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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, September 6, 2019

The Press Hotel
On view: July 12th - September 29th Pilar Nadal is a printmaker in Portland, Maine. In her individual and collaborative work, she utilizes relief, letterpress and screen printing as well as public engagement practices, creating playful and interactive prints and installations that explore communication technologies and the spaces that relationships inhabit. Nadal is the director and master printer of Pickwick Independent Press, a community printshop located in the heart of the arts district of Portland. Pickwick has the facilities and equipment to create relief, letterpress, screen, and intaglio printing, and offers membership for printmakers, workshops, residencies and commission work. pilarnadal.com pickwickindependentpress.com
Artist(s):
Pilar Nadal
Medium:
printmaking
Dobra Tea
Photos of tea and teaware amongst Maine scenery, landscapes, and weather.
Artist(s):
Alexander Zimmerman
Medium:
Photography
Artists at Work: Project Window at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
This First Friday, stop by the Bob Crewe Gallery Window and get a glimpse of what it happening at MECA this September. Watch Machine Dazzle & MECA artist at work. Machine Dazzle, costume designer for Taylor Mac, will be an artist-in-residence at MECA from September 15 to 19. He will be working with Textile and Fashion Design students in the front windows of the Porteous Building to create a site-specific work. This residency is a collaboration with Portland Ovations and is made possible by the Crewe Foundation. Portland Ovations presents Taylor Mac at the State Theater on September 19. BOB CREWE GALLERY WINDOW @ the Maine College of Art is adjacent to Artists at Work room, located at 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.
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Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
443 Congress Street
Captivating Fearless Vibration: through color and texture. Group artist exhibition. Featuring artist: Charles Thompson En Plein Air Painting Sept.6th - Jan. 3rd 2020 443 Congress Street Gallery Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce Charles paints on location in the woods. His seductive colors and textures celebrate the raw and subliminal he discovers in ordinary places. He transforms and translates those sensual and spiritual qualities of light, atmosphere, and nature.
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Charles Thompson
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En Plein Air Painting
SPACE
538 Congress Street
Carry Me features paintings by Howard Fonda with baskets from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jeremy Frey, Suzanne Greenlaw, Jennifer Neptune, Sarah Sockbeson, and Fred Tomah. The pairing revels in formal connections between works and complicates traditional definitions of fine art and craft.
Artist(s):
Howard Fonda
Medium:
paint, textile
Bridge Gallery
568 Congress Street
Meet the artists at Bridge Gallery, the working studio/gallery of Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter. Gary is a classical realist painter, creating beautiful realistic still lifes. Rhonda is an expressive painter, using brilliant colors and moving paint strokes to convey feeling. See where they work, how they work, and how these two very different styles compliment each other!
Artist(s):
Rhonda Pearle
Medium:
oil and acrylic on canvas
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to join us for an art opening with new works by Dan Graziano. Please join us for wine and cheese on First Friday September 6 from 5:00 - 8:00. This exhibit runs through September 27. Dan Graziano, formerly from Maine, will introduce new works to the gallery. This highly collected artist paints culinary scenes from little outdoor umbrella tables to chefs cooking in the kitchen. His expertise with this subject fits perfectly with Portland’s foodie scene along with everyone’s kitchen and dinning rooms! Have you started collecting him yet? This is your chance to get first pick from the new works arriving. Graziano works with a direct brushstroke charged with contrast. He engages you with the actions of his figures rather than their faces. His use of white is stunning. He carefully uses it to direct the viewers eye around. He likes to leave traces of his orange underpainting exposed to create areas that are high in energy and interest throughout his work. If you aren’t already familiar with his engaging paintings, do stop in to experience them first hand. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art. Our Studio Exhibit is showcasing the work of one of our new artists, Lou James. She paints on tiles with alcohol ink. She has amazing control of this fluid medium which she uses to create bright works of art. Her use of color intermixed with gold is stunning. She has been the hottest seller in the gallery this summer. Come meet her on September 27! Are you looking to redecorate your home? We’re your one stop where you will find spectacular paintings that will turn any room into a stunning focus of your home. We’re happy to work with you to help you select just the right painting for you. Color Workshop by Susan Roux - Sept 13, 14, 15 from 9:30-4 - $250 This workshop focuses on learning to use color creatively. Do you fear color? Is your work trapped in local color? Color is emotion and learning to use it to your advantage can transform your paintings. Please call for more information. Slots are filling up quickly. 207-576-7787. Portrait/Figurative Workshop with Susan Roux - October 18, 19, 20 from 9:30-4:00 - $250 For those of you wishing to paint portraits or the full figure, this is your opportunity to learn from the artist who paints figures regularly. Learn to how to capture the subtleties that really help convey the special qualities of your model. Attention to proportions, detail and values will also be prominent teaching points during this workshop. Space is limited so sign up early! 207-576-7787 Commissioned portraits by Susan Roux Roux is accepting portrait commissions at this time. Come in or call with your questions. 207-576-7787 Gallery Services Framing. We are happy to inform you that we will now be offering framing for your convenience. Get the helpful eye of an artist to put just the right frame on all your framing needs. We’re happy to work with you. Art Concierge. We help you create beautiful spaces in your home or business, which captures the look and feel you desire, by bringing art directly into your space so you can view it with your own lighting and your own unique surroundings. Come ask about this unique boutique service. Oil Painting Classes. Offering a range of classes from beginner through advance. For more information, please contact the gallery. Art Immersion. Come spend a week in the gallery painting with instructions from Susan Roux. It’s a great way to jump back into art if you’ve wandered away from it or improve the skills you continue to develop. Please join us for our special exhibits along with works of 35 artists from 10 different countries. We look forward to seeing you soon! Creatively, Susan Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery 48 Free Street Portland, ME 04101 207-576-7787 www.rouxandcyrgallery.com
Artist(s):
Dan Graziano
Medium:
oil
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.
On View: July 12 - September 20, 2019 Dark and light. The space between. The moment of change. The necessity of one to identify the other. Hope. Fading. The opportunities to explore the theme seemed so many and varied that the idea of a group exhibition was born. Invited artists have created work addressing the psychological and/or physical implications of light and/or dark. All are Maine artists with established careers and reputations for fine craftsmanship and artistic excellence. Exhibiting Artists include: Lynn Duryea, Rebecca Goodale, Tom Hall, Joe Hemes, Alison Hildreth, Lissa Hunter, Jamie Johnston, George Mason, Julie Morringello, Jan Owen, Warren Seelig, Carol Stein, Todd Watts, Susan Webster. An exhibition from Guest Curator Lissa Hunter.
Artist(s):
Alison Hildreth
Medium:
oil on canvas
Grant Wahlquist Gallery
Grant Wahlquist Gallery is pleased to announce “Trigger Warning,” Diana Cherbuliez’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from August 23 through September 28, 2019. An opening reception will occur on Friday, August 23 from 4 – 7 pm. The gallery will host a conversation with the artist on Saturday, September 14 at 2 pm. Cherbuliez is well-known for working in a myriad of traditional and unconventional materials, frequently requiring her to concoct new means of making. She masterfully repurposes found or cast-off materials with personal and poetic associations to draw out their material and allusive possibilities in playful and heartbreaking ways. While her work often alludes to fairy tales, myths, and construction—that is, narrative and physical structures, and the way they complement each other—“Trigger Warning” takes on a new domain: the absurdity and loneliness, but also the connectivity and expansiveness, of life online. The exhibition includes three pairs of bespoke boxing gloves, each titled Concussion. Though wearable, the thumbs are out (ouch!), and their design is based on Facebook’s “like” button. Ten years after its launch, the “like” button has morphed from a tool for ranking popularity and selling ads into the laziest mode of engagement, the one-click equivalent of “have a nice day.” What once indicated endorsement or encouragement is now an empty token and source of overwhelming anxiety for the masses engaged in internet popularity contests. These intricately constructed transformations of the ubiquitous icon into covetable 3D objects comically address the pugilistic nature of social media, our latest and greatest playground for the agonism of our disintegrating democracies under late capitalism. “Trigger Warning” also features Their selves, a series of variously-positioned cast rubber dolls clutching cell phones in both hands laying scattered about the gallery’s floor as though discarded by a child. The figures are simultaneously realistic and strangely cartoonish, gendered and sexless. Eternally snapping selfies, they contrast the deliberative, conscientious, and historically rare nature of self-portraiture with the narcissistic self-regard of Instagram. Like many, Cherbuliez is an internet flâneur, and a number of works in “Trigger Warning” draw on the experience of scouring the web and diving down its various rabbit holes. For Cherbuliez this often takes the form of exploring on Google Maps street view locations far from Vinalhaven, the island in Maine where she has lived since the early 1990s. Following a trip to visit Robert Maillart’s Salginatobel Bridge, she explored the road traversed by the bridge online. Cherbuliez discovered a nonplussed woman turned towards Google’s strange camera car passing through her remote alpine hamlet; in other images she appears to return her gaze to her own land, rejecting or dismissing the intrusion. Detailing an unanticipated encounter with another nameless person across great distance—though the woman’s face was initially visible, Google caught their mistake and later blurred it—two photographs materialize comfort in solitude and the disjunction between expectation and the actual appearance of real people. Cherbuliez was awake late at night on December 2, 2016. That evening, the warehouse inhabited by the artist collective known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland, California, burned. Killing 36, it was the deadliest fire in Oakland history. Cherbuliez, who had lived in the area while a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, took to street view to see if she remembered the building; apparently scores of others were doing the same, as whenever she approached the Ghost Ship’s location the site began to load increasingly abstract, fragmented images. Cherbuliez cached many of them, a selection of which have become photographs and are on view here. The photographs are documents of loss, but also of a digital spectatorship that is an extension of the human impulse to crowd around a tragedy—a memorial in some sense makes a tragedy—of the ineradicable gap between ourselves and the sufferings of others, which are abstractions both figuratively and literally in these images. Gift, 2000, on view for the first time in many years, is a hand scaled with match strike plates clasping an apple made of matchstick heads and beeswax. While in the present exhibition its gestural quality on one level echoes the miniature iPhones in the hands of Their selves—the substitution of Silicon Valley’s Apple for Eden’s fruit here attests to Cherbuliez’s humor and talent for wordplay—it links “Trigger Warning” to some of the artist’s perennial concerns: the potency of materials and the importance of handwork, the quest for and volatility of (self-) knowledge, and the promise and peril of connection and loneliness. Diana Cherbuliez received a B.F.A. from SFAI and an M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, New York. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at, amongst others: Grant Wahlquist Gallery (solo and group exhibitions); the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (group exhibitions and two-person exhibition with Alison Hildreth), Rockland, Maine; Theodore:Art, Brooklyn (two-person exhibition with Tad Beck); Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine; the Schlitkamp Gallery at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts; and June Fitzpatrick, Portland, Maine (group exhibitions and two-person exhibition with Alison Hildreth). A work from her first solo exhibition at the gallery was acquired by the Worcester Art Museum. Cherbuliez has attended residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, California. She thanks the Maine Arts Commission for a Visual Arts Fellowship in support of her work this year. The gallery is located at 30 City Center, Portland, Maine. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, and by appointment. For more information, visit http://grantwahlquist.com, call 207.245.5732, or email info@grantwahlquist.com.
Artist(s):
Diana Cherbuliez
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Sculpture
DOROTHEA and LEO RABKIN FOUNDATION
Classic Works from the 1960s and 1970s by Leo Rabkin. An array of modernist painting and sculpture from the artist's classic period including plexiglass boxes, large scale watercolors and mixed media constructions. Rabkin emerged from the ethos of the New York School to challenge its heroic swagger with intimate and even delicate works offering an kindly closeness to everyday experiences. See how modernism became post-modernism in the art of a New York artist whose legacy now lives in Portland.
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Leo Rabkin
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Mechanics' Hall
Mechanics’ Hall is proud to co-sponsor a First Friday author discussion series with Print: A Bookstore. Meet mystery writer Edwin Hill who will be discussing his new novel, “The Missing Ones”, in conversation with Maine mystery writer Bruce Coffin.
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Pinecone+Chickadee
6 Free St.
EVEN THE BUGS AND ANIMALS ARE SAD is a grouping of work that is part of a larger series called LEARNING HOW TO CRY WHILE DRIVING UP GHOST MOUNTAIN. This work presents narratives of a woman in a car and spirits in subtle interactions with each other. This series of paintings is driven by the act of learning how to let go of a loved one in the present and dealing with the metaphorical ghosts of the past.
Artist(s):
Caitlin Duennebier
Medium:
mixed
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street
Stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery during the month of September to see ‘From a Woman’s Perspective’ an annual group exhibition of original paintings created by women from their point of view. Creating visual art gives women another voice, a way to express their true feelings about daily life and the world around them. It’s a means of relaxation and a way to cope with issues of the day. Drawn from the gallery’s inventory of original works, this multi-generational exhibition includes a selection of over 25 paintings created by eight accomplished women: Amy Bickford, Patricia Chandler, Carrin Culotta, Jane Herbert, Scarlet Kinney, Jen Pagnini, Felicity Sidwell, and Susan Tan. Although each artist has her own style, technique, and approach to creating art, they are joined by a passion - expressing themselves through art. About the Artists: Amy Bickford creates paintings in a traditional style portraying the timeless beauty and essence of Maine. A 1983 graduate of the Maine College of Art (MECA), her paintings depict the abundant and often random beauty she sees in scenes throughout the state of Maine, which is a constant source of inspiration for her work. Since graduating, Amy has worked in a variety of jobs, while continuing to create works of art for individual clients, corporations, and small businesses, including recreating the artworks on the ceiling of St. John’s Cathedral in Bangor, Maine. Her goal is to create visual art “that makes the viewer relate to it on a personal level.” Patricia Chandler is a fine and commercial artist, and educator whose career spans more than five decades. She received her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island and her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. After several years of working in the commercial field creating illustrations, Pat moved to Minnesota, where she renewed her interest in printmaking, moving back to Maine in 1971, later becoming an Adjunct Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Maine from 2005 to 2014. When asked about her creative process and style Pat said, “Maine’s more remote regions inspired much of my artwork to the same degree that its landscapes informed my early life. My creative process and production inevitably refer to my geographic roots. Throughout my 50 year career as a commercial and fine artist, I have retained an interest in various forms of realism persisting in contemporary 20th and 21st century art. My imagery, though based on landscape, evolved from realism into expressionism and abstraction. Part of that transition was due to more experimental attitudes toward tools and materials. Most of my more recent work is a combination of those styles; however, there remains a love of realism. It is all landscape of one variety or another. The variety of Maine’s natural beauty is sufficient for many lifetimes of an artist.” Carrin Culotta is a Biomedical Engineer in the medical imaging field by training, who has created visual art on and off again for many years. When asked what inspires her to create visual art, Carrin replied, “Having grown up in New England, I acquired an appreciation for its unique beauty and seasons. My adventurous spirit and love for untamed natural settings inspires me to paint on location in and around northern New England. I use art to channel my creative focus on natural subjects and to evoke the emotion I feel while experiencing it. Art allows me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature and the mystery of a moment in time.” Jane Herbert is a gifted fine and commercial artist living in Damariscotta, Maine, who has created visual art for more than four decades. Her paintings are a response to the ever changing colors, life and mood of coastal Maine. When asked about her painting style and education Herbert replied, “My painting style is born out of my experiences. I have an unstructured approach to art and life that serves me well. Instead of earning a formal education I gathered my brushes and toured Europe in a micro-bus, painting and learning as I went.” When asked what inspires her to paint, Jane replied, “There is wild beauty all around. My paintings are my response to the beauty of a particular place. I often drive past these scenes, catching nothing more than a flash of landscape in a break of roadside trees. Upon reflection, I wonder if this is my work- to witness changing light, rising mist, flowers blooming, a pair of mallards feeding, a muskrat swimming from one hummock to another - not a slower pace, but a timeless one. There is something sacred in the untamed life that endures amid the structures of progress. These paintings exhibit my respect for the ways of nature and personal affinity for tranquility and beauty, where I see it.” Scarlet Kinney is a life-long artist and writer, with a career spanning four decades, Scarlet lives quietly in a secluded setting in Downeast Maine’s coastal forest, not far from where she was born. She received a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, completed Master’s level studio tutorials at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and earned an MA in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA. When asked about her career as an artist she replied, “My work is about pushing limits and relaxing preconceived ideas to express the inscrutable and ineffable energies that speak to me through the mythic and shamanic imagery that comes to me in dreams and visions. It is also very much about the process of painting itself; about creating the thickness, textures, interplays of color, light, shadow and line; or creating bold, rich strokes of paint on the canvas as I try to find my way towards expressing the mythic energies informing much of my work.” Jen Pagnini is a trained commercial artist with a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. Her career as a commercial artist spans twenty years and includes creating graphic designs and illustrations for clients in San Francisco, CA and Chicago, IL. Pagnini has painted on and off again for many years. Her inspiration to paint comes from a desire to “connect to the untamed spirit of animals and nature. There’s an immediate intimacy that’s born out of trying to catch an image as it's fleeting. The vibrancy I find inherent to capturing a subject en plein air drives me to work and study on location. My paintings are encapsulations – records of the temporary, elusive environments that wilderness can create externally and internally.” Felicity Sidwell’s artistic journey has been one of constant exploration, study, evolution and growth. Originally working in the 1960’s, in medical microbiology and hematology in the UK, she started painting when she moved from England to Connecticut with her husband in 1971. Felicity lived and painted on the coast of Maine for many years, recently moving to Gettysburg, PA. A long standing member of the Plein Air Painters of Maine, Felicity’s paintings are for her “a two way process, a non-verbal communication between me and the future viewers of my work. I try to express with paint on canvas not only the beauty of the landscape before my eyes, but the atmosphere, the feeling of being there, to share with the viewer a sense of place.” Susan Tan was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied painting and graphics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, before transferring to Ohio State University where she earned a degree in Art Education in 1975 and a Master’s Degree in Art Education in 2004. A retired art teacher, she recently relocated from Columbus, Ohio, to Portland, Maine. When asked to discuss her career as an artist and her creative process, Susan replied, “Like many artists, I’ve been drawing and painting since I was quite young. My love affair with watercolors began as a flirtatious creative past-time. Eventually, I took classes, which became my emotional and psychological hiatus from the stress of teaching. Like teaching, life presents lots of opportunities to learn from, process and interpret, and then share. Boiling it all down, painting watercolors is no longer a flirtatious past-time but a genuine love affair.” A juried member of the Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Susan’s paintings are exhibited at art galleries in Ohio and Maine. 'From a Woman's Perspective' is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through September 29, 2019. Richard Boyd Art Gallery is open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information about the exhibit, contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com . To view images of works included in the current monthly exhibit, click on https://richardboydpottery.com/current-exhibit/ . Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery and follow us on Instagram #richardboydartgallery. Jane Herbert ~ ‘Bradford Point’ ~ Acrylic on Canvas 20” x 30” Copyright© 2019 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved
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Group Exhibition
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Oil, Acrylic, Gouache, Watercolor, Cold Wax Medium, and Mixed Media
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland is pleased to extend this dual exhibition of Maine’s most unique sculptural ceramicists around! Jonathan White of Odd Inq and Carolyn Judson of Judson Pottery will be showing us sculptural forms remarking on the nature of industrial objects to elements from outer space! A show of sculpture not to be missed! We will also entertain your ears with the musical talent of Bohemian Swing.
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Mechanics' Hall
A vision of artist Larry Hayden, the Portland Drawing Society was created years ago to both indulge a passion for drawing and to honor the wealth of leaders in arts and culture in our community. The Honored Guests in this pop-up exhibit (along with many others not shown) have all contributed in some way to making Portland the vibrant, creative place that it is, and these portraits represent our appreciation in charcoal, graphite, ink and paint. Members of the Portland Drawing Society are artists with a variety of backgrounds and practices, whose common link is a love of capturing people on paper. Works shown in this exhibit were created in the last year.
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Portland Museum of Art
In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. The Washington Post says "It’s a revelatory show about a summer craft school that opened in rural Maine in 1950, broke down barriers between art and craft, established itself as a hotbed of creative experiment and is still operating." Don't miss it before it closes on September 8.
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Casco Bay Artisans
Casco Bay Artisans is honored to present an exhibition years in the making with Kim Radochia’s Shimms. Radochia’s work is the nexus where innovation, materials, technique, and vision transform into contemporary fine art. Her sense of color and movement create dynamic and immersive imagery that changes with the light over the passage of a day. This work is not to be missed.
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Kim Radochia
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Hand Painted and Torn Paper on Panels
Art House Picture Frames
Contemporary still life paintings.
Artist(s):
Gail Pfeifle
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Acrylic on canvas
Maine College of Art
On View: September 5 - 20 Maine College of Art, Bob Crewe Gallery Window Display - Congress St. An installation of works by Machine Dazzle, costume designer for Taylor Mac. This project is a collaboration with Machine Dazzle and MECA's Textile and Fashion Design students, supported by Maine College of Art and Portland Ovations. From September 15 - 19, MECA students and Machine Dazzle will collaborate on an elaborate window installation spanning MECA's three Congress St. facing windows. Machine Dazzle will also give a public lecture, Tuesday, September 17 at 6PM in MECA's Osher Hall. Free and open to the public.
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Maine Jewish Museum
267 Congress St
Global Warnings Marjorie Moore Fineberg Family Community Room “This body of work came at a time when my interests, like those of the Inua, were very much influenced by anthropomorphism. By this term I mean, dreaming human/animal relationships—imagining how we humans construct relationships with animals based on our differing cultural and spiritual histories. I made these works near the time of the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989. Like many others, I was outraged by this ecological disaster. But, at the time the signals of climate change were not so charged in my mind as they are today. I barely knew those two words. As I reflect upon this work three decades later, I realize the importance of these ‘story-book’ like images of human/animal creatures afloat in boats or huddled on icy landscapes. I now think they foreshadowed the dire conditions we can articulate today.” Marjorie Moore resided in Maine from 1970 to 1993, from 1993 to 2017 she lived in Houston and Austin,Texas. She has now returned to Maine full time, she lives and works on Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay. Moore has a long history of exhibiting her work in galleries and museums. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including The MacDowell Colony, National Endowment for the Arts, and an Earthwatch Fellowship to Venezuela. Carving Out Meaning Lynne Shulman Spiegel Gallery Carving Out Meaning — Inspired by folk art traditions and her love of the natural world, Lynne Shulman’s sculptures and reliefs explore the narratives of human and animal connections. Shulman often incorporates found and vintage objects into her detailed wood carvings. In this process of integration, she considers the beauty and former purpose of these objects—a piece of an old wooden lobster trap, a shuttle from a closed Maine woolen mill, a vintage woolen spool—in order to suggest metaphor and new meaning. Each artwork relies on an understanding of the unique qualities of the specific subject—the watchful sheepdog and it’s herd, the beauty of the heron’s eye, and through the use of subtle and meticulous detail, she transforms her subjects from purely representational models to expressive and emotive works of art. Lynne Shulman has been an artist and art educator in Maine for over 40 years. Since graduating from Pratt Institute (BFA) and SUNY New Paltz (MSAE), she has worked in a variety of sculptural mediums, each affording her a unique way to communicate her artistic vision. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Maine. Since her retirement from teaching art, she has focused her attention on creating wood sculptures, drawing upon her experiences along coastal Maine and her travels beyond. Queens USA: A Global Celebration Audrey Gottlieb Third Floor Sanctuary Photography Curator - Nanci Kahn Audrey Gottlieb has been documenting the borough of Queens, New York, where she lived and worked for 30 years. Formerly made up of a loosely knit string of 64 villages, Queens has ridden the crest of America’s waves of immigration. Her photographs reflect the lives and celebrations of many new and established immigrant groups, living and working in architecturally unglamorous neighborhoods. The images depict rituals and traditions, including ethnic feasts and processions, that the newcomers carry over from the old country and blend into the new one. Families that escaped war-torn places now live in Queens, in harmony, next door to ancestral enemies. Gottlieb feels no end to her delight in transcribing a surreal quality to the flurry of activity and language surrounding the rituals of immigrants trying to assimilate to a different culture. Reflecting on their lives, she believes, has given her a better understanding of the journey and assimilation process of her own grandparents.
Artist(s):
Marjorie Moore
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Oil on Canvas
Vena's Fizz House
Artist Statement: My paintings have taken on a more personal significance as I explore content that has importance to me; moving beyond the figure and still lifes. I am striving to obtain composition, balance and color relation while experimenting with textures. Even though my intuitive responses occasionally stray from color accuracy, I want to maintain precision with perspective and proportion. I have come to the realization that I am not a narrative artist, but would like my viewers to experience a sense of escape. My work has taken on new directions through the inspiration and study of artists that have made an impact on me, especially from the Impressionist era. Monet, Renoir and Corot have enlightened me on how to really capture a moment in time in a simplistic manner. They give just enough indication and detail to portray a mood. Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi’s realism and extensive technique have helped me enhance my style and progress as an artist. Modern painters such as the Wyeth family have provided me with motivation and insight. My more recent paintings contain elevated complexities with composition, lighting and contrast. The main focus is the distortion of images within water that converses with the concrete physicality of its surroundings. Rather than being inclusive of the standard formula of distribution between sky and land, I prefer to mostly deny the sky to allow water to be the primary element. Artist Bio: When I was six years old my family and I relocated from Riverside, California to Portland, Maine. This is where I spent most of my life until I went to college in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Marywood University became my home for seven years and where I earned a BFA in Art therapy and minor in psychology. I had decided to remain at Marywood to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Painting degree. During the seven years I had studied abroad for two semesters in Florence, Italy, where I was trained in oil and fresco painting which I plan to continue in the states. Europe was a life altering experience that I would definitely do again if given the opportunity. Being able to study the masters from Musee Marmottan Monet, Louvre, Uffizi and others have broadened my skills and highly influenced my work. Since completing my master's degree in May 2012 I have returned to Portland, Maine.
Artist(s):
Kelly Ufkin
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Painting
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Plein air landscapes by local artist, Finn Teach
Artist(s):
Finn Teach
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Oil on canvas
Portland Public Library Lewis Gallery
5 Monument Square
“If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of climate change on the fragile environments of the Arctic and Antarctic. As Bruce Brown, exhibition curator states, “With increasing frequency Maine artists of all disciplines are traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic to study, observe and record the effects of climate change. Melt Down includes stunning photographs and videos by ten distinguished Maine artists whose work calls attention to one of the major ecological issues of our time.” Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change, they bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate. Melt Down is organized by CMCA curator emeritus Bruce Brown. Artists included: John Paul Caponigro, John Eide, Ella Hudson, Jonathan Laurence, Justin Levesque, Jim Nickelson, Jan Piribeck, Peter Ralston, Shoshannah White, Deanna Whitman.
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Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street (Behind Local 188)
The Wellness Connection is hosting an open house at its Portland dispensary. Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour the dispensary and learn about the many benefits of nature's best medicine. On display for the month of September is art work by Molly Anathan. "I view most of my abstract work as the result of individual conversations between myself and the piece that I am creating. I rarely plan ahead, and start with simple child-like mark making. The work develops organically and almost spiritually as I respond to what I see and feel that painting “is asking for”. The materials and techniques I use are varied, ranging from xerox-transfer to colored pencil, collage, and acrylic paint. I will occasionally incorporate found objects and nature-based materials. The results are somewhat mysterious, eclectic, organic, sometimes whimsical, and always visceral." -Molly Anathan
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Molly Anathan
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Mixed
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Visit Nina Hope's Colorful Little Worlds at two Coffee by Design locations, July 28-Sept. 8, at Congress Street and India Street. This self-taught artist paints from her imagination, influenced by everything from flora and fauna to Victoriana to Art Deco architecture.
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NINA HOPE
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Coffee By Design, India St.
Visit Nina Hope's Colorful Little Worlds at two Coffee by Design locations, July 28-Sept. 8, at Congress Street and India Street. This self-taught artist paints from her imagination, influenced by everything from flora and fauna to Victoriana to Art Deco architecture.
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NINA HOPE
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Old St Paul's
St Paul's Church is one of the best examples of gothic architecture in Portland. First founded in 1763, Saint Paul's has enjoyed serving as the Maritime Church for the local seagoing community. This includes all who serve and work on the world's seas and their families. One of Saint Paul's more notable members was Commodore Edward Preble, Commander of the USS Constitution. The sanctuary space provides a beautiful backdrop to display and enjoy art. Refreshments and wine are served to our guests!
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Various
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Oil, acrylic, fiber
Portland Museum of Art
Open-Ended: New Acquisitions at the Portland Museum of Art highlights many of the spectacular new objects that join the PMA's collection of over 18,000 works of art and provides the opportunity to share the stories behind these works and how they came to the PMA.
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Dockfore
336 Fore St
A humorous graffiti and lowbrow artist, Nastee is noted for his paint-splattered chromatic color schemes juxtaposed with bold linework and kitsch subject matter. His preferred mediums are acrylics, spray paint and inks.
Artist(s):
Dana Nastee
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acrylics, spray paint, and inks
Portland Museum of Art
There's a new work calling the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park home: Isamu Noguchi’s Play Sculpture. To celebrate this colorful addition to the Sculpture Park, as well as the myriad ways in which Noguchi considered the relationship of play to sculpture, the PMA hosts a series of Portland-based musicians interpreting Noguchi's sculpture through sound. Join the PMA for the final installment of the Summer Music Series with Portland's own Spencer Albee. 4:30-7pm
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Spencer Albee
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Maine Historical Society
MHS' pop-up exhibition, Recreating Hygge, highlights specific examples of how Danish, Norwegian and Swedish families created comfortable homes and content lives, or "hygge" in Maine. Scandinavian-American communities flourished in Maine during the 19th and early 20th centuries, a period of increased immigration to the United States from Europe. The exhibit features the Kair, Ek, and Johnsen Families of Portland, and the Ek and Abrahamson families of New Sweden, one of the United States' first planned communities, which focused on attracting Scandinavian settlement in northern Maine. Project made possible by Philip Kair Grime, Elsie M. Grime and Family.
Artist(s):
George M. Hathaway
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Maine Potters Market
376 Fore St.
Celebrating 46 years of making pottery.
Artist(s):
Barbara Walch
Medium:
stoneware
Maine Street Design Co.
511 Congress Street #103
“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.” Winston Churchill I started painting with watercolor when my children were young, believing that by starting early, I would gain experience by the time they were grown. This held true. Over the length of my Philadelphia days, I made the transition to oil painting, studying under many brilliant teachers, and taking courses at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art. I was invited to join a group of ten women artists who worked and travelled together. We painted in Italy, France, Nova Scotia, and Martha’s Vineyard; and we showed all over the Philadelphia metropolitan area. My favorite show was Rittenhouse Square. Life has changed dramatically. I now live with my husband and two golden retrievers in a fishing village called Five Islands, on the coast of Maine. I paint in a little red studio with views of the water on both sides. During the long Maine winters, I work in studio from photos and from memory, keeping my hands in the paint, fostering experimentation, and new ideas. Nicer weather finds me outside, working “en plein aire” or on location. I frequently paint with PAPME (plein aire painters of Maine) Mid Coast Chapter, a group of over 500 members who love to paint outdoors. Painting is my joy and a blessing. It is kairos time, not chronos. It is personal journey of experiencing nature, and finding immediacy in the work. I am fully present, mindful and deliberate about each stroke, each painting. Learning to cope with bugs, temperature, wind and disasters is part of the game. My work en plein aire is vibrant and full of life; the colors sing, the brushwork is free. Visitors are welcome to my studio in Five Islands, by chance or appointment. I show locally at Couleur Collection in Falmouth and Damariscotta River Grille. “We may content ourselves with a joy ride in a paintbox. And for this, Audacity is the only ticket!” Winston Churchill
Artist(s):
Susan Zimmerman
Medium:
Oil Paint, Pastel
Portland Museum of Art
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 brings together painting, sculpture, and works on paper by pioneering Cubist artists such as Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Jean Metzinger, and Max Weber, in an examination of the vibrant intellectual and artistic exchanges that helped define one of the landmark styles of Modern art.
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Congress Square Park
corner of Congress and High Streets
An urban runway show that clashes the gritty stylings of budding Portland-based painter Jacob A. M. Powers, with the beauty and grace of fine art and fashion. The set and clothing will be designed in-house by Powers and his team. Music, lights, and beauty… Portland at it’s finest. Jacob A. M. Powers is a Portland native and self taught painter working in mixed media with salvaged material. He uses written word, fine detail and crude brush strokes to create surreal and figurative works that poke fun and question the world around him. Looking to become a permanent fixture in the Portland landscape, Powers is always looking for new challenges to facilitate greater connection to others and beautify public and private space alike. He first debuted his work in March of 2018 throwing his own independent, solo exhibition by the moniker “1905.” Since then Powers has hung 6 installations in restaurants and galleries in the downtown Portland area. Congress Square Park - FFAW September 6th 6-8pm - FMI: http://congresssquarepark.org/event/urban-fashion-show-with-jacob-powers-friends/
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SPACE
538 Congress Street
This site-responsive wall drawing unfolds throughout Mark Licari’s two-week residency at SPACE. Inspired by the sonic waves that shift in and out SPACE, Licari will produce a mural that interweaves the natural world and the human world in a way that exposes absurdities and weaknesses.
Artist(s):
Mark Licari
Medium:
paint
PelotonLabs
Artists’s Reception from 5pm - 8pm at Peloton Labs, 795 Congress St., Portland, ME. Molly Anathan explores a multitude of media, including laser-transfers, found objects, colored pencils, and acrylic paint. Her work is a two-dimensional exploration - a visual conversation - through the “questions and answers” of mark-making; resulting in pieces that are fresh, exciting, and expertly executed. Anathan is a resident artist at Running with Scissors in Portland, Maine.
Artist(s):
Molly Anathan
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UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
Opens First Friday, September 6th, 5-8pm...open Fri, Sat and Sun, 1-4pm through 9/28. Image: Diana Arcadipone
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