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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, March 6, 2020

Maine College of Art
Come visit the 2020 Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition at the Maine College of Art. Gold and Silver Key works of art from Maine's next generation of artists will be on display in the MECA lobby opening Monday March 2nd through March 13th. Exhibition hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm. Opening reception: March 6th 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
February 7 - June 7, 2020 The PMA is honored to present "Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times", an exhibition that reimagines a familiar form of religious furniture—the tabernacle—as a symbolic location for cultural values such as justice, equality, and knowledge. Painter Carrie Moyer and Sculptor Sheila Pepe have achieved international acclaim through abstract works that are rich with color and materiality and informed by feminist politics and queer activism.
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Portrait of Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe
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Photo by Rachel Stern
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square
February 22 – July 5, 2020 "Seascape" is an intergenerational look at the influence of time, place, and material on an artist’s practice and highlights the importance of the Maine coast in the history of American Art. In 2018, the PMA and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art co-acquired the color film Seascape, by acclaimed contemporary artist James Welling. Seascape depicts moving pictures of the sea and Maine’s rocky coastline accompanied by an original composition of sound.
Artist(s):
James Welling (United States, born 1951)
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"Seascape, Film Still" (detail), circa 2017
Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Exhibitions: March 8, 2020 to May 1, 2020 Opening Reception: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2pm-4pm First Friday Art Walk: April 3, 5pm-8pm ANOTHER DIMENSION Victor Goldsmith, Spiegel Gallery Victor Goldsmith is an artist/sculptor living and working in Cushing, Maine, where he and his wife Ellen have resided since moving to Maine from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY in 2006. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1969, and a Masters in Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. Mr. Goldsmith left architecture not long after graduation from Cornell, working on his sculpture through the late 1970’s. Returning to architecture in 1978, a period of twenty-two years passed during which he worked as an architect and later as owner of a successful construction consulting business in New York City. Retiring from architecture at the end of 2001, he resumed his art career. Drawing with colored pencils, a technique developed during his architecture career, has been a decades-long though intermittent means of expression until 2017/2018 when medical considerations dictated work in a dust free environment. Over that period, Mr. Goldsmith produced a series of 30 drawings, most of which form the bulk of this exhibition at the Maine Jewish Museum. As opposed to his sculpture, the abstracted, landscape quality of the drawings allows a more expansive exploration of the elements that make up Mr. Goldsmith’s toolbox of form, spatial expression and color. CAPTURED MOMENTS Alan Fishman, Fineberg Community Room “Fishman traces his artistic roots mainly to Europe, citing as examples Klee, Matisse, Monet, and Picasso. And while his art may start with recognizable forms, it primarily reflects his interest in light, movement, color and abstraction.” Steven May, Portland Magazine This exhibition features works from the themes that have been central to Alan Fishman’s work for the past 50 years. During this time, he has continually alternated his focus from the beauty of the natural world, to the complexity and drama of the human spirit. His figure paintings, informed by the theater of our human relationships, are linked to the age-old tradition of art inspired by ancient myth, where the consequences of choice and will are crucial and often devastating. These works focus on mid-story moments that foreshadow great consequence, epiphany, or transformation. Born and raised in New York City, Alan Fishman has been an artist for more than fifty years. He received a BFA from Cornell University, with further study and years of residence in Italy. Fishman’s works are continually exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, and can be found in many collections around the world. It’s no small coincidence that his work is so often described as lyrical: Alan Fishman is also an accomplished classical musician, who has been playing the piano since the age of five. From 2014-18, he traveled the world on cruise ships, working as an Art History lecturer, and painting all along the way. During that time, he created more than 300 watercolor paintings, of which 60 were selected for the 2018 Biennial Exhibition at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art. A Professor Emeritus of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fishman has lived and worked, since 1996, with his family in a converted barn on the coast of Maine. Elisabeth Greenberg, Third Floor Sanctuary (Nanci Kahn, Curator of Photography) “With my camera, I explore as an archeologist of memories and myths. I look for evidence of secrets, to tell stories of magic, mystery, love, loss, and memories of things never seen. My photographs suggest fictitious memories of moments and places as imagined, as if I am the first to discover them. The images are of what is not there, but for me.” Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living on the coast of Maine. She is an explorer of places and memories of that which has never been seen. Elizabeth’s passion for photography is her guide for living a life and career immersed in a daily conversation about looking at and making pictures. She is the Provost at Maine Media Workshops + College and teaches in all programs at Maine Media, including a workshop in Hawaii.
Artist(s):
Victor Goldsmith
Medium:
colored pencil on paper

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