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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

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!
Rhonda Pearle
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
Dan Graziano
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.
Alison Hildreth
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.
Diana Cherbuliez
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.
Leo Rabkin
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
Group Exhibition
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.
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.
Kim Radochia
Hand Painted and Torn Paper on Panels
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
645 Congress Street
Plein air landscapes by local artist, Finn Teach
Finn Teach
Oil on canvas
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
516 Congress Street
Visible Discourse from Maine’s Western Foothills Artists Diana Arcadipone, Don Best, Nikki Millonzi and Judith Schneider Opens First Friday, September 6th, 5-8pm...open Fri, Sat and Sun, 1-4pm through 9/28. Visible Discourse is an exhibition that celebrates Maine’s natural and diverse environment; the wildlife, woodlands, lakes and ocean that draw visitors to Maine from around the globe. This exhibition is a collaborative installation by four artists living in Oxford County: Diana Arcadipone, Don Best, Nikki Millonzi and Judith Schneider. Four distinct voices visually explore their surroundings and collectively celebrate the beauty of Maine. These artists share works inspired by the magic and collective energies of the Oxford Hills, an area with a rich visual and performing arts culture. One well known artist claims the local art springs from “something in the water.” The juxtaposition of this work celebrates the beauty of Maine and offers a poetic contrast and respite from the historic vitality of urban Portland. Through this presentation of work, the artists hope to advocate for the need to preserve the natural beauty that exists throughout Maine as well as help the viewer perceive new ways to “make sense of things”. Diana Arcadipone creates artworks on and of paper. Her passion for making art with natural materials and mixed media emerged from an early devotion to traditional craft techniques such as papermaking, book arts, basketry, and textiles. Trained as a painter and printmaker, Arcadipone's work is informed by primitive art, folk art, traveling, and the natural world; it is the intersection of these influences that defines her work. Don Best works mainly in wood. He carves, paints, assembles, burns, and hand colors his work, which often uses animals as its subject and theme. Much of Best’s recent work has been reliefs, which give him the opportunity to use his drawing, painting, and sculpture skills to create engaging narratives. Shadow boxes become stages for his carved animals. Best’s work has a playful quality that makes it accessible to people of all ages. For Nikki Millonzi, nature, the arts and the world around her all help her to make sense of things. She loves and cherishes the natural world so political activism is important to her. This year Nikki felt an increasing need to express the interconnectedness of life on this planet. Using newspaper and ink, her installation We Are All In This Together helps us resonate with this underlying unity. Judy Schneider investigates place and memory through the physical properties of landscape. By collecting and analyzing nature - dissecting it by color, form and line and then reassembling it, she finds meaning. Scale, density and layering are important. How the images find their natural edge and how memories form present a nice duality. She is in pursuit of what is physically present, woven with memory, dreams and how the energy of “place” is conveyed. For more information, contact Judy Schneider, curator, at judywestschneider@gmail.com Image: Diana Arcadipone