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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, December 6, 2019

Neiley Gallery & Studio
94 Commercial Street, 2nd Fl.
Neiley Gallery & Studio is proud to present "Our Port City," a collection of small oil paintings for this First Friday Art Walk. Neiley is featuring local scenes in sizes that are a perfect gift for the holiday season. Join us and see if she has painted your favorite places in the city. Paintings of Custom House Wharf, Chandler's Wharf, Casco Bay, Eastern Prom, the West End, the Old Port, and other Port City moments. This show consists of 6x6" and 6x8" framed originals intermixed with the large scale canvases throughout the gallery. We also have new classes, workshops and events planned for 2020, so First Friday is the perfect opportunity to stop in and find out what we are all about. Enjoy some refreshments, meet the artist, celebrate this city and the holidays with us. You may even find the perfect gift for your Port City lovers.
Artist(s):
Neiley Harris
Medium:
Oil
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
(Portland, ME) Just in time for the holidays and family gatherings, Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens an annual group exhibition of paintings on Sunday, December 1 at 10:00 a.m. The show features a selection of paintings no larger than 24” x 24” created en plein air or in studio settings, depicting a range of scenes from traditional landscapes to contemporary abstracts. ‘Holiday Offerings’ is comprised of original works in a variety of mediums and styles by gallery artists’ Patricia Chandler – oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Carrin Culotta – oil; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Jen Pagnini – oil; and Susan Tan – watercolor. 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 through December 29, 2019. The gallery is open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Additional days and times by chance or scheduled by appointment. 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 at www.richardboydartgallery.com . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery . Follow us on Instagram at #richardboydartgallery9327. Patricia Chandler ~ ‘Snow Storm in Portland’ ~ Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Panel 24” x 18” Copyright©2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
Artist(s):
Patricia Chandler; Carrin Culotta; Kevin Daley; Randy Eckard; Jane Herbert; Jen Pagnini; Susan Tan.
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Oil; Acrylic;Watercolor;Cold Wax Medium; Mixed Media.
SPEEDWELL//projects
Portland, Maine - SPEEDWELL projects is proud to present 10,000+ Hours, an exhibition that celebrates our mission to correct the canon and create greater visibility for artists who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to their practice. SPEEDWELL projects takes great pride in supporting the fine artwork of women, LGTBQ+, and artists of color who are master practitioners of their discipline. We are excited to offer this work to promote awareness and ensure the longevity of SPEEDWELL projects. 10,000+ Hours is SPEEDWELL projects, inaugural fundraiser and exhibition is an opportunity to purchase masterful work, or make a donation to support this important mission. Artists include: Elise Ansel, Greta Bank, Barbara Bosworth, Sarah Bouchard, Lucy Breslin, Crystal Cawley, Sara Crisp, Paul D'Amato, Grace DeGennaro, Michel Droge, Eileen Gillespie, Emmet Gowin, Tonee Harbert, Anne Harris, Anna Hepler, Adriane Herman, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Juliet Karelsen, Deborah Klotz, Jocelyn Lee, Winky Lewis, Honour Mack, Amanda Marchand, George Mason, Jan Piribeck, Kari Radasch, Abby Shahn, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Gail Spaien, Aaron T. Stephan, Cheryle St. Onge, Barbara Sullivan, Andrea Sulzer, Katarina Weslien, Shoshannah White, Diana Weymar, Henry Wolyniec, Francesca Woodman and Julie Poitras Santos Please note that the gallery is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12 - 6 PM. The show is happening from November 21- December 7, 2019.
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SPEEDWELL//projects
Portland, Maine - SPEEDWELL projects is proud to present 10,000+ Hours, an exhibition the celebrates our mission to correct the canon and create greater visibility for artists who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to their practice. SPEEDWELL projects takes great pride in supporting the fine artwork of women, LGTBQ+ and artists of color who are master practitioners of their discipline. We are excited to offer this work to promote awareness and ensure the longevity of SPEEDWELL projects. 10,000+ Hours is SPEEDWELL projects' inaugural fundraiser and the exhibition is an opportunity to purchase masterful work or make a donation to support this important mission. Artists include: Elise Ansel, Greta Bank, Barbara Bosworth, Sarah Bouchard, Lucy Breslin, Crystal Cawley, Sara Crisp, Paul D'Amato, Grace DeGennaro, Michel Droge, Eileen Gillespie, Emmet Gowin, Tonee Harbert, Anne Harris, Anna Hepler, Adriane Herman, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Juliet Karelsen, Deborah Klotz, Jocelyn Lee, Winky Lewis, Honour Mack, Amanda Marchand, George Mason, Jan Piribeck, Kari Radasch, Abby Shahn, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Gail Spaien, Aaron T. Stephan, Cheryle St. Onge, Barbara Sullivan, Andrea Sulzer, Katarina Weslien, Shoshannah White, Diana Weymar, Henry Wolyniec, Francesca Woodman and Julie Poitras Santos November 19 - December 7, 2019 Viewing hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 12 pm–6 pm and by appointment.
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SPEEDWELL//projects
Portland, Maine - SPEEDWELL projects is proud to present 10,000+ Hours, an exhibition that celebrates our mission to correct the canon and create greater visibility for artists who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to their practice. SPEEDWELL projects takes great pride in supporting the fine artwork of women, LGTBQ+, and artists of color who are master practitioners of their discipline. We are excited to offer this work to promote awareness and ensure the longevity of SPEEDWELL projects. 10,000+ Hours is SPEEDWELL projects’ inaugural fundraiser and exhibition. It is also an opportunity to purchase masterful work, or make a donation to support this important mission. Artists include: Elise Ansel, Greta Bank, Barbara Bosworth, Sarah Bouchard, Lucy Breslin, Crystal Cawley, Sara Crisp, Paul D'Amato, Grace DeGennaro, Michel Droge, Eileen Gillespie, Emmet Gowin, Tonee Harbert, Anne Harris, Anna Hepler, Adriane Herman, Charlie Hewitt, Alison Hildreth, Juliet Karelsen, Deborah Klotz, Jocelyn Lee, Winky Lewis, Honour Mack, Amanda Marchand, George Mason, Jan Piribeck, Kari Radasch, Abby Shahn, Kiki Smith, Patti Smith, Gail Spaien, Aaron T. Stephan, Cheryle St. Onge, Barbara Sullivan, Andrea Sulzer, Katarina Weslien, Shoshannah White, Diana Weymar, Henry Wolyniec, Francesca Woodman and Julie Poitras Santos.
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Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
Please join us during the First Friday Art Walk for Above Board ⚓️ Below Deck: a seafaring adventure of new works painted on blank skate decks. This art show is a collaboration between artists Bevin Holmberg (Mermaid Meadow) & Steve Zittel (Salt & Soil). There will be art, refreshments, music, and fun!
Artist(s):
Bevin Holmberg & Steve Zittel
Medium:
mixed
Portland Museum of Art
Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) was a pioneering figure in American photography known for her dynamic images of modern dance, experiments in photomontage, and gestural light drawings. Throughout her career, Morgan worked to visualize the “inner meanings” of her subjects. Her photographs capture fundamental elements of both photography and life – light and motion. Raised in southern California, Morgan studied and taught painting and became interested in gesture and movement. She carried this fascination into her photography, determined to record what she called the world’s “rhythmic vitality.” Image: Barbara Morgan (United States, 1900-1992), Wild Bee Honeycomb Skyscraper (detail), 1973 photomontage, 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches Gift of Paul B. Ford 1984.340
Artist(s):
Barbara Morgan
Medium:
Photography
Bomb Diggity Arts
BDA is getting a makeover! And to celebrate we're throwing an ARTPARTY. We've invited members of the community to submit artwork to our first open call. We will also have work from our in-house artists as well as music and light refreshments! Come see the community's artwork and help us celebrate our new digs. Image credit: Sarah L. (top) & Kari H. (bottom)
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443 Congress Street Gallery
443 Congress Street
443 Congress Street Gallery in the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce will be exhibiting the merriest of “Captivating Fearless Vibrations: Through Color and Texture,” a Holiday show with 10% off select artists’ works. This large group show ends December 28th. You don’t want to miss plein air paintings by Charles Thompson, wood assemblages by Andre Benoit, and abstract paintings by Alex Rheault, plus 20 additional talented Maine artists. Konbit Sante will be there too with gifts to purchase. Stop in, enjoy some refreshments, and celebrate this holiday season with our fine artists.
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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.
DesignInquiry: Futurespective On View: October 4 - December 14, 2019 First Friday Events: + Not the Holiday Sale: DesignInquiry will be selling artist zines, folios, whoopie-pie legislation dish towels, Futurespective bags, bread & poodle aprons, posters, postcards, sterling lobster rings — all designed and produced by the DesignInquiry universe of designers and artists in limited editions in conjunction with the ICA exhibition DesignInquiry: Futurespective. Proceeds will support DesignInquiry residency scholarships. + o t i t o (a palindrome): a performative dance piece from Sondra Graff & Petra van Noort DesignInquiry: Futurespective is a series of installations that demonstrate how DesignInquiry engages in open-ended extra-disciplinary exchange. On display in the galleries are multi-media installations of objects + projects that present the experience of DesignInquiry as a real-time gathering and explore their collective practice of thinking and making.
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DesignInquiry
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The Francis Hotel
747 Congress Street
Marcia Crumley is a Cape Elizabeth-based artist whose expressive landscapes capture the allure of Maine in all four seasons. “Maine holds a very special place in my heart. I’ve spent the last 30 summers here and (finally!) moved here full time in 2018. My painting is all about celebrating those moments of beauty that we are all lucky enough to experience here in Maine.” Marcia was named one of “five standout artists to keep your eye on” by Maine Home + Design in September of 2017 and one of Maine’s “most collectible artists” in artmaine’s 2019 annual art guide. Marcia’s art is in homes across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and is also in several corporate art collections, including Boston Children’s Hospital, East Boston Community Health Center, and American Tower Corporation. In addition to the paintings featured at the Francis, Marcia’s work is currently on display at the Candita Clayton Gallery in Providence, RI; the Boston Design Center; Interiology in Watertown, MA; and several Pompanoosuc Mills handcrafted furniture showrooms in New England.
Artist(s):
Marcia Crumley
Medium:
Oil on Canvas
Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
Featuring the pottery of Elizabeth Louden, Robbi Portela, Susan Horowitz, Rebecca Verill, Barbara Walch, David Orser, Cathy Schroeder Hammond, Neal and Barbara Loken, Nancy Button, Betsy Levine, and Chris Peck.
Artist(s):
group show
Medium:
clay
PrintCraft
246 Danforth Street
Join us at PrintCraft to welcome the frosty season ahead! We've been working on new prints, cards, calendars, and gifts for the holidays, and stretching our cozy-making muscles for the long winter ahead. The studio will be open - enjoy a beverage and find out how we put it all together!
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PrintCraft
Medium:
Print
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
Not only will the Union of Maine Visual Artists help local artists sell their wares this December First Friday, Dec. 6th, Saturday, Dec. 7th, and Saturday Dec. 14th... but an unusual selfie opportunity will raise funds for the non-profit arts organization, as well as ILAP- Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project- which offers pro bono legal services for immigrants. The Dada Art Santa Selfie Project offers the chance to take a selfie with the artist-crafted, physical metaphor for the compassionate part of ourselves with the $10 donation being split by both UMVA & ILAP. The holiday sale event opens at 5 pm on First Friday and goes to 8 pm. Saturday hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The UMVA Gallery is located within the Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St in Portland’s Arts District. Who is this Dada Art Santa? They differ from the traditional Santa Claus in that they are not gender specific and they are asking people for donations to have their picture taken which will be donated to two nonprofit groups in Portland. Traditional Santas want to hear what you want for the holidays, while the Dada Art Santa want you to take a selfie and make a donation. Dada Art Santa Selfie Project creator, Ann Tracy says it was the horror of seeing news reports of refugee families and children forced into internment camps at the southern border that made her think of the rise of the Dada art movement at the end of WW1, which in turn led her to the concept of the "Dada Art Santa" Installation and Photo Booth Project for the UMVA December show. The Dada Art Santa Selfie Project installation will be located in the front window of Portland Media Center. Tracy will be there to either use the person’s phone or take a polaroid photo of them with the Dada Art Santa.
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Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
Art has always been a focus in my life from drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and teaching. My first memories are painting in Yosemite with my dad while he took classes (I was lucky enough to spend my kindergarten year there). I remember him guiding me to just paint what I saw and to let go of what others are doing. He helped me become so confident in my painting, that when I created an airplane in school I truly believed it was 3-D. It wasn't until around middle school did I look back at that artwork and realize it was a flat plane. Sometimes if we believe and trust our creative minds, we can do anything. This is something my dad gave me at such a young age and I work to continue this simple mind frame when doing my own work and teaching others how to embrace the passion in art. Born and raised in the Bay Area, North of San Francisco, I started art training taking classes at the Academy of Art in San Francisco during high school. I continued my studies at the California College of Art and Craft and earned my Bachelor of Arts at Humboldt University in California. I am a recent graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching from MECA (Maine College of Art) and hold my professional Maine Teaching Certificate for Art (K-12). I love to teach students art appreciation through conversation and making by encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs, artists, engineers, and thinkers to develop themselves in the art room. I also have a passion for gardening, cooking, and playing in the outdoors.
Artist(s):
Justine Lasdin Springer
Medium:
Gouche, Acrylic and multiple mediums
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce I’ll Be Your Mirror, Karen Lederer’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from November 16, 2019 through January 11, 2020. A conversation with the artist will occur on Saturday, November 16 at 4 pm, with a reception following until 7 pm. Please note that the gallery will be closed November 27 – 30 and December 25 – January 4 for holiday breaks. I’ll Be Your Mirror continues Lederer’s exploration of the legacy of Modernist painting in our digital present and represents a significant expansion of its formal vocabulary, styles of mark making, and art historical references. The printed gradients and bold colors of her prior works persist, but now are joined by moments of delicate, fluid, painterly brush strokes. The deceptive picture planes of Matisse and Picasso also remain, yet many paintings embrace a realistic, three-dimensional perspective. Not content to merely riff on or pay homage to these forerunners, Lederer gathers them together in a critical embrace, resulting in paintings whose accessibility and initial cheerfulness yield to an ambiguous rumination on living, making, and loving in a moment of political upheaval and social transformation. As in her first exhibition at the gallery, a number of paintings in I’ll Be Your Mirror portray ceramics based on works by Picasso, though the faces of the owls and people on these vases and bowls are cryptic, perhaps even concerned, and some are circled by bees. Their combination of cheer and subdued disquiet takes another form in Life with Picasso, in which a bottle of Campari, a glass, a plate of watermelon, and a copy of Françoise Gilot’s memoir of her years as Picasso’s mistress rest on a patterned and striped tablecloth. Gilot was more than Picasso’s mistress, of course; an artist in her own right, Picasso actively damaged her career after they separated, at which point she continued to work as an artist and critic nonetheless. It’s clear in view of the number of her paintings referencing his work that Lederer admires Picasso the artist, but Life with Picasso acknowledges the complicated nature of this admiration in view of Picasso the man. Matisse also returns in I’ll Be Your Mirror. In Ali, a young woman in an exquisitely painted blouse sporting an “I Voted!” sticker sits below a poster of Matisse’s The Thousand and One Nights. Matisse’s work is mostly out of frame, but the text at its upper right describes the moments in its titular story when Scheherazade falls silent mid-tale to induce the king to let her live for another night and finish it (they later marry). Creativity, survival, democracy, the responsibilities of citizenship—all are present in Lederer’s paintings if you know where and how to look. This is, perhaps, to say that Lederer’s still lifes, portraits, and domestic scenes are not merely domestic. (Why, when a woman paints her circle and her home is the work often called domestic or “diaristic” when the same work by a man wouldn’t be?) Though unpretentious, they are formally complicated, sophisticated depictions of one young artist dealing with the weight of art history as she seeks to make a home in a world that as a general matter is hostile, and that Lederer knows such pictures need not be self-serious or glum is one aspect of her talent. It also aligns her with another forebear in I’ll Be Your Mirror, Mary Cassatt, two of whose prints (The Coiffure and La Toilette) are referenced in two of Lederer’s paintings. In The Coiffure and La Toilette, the women pictured do their hair and wash their faces respectively, both in front of mirrors. These images are both the most literal manifestation of I’ll Be Your Mirror’s title but also introduce a theme of doubling that unites many of its paintings to varying degrees. They also introduce the notion of self-care, which despite its polluted use in contemporary discourse can be, as Foucault reminds us, an ethical and creative imperative. In Eli, the artist’s husband holds a bouquet of flowers in front of a tangle of branches, both rendered with punchy, graphic flatness. In October, he reclines on a couch covered with a multi-colored toile upholstered couch featuring flowers painted in a style recalling Les Nabis and reads a copy of China Miéville’s book on the Russian revolution. If the Eli of Eli faces the artist (and by extension us, the public) in October he has turned away, but in that private moment is nonetheless also opening himself up to history, to the political. Flowers bloom in many ways in I’ll Be Your Mirror, and their beauty is more pronounced by virtue of being moments of ordered delight in a complicated world. The interplay of self and other, interior and exterior, intimacy and politics—this is the real subject of Lederer’s paintings. Karen Lederer received a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2008, and an MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 2012. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her first solo exhibition at Grant Wahlquist Gallery was reviewed in Art New England, the Boston Globe, and the Portland Press Herald. She has also had solo exhibitions at Tennis Elbow at the Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, and Field Projects, New York, amongst others. Her work as been presented in group exhibitions at venues including: Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; Danese/Corey, New York; Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn; Bravin Lee, New York; Equity Gallery, New York; the Lower East Side Printshop, New York; and Anya Tish Gallery, Houston. Lederer has received fellowships, awards, and residencies from the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, New York; the Lowest East Printshop; the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Program; and New American Paintings. 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):
Karen Lederer
Medium:
Colored pencil, acrylic, and oil on panel
Maine College of Art
The Holiday Sale supports MECA’s education, outreach, and student programs while providing an opportunity for MECA students, alumni, faculty, and staff to sell unique handmade arts, crafts, and gifts for the holiday season. The Holiday Sale has free admission and is open to all ages! For more information, visit: http://meca.edu/holiday-sale Location and Sale Dates: Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 Friday, December 6th, 5:30–9PM Saturday, December 7th, 10AM–5PM
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Maine Historical Society
Visit the Maine Historical Society Exhibit Galleries and Museum Store for the the December First Friday Art Walk! MHS features changing exhibitions and programs spanning more than twelve centuries of Maine life. Drawing from the extensive collections of the Maine Historical Society, original exhibits feature art, artifacts, stories, and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life. The exhibit "Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art" explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans over 13,000 years in what is now known as Maine. Wabanaki voices contextualize present-day relevance of 400 years of shared histories between Wabanaki people and immigrants to their region through 17th century colonial treaties, photographs, and contemporary artworks—everything from ash baskets to haute couture fashion. You can even start you holiday shopping while you visit! With something for everyone, the MHS museum store offers unique books and gifts related to Maine. We hope you enjoy our unique selection of Maine–inspired merchandise, often created from the archives and collections of Maine Historical Society!
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Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Listening: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Henry Isaacs & Brigitte Keller Spiegel Gallery These exhibitions are two different perspectives by two well-known Maine artists listening to a broad selection of Leonard Bernstein’s works. The resulting artwork is a diverse artistic interpretation of his music on canvas. Henry Isaacs - Life on the Lawn. Souvenirs of Tanglewood 1971. A small selection of paintings developed from 24 images done on site at “The Lawn” at Tanglewood in 1971 during “Bernstein Week,” tempera paint on shelf liner paper, found rolled and much deteriorated in 2019, transferred to canvas, re-painted in oil in 2019. “For a week during the summer of 1971, my soon to be wife, Lisa, and I left our college jobs in Providence, R.I. and drove to the Tanglewood Music Festival. It was Bernstein week. I painted there every day all day. My paintings depict 'life in the gods,' the huge open hillside of grass at that time was the much loved distant balcony of Tanglewood. Sound technology being what it was nearly fifty years ago, what was audible could be quite variable back then. The milling people, often more on their feet than not, certainly contributed to the comprised sound and vision. However, I don't remember complaints. It was a community with a purpose likely varied from those with reserved seats. 'New World Symphony' was a moment of that that lasted. My memory likely plays tricks on me now these fifty years later. It was evening. We were tired. Bernstein came on. Some microphone rumbling, and his cool calm voice came on. 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I've just learned that American troops have now reached a new milestone in Southeast Asia, the United States has over 500,000 combat troops on the ground engaged in war. The most since the American Civil War. The Orchestra will present Dvořák's New World Symphony to you, and dedicates with it a prayer for all the peoples living in that region, for all the men and women fighting under all the flags, may all the gods protect them all, and us and bring indeed a New World.' There was silence, as every note was heard in every corner of the festival grounds.” Brigitte Keller During the summer of 2018, I attended A Choral Workshop at Lake Ogontz, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. One of the musical works I learned to sing was Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in three movements, sung in Hebrew. These are powerful sounds of fear and anxiety which transition into calmness and beauty. I translated these calm and beautiful voices into a visual language of lines, circles, ovals, and dots. The shapes and marks resonate on a mostly white ground, sometimes as a powerful noise, or a hum, emerging and disappearing, often barely visible. I developed these works in sequences, as I listened to the music unfold. As a theme I chose the lyrics “Make a Joyful Noise” from the beginning of Psalm 100. The musical score continued to inspire the series concluding with “A Plea for Peace” at the end of Psalm 133. The Shape of Sensation Rich Entel Fineberg Family Community Room The Shape of Sensation brings together creations spanning the last 25 years - paintings on wood, monotypes, drawings, and cardboard sculptures. Solitary Region, the largest work in the show, is an 8ft x 8ft mandala-like painting on wood panels inspired, in part, by a talk Robert Thurman gave during a Mind-Science Conference in Cambridge. Kimono, a carved and gauged painting on distressed wood, is an exploration of organ-like forms which emerged from a series of black and white monotypes and drawings. Subsequent series of monotypes, including Between the Flowers and the Ground, work towards fracturing space, color and pattern on a smaller scale and introduce the language of textile and text block patterns. Reconfigured and painted violin cases, including The Day After, emerge as a bridge from the monotypes to more recent sculptural work in the Cardboard Menagerie, a series of life-sized animal-inspired forms joining cardboard, text block prints, and broken musical instruments. Three Processes - Three Subjects Alan Sockloff Third Floor Sanctuary Although beginning photography in childhood, Alan Sockloff has been most active during the last 30 years. The large bulk of his work had been black and white silver gel prints of land and waterscapes in Pennsylvania and Maine. After studying at Rockport’s Maine Media Workshops + College, his most recent work has mostly been printed using alternative processes. Three Processes - Three Subjects is an exhibit that makes use of historical printing processes invented during the 19th century; these alternative processes produce contact prints on rag paper from exposure to UV light. In this exhibit, each of the three processes was used for printing a unique subject: Salted Paper (1839) for a variety of flowers in different stages of later life; Tricolor Gum Dichromate (1855) for colorful subjects and scenes encountered in traveling abroad; and Kallitype (1889) for iconic scenes on Monhegan Island, a popular artist destination.
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Brigitte Keller
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Trueline Gallery @ 561
561 Congress Street
A one-person show featuring the works of legendary Portland artist Zoo Cain, who creates colorful, kaleidoscopic pieces in a variety of formats. Marketing business Trueline will host First Friday events at its new home at the former Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Wine and snacks on tap.
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Zoo Cain
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Portland Museum of Art
Countless people across the globe can close their eyes and conjure Wyeth’s work—his vibrant use of color, his striking figures, his storyteller’s sense of visual narrative. Many are aware of his onetime standing as the country’s foremost illustrator, his deep ties to the places he lived—particularly Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania, and midcoast Maine—and his stature as patriarch to three generations of acclaimed artists, including his son Andrew and grandson Jamie. Very few, however, can describe his life beyond these brief biographical touchstones. N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives aims to broaden our understanding of Wyeth and American art. Image: N.C. Wyeth (United States, 1882 - 1945) Captain Nemo (detail), 1911, oil on canvas, 40 3/16 x 30 1/8 inches. The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection.
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N. C. Wyeth
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paintings
Fork Food Lab
Come check out Fork Food Lab and hear what it is all about! Tours with our GM on the half hour. We're doing this Open House as one of our 12 Days of Christmas events, see the full list of events here: https://www.forkfoodlab.com/12-days-of-christmas
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Portland Museum of Art
In Scenes from Western Culture, Kjartansson shows various vignettes of ideal images of Western daily life—a couple dining together, a speedboat on a Swiss lake, a couple making love in a sleek, minimal interior, an afternoon swim, the burning of a forest cabin, upper-class children playing in a Munich garden. These videos explore the artist’s fascination with social norms, theatrical artifice, and idle pleasure, inspired in part by French Rococo painter Jean-Antoine Watteau’s pastoral scenes of 18th century aristocrats.
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Ragnar Kjartansson:
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Video
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Prints of Illustrations by Steve “Stivo” Zittel of Salt & Soil capturing the whimsical side of outdoor pursuits and life in Maine.
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Steve "Stivo" Zittel
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Coffee By Design, India St.
Prints of Illustrations by Steve “Stivo” Zittel of Salt & Soil capturing the whimsical side of outdoor pursuits and life in Maine.
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Steve "Stivo" Zittel
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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for an art opening with new works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn. Please join us for Wine and Cheese on First Friday December 6 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through January 28. Sandra Leinonen Dunn, one of our most popular Maine artists, has brought us new oil paintings just in time for your holiday shopping. She is very prolific, reasonably priced, and paints many different subjects such as still life, scenery, maritime, and even figurative works. You’re sure to find something special that appeals to you. She is drawn to an old world style that gives her paintings a deep rich feeling that will pull you in and speak to your soul. Dunn has a determined brushstroke that carries motion and spontaneity into her work. With these bold strokes, she layers colors, overlapping them in a playful way that keeps you exploring the magic she produces on canvas. Bright bold colors atop moody neutral tones makes them pop right out at you. Her work is both quiet and stunning. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing a two-person show featuring Janet Sutherland and Mike Dorsey. Both were winners in recent juried exhibitions held at the gallery. Known for their soft scenic vistas with focus on aspects of light, both artists capture strong compositions that will grab your attention. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit with the artists. Come meet our three spotlighted artists on December 6! Are you looking to redecorate your home? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus of your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux - January 10, 11, 12 from 9:30-4, $250 This workshop focuses on learning to use color creatively. Do you fear color? Is your work trapped in local color? Color is emotion and learning to use it to your advantage can transform your paintings. Please call for more information. Slots are filling up quickly. 207-576-7787. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux - March 13, 14, 15 from 9:30-4:00, $250 For those of you wishing to paint portraits or the full figure, this is your opportunity to learn from the artist who paints figures regularly. Learn to how to capture the subtleties that really help convey the special qualities of your model. Attention to proportions, detail, and values will also be prominent teaching points during this workshop. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Don Hatfield Workshop Napa Valley Artist returns this summer Don’t miss your chance to learn from a master. July 24, 25, 26 from 9:30-4:00 $350 California artist and Susan Roux’s mentor will be in Maine to teach an oil painting workshop. This is the workshop of the summer to take! It is an incredible opportunity to be taught by such a great artist. He works with students individually and targets the next step that they’re missing in theire painting progression. He focuses on fundamentals and will elevate your end results if you follow what he offers for suggestions. Space is limited so sign up early! Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux: Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. Gallery Services Framing: We are happy to inform you that we will now be offering framing for your convenience. Get the helpful eye of an artist to put just the right frame on all your framing needs. We’re happy to work with you. Art Concierge: We help you create beautiful spaces in your home or business, which captures the look and feel you desire, by bringing art directly into your space so you can view it with your own lighting and your own unique surroundings. Come ask about this unique boutique service. Oil Painting Classes: Offering a range of classes from beginner through advance. For more information, please contact the gallery. Art Immersion: Come spend a week in the gallery painting with instructions from Susan Roux. It’s a great way to jump back into art if you’ve wandered away from it or improve the skills you continue to develop. Please join us for our special exhibits along with works of 35 artists from 10 different countries. We look forward to seeing you soon! Creatively, Susan Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 48 Free Street Portland, ME 04101 207-576-7787 www.rouxandcyrgallery.com
Artist(s):
Sandra Leinonen Dunn
Medium:
oil
Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation
SHAPING MINDS is a new exhibit by a dozen gifted students studying at Portland's Lincoln Middle School. Art professor Louis-Pierre Lachapelle introduced his class to the work of modern masters who created the visual language of abstract art in the 20th century. Challenged to think first in two dimensions and to create an abstract print, the students went on to translate their first idea into a three-dimensional work as well. Twenty-four works, two by each young artist, will be on view. This was a frequent practice of Leo Rabkin, who made prints, watercolors, collages, and fully three-dimensional sculptures, often sequencing one format into a second and perhaps even a third. Artists need to have flexible minds and an appetite for problem solving. Our young art stars certainly have demonstrated their mental agility as well as their intrinsic love of beautiful form. Come and see Portland's artists of the future! A First Friday reception with holiday treats is also in store this time.
Artist(s):
Lincoln Middle School Art Students
Medium:
prints and sculpture
Vena's Fizz House
Biography: Ellen O'Donnell grew up in Maine with a strong interest in art and the ocean. She began painting with her mom as soon as she could hold a brush. Painting became an invaluable creative outlet that keeps her centered. She also loves the ocean from sailing in the summers with her family. Ellen went to Maryland Institute College of Art for a year before returning home and attending Maine Maritime Academy. She joined the Merchant Marine and eventually achieved her Master’s License. It proved to be a good fit, allowing for both passions of art and the ocean. She currently resides in Portland, Maine, and paints full-time. She finds inspiration in Maine’s beautiful coast, woods, and mountains. Artist Statement: I find inspiration in the beauty of nature. I spend a lot of time adventuring with my dog Kai. We love escaping to the woods and playing at the beach! Maine is so abundant in its rich texture of the rocky coastline, and the never-ending spectrum of color of the woods. This series of paintings captures the essence of those moments. Whether it is the way the light dances on the trees or the way the rocks carve into the water, I’m captivated. I want to capture my love of nature and share it through my paintings.
Artist(s):
Ellen O'Donnell
Medium:
Paintings
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland continues "The Dining Room" exhibition! This second annual group show exhibition represents all craft mediums ready for your holiday hosting. On the table and throughout the gallery you will see finely hand crafted items such as forged flatware, thrown dinnerware, Venetian stemware, felted trivets, hand printed napkins, and much much more! Specially built for this year's show is the dining table and chairs created by the fine woodworkers of W.A. Mitchell. You can also view the marvelous new sculpture installation created by Cynthia Thompson of Transformit in our holiday windows of wonder!
Artist(s):
Medium:
Dockfore
336 Fore St
Oil on canvas works by Jerry Corey, as well as prints, just in time for Christmas.
Artist(s):
Jerry Corey
Medium:
oil on canvas

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