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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, August 7, 2020

Creative Portland
84 Free Street

July 1, 2020 - April 15, 2021 Artists responded to the theme 2020 Vision by sharing a personal interpretation of a moment in Maine’s history. They reflected on how we are changing, where have we come from, what have we learned or accomplished, and most importantly -- where do we want to go? View the virtual exhibition featuring 12 local artists and art for sale  here.

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SPEEDWELL//projects

Ongoing View the exhibition. Abby Shahn chose to move to Maine from New York City in the late ’60s and has lived and worked in rural Maine ever since. Her main studio is a separate building in the field behind her house and is heated with wood and has no running water. She also keeps a small studio in her home in order to work when the weather doesn’t allow her to make the walk to her primary studio.     “I feel that the isolation from the ‘art world’ and from current trends in art has had both good and bad effects.... I’m more than glad to be free of the dictates of style and of the marketplace. I like my ideas to develop at their own pace. I love growing my garden, tending my fires, picking wild mushrooms, etc. At the same time, I feel fortunate to be part of a loose group of artists scattered around in the boondocks who have evolved in many different ways, sometimes overlapping with current ideas floating around the “big city”, sometimes veering off in crazy and unexpected directions. The artists that I’ve come to know here have been a constant source of inspiration to me.”

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Abby Shahn
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Gouache on Paper
Cove Street Arts

“Why did the old Persians hold the sea holy? Why did the Greeks give it a separate deity, and own brother Jove? Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.” - Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or, The Whale. In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, artist Charlie Hewitt has created a new series of woodcut prints focused on New England’s strong bond with the sea. In his dynamic, imaginative, and unmistakable style, Hewitt re-imagines iconic regional sights - shining lighthouses; brightly colored, numbered buoys - grounding the series in human industry while reminding us of the ineffable power, beauty, and peril of the sea. The series consists of 15 separate prints, each limited to an edition of 20. Each was printed by master printer David Wolfe at Wolfe Editions. View the exhibition.

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Charlie Hewitt
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Woodcut Prints
Cove Street Arts

The exhibition features work from Marc Leavitt’s Mithuna Series. As the artist describes the series: “My Mithuna Series of abstract figurative paintings was influenced by The Three Ways of Asian Wisdom: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zen and their significance for the West (a book written by Nancy Wilson Ross) and the extraordinary writings of Krishnamurti, a renowned spiritual teacher awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in 1984. View the exhibition.

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Greenhut Galleries

Thursday, July 30th, 7 p.m., on Facebook Live
Mark your calendar for the artist talk that accompanies Daniel Minter's first solo exhibition "Stats of?" at Greenhut Galleries. Minter’s work has been featured in numerous institutions and galleries including the Portland Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, The Charles H. Wright Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Bates College, University of Southern Maine, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The David C. Driskell Center and the Northwest African American Art Museum. A travel grant from the National Endowment for the Arts enabled him to live and work in Salvador, Bahia Brazil where he established relationships that have continued to nurture his life and work in important ways. 
View the exhibition
Pictured: STATES OF... (6), Collage print and acrylic on panel, 18” x 24”

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Greenhut Galleries

July 16 - August 8, 2020

States Of? is Daniel Minter’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. Based here in Portland, Minter is known for his work in the mediums of painting and assemblage. His overall body of work often deals with themes of displacement and diaspora, ordinary/extraordinary blackness; spirituality in the Afro-Atlantic world; and the (re)creation of meanings of home. Minter works in varied media – canvas, wood, metal, paper. twine, rocks, nails, paint. This cross-fertilization strongly informs his artistic sensibility. His carvings become assemblages. His paintings are often sculptural. Learn more about Daniel Minter and view the exhibition here

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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery
48 Free Street

July 24, 25, 26  9:30-4:00  $350 We are taking Covid19 precautions. Is Your Art Stagnating? Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, your paintings keep looking the same? Are you hoping to see improvement in your work soon, but it doesn’t seem to come? Do you feel blocked or stuck?    Do you wish you could elevate to the next level? Your answer is here. Don Hatfield, Susan Roux’s mentor, will soon be traveling to Maine from Napa California.This will only be his third time in Maine and is a rare opportunity that you don’t want to miss.  Hatfield will assess your work, your skills and tell you exactly what you’re missing to move your art to the next level. You can choose to either ignore what he’s telling you or listen and ask questions until it is clear to you. Once you realize what he’s telling you, focus on doing just that and you will see your work improve! How important are your painting skills to you?  It doesn’t matter what your painting skills are at the moment, beginner or accomplished artist, Hatfield can help you improve. Though he enjoys painting figures and has made a wonderful living doing so, he can help you no matter what subject you’re painting. Each student will paint their own subject, working from photos. Please select photos that have good sun and shadow patterns in them. They will be easier for you to capture in an exciting way while also making it easier for Hatfield to assess your skills and show you fundamentals you’re probably missing.  Hatfield is a very accomplished artist who’s work is known worldwide. In the 80’s and 90’s he was found on the cover of most art magazines. As he gets older, he understands the necessity to pass on his knowledge, otherwise it will be lost forever. Not only is he a superb artist, he is also an excellent teacher! There’s no telling when he will come again, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn from a master!  No matter how many times you take his workshop, he continues to teach you more, because as we all know, there’s a lot of steps to the top! I am personally so inspired by Don Hatfield. Last year when he came, I wished I could have taken two weeks off to spend my time marathon painting. Each time I’m with him, he opens my eyes to something new that I’ve been missing. It’s always a huge “A Ha!” moment. The lightbulb comes on and I find myself wondering how I could have missed what he’s telling me all this time. Do yourself a favor. Invest in yourself! This is THE WORKSHOP to take in Maine this summer! The workshop takes place at Roux & Cyr Gallery in Portland ME. Contact me if you need help with accommodations.  Register in advance. 207-576-7787

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

For the past five years, during the month of September, Richard Boyd Art Gallery has installed an annual exhibition of paintings and sculpture created by women artists to commemorate Women’s Equality Day as designated by a Joint Resolution of Congress on August 26, 1971. The exhibit demonstrates our ongoing support of women’s equality and our hope for equality for all mankind. 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, and 3 sculptures created by nine accomplished women artists’ Amy Bickford, Linda Caron, Patricia Chandler, Carrin Culotta, Jane Herbert, Jean Noon, 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.    The exhibition is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through 

September 29, 2020.  For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery’s website at www.richardboydartgallery.com. To view images of works selected for the current month’s exhibit click on the Current Exhibit tab. For up to date news about our monthly exhibits like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery and follow us on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327. Image: Linda Caron ~ ‘Zurich Alleyway With Steeple’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 16” x 8” Copyright© 2020 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved

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Amy Bickford; Linda Caron; Patricia Chandler; Carrin Culotta; Jane Herbert; Jean Noon; Jen Pagnini; Felicity Sidwell; Susan Tan
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Oil, Acrylic, Cold Wax, Gouache, Watercolor; Wire
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
522 Congress St.

Julie Poitras Santos, Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, gives a guided tour of the current ICA exhibition: Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan. Featuring a survey of more than 10 years of work by Megan and Murray McMillan, the show includes installations, videos, and photographs. Megan and Murray McMillan have exhibited their large-scale video installations at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, the Kunsthallen Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark, The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, The RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, and the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Their work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, film festivals, and international biennials. Some Things We Can Do Together: Megan and Murray McMillan, curated by Jamie Uretsky, was first exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! in New Bedford, MA.

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Richard Boyd Art Gallery
15 Epps Street

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of paintings by noted artist Jane Herbert on August 1 at 10 a.m.  
A year-round resident of Damariscotta, Maine Jane’s traditional style paintings capture the picturesque landscapes and charm of her seaside village community. Her current series of paintings are a visual expression of life along the coast and reveal her observations of the beautiful but rugged coast of Maine.  
The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily through August 30, 2020. Open to 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.
<strong><u>About Jane Herbert</u></strong>
A gifted fine and commercial artist, Jane&rsquo;s paintings capture the ever changing colors, life and mood of coastal Maine. Her unstructured approach to art and life has served her well. &ldquo;Instead of earning a formal education I gathered my paint brushes and toured Europe in a micro-bus, painting and learning as I went.
Through the years, I&rsquo;ve been inspired by the beauty I find in nature. There is wild beauty all around in coastal villages in Maine. Paintings like, <em>&lsquo;December Twilight&rsquo;</em> and &lsquo;<em>Summer Sunset&rsquo;</em> 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 <em>this</em> is my work- to witness changing light, rising mist, flowers blooming, a pair of mallards feeding, - 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.&rdquo;
Jane&rsquo;s paintings are widely collected and held in numerous private and corporate collections across the United States.
To view images of works selected for the current month&rsquo;s exhibit visit our website and click on the CURRENT EXHIBIT tab. Images of Jane&rsquo;s paintings hanging in the gallery will also be available for viewing on our Facebook page on August 1, 2020.
For more information about the exhibit contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit the gallery&rsquo;s website at <a href="http://www.richardboydartgallery.com/">www.richardboydartgallery.com</a> .Like us on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RichardBoydArtGallery">www.facebook.com/RichardB... . Follow us on Instagram at <a href="http://www.instagram.com/richardboydartgallery9327">http://www.instagram....
Image: Jane Herbert ~ &#39;December Twilight&#39; ~ Acrylic on Canvas 18&quot; x 22&quot;
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Jane Herbert
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Acrylic
Grant Wahlquist Gallery

Through 8/22/20   After so many months apart, we were thrilled to open Leon Benn: Gardening Techniques to the public. The response has been tremendous, including an in-depth review by Stacy Kors of the Portland Press Herald as well as an interview between Kors and Benn that occurred during Maine's stay at home order. The exhibition continues through Saturday, August 22nd with normal gallery hours (Wednesday - Saturday, 11 - 6), mask required. Images and installation views are available here. We've missed you.

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Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

See local Flamenco dancer and MSA Mission Awardee Lindsey Bourassa in the film “El Lobo y La Paloma”. The program -- created, choreographed, and performed by Bourassa -- explores the theme of loss, connection, and ancestry through fully original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery. Screen the performance online.=

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Greenhut Galleries

In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, Greenhut Galleries celebrates our evolving, dynamic city with our 10th biennial Portland Show. The show includes work from 50 different artists, each offering a unique perspective on the city.  View the show. IMAGE: Alison Goodwin, Acadian Redfish

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Cove Street Arts

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological. Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine as the subject matter, Greenway captures imaginative landscapes by detailing the island’s geology. Focusing on the micro-ecology and transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway reimagines a recognizable setting. The landscape transforms into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality. View the exhibition.

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Tim Greenway
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Photography
Mayo Street Arts
10 Mayo Street

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