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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

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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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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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.
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Kelly Ufkin
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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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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.
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Dana Nastee
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acrylics, spray paint, and inks
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.
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George M. Hathaway
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