The First Friday Art Walk has entered a new phase in its life cycle as the flagship of Portland's creative economy. Since July, designer Jennifer S. Muller has been producing a beautiful broadside map and program distributed the previous Thursday in The Portland Press Herald. The way the heavy, uncoated stock of the piece absorbs the ink makes it look more hand made than commercially printed, which is just the right touch for the Art Walk that aims to stoke local commerce through the propagation of fine art.
And building on the uproarious success of the What Cheer? Brigade at the SPACE Gallery Block Party, tonight's festivities include New York's Asphalt Orchestra for more street band fun. (Thank you, Portland Ovations) Programs? Marching Bands? And soon food carts? This is beginning to sound like a sporting event for creatives!
Some of tonights highlights include: a performance at 4:30 in Congress Square by The Milkman's Union presented by the Portland Music Foundation to highlight this year's Portland entries in the NYC's CMJ Music Marathon; the opening reception of Good Design is Good Business: The Elements of Branding, the 2011 AIGA Maine Annual Exhibit at the Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square; an exhibit of photographs from the Portland Ballet's "Who's Your Dancer" project will be on view at the KeyBank Monument Square branch; and the work of at least one Portland mayoral candidate is on view!