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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

336 Fore St
Some paintings!
Liz Hardy
Acrylics and watercolors
Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics’ Hall & Print Bookstore Reading Series Date: Friday, March 6th Time: 7:00PM Location: Mechanics' Hall Library - 519 Congress St. 2nd floor. Come chat with author Martha Ackmann ("These Fevered Days") An engaging, intimate portrait of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest and most-mythologized poets, that sheds new light on her groundbreaking poetry. On August 3, 1845, young Emily Dickinson declared, “All things are ready” and with this resolute statement, her life as a poet began. Despite spending her days almost entirely “at home” (the occupation listed on her death certificate), Dickinson’s interior world was extraordinary. She loved passionately, was hesitant about publication, embraced seclusion, and created 1,789 poems that she tucked into a dresser drawer. In These Fevered Days, Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Ackmann follows Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, which prefigured her lifelong ambivalence toward organized religion and her deep, private spirituality. We see the poet through her exhilarating frenzy of composition, through which we come to understand her fiercely self-critical eye and her relationship with sister-in-law and first reader, Susan Dickinson. Contrary to her reputation as a recluse, Dickinson makes the startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, writes anguished letters to an unidentified “Master,” and keeps up a lifelong friendship with writer Helen Hunt Jackson. At the peak of her literary productivity, she is seized with despair in confronting possible blindness. Utilizing thousands of archival letters and poems as well as never-before-seen photos, These Fevered Days constructs a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. Together, these ten days provide new insights into her wildly original poetry and render a concise and vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure.
217 Commercial St., Suite 406
Travel off the beaten path of the First Friday Art Walk on March 6, 5pm-8om for the launch party of Syntropy. Come support two young, local artists who will be showcasing their work. Refreshments will be served. Featured Artists: Rowan Price: Rowan is a recent graduate of Dickinson College with a double major in studio art and environmental studies. Much of Rowan’s art career has been focused on two-dimensional works, though she has recently moved into sculpture, and soft sculpture. At the end of her senior year at Dickinson, Rowan was awarded the Nelson C. Bridger Memorial Art prize for her work. Sidney Jolicoeur: Sidney is currently finishing her degree in Communications and New Media at Southern Maine Community College. After graduation, she plans to become a graphic designer. Sidney specializes in logo and layout design. Her focus is on digital art; however, she also works with different mediums from time to time. Sidney’s art style is traditional - working mainly in black and white. Syntropy: Creating connections to align mind, body and spirit www.syntropyglobal.com 207.489.9480
Rowan Price and Sidney Jolicoeur
two-dimensional art, sculpture, soft sculpture and digital art