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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, March 6, 2020

Prism Analog
The opening reception for the Abbeth Russell exhibition will be held during the Portland First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm. The exhibition will also be on view Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th from 10am –2pm both days. The artworks will be available for sale with 25% of the sale price donated to Prism Analog, a non-profit organization.Located in downtown Portland, Maine, Prism Analog seeks to inclusively engage area artists by offering recording services and performance and gallery space. Prism Analog is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and leverages the good in people: like-minded volunteers, local and federal grants, and personal and corporate donations help keep services affordable or free. Words from the Artist: The worlds I create are born in sketchbooks and raised on wood panels, imbued with the magical life force of acrylic paint. I build up, sand down, and glaze over layer after layer. At some point in the process each painting transforms from an image into something that holds life. My finished paintings have souls. My current work evaporates the watery layer between reality and the spirit realm. This lifting of the veil is activated during my painting process and illustrated in the resulting narratives. Ghostly faces and figures emerge in the layered washes of the sky. Life force leaves the body as iridescent mist. Characters are reborn with wings of paint drips. Tree stumps bleed revealing dark secrets of history. My surreal narratives exist in the fourth dimension. The mythology of landscapes and the ancestors of characters rise to the surface. When I paint, space and time becomes fluid.
Abbeth Russell
Acrylic Paint
Public Market House
Karlee Cutler is a self-taught Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Artist. Her passion for bright and bold colors and fluid art was influenced by other Acrylic pouring artists. In late 2019, Karlee began creating her own custom art work to showcase her talent.
Karlee Cutler
Maine Irish Heritage Center
34 Gray Street
Current and former MECA artists reflect on their Irish-American histories and its relation to their artistic practices, identities, connections and collective struggles. Opening night features traditional Irish and American music by Maine musicians and a reception in the sanctuary. Artwork will be featured all month until March 25th.
Chris Gray
Oil on canvas
SPACE Window
Glowing Reserves explores the aesthetic connections between celebration, queerness, and nature. Guided by the question, “What will people in Maine need in March?” Kelley-Yurdin sought to make an installation that could be a catalyst for playful communal experiences at the close of winter. With “fancy pinecones” suspended over a kinetic backdrop of tracing paper and LED lights, Glowing Reserves is a twist on the aesthetic history of party favors, celebratory garlands, and children’s mobiles.
Devon Kelley-Yurdin
textile installation
538 Congress Street
Light Room: Practice is an installation and participatory project conceptualized by performance artists, Riley Watts and Asher Woodworth, with a floral installation by artist John Sundling of Plant Office. The 534 Congress Street gallery at SPACE will be turned into an open venue complete with full-spectrum lighting, humidifiers, and a soft floor, creating an environment that combats seasonal affective symptoms. The back gallery room will be transformed into a dedicated Plant Office grow room installation where visitors are invited to come work in a lush green indoor space. SPACE’s 538 Congress St. venue will host a video and sound installation lounge during gallery hours, exploring the effects of movement and sensory input on the body. Public participants are invited to sign up for a hour-long shift to host a pop-up performance, class, workshop, social gathering, rehearsal, or other proposed activity in the Light Room. Others may choose to participate or be audience to one of these activities. Time can be reserved in the Light Room starting on Monday, March 2nd, by stopping by SPACE’s Congress Street home or by calling one of our Light Room representatives at 207-828-5600. By dropping by the gallery, audience members can see the upcoming schedule of events, catch a program by chance, or find themselves as the center of the gallery activity during an unscheduled block. Light Room will be open Monday through Friday 8 am-4 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. The opening and inaugural Light Room activities will take place during First Friday Art Walk on Friday, March 6th. In keeping with the organization’s name, the aim of this project is to cultivate a deliberate and open space for curiosity, opportunity, and expression. SPACE is building off an established legacy of community-developed programming ranging from the celebrated Free for All 2D exhibitions, Goods & Services pop-up shop/“retail experiment”, 2018’s Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) exhibition for media works, and now with Light Room: Practice. SPACE’s 2019-2020 Community engagement interventions, public talks, and projects such as Light Room are generously supported by the Moser Family Foundation. Riley Watts is a multidisciplinary dance artist and producer in Portland, Maine. He works with dance improvisation, video art, sculpture, music, and live installations to experience states of consciousness through the hyper-articulate body in motion. Riley has been an artist-in-residence at SPACE, Bates Dance Festival, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and most recently is a 2019-2020 Studio Resident for the Ellis Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine. He is the co-creator of Portland Dance Month, an initiative to highlight the Fall season of dance & performance in Maine, and currently sits on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet. He received a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and since 2010 has worked primarily with choreographer William Forsythe and The Forsythe Company, as well as with Netherlands Dance Theater 2, Bern Ballet, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Riley was a 2006 Princess Grace Award winner and was named Contemporary Dancers of the Year 2015, with Brigel Gjoka, by the Leonide Massine - Positano Prize, Italy, for their work in Forsythe’s DUO2015. Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.
Riley Watts, Asher Woodworth, John Sundling
Anything & everything
Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available, member goods for sale and tours of the facility on the half hour.
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo St.
See the work of Portland painter Paul Brahms at Mayo Street Arts. Paul's work includes landscapes, beach scenes, and the Maine coast. Artist Statement “I have been exploring realist painting as a way to articulate what interests me visually and emotionally about my experiences and surroundings. My hope, my intention, is to respond to the elusive characteristics of the medium in a way that is true to the elusive qualities of everything, the complexity of forms in nature, human or otherwise, or the ephemeral quality of light on a wave on the beach, for example. There is only so much our eyes and mind and heart can take in. With that truth, my challenge is to not be too explicit with the paint, but strive to imply atmosphere and mood rather describe it.” About Paul Brahms Born and raised in Portland, Paul Brahms began painting in his early teen years, studying the works in galleries such as the former Barridoff gallery, where he saw the work of Alfred Chadbourn, Joseph Nicoletti, Robert Solotaire and others. In high school he was able to focus on painting, including visits to Alfred Chadbourn’s studio for lessons. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986, and subsequently worked in New York City, Italy, France, but always returning to Maine. In Portland he worked with the muralist, sign painter, illustrator and architectural historian/designer Tony Taylor where he acquired a practical knowledge of mural painting and commercial art processes. He also spent many years teaching art in continuing education programs. His fine art is inspired by the tradition of American realists, with an interest in the drama of the landscape, romantic light, painterly brushwork and an earth tone palette. Mixed with this comfortable and familiar language and subject matter is a desire to rethink this language and question the automatic reliance on beauty as artistic goal.
Paul Brahms
oil painting
Zero Station
222 Anderson St
Zero Station is celebrating it's twentieth year as a multifaceted arts-space in Portland. We have invited over 50 artists who have a direct affiliation with Zero Station as a customer for framing or as an exhibiting artist. It will be a rare site to see this collection of artists shown under one roof. This is a true celebration of the high caliber of work that is created here in Maine (with a sprinkling of artists "from away"). Sorry no name dropping, just come see! Please join us on February 22nd for the opening and party, and we will be open for First Friday on March 6th from 5-8:00 PM.
Marcus Töpfen