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First Friday Agenda

Free for All Opening Night - photo by Christian MilNeil

The September First Fridays draw unusually large crowds, especially when it's warm and sunny out, as it is today. The sidewalks will be packed with gallery-goers and performers and craftspeople selling their wares, in addition to hundreds of Maine College of Art students newly returned from their summer breaks. Who knows how many more summer evenings like this one we'll be able to enjoy?

Here are a few ideas for your evening agenda:

  • Rose Contemporary on Congress Street near Monument Square will have a group show, "Not the Usual Politics," that addresses social and global issues of social justice. I like the looks of Annie Bissett's currency-inspired woodblock prints (thumbnail at right courtesy of the Rose Contemporary website).
  • SPACE Gallery debuts Allison Pebworth's Beautiful Possibility Tour tonight, which I'd written about previously on this blog back in February. Also, one of your last opportunities to see RGB: The Jungle.
  • New works from Sean Foley's collection of cartooney, street-art-inspired paintings will be at Aucocisco Galleries on Exchange Street, alongside the minamalist canvasses of Joshua Ferry.
  • Restaurants on Congress Street and in the Old Port are going to be packed, so I'd recommend an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood spot like Ohno Cafe (corner of Brackett and Gray, open 'till 8:30 pm) or the West End Deli (corner of Spring and Park near Congress Square), both of which are within easy walking distance of art walk venues.
  • When the galleries close, there's a fun-looking show at Slainte on Preble Street starting around 9.
Image: SPACE Gallery Free for All opening night, winter 2012. Photo by Christian MilNeil.

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