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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 2, 2019

The Press Hotel
Opening Reception Thursday August 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, public welcome On view: July 12th - September 29th Pilar Nadal is a printmaker in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes relief, letterpress and screen printing as well as public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit. Nadal is the director and master printer of Pickwick Independent Press, a community printshop located in the heart of the arts district of Portland. Pickwick has the facilities and equipment to create relief, letterpress, screen, and intaglio printing, and offers membership for printmakers, workshops, residencies and commission work. pilarnadal.com pickwickindependentpress.com
Artist(s):
Pilar Nadal
Medium:
printmaking
Dobra Tea
Tea photos, on display through September more at www.dobrateame.com
Artist(s):
Alexander Zimmerman
Medium:
Photography
Dobra Tea
Tea photos amongst Maine scenery, landscapes, and weather.
Artist(s):
Alexander Zimmerman
Medium:
Photography
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
You’re invited to join us Friday, August 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of a group exhibition of visual arts comprised of works across multiple genres. The show contains more than forty works by 15 artists with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and interests, joined by their love of creating visual art. Whether you’re drawn to contemporary abstracts or traditional realism, the exhibit includes works in a variety of styles and mediums by featured artist Amy Bickford – cityscapes and landscapes; and artists’ Patricia Chandler - landscapes, abstracts, and still life; Carrin Culotta - landscapes; Kevin Daley - landscapes; Randy Eckard - architectural landscapes; Jane Herbert - landscapes; Scarlet Kinney - landscapes; Jen Pagnini - abstracts, and landscapes; Roy Perkinson - landscapes, and still life; Bob Santandrea - plein air landscapes; Felicity Sidwell - plein air landscapes; Wilson Stewart - landscapes; Susan Tan - landscapes; Charles Ellithorpe, DVM limited edition bronze sculptures and works in clay by Richard Boyd. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through August 29, 2019. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Richard Boyd Art Gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street on Peaks Island in Portland, ME. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . To view images of works selected for the current month’s exhibit click on Https://richardboydpottery.com/current-exhibit/ . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Follow us on Instagram #richardboydartgallery . Image: Amy Bickford ~ ‘Tall Ships’ ~ Watercolor and Gouache on Paper 20” x 26” Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
Artist(s):
Group Exhibition
Medium:
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolors, Gouache, Pastels, Mixed Mediums, Cast Bronze, Clay
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
... speaking of summer: colors are sizzling at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce! Come see the displayed works of Maine's “hottest” artists, like Catherine LaBarre, Stephen Beckett, and Sandy Willcox.... Also, it’s your last chance to view the group photo exhibit "Sense of Sight,” which received a raving review by the Press Herald’s art critic, Daniel Kany.
Artist(s):
Catherine LaBarre
Medium:
Paint
Old St Paul's
Munjoy Hill's local parish provides a gorgeous space to enjoy art of all kinds. The sanctuary is open for artists with ample room to display and for guests to enjoy the creative arts. The setting is a peaceful and a perfect backdrop for visual arts with its rich history. Delectable refreshments and wine will be served for our guests.
Artist(s):
Brian Killeen (others to be added)
Medium:
oil, drawing
SPACE Gallery
SPACE is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Howard Fonda augmented with weavings from indigenous artists across Maine. An opening with the artist will be held during the first Friday Art Walk on Friday, August 2nd from 5pm - 8pm. “As a painter wrestling with the aesthetic and critical shallowness of the contemporary art world," Fonda writes, "the baskets act as an anchor, or frame. This simple juxtaposition draws a connection between content, craft and form – a connectedness that transcends time, enriches dialogue and attempts to break down any walls of imparity.” Howard will be in residence at SPACE from July 24 - August 3, 2019 where he will be working on a limited edition print with Pickwick Independent Press. Prints will be availbale for sale on a first come first served basis at SPACE. Please check back for more updates.
Artist(s):
Howard Fonda
Medium:
paint, textiles
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Meet the artists at Bridge Gallery, the working studio/gallery of Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter. Gary is a classical realist painter, creating beautiful realistic still lifes. Rhonda is an expressive painter, using brilliant colors and moving paint strokes to convey feeling. See where they work, how they work, and how these two very different styles compliment each other!
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
On View: July 12 - September 20, 2019 Dark and light. The space between. The moment of change. The necessity of one to identify the other. Hope. Fading. The opportunities to explore the theme seemed so many and varied that the idea of a group exhibition was born. Invited artists have created work addressing the psychological and/or physical implications of light and/or dark. All are Maine artists with established careers and reputations for fine craftsmanship and artistic excellence. Because of the size of the Institute of Contemporary Art, participants were encouraged to undertake large-scale work, if they wished, in order to take advantage of the unusual opportunity to use this vast, beautiful space. Exhibiting Artists include: Lynn Duryea, South Portland; Rebecca Goodale, Freeport; Tom Hall, Raymond; Joe Hemes, South Portland; Alison Hildreth, Portland; Lissa Hunter, Portland; Jamie Johnston, Portland; George Mason, Nobleboro; Julie Morringello, Stonington; Jan Owen, Belfast; Warren Seelig, Rockland; Carol Stein, Kittery Point; Todd Watts, Blanchard TWP; Susan Webster, Deer Isle "When I was a child, my mother would say, “Be in before dark”, as I ran out the door to play in summer. We lived in that kind of neighborhood. It was the fifties, in the Midwest, on a short block with dozens of kids and no fences. “Before dark” became a particular designation of time, between outside in daytime and the inside at night. It held a kind of magical conversion, a sliver of time that signaled a shift in energy and focus. When the sun fell below the horizon, colors flattened and lost definition. The sky looked lighter than the treetops below, which became a single mass of darkness. Houses were Monopoly pieces, with no definition of windows or porches, just outlines and dark interiors until the lights within were turned on, creating golden rectangles. The air became cool. The earth smelled moist. And the fireflies became apparent, flashing lights against the gathering dark, adding to the sense of separation from the real world. It didn’t last long. Maybe ten or twenty minutes." — Lissa Hunter
Artist(s):
Warren Seelig
Medium:
Sculpture
DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Classic Works from the 1960s and 1970s by Leo Rabkin. An array of modernist painting and sculpture from the artist's classic period including plexiglass boxes, large scale watercolors and mixed media constructions. Rabkin emerged from the ethos of the New York School to challenge its heroic swagger with intimate and even delicate works offering an kindly closeness to everyday experiences. See how modernism became post-modernism in the art of a New York artist whose legacy now lives in Portland.
Artist(s):
Leo Rabkin
Medium:
Arabica Coffee Shop
Feathers Together, an exhibit at Arabica Coffee, 2 Free St., Portland, features two animal artists, Rachel Altschuler and Gay Freeborn. Harvest Gold Gallery in Lovell Maine is representing them at the cafe. Animals, primarily birds, are painted in two distinctive styles as each artist has her own perspective. Rachel paints her subjects as if posed for a portrait, birds looking straight into the soul of the viewer. Gay paints birds into a compiled scene, usually mingling them with a human subject and creating a story. She also paints many other animals which can also be seen at Arabica. The two painting styles blend naturally on the walls of the cafe. To purchase, contact 207-925-6502 or harvestgoldjewelry@gmail.com. Rachel Altschuler Growing up in bucolic Chester County, Pennsylvania, Rachel Altschuler could often be found playing in the woods behind her backyard and exploring nature trails.  This love of the outdoors provided not only a haven but eventual inspiration for her artwork. Rachel has always been fascinated by the unique energy and spirit of birds. For that reason they have become one of her favorite subjects to paint. By painting them in portrait style and focusing on the eyes, she is able to evoke their whimsical and sometimes mysterious personalities. Her bold use of color and purposeful brushstrokes are what make these paintings come to life. Rachel holds a B.F.A. in Art Studio and her M.A. in Art Education from Coastal Carolina University, which she attended on an art scholarship. Her work has been featured at multiple galleries throughout the Philadelphia area, Colorado, and Maine. On days when she is not painting, Rachel can still be found exploring nature trails near her home in West Chester, PA where she lives with her husband, Michael and their beloved basset hound, Elmer. Gay Freeborn A resident of Brownfield, ME, Gay Freeborn has studied art since childhood, inspired by artistic family members, an exceptional high school art teacher, and attending Moore College of Art in PA. Returning to painting after many years of developing an interior and landscape design business, she has chosen to focus on figurative animal art. “We live in a hurried world with little time to notice our surroundings. I try to create an emotional tie to the figures in my paintings by having them interact with each other and their environments and by sharing their story.”
Artist(s):
Rachel Altschuler/ Gay Freeborn
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas/ oil on canvas
Trueline Gallery @ 561
561 Congress Street
Come one, come all to Trueline’s “First Friday” art show this Friday, August 2, at our newly renovated Trueline Gallery @561, located at 561 Congress Street in Portland. Our August show is called “First Light,” and will showcase the art of four local creators. 100% of all art sales will be given back to the artist. Formerly the home of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, our space has a proud history of championing local art—a tradition we intend to continue. So please come out and show your support for these amazing artists. Dave Wade is a longtime Portland-based photographer and host of Juke Jive ‘n Jazz on WMPG whose portfolio features beautiful images from Portland’s waterfront. Chris Morse, another Portland-based photographer, specializes in detailed renderings of fatigued paint on old cars. Also featured will be Joanne Arnold, a Falmouth-based photographer, and South Portland’s Peter Dransfield, a bronze sculpture artist. Wine and light snacks will be offered. In addition, we’ll be giving away one free hour of business consulting to all guests that leave a business card with us!
Artist(s):
Medium:
Photography
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
With formidable, illustration skills, Julia Durgee paints the activity, buzz, and beauty of Maine. She grew up drawing and painting cartoons, fashion designs, murals, and portraits in Albany, New York. This early work led to her apparel design degree from Cornell University and eventual freelance illustration work for Forbes.com and national branding agencies in NYC. In 2005, she was heavily influenced by the graphic novel boom and unearthed her talent for producing structured, autobiographical comic art, winning her an American Illustration Award in 2007. Upon the market crash of 2008, she pursued her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, believing the business world could benefit from more artists. In 2013, after marketing the magic of Disney World, she moved to Portland, Maine, to market the magic of L.L.Bean. She revived her oil painting practice by studying painting en plein air on Monhegan Island with David Lussier, who taught her that a great painting contains just as much structure as a great comic. Plein air has also emboldened her to paint less-serene, crowded settings: a rock-climbing competition, a fundraiser, a rowdy, craft beer festival. Her powers of concentration are recharged weekly at her volunteer work, drawing portraits of energetic kids and teens at the Portland Boys & Girls Club. www.juliadurgee.com
Artist(s):
Julia Durgee
Medium:
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is pleased to announce a dual exhibition of Maine’s most unique sculptural ceramicists around! Jonathan White of Odd Inq and Carolyn Judson of Judson Pottery will be showing us sculptural forms remarking on the nature of industrial objects to elements from outer space! A show of sculpture not to be missed! This opening will also entertain your ears with the musical talent of guitarist Alejandro Graciano.
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Congress Square Park
Join Ikirenga cy’Intore for a free concert on First Friday in August in Congress Square Park from 6-8pm! Ikirenga cy’Intore is a local Portland dancing and drumming group performing the traditional dances of Rwanda. The choreography depicts scenes of hunting, fishing, and other activities while wearing traditional costumes and moving to the rhythms being created on handmade drums. Christielle Mutoniwase started the group in 2015 to perform at cultural events and weddings and there are now ten members who invite others to sample the ancient dances at many different venues.
Artist(s):
Ikirenga cy’Intore
Medium:
Music Performance
Portland Museum of Art
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture.
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Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street (Behind Local 188)
The Wellness Connection is hosting an open house at its Portland dispensary. Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour the dispensary and learn about the many benefits of nature's best medicine. On display for the month of August is glass artwork from KGB Glass. Brian Owoc, a former local donut maker turned glass blower, started with a dream and made it a reality with his life-like glass donut pieces. In his Portland studio, Brian creates glass pipes, pendants, dab rigs, and more in the shape of donuts that look good enough to eat! Brian’s artwork can be found all over the country and online. Brian takes pride in each and every one of his pieces, and it really shows.
Artist(s):
Brian Owoc
Medium:
Glass
Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is honored to present an exhibition years in the making with Kim Radochia’s Shimms. Radochia’s work is the nexus where innovation, materials, technique, and vision transform into contemporary fine art. Her sense of color and movement creates dynamic and immersive imagery that changes with the light over the passage of a day. This work is not to be missed. Shimms: Artist Statement Much of my work is a meditation on movement in nature, whether it be the circular weave of a birds nest, the dance of smoke, or, in this most recent body of work, Shimms, the undulation of water. My conceptual preoccupation is with the study of ‘Li’, an ancient Chinese practice of gathering and organizing the extraordinary patterns found in nature on every scale. Water currents and water lines, patterns of flocking birds called murmurations, and geological formations collect and disperse on these worked surfaces. Shimms are paper and acrylic pieces in which the process of creating the work, the painting and tearing of paper and then the fixing of each shred onto the surface, reflects actual movement the piece creates. The slow, steady ritual of making this recent body of work has also become a symbol of my energy and endurance for the past five years. My method of making these dimensional artworks was discovered through trial and error with the goal of pushing one simple material in my studio, paper. Thousands of meticulously painted and hand torn pieces of paper converge and disperse in each sculpture, pulling our gaze along, radiating movement and energy. The static becomes kinetic with the viewer’s participation, as color and form shift dramatically alongside our own movements. From each angle, the paper creations transform into seemingly new works of art. - Kim Radochia
Artist(s):
Kim Radochia
Medium:
Hand Painted Torn Paper on Panel
SPACE Window
In conjunction with his interventionist sidewalk performance on August 2nd, jumatatu m. poe will create an installation in our window gallery. Let ‘im Move You: Installation is an open-ended collection of installation works that are often presented alongside the Let ‘im Move You performance series, created in collaboration with artist Jermone Donte Beacham. Combining video projection, drawing, and sculpture, the work addresses the artists' explorations of the performance of Black queerness and the J-Sette form. The work "has theoretical links to code switching, especially as it has to do with my Blackness and queerness, experiences of immediate compartmentalization/contextualization as a defense mechanism, as a means of survival.” Let 'im Move You is a series of works choreographed by jumatatu m. poe and Jermone “Donte” Beacham that stem from poe's seven-year research into J-Sette performance. Initial research for the series absorbed the artists’ curiosity about the performance of joy and the conundrum of Black joy. The series began in the summer of 2013 while jumatatu and Donte were at a residency through Tanzrecherche NRW. The series currently consists of three live performance works and an installation. Beginning in Summer 2018, poe will bring together a group of Black dancers – J-Sette artists and “Contemporary” dance artists – for a multimedia work to be alternately performed in black-box/white-box spaces, and on sidewalks and in alleyways in neighborhoods. Compelled by J-Sette’s specific rules around formation and order, the new project will confront meanings, real and imaginary, of black queered bodies in public assembly. Photo Credit: Gema Galiana
Artist(s):
jumatatu m. poe
Medium:
Dockfore
336 Fore St
This series is an attempt to capture the impression of space and light.
Artist(s):
Lee Thomason
Medium:
oil on canvas
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
New Maine landscape paintings by local artist Finn Teach.
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Vena's Fizz House
Artist Statement: My paintings have taken on a more personal significance as I explore content that has importance to me; moving beyond the figure and still lifes. I am striving to obtain composition, balance and color relation while experimenting with textures. Even though my intuitive responses occasionally stray from color accuracy, I want to maintain precision with perspective and proportion. I have come to the realization that I am not a narrative artist, but would like my viewers to experience a sense of escape. My work has taken on new directions through the inspiration and study of artists that have made an impact on me, especially from the Impressionist era. Monet, Renoir and Corot have enlightened me on how to really capture a moment in time in a simplistic manner. They give just enough indication and detail to portray a mood. Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi’s realism and extensive technique have helped me enhance my style and progress as an artist. Modern painters such as the Wyeth family have provided me with motivation and insight. My more recent paintings contain elevated complexities with composition, lighting and contrast. The main focus is the distortion of images within water that converses with the concrete physicality of its surroundings. Rather than being inclusive of the standard formula of distribution between sky and land, I prefer to mostly deny the sky to allow water to be the primary element. Artist Bio: When I was six years old my family and I relocated from Riverside, California to Portland, Maine. This is where I spent most of my life until I went to college in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University became my home for seven years and where I earned a BFA in Art therapy and minor in psychology. I had decided to remain at Marywood to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Painting degree. During the seven years I had studied abroad for two semesters in Florence, Italy, where I was trained in oil and fresco painting which I plan to continue in the states. Europe was a life altering experience that I would definitely do again if given the opportunity. Being able to study the masters from Musee Marmottan Monet, Louvre, Uffizi and others have broadened my skills and highly influenced my work. Since completing my master's degree in May 2012 I have returned to Portland, Maine.
Artist(s):
Kelly Ufkin
Medium:
Painting
Prism Analog
Mélange will be an exhibition of artworks by Portland artists organized to celebrate the opening of the new location of Prism Analog Recording Studio at 34 Preble Street on August 2nd. Nine artists are participating with 2D artworks in a broad range of media and genres. The opening reception will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm with live music by Gregg Harper. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, August 17th. The artworks will be available for sale with 25% of the sale price going to Prism Analog, a non-profit organization. Participating Artists: Estefani Baez – Watercolor/Pen Lizz Berry – Fiber Arts Michaela Flint – Children’s Book Illustration Karolyn Greenstreet – Painting/Mixed Media Haley Hanks - Painting Gregg Harper – Combinatorial Art William Hessian – Painting Michaela Holt – Painting Bailey Pollack – Multimedia on Paper For further information, contact Gregg Harper – studiomuseo7@gmail.com
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Old St Paul's
Visit our historic sanctuary and see various artists display works in oil, acrylic, and fiber. Wine and refreshments are served. Located on the corner of Congress and Locust. Entrance on Locust street. "Originally founded in 1763 and since the War of 1812, Saint Paul's has enjoyed serving as the Maritime Church for the local seagoing community. This includes all who serve and work on the world's seas and their families. One of Saint Paul's more notable members was Commodore Edward Preble, Commander of the USS Constitution".
Artist(s):
Various
Medium:
Oil, acrylic, fiber
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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SPACE
538 Congress Street
Second Hand closes on August 4th. Using acrylic paint on paper and collage, Meghan Brady has created a new wall-sized painting installation at SPACE. Incorporating multiple languages of paint and approach, Brady continues to explore the area between structured and free-formed large-scale painting. "These paintings came about as a response to my restlessness and desire to see my paintings on shaped surfaces, as well as the technical freedom to change the piece at nearly any given point (something that painting on stretched canvas makes difficult). Within these boundaries, I find a space where I can use direct, saturated colors to generate loose compositions that reference ceramic vessels, clothing, and gesture -- in other words, I am indirectly referencing the human body through an everyday kind of abstraction. My aim is to make paintings that are generous in spirit but also find a way to occupy their space and time in a frenetic, irregular, and ultimately surprising way." Photo Credit: Joel Tsui
Artist(s):
Meghan Brady
Medium:
acrylic, paper, collage
Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” Winston Churchill I started painting with watercolor when my children were young, believing that by starting early, I would gain experience by the time they were grown. This held true. Over the length of my Philadelphia days, I made the transition to oil painting, studying under many brilliant teachers, and taking courses at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. I was invited to join a group of ten women artists who worked and travelled together. We painted in Italy, France, Nova Scotia, and Martha’s Vineyard; and we showed all over the Philadelphia metropolitan area. My favorite show was Rittenhouse Square. Life has changed dramatically. I now live with my husband and two golden retrievers in a fishing village called Five Islands, on the coast of Maine. I paint in a little red studio with views of the water on both sides. During the long Maine winters, I work in studio from photos and from memory, keeping my hands in the paint, fostering experimentation, and new ideas. Nicer weather finds me outside, working “en plein aire” or on location. I frequently paint with PAPME (plein aire painters of Maine) Mid Coast Chapter, a group of over 500 members who love to paint outdoors. Painting is my joy and a blessing. It is kairos time, not chronos. It is personal journey of experiencing nature, and finding immediacy in the work. I am fully present, mindful and deliberate about each stroke, each painting. Learning to cope with bugs, temperature, wind and disasters is part of the game. My work en plein aire is vibrant and full of life; the colors sing, the brushwork is free. Visitors are welcome to my studio in Five Islands, by chance or appointment. I show locally at Couleur Collection in Falmouth and Damariscotta River Grille. “We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paintbox. And for this, Audacity is the only ticket!” Winston Churchill
Artist(s):
Susan Zimmerman
Medium:
Oil Paint, Pastel
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Technique/Support,” Tad Beck’s second exhibition with the gallery. The show will run from June 29 through August 10, 2019. The gallery will hold an opening reception on Saturday, June 29 from 4 – 7 pm. Please note that the gallery is open by appointment only July 3 – 6. “Technique/Support” features selections from two recent photographic series and a new multi-channel video installation that use re-photography and repetition to both elucidate and complicate their architectural, erotic, and performative concerns. Continuing a strategy from Beck’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, each body of work is hung at a unique height; as with a chamber music score, the installation allows each to function semi-autonomously while also forming part of an ensemble. In the aggregate, “Technique/Support” demonstrates Beck’s pursuit of photography’s edges, to stretching its capacities by doubling down on its most basic attributes. It develops and adopts forms of expertise—“technique” is multivalent, equally applicable in photographic, choreographic, and sexual contexts—to test what a photograph can do. In his ongoing series “Blanks,” Beck begins by photographing a white sheet of glossy photographic paper, capturing reflective traces of the studio environment and camera. The photograph is printed and re-photographed under glass, occasionally embellished with white spray paint. This process is repeated a number of times such that the resulting image is a composite of multiple photographs. Beck begins with an empty subject and dilates the photographic moment until the studio itself functions as an apparatus for the creation of a new abstract space. While the “Blanks” owe much to modernist painting and structuralism—they at turns recall Alvin Lucier, Robert Ryman, Cy Twombly, Jan Dibbets, and Michael Snow—they toggle between digital and analog, painting and photography, system and accident, and image and architecture with an elegant insouciance. These are “pictures of nothing” that are nonetheless documents of specific times in specific places with a specific quality of light. “Colby” addresses how context changes the meaning of a pose. Beck worked with pornographic film star and artist Colby Keller. After capturing body positions from his films suggestive of other forms of performance, Beck had Keller carefully recreate these poses in his studio, solo and in dance tights. The images isolate the original poses against a black studio floor, blurring the lines between choreography and sex. The series explores both the importance of context in understanding what a body “means” as well as the choreographic nature of even the most (biologically) basic of movements. Condenser is a multi-channel video installation featuring Maine-based artist and dancer Riley Watts that extends a strategy developed in Beck’s photographic project “Double Document.” Beck took still photographs and video of Watts performing from above. He printed and placed select images on the floor and Watts re-executed the original movements on top, distressing and tearing the prints. Beck backlit the distressed prints with the original video footage, re-filming the prints with a video camera directly opposite the projector, a setup that evokes a darkroom enlarger (a condenser compresses light en route to a negative). The finished work is projected on suspended plexiglass. Like “Double Document,” Condenser explores photography's relationship to performance and the abstract body, incorporating a new form of duration to expand on its blurring of flat and sculptural space. Tad Beck received a B.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York and an M.F.A. in Fine Art from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He lives in Vinalhaven, Maine. In Summer 2019, his work will be featured in “Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall” at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Beck’s solo exhibitions include: Grant Wahlquist Gallery; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Fisher Center at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport. Two-person exhibitions include collaborative works made with the artist Jennifer Locke at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and an exhibition with Diana Cherbuliez at Theodore:Art, Brooklyn. His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions at: Grant Wahlquist Gallery; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland; FotoFest, Houston; Spritmuseum, Stockholm; the Addison Gallery of American Art; the Portland Museum of Art; and the Worcester Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Portland Museum of Art; the Worcester Art Museum; and the Addison Gallery of American Art. 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):
Tad Beck
Medium:
Photography and Video
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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Maine Historical Society
Join us as we celebrate the power of music with Kate Beever, owner of Maine Music & Health (Small Business Administration’s Maine Micro-Enterprise of the Year in 2017) in our Power of Potential exhibition gallery. Kate is a talented musical therapist who brings comfort and pain relief to patients at Maine Medical Center each week. Please stop by to experience and participate in the incredible healing power of music from Kate while enjoying our Power of Potential, Doing Good: Medical Stories of Maine, and Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art exhibitions!
Artist(s):
Kate Beever
Medium:
Music
Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Using reclaimed pallet wood, paint (spray and acrylic), sharpies, and pens, Chad Creighton likes to create quiet narratives of “the everyday” with larger than life scenarios using animals. Please join us for Creighton's opening reception of "Unlikely Associations." There will be snacks, wine, music and fun!
Artist(s):
Chad Creighton
Medium:
mixed
Mechanics' Hall
Friday, August 2nd, 7PM First Friday at Mechanics’ Hall Reading Series: Writing with Wit: Three Maine Women Share Their Writing and Publishing Experience. A partnership event co-hosted by Print: A Bookstore, Maine Authors Publishing, and Mechanics' Hall. Kathy Eliscu, NOT EVEN DARK CHOCOLATE CAN FIX THIS: Somewhere in Maine, a middle-aged woman is having a serious temper tantrum. “Tink” Casawill is drowning in family and work demands, hormones, a fiancé oblivious to another woman’s flirtations, and…her doctor tells her to cut out caffeine. (WHAT?!?) While attempting to do a good deed, Tink’s life spins out of control and now, “Not Even Dark Chocolate Can Fix This Mess!” https://maineauthorspublishing.com/not-even-dark-chocolate-can-fix-this-mess/ Lew-Ellen Hughes, MAINE STORIES: This book is a collection of award-winning true tales of life, family, and the people, places, and lifestyle of rural Maine. Born in California and raised in the military with deep Maine roots, award-winning columnist and author Lew-Ellyn Hughes has had a life she describes as being abnormally fabulous and insanely unconventional. She writes about her life and the lives of her fellow Mainers. She has been published in several Maine publications, including Down East Magazine. https://maineauthorspublishing.com/maine-stories/ Patsy Baldus, LOVE, LUTEFISK AND LEMON ZEST SNEAKERS: What do yellow sneakers, a gecko, a visit to the vet’s, and a memorable seven-course Swedish meal all have in common? Why, calamity, of course! Romp through these humorous and sometimes poignant adventures as the author reveals the joys and comedic pitfalls of everyday experiences, including vacations, family pets, moving, and dealing with the neighborhood kids. https://maineauthorspublishing.com/love-lutefisk-and-lemon-zest-sneakers/
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Maine College of Art
On View: July 5 - August 16, 2019 Artists at Work Gallery Artist Talk + Book Signing: August 1, 2019; 5:30PM Alexandra Silverthorne MFA ’10 is releasing her new book, yes is the only living thing, a series of 76 images looking at moments of celebration, wonder, and stillness in her own life. Shot the year following a friend’s sudden cancer relapse and near-immediate death, the images echo her attempts to infuse her own life with some of the same determination, thoughtfulness, and grace that was ever-present in her life. The series was captured with recently-discontinued peel apart instant film on a fickle hand-me-down Polaroid Reporter camera. Silverthorne was attracted to the unpredictability of both the film and the camera and how this seemed to echo the unpredictability of life, itself. The book features all 76 images, a collection of text by Julie Poitras Santos, and a conversation with Annie Mahon.
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Alexandra Silverthorne
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photography

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