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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, October 4, 2019

Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
(Portland, ME) Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual group exhibition of visual arts depicting imagery of Maine on Wednesday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit features works that exemplify the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The show is comprised of paintings in a variety of mediums and styles depicting scenes from the interior, to the islands, coves, and working waterfronts in Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene in Maine. 'Scenes of Maine' includes original paintings by gallery artists’ Amy Bickford – acrylic based gouache; Patricia Chandler - oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; and Wilson Stewart - oil and acrylic. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through October 30, 2019. Open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. For more information about the exhibit contact Richard Boyd Art Gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website www.richardboydartgallery.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Richard Boyd Art Gallery ~ 15 Epps Street, Peaks Island Portland, ME 04108 ~ 207-712-1097 ~ www.richardboydartgallery.com Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved Image" Jane Herbert ~ 'Late Summer Sunset' ~ Acrylic on Canvas 18" x 24"
Artist(s):
Amy Bickford; Patricia Chandler; Kevin Daley; Randy Eckard; Jane Herbert; Wilson Stewart
Medium:
Oil; Cold Wax Medium; Acrylic; Watercolor
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
The Portland Public Library is pleased to announce FOLKLAND, curated by Andy Rosen and Rachael Harkness, opening October 4th and running through December 21. Folklore and fairytales have long reflected our desire to understand the natural world and human behavior. Stories and illustrations connect us to each other and show how our relationship with nature is constantly evolving. Crafting a new kind of folklore, the artists in this exhibit tell a story of the natural world now, threatened by change, still rife with mystery and wonder. Their works ask us to revisit and reclaim our relationship with the world around us. FOLKLAND includes original art by Cecilia Ackerman, Stephen Burt, Annika Earley, Hilary Irons, and Andy Rosen.
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Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “A Study in Temperament,” Joe Mama-Nitzberg’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from October 4 through November 9, 2019. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 4 from 5 – 8 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, October 5 at 2 pm. Mama-Nitzberg’s allusive, slippery, mordant works in various media draw on a wide range of cultural icons and sub-cultural attitudes, distilling and combining them in an approach equally indebted to fine art, commercial display, and memento mori. A bricoleur par excellence, Mama-Nitzberg manages the difficult feat of addressing our current moment head on with startling incisiveness while maintaining a critical distance, sagely tempering his (and our) investment in our present debates, urgencies, transformations, and crises with patience and a lack of self-seriousness. Pop (in both its upper- and lower-case senses), modernist painting, the postmodernism of the Pictures Generation, digital culture, literature, queer arcana, personal narrative — “A Study in Temperament” puts them all to work in ways both skeptical and tender. This would, naturally, be where we would explain to you that three works in “A Study in Temperament” transform homoerotic advertising images from After Dark by either juxtaposing them with paintings by gay artists such as Robert Indiana or the names of Sacco and Vanzetti or Leopold and Loeb. We could certainly offer an exhaustive analysis of three pairs of photographs presented in a double-sided freestanding metal sign featuring Shirley Temple Black, Ryan White, and Dorian Gray, and ensure that you not only understand who they are but also comprehend that the work is about youth and the various ways we lose it, that you’re aware that it might be a wink at Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe. If you missed Mama-Nitzberg’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, you would want to know that it also had something to do with Oscar Wilde, who here creeps into not only Black, White, and Gray but also a screaming pink photograph on Duratrans in a lightbox that collages a modeling portfolio photograph of Andy Warhol and a Soloflex advertisement, both of which were created the same year. (Warhol looms large in “A Study in Temperament,” but where doesn’t he?) Of course, a few of the works in the show are happy to go the extra mile and explain themselves to you. There’s a suite of three photographs in small metal signs on a shelf, two of which contain abstract shapes that nod to 20th Century painting. The third sign won’t tell you to think about Kasimir Malevich and Ellsworth Kelly, but it will tell you about the piece’s origins in Mama-Nitzberg thinking about digital manipulation and friends who died young. (It won’t tell you what they died of, but you’ll make whatever assumptions you’ll make.) There’s also a free-standing photographic sign melding text and abstraction in front of an abstract work on canvas, which relays both a story about the artist’s loss of his mother and also speaks to how we hold on to those we love and whether art in its currently debased state has any value. Oh! That one will also help you understand what the canvas and some other photographs in the show have to do with Bette Midler’s relationship to a certain chapter of queer history. ​ We could lay all of this out for you, but perhaps in a moment in which everything is available on our phones and everything is expected to be immediately legible and easily digestible the one remaining radical gesture is to hazard obscurity, to make and exhibit works that follow their obsessions as far as they will go, to have faith in one another’s curiosity and empathy at the risk of misrecognition or misunderstanding. You may or may not know who Paul was or what he has to do with this show, and you may or may not know about Raymond Burr’s fictional sons’ fictional leukemia, but this knowledge or lack of knowledge is to some extent a function of identity and privilege, and thinking about these things is perhaps a good start towards learning to be together in the world, to thinking more critically, and to seeing ourselves and one another more clearly. We look forward to seeing you. “’I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘I didn’t mean to be polite, or impolite, either. I guess it’s a sort of way I have of saying things, regardless.’” – Willa Cather, from “Paul’s Case” Joe Mama-Nitzberg received a B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1989 and an M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, in 1995. He lives and works in Catskill, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Grant Wahlquist Gallery; Basilica, Hudson; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels; and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. His work has also been featured in exhibitions at venues including Bunker 259, Brooklyn (organized by Regina Rex); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; the Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg; the Pittsburg Center for the Arts; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; David Zwirner Gallery, New York; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; and White Columns, New York. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com.
Artist(s):
Joe Mama-Nitzberg
Medium:
Framed archival inkjet print
Dockfore
336 Fore St
A collection of images primarily depicting coastal scenes of Maine with a concentration on Portland's working waterfront.
Artist(s):
James O'Reilly
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photography
Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art is thrilled to host N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives, the first major compilation of N. C. Wyeth’s art in almost 50 years. Co-organized with the Brandywine River Museum of Art, the exhibition contains approximately 45 paintings and drawings selected from museums and private collections across the United States, presenting a detailed, chronological exploration of Wyeth’s work and revealing the astonishing breadth of both his subject matter and style.
Artist(s):
N. C. Wyeth
Medium:
paintings
Vena's Fizz House
Teaching Artist Suzanne Drown Trout draws from nature, dance and the richness of cultures around the world to create art with a strong sense of hope, inspiration, and life affirming messages. Most recently she has been working on a series of Mandalas, a geometric figure which can be found in the art and symbolism of many cultures, from Hindu to Buddhist to Native American. In Sanskrit, Mandala means “circle” and represents wholeness or the idea of the Universe. This idea came to life as the creation of this Mandala series brought focus and clarity to Suzanne’s personal and professional life. To read more about her and what she has been doing go to her website www.suzannedrown.com.
Artist(s):
Suzanne Drown Trout
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Portland Museum of Art
Open-Ended: New Acquisitions at the Portland Museum of Art highlights many of the spectacular new objects that join the PMA's collection of over 18,000 works of art and provides the opportunity to share the stories behind these works and how they came to the PMA.
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Prism Analog
With the opening of its new location in downtown Portland, Prism Analog Recording Studio will present exhibitions by Portland area artists that will occur during the monthly Portland First Friday Art Walks, beginning in October, 2019. Opening Friday, October 4th, will be an exhibition of photo art by Maine native Stephen Young and his vision, Luminous Drift Light Art. Enjoy an artistic journey through the sea smoke & moody hues of idyllic landscapes, coastal charms, and the unique anecdotes of life in New England. From lighthouses to autumn woodlands, Stephen’s images capture something beyond the familiar, and not so familiar, places in Maine. In his own words, “I strive to capture essence; everlasting impressions out of fleeting moments. The moments that drift in and out of the light.” The opening reception will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm with original jazzy, blues guitar music by Latido. Located in downtown Portland, Maine, Prism Analog seeks to inclusively engage area artists by offering recording services and performance and gallery space. Prism Analog is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and leverages the good in people: like-minded volunteers, local and federal grants, and personal and corporate donations help keep services affordable or free. For further information, contact Gregg Harper – studiomuseo7@gmail.com or Nick Johnson – nick@prismanalog.org or Stephen Young – luminousdrift@gmail.com
Artist(s):
Stephen Young
Medium:
photography
Portland Museum of Art
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 brings together painting, sculpture, and works on paper by pioneering Cubist artists such as Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Jean Metzinger, and Max Weber, in an examination of the vibrant intellectual and artistic exchanges that helped define one of the landmark styles of Modern art.
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Oak Street Lofts Gallery
“The Opening” is a statement about art, healing, thriving and a creative voice for change. Artists Amanda Grady, Morgan Mitchell, Deborah Train and Kathy Vilnrotter will transform the gallery into an experiential event of light, beauty and art, creating an immersive experience. Features include, wearable art, participatory sound, multi-media installations, colorful artwork and an interactive, participatory graffiti wall to be donated to Through These Doors domestic violence shelter. Each artist will contribute a piece for our silent auction which will be open for bidding during First Friday (Oct 4th) with all proceeds benefiting Through These Doors. Also on hand will be a representative from Through These Doors with literature and information about how you can help the community effort to end domestic violence. Through These Doors provides services to all affected by domestic abuse in Cumberland County, Maine, and offers education, training, systems advocacy, and consultation with a goal of reducing and ending the violence. Local businesses and artists who would like to join us in this community effort to bring awareness to domestic violence can contact Marie Sola at msola@daughtersofchange.com. Many thanks to our Venue Sponsor – Avesta Housing!
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Mixed

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