First Friday Art Walk
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 2, 2020
9/11/20 – 10/31/20 “First things first,” he says. He says something else. But I don’t need to listen. I can’t hear a thing with so much water going. Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “So Much Water So Close to Home,” an exhibition of new photographs by Kate Greene. The show will run from September 11 through October 31, 2020. As in the short story from which the exhibition takes its title, Greene’s photographs conjure a complex web of emotional registers with startling efficiency and intensity. A master of light and texture, Greene marries a resolute commitment to observed detail with formal experimentation, exploiting photography’s tenuous indexicality to create images that are visually exquisite and polyvalent in affect. Whatever their genre—landscape, domestic scene, still life, sculptural study—her photographs’ strange beauty functions as a lure to deeper consideration of the relationship between vision, knowledge, and authority, often from a feminist perspective. Featuring a selection of 11 photographs produced in the past two years, “So Much Water So Close to Home” resides where desire and danger coincide. As in Raymond Carver’s tale—a narrative of careless men and the women who love them—it manifests the feeling of navigating a world in which what we want may also be our undoing.
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.
Through October 1, 2020 The Apohadion Theater and SPACE are pleased to co-present an ongoing series of virtual film screenings in 2020. All proceeds from this series will go to support The Apohadion Theater during its COVID-19 closure. Image: Film still from "Son of the White Mare."
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Deep Listening: An Inside Look Into Palaver’s Album: Ready or Not
Join Palaver cellist, Matthew Smith for a virtual deep dive into the music of Palaver’s upcoming album Ready or Not. He will discuss the meaning, historical context, and compositional structure of a handful of pieces on the album, which features music by women from many different styles and eras. We will discuss Maddalena Casulana’s madrigal Morir non puo mio cuore (1566), Grazyna Bacewicz’s Concerto for String Orchestra (1948), and Anna Clyne’s piece Within Her Arms (2009). Akenya Seymour will join us for a discussion of her piece Fear the Lamb, which Palaver commissioned in 2019.
This class is designed for ages 15 and above.
September 4 - October 2. D R / F T, a new installation by Peaks Island artist Daisy Braun at SPACE, reflects on plankton's role in the world's ecosystems and our bodily links to earth's past, present, and future. "For millennia, plankton have floated through the world’s oceans, carried by the current. They inhabited the sea before the continents held life, when the winds blew over bare rock. They endured as the world developed language, myth, agriculture, machinery, and mass culture. They continue to drift today – outside our awareness, despite the vital bond we share." Read more.
Thursday, September 17th, 7PM Co-hosted by MWPA via Zoom AND THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED: Debra Spark's Curious Attractions remains a hugely popular fiction writing guide thirteen years after its publication. Now, she tackles the thorniest aspects of literary fiction craft. WRITING PAST DARK: Charting the emotional side of the writer's life, Writing Past Dark is a writing companion to reach for when you feel lost and want to regain access to the memories, images, and the ideas inside you that are the fuel of strong writing...Read more RSVP: https://www.printbookstore.com/sparkfriedman-rsvp
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.
FRIDAYS 3pm-7pm & SUNDAYS 9am-1pm through September An outdoor market featuring artists + farmers + foodies. East End Vend is an outdoor, socially distanced market Friday evenings and Sunday mornings in Portland’s East End neighborhood. Picture (mask wearing) residents and visitors shopping the market for handmade items for themselves or their home, dinner ingredients or brunch additions (think bagels or maple syrup!), fresh flowers and other good stuff from Maine.
Embody the Rhythm brings weekly Guinea style West African Dance Classes to Portland, ME with dancer/choreographer Marita Kennedy-Castro, and live drum accompaniment from a talented crew of local drummers including master drummer Namory Keita from Sangbaralla, Guinea.
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!
Take a virtual tour of Congress Street, or find a walking tour that will bring fresh air during social distancing measures!
September 21st from 7-8pm. HAMILTON! How the Musical Remixes American History with Dr. Richard Bell. America (once again) has Hamilton-mania! With Disney+ now streaming the show, backyard movie screens and living television sets have been screening Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical all summer long. Registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-how-the-musical-remixes-american-h... Join us on Monday, September 21st with University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell where we will explore this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and entertainment. We’ll learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, the birth of the United States—and why, particularly in this moment in time – all that matters. What were the real Hamilton’s choices and policies in relation to immigrants, working people, rural farmers, and those enslaved? We’ll examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other, who we are, the nation we made and the importance of “who tells your story.” Not yet a Mechanics’ Hall member? Visit mainemechanics.org to become one today! *This program is presented in partnership with Maine Historical Society. FREE to Mechanics’ Hall and Maine Historical Society members. Ticket price of $10 for non-members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
We're excited to announce phase two of our live streaming concert series! We're now able to host bands in the club and we're psyched to be able to featuring some of our favorite local artists – finally back on our stage! Please enjoy this free concert series—but maybe you'll consider contributing the money you normally would spend on a ticket to a show or the money you might spend on a couple of drinks. Your donations are truly appreciated and we are grateful for any amount you may be able to share.
You can check out all the action at www.livefromphome.com
Through March 2021 MHS is relaunching our Bicentennial public programming with MAINE at 200, an exciting new virtual (Zoom) series! In live conversations, distinguished historians and speakers will explore how Maine became a State in 1820, what that has meant to Maine people, and how 13,000 years of history has shaped the complex issues that matter to Mainers today. You won't find this series anywhere else! Presenters include James E. Francis, Sr; Lise Pelletier; Liam Riordan; Kate McMahon; Pulitzer prize winner Alan Taylor; Earle Shettleworth, Jr., and Colin Woodard. Visit our Programs & Events page for updates on the complete series and how to register! Most programs are free and open to the public (unless noted as MHS Members Exclusive.) Click here for more info!
Wednesday, September 23rd, 7PM Hosted via ZoomFire in the Blood by Perry O'Brien When Coop—a U.S. Army paratrooper serving in Afghanistan—is called urgently to his Captain’s office, he fears he’s headed for a court martial. Coop has been keeping a terrible secret from his fellow soldiers, and worries he’s been discovered. Instead, his life is devastated in a different way... Read more RSVP: https://www.printbookstore.com/perry-obrien-rsvp
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!
Opening Day September 17, 2020 11am – 5pm; Exhibition runs September 17, 2020 through October 18, 2020.
The Art of Going Home – Miklos Pogany with guest curator Laurie Perzley:
Hungarian-born Maine resident, Miklos Pogany, is a prolific artist with an impressive exhibition history and work in the permanent collections of many major museums. A master of multiple media, Pogany creates vivid works based on nature and the built environment, exploring and pushing the parameters of each medium. The artist describes his motivation as follows: "I react to wonder, desires, conflicts, meanings, memories, revenge, sexuality, love and death. I gather all these fragments and make some personal sense of it all." Through his work, Miklos Pogany strives to make sense of life’s fragments - desire, conflict, memory, sex, love, death. He views his role as an artist to be that of both record keeper and conjurer, to both document history and evoke wonder. Pogany’s work is in the collections of museums throughout the country and internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, the Fogg Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris).
Building with Shadows – Alice Spencer:
For many years I have used handwoven textiles-their patterns, structures and stories-as a reference in my work. In this body of work, I draw on 19th century Uzbek ikat textiles. These glorious tie-dyed weavings were used primarily for women’s coats and featured repeated symmetrical motifs.The patterns in my work are made, literally, from the ground up. I sun print the shadows of sticks, grass and weeds then choose parts of the prints to mirror-reflect and add to the first parts. The resulting bilateral forms are made into stencils. Each pattern in the work is built using multiple stencils.
I began making this work almost 4 years ago when I returned to my studio after several years of absence. We had a new president and the world around me felt precarious. Each day in the studio offered a kind of counternarrative, confirming the continued presence of balance, beauty and order.
The work in this show honors the Jewish artisans in 19th century Bukhara who were the master dyers of ikat textiles and the unsung collaborators in one of the world’s most vibrant textile traditions. Each painting in this exhibit uses indigo blue, the color for which they were best known.
Additionally, the Pop-Up space for the Maine Jewish Museum has an additional corridor made available to us to exhibit work by artists who have been past exhibitors at MJM.
Anne Hebebrand - Small Abstract Paintings;
Henry Isaac - Small paintings of Napal, Vermont, South Harpswell and Portland, Casco Bay;
Rush Brown – “Guggenheim Series”;
Marjorie Moore – “Shell Game Series”;
Invited Guest Gallery Wall:
Jane Banquer - “Black Lives Matter”
Rush Brown - “Frenetic Seascape”
Bruce Brown - “Looking Down at St. Petersburg” photograph;
Jean Shonwater – “Song Without Words”
Pictures: Miklos Pogany, Il Passero Solitario, 1983, oil, wax, acrylic, pastel on canvas, 65 x 48 in.
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.
When: Thursday, September 24, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm) Where: Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson Street, Portland Maine Outdoor Film Festival brings MAINE 2020: 200 years of statehood culminates in one wild year! Celebrate Maine’s bicentennial with a live outdoor film event featuring two special programs, one that celebrates Maine people’s lives over the years through a contemplative curation of Mainer’s own historic home movies, Maine’s Home Movies; and another, a collection of shorts edited during the pandemic in Maine’s 200th year, 2020, the Antidote Collaborative Film Project.
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.
October 28, 7-8pm
Join Portland based potter Ayumi Horie in her studio (virtually of course)! Come get a closer look at her pottery and activism work.
This October, we’re so excited to bring local potter Ayumi Horie right to your computer for an in-depth virtual chat! Horie’s two-part lecture will cover her work and a survey of great ceramic work being made by contemporary makers. She’ll also discuss a number of side projects including The Democratic Cup, Pots In Action, and Portland Brick, a public art installation in the India Street neighborhood of Portland. If there’s time, there will be a studio tour and discussion.
FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members, $8 general admission. Register through Eventbrite.
Thank you to Machias Savings Bank, supporting sponsor for Makers at the Hall 20/21 season.
September 30, 7-8pm
Join Terrill Waldman of Tandem Glass in her studio (virtually of course)! Come get a closer look at the work of Tandem Glass duo, Terrill Waldman and Charlie Jenkins. Ask Terrill your burning questions (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves). Tandem Glass Gallery is located in a 2000 square foot space in Dresden Mills, Maine. Normally you can visit their studio and gallery to witness the glass blowing process first-hand, but this September, we are bringing Waldman right to your computer for an in-depth virtual chat!
FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members, $8 general admission. Get your tickets through our Eventbrite page!
Thank you to Machias Savings Bank, supporting sponsor for Makers at the Hall 20/21 season.
September 2020 Missing Maine Landscapes is a virtual exhibit by 17 Union of Maine Visual Artists members in response to places or things that have been removed, obscured, replaced, or that disappear (and sometimes re-appear) in the landscapes Maine artists inhabit. Pictured: Jennifer Booher, Taraxacum officinale, Photograph, 18 x 22 framed, 2020 $300
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.
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
Due to Covid-19 developments, all group classes will take place ONLINE until further notice. To enroll, simply email Lindsey at Info@BourassaDance.com about which class(es) you are interested in. Once your payment is processed, you will receive class content in your email inbox each week by 5 pm on the day of your selected class. Content will include instructional videos that you can do at your leisure and as many times as you would like, as well as resources that highlight history, culture, a specific artist, structure and the like. This is the honor system, and a way to support the arts and small businesses through this trying time. Therefore, please do not share your link with others who are not enrolled in the online class(es). Thank you and let's keep dancing!
Local Flamenco dancer, Lindsey Bourassa has announced a series of outdoor classes starting 8/26. The classes are 4-Week Sessions for All Levels, Beginners Welcome! Find info at bourassadance.com.
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.
October 1st from 6-7:30pm THE ATHENAEUM OF PHILADELPHIA in collaboration with the Membership Libraries Group and Mechanics' Hall presents… Peniel E. Joseph: The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Description: In his new book, THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books; March 31, 2020), acclaimed historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a paradigm-shifting dual biography of the leaders, presenting a more nuanced narrative that pushes readers to reconsider these two leaders and the era they came to define. Joseph depicts both men not as antagonists, but as revolutionaries who confronted the same problem from two different perspectives. As Joseph explains, examining their political lives next to one another provides a more complicated, but ultimately more satisfying, understanding of these men and the times they shaped. Bio: Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan professor of political values and ethics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He has written several previous books on African American history, including Stokely: A Life. He lives in Austin, Texas. FREE for Mechanics’ Hall members. Registration required.
Wednesday, September 30th, 7PM Hosted via Zoom THE CLONE WARS: STORIES OF LIGHT AND DARK - An epic clash between the forces of light and dark, between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists, between brave heroes and brilliant villains...Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall Cover Image POE DAMERON: FREE FALL - It's been a few years since Poe's mother passed away, and Poe and his father, who was a pilot for the Rebellion, have had more and more trouble connecting. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, teenage Poe runs away from home to find adventure...Read more RSVP: https://www.printbookstore.com/chhibbersegura-rsvp
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Premiere date: Friday, October 2, 2020, 8pm - 9:30pm. We proudly present a newly envisioned Show & Tell — a celebration of The Telling Room’s mission to empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world! This heartfelt and dynamic variety show will be safely performed without an audience in the State Theatre and delivered to your home. It will feature a solo musical guest appearance by Lady Lamb, storytelling by Kelly Corrigan and Phuc Tran, and readings by Telling Room Poets, as produced and directed by Sean Mewshaw. You may enjoy the show in the comfort of your own home, either sharing the experience simultaneously with others when the video goes live, or watching at your convenience at a later time. This year, Show & Tell coincides with the release of A New Land, a groundbreaking anthology of thirty best-ever poems written by Telling Room poets that shows us a truly brave new world where youth voices carry us forward. They ask us to consider, as a community, who we were "when we began," "where we are now," and "who we are becoming." Some of our students will read their poems from A New Land as part of the show! We look forward to sharing details about how you can experience the October 2nd premiere—as well as raffle information—in the coming weeks. The Show & Tell experience must go on!
July 9, 2020 - September 19, 2020 Catherine Kernan's book Singular and Serial: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint explores the processes and motivations for making singular prints, as well as current practice and context. Our eponymous exhibition, curated by Kernan, Chris Beneman, and Jane Goldman, brings the book into the gallery space, and includes monotypes and monoprints from two dozen of the artists profiled in its pages. Learn More. Image: Wendy Prellwitz, Divergence Diptych
SPACE House Shows is back for Volume 2! Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm EST, musicians will take to our Instagram page, performing live from their homes to yours. We hope these digital shows can be a vessel for the same sorts of joy, curiosity, and community found at SPACE events of the past and of course, future. These shows are member-supported and it's because of our members' generosity that we're able to run this concert series and ensure that all performers are paid. We firmly believe in compensating artists fairly and these times are no different.
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.
Visit https://statetheatreportland.com/ to view upcoming free livestreams along with canceled show listings.
October 8 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
The Power of WE - 2020 and Beyond
Innovation | Collaboration | Inclusion
Join us virtually on October 8 from 5:00pm - 7:30pm to celebrate the work of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (IWC).
IWC staff, partners, and program participants will reintroduce our four pillars: the iEnglish Project: Digital Language Literacy, the Immigrant Business Hub, the Citizenship & Civic Engagement Initiative and the IWC Co-Working Hub. Tune in to hear how you can directly support the continuing mission to strengthen the immigrant community through language acquisition, economic integration and civic engagement.
September 4 - October 3 Able Baker will feature a dynamic new exhibition titled "The Taste of A Cinder Block is Not a Cinder Block or an Ordinary Kind of Magic" curated by nationally renowned Maine sculptor Aaron T Stephan. Featuring installations and sculpture by Jenny Brillhart, Kim Faler, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana. The presentation will include large installations and small three-dimensional works that raise questions about how we understand what objects are and what they mean. According to Stephan "these artists ask you to look. And instead of leading your eye to a chosen subject, all three dwell on the question of attention.” Each artist blurs the relationship between image and object; varying in their approach from meticulously hand-crafted replicas of mundane things, to installations, to subtle constructions that mix objects with paintings to unmoor how we identify what we are seeing. Stephan adds "these three don’t take sides or force a specific stance. They simply ask you to look closer, to be more sensitive, to double check your own stance - a prompt that is sorely needed in a time of hyper-vigilantism and an increasingly binary understanding of the world around us." The show will open on Sept 4, from 3pm - 7pm, and will be open Fridays and Saturdays 3-5:30 pm through October 3. Viewing is also available by appointment, to schedule an appointment please email the gallery at email@example.com.
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - Saturday, October 3, 2020, 5:00 PM. Tina Ingraham was born in Kenton, Ohio in 1947. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and Bachelor of Science in Design at the University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP in 1970. Influenced by three years of living in Perugia Italy, Ingraham’s study of Renaissance painting and fresco is evident in her warm palette, fascination with surface and vivid perception of nature. She is a recipient of many awards, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Maine Commission for the Arts and Pollock Krasner Foundation. She has taught in a variety of teaching environments including Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Brooklyn College, and painting workshops in Italy, Colorado and Maine. Commissions of note include the Myron Edward Ullman III family portrait collection and the portrait of Joshua Chamberlain commissioned by Bowdoin College. Down East Book Publications include two reproductions of Ingraham’s Harbor Fish Market paintings: “Early Snow” in Carl Little’s and David Little’s Paintings of Maine, and “Portland Pier at Low Tide” in Paintings of Maine, A New Collection by Carl Little. View the Exhibition