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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

Indigo Arts Alliance

Indigo Arts Alliance and I’m Your Neighbor Books are proud to produce The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, an inaugural event in honor of artist Ashley Bryan. This one-of-a-kind program will celebrate authors and illustrators from across the African diaspora while honoring their roots, identity and resiliency. The festival will include online readings featuring selected works by several nationally recognized authors, online arts and craft workshops and a lively dance-along performance. We are committed to enabling readers to see themselves reflected in great literature and cultivating creators who understand the necessity of that reflection. We’ll also be giving away over 750 books to communities served through Portland Housing Authority. Special thanks to our partners I’m Your Neighbor Books, Diverse Book Finder, the Ashley Bryan Center. Our Sponsors: The Horizon Foundation, The Davis Family Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Coffee By Design. Our Community Partners: Portland Parks and Rec, Portland Housing Authority, and Knack Factory.  Go to the festival!

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Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square

The PMA and the Maine Humanities Council, along with partners and advisors throughout the state, collaborated on a special exhibition to mark Maine&#39;s bicentennial&mdash;and now it&#39;s online as the PMA&#39;s first-ever digital exhibition, for all to enjoy no matter where you are. We invite you to explore the many perspectives, stories, and objects of&nbsp; &quot;Stories of Maine&quot; and add your own to help us expand the stories we can tell even more. Image: David Driskell, (United States, 1931-2020), &quot;Pine and Moon&quot;, 1971, oil on masonite, 47 3/8 x 35 1/8 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. Museum purchase with support from Friends of the Collection, 2011.4. Image courtesy Peter Siegel. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://portlandmuseum.org/stories-of-maine-an-incomplete-history">http:/...

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David Driskell, (United States, 1931-2020)
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oil on masonite
Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Monday-Thursday, July 27 - 30, 6-8pm Zoom | Limit 10 | $30 AT professional skills workshops have sold out so quickly we've added another! Led by Kim Bernard. Register now

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Artists of all ages are invited to join ArtLab educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for fun, hands-on projects you can try at home! Looking to the varied artistic processes and ideas exhibited in Skirting the Line, participants will learn a variety of painting and image-making techniques to portray visual stories, experiences, and histories. Participate in real time or re-visit the videos when you need a creative pick-me-up! Videos will posted daily to cmcanow.org and facebook.com/cmcanow by 10:30 am.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street

Free film screening and discussion with Sian Evans -- Maine’s Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film Thursday July 23: 6-8 pm via Zoom REGISTER HERE

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Through September 20, QUESTION THE BODY is a collection of photographs and time-lapse videos where gathered natural objects obscure pages from “The Question and Answer Book About The Human Body” by Ann McGovern (Random House, 1965). Through recorded erasure/redaction, each poem is built by the disembodied hands of the artist. The unobscured text reveals inquiries into physical form, preference, expression, and function. By emphasizing process over product, QUESTION THE BODY blurs the boundaries between writing, visual art, appropriation, performance, and assemblage. Works in this series were created during a residency at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine. All natural objects were collected from the grounds of the residency during the artist’s weeklong stay in 2019. Erin Dorney received her MA in Creative Writing from West Chester University, PA and her MS in Library and Information Studies from Syracuse University, NY. She has been a resident at Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Tofte Lake Center, Spruceton Inn, and Modern Art. Her literary artwork and installations have been featured as part of Made Here, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District; at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA; and various group shows. Her collection of erasure poetry “I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems After Shia LaBeouf” was published in 2018 by Mason Jar Press. SCREEN is an ongoing CMCA series featuring current video work by artists with a connection to Maine. For More information click here

 

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress St.

Enjoy Maine's Bicentennial History from Home! Components of our major Bicentennial exhibition are now a click away, on Maine Memory Network! Kick back with a mug of java or tea and discover that the history of how Maine became a state is rooted in the stories of people. The separation from Massachusetts in 1820 had different meanings and implications for residents grounded in geography, culture, race, and economic standing. View the exhibition.

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Tuesday, July 21 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Zoom Tune in for a virtual Tuesday Talk with artists Meghan Brady, Inka Essenhigh, Anne Neely, and Hannah Wade in conversation with moderator Amy Rahn.

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Through September 20.   Spanning two galleries, Unnamed for Decades – an exhibition by Erin Johnson (b. 1985) – presents a series of new site-specific installations that incorporate videos, sculptures, and photographs. These works explore the artist’s ongoing interest in the complexity of collectivity, the wide-ranging consequences of scientific research, as well as dissidence, desire, and the queer body.   The title of the exhibition is drawn from a text about Solanum plastisexum – an Australian bush tomato whose sexual expression has confounded scientists and appears to be unpredictable and unstable, challenging even the fluid norms of the plant kingdom. This enigmatic plant is central to There are things in this world that are yet to be named – a video filmed in Bucknell University’s Solanum plastisexum lab and the Australia section in Los Angeles’s Huntington Botanical Garden – whose voice-over is an amalgamation of texts including love letters between Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman and interviews with botanist Tanisha Williams. In an adjacent series of photographs and video installations, a group of friends, peers, and lovers engage in collective queer and desirous exchanges such as eating tomatoes in a field and floating together in a lake.   Reflecting on feminist theorist Silvia Federici’s call to “reconnect what capitalism has divided: our relation with nature, with others, and our bodies,” the exhibition considers questions surrounding the interrelationship between scientific and political practices, the reinvention of what it means to be human, and climate crisis.   This exhibition was made possible by the support of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. Johnson is the second recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Fellowship, awarded by jurors Michelle White, Senior Curator at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX ; Marshall Price, PhD, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; and Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum, N.Y. The award reflects the vision of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation founders, artists David Ellis and Joan Beauregard, to support artists with the precious gift of time, and to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. View the Exhibition

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Center for Maine Contemporary Art

MAY 15 - AUGUST 15 Ranging from lavish and complexly layered renderings to the starkly reductive, Lush, hush puts forward the notion that these two seemingly opposing approaches can juxtapose to heighten the effect of the other. Viewed together via thumbnail, individually or as small groups randomly placed together by the alphabet to fit on a screen, the assembled body of work reads as quiet, fearless abundance. I was struck by the thoughtfulness of the submissions, the considered grace of the artist inquiry and their collective exploratory deep dive.   Artists Included Jenny Brillhart, Cole Caswell, Avy Claire, Michel Droge, Lisa Kellner, Benjamin Lincoln, Megan Magill, Stratton McCrady, Veronica Perez, Anna Queen, Bronwyn Sale, Gina Siepel, Nathan Stevens, David Wilson, Amy Wilton, Deborah Zlotsky   [ON]now is a series of online exhibitions presenting the work of Maine artists through a digital venue. Juried by guest jurors, [ON]now goes beyond the physical gallery walls to expand possibilities of showing and viewing contemporary art. https://cmcanow.org/event/on-now-lush-hush/

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