful that these perspectives will provide inspiration for our students as they return to campus this month.”   Thursday, February 18, 2021, 5:30 PM, Join Tory Fair in conversation with pioneering environmental artist Mary Miss.

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