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.
On view from October 2 - December 11, 2020
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art (MECA) is pleased to announce ACOUSTIC RESONANCE, an exhibition focused on the art of sound. Organized in collaboration with the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music, ACOUSTIC RESONANCE includes the work of 11 artists and presents sound as an artistic medium and tool of transformation in our culture today. The exhibition will be on view from October 2 - December 11, 2020, and is free and open to the public via a timed admission process.
Visual artists, like musicians, have used sound as a medium to shape and construct, and in so doing have sought to transform a viewer-listener’s experience. Sound can provoke memory, communicate across barriers, claim a space, or transform a city. The works in ACOUSTIC RESONANCE reflect on sound as a medium and tool of transformation. Imagery, objects, and installations reveal the potent qualities of sound art in our cultural landscape today.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clearer than ever that the air is public space. Within our shared spaces, we distance ourselves to keep safe and raise our voices to be heard,” notes Director of Exhibitions Julie Poitras Santos. “Sound travels through airwaves, it carries across neighborhoods, and through barriers - even at a distance it communicates our longings for each other and our desires for change. ACOUSTIC RESONANCE foregrounds the power of sound to connect us and transform our lives.”
ACOUSTIC RESONANCE highlights the vital art and music intersections at Maine College of Art, in particular, the Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at MECA. The exhibition will be connected with academic courses that reflect on contemporary artists working with sound. Numerous public talks and sound art events will also accompany the exhibition.
For more information about ACOUSTIC RESONANCE and additional public events in conjunction with the exhibition, please visit the ICA website.
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."
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.
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!
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
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.
For the past ten years Richard Boyd Art Gallery has installed an annual exhibition of paintings from a variety of genres in a range of styles and mediums depicting imagery of Maine. This year’s exhibit is another great show of paintings documenting scenes in Maine through the eyes of artists with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and styles. The exhibit features works that exemplify the diversity of subject matter in Maine which has long been a source of inspiration for artists. The show is comprised of paintings depicting scenes from the interior, to the islands, coves, and working waterfronts in Maine. Each work is the artist’s interpretation of a scene in Maine. Scenes of Maine includes original paintings by gallery artists’ Amy Bickford – acrylic based gouache and watercolor; Patricia Chandler - oil, cold wax medium, and mixed media; Kevin Daley – oil; Randy Eckard – watercolor; Jane Herbert – acrylic; Roy Perkinson – pastels; and Wilson Stewart - acrylic. The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily from October 1st through October 30th, 2020. For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com. For exhibit updates and news like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery and follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327. Image: Randy Eckard ~ ‘A Century Later’ ~ Original Watercolor on Paper 20.5” x 14” $3800.
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.
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