Conserve the Call and A Critical Balance
5 Monument Square
Biodiversity Research Institute
Lewis Gallery @ Portland Public Library
Biodiversity Research Institute has collaborated with artists from across the country to bring two art exhibits to Portland, Maine: Conserve the Call and A Critical Balance. Both exhibits will be on display at the Portland Public Library Lewis …

'Paintings in Oil' on Exhibit May 2 through May 29
15 Epps Street
Richard Boyd Art Gallery
Join us Thursday, May 2 at Richard Boyd Art Gallery for the opening of an annual group exhibition of original oil paintings created en plein air and in studio settings depicting a variety of scenes across multiple genres. …

Aloha Kai
51 Washington Avenue
Courtney Mooney
Maine Mead Works
Maine photographer Courtney Mooney's "Aloha Kai" series consists of black & white seascapes to benefit environmental protection of Hawaiian coral reefs. Artist reception, snacks, and a guest speaker. 5-8pm.

Are We Great Yet? with Circus Olé
Corner of Congress & High Streets
Circus Olé
Congress Square Park
ARE WE GREAT YET? is a FREE circus performance with Circus OlĂ© And Feast of Fools on Friday, May 3, from 6-8pm in Congress Square Park. Circus Ole presents the 2019 Extravaganza featuring an in depth look at Politics …

Artist Owner
609A Congress Street
Congress Square Gallery
Recent painting and prints of coastal Maine by Portland artists RN Cohen and Stan Leiberman.

Athena Pennant Flag
534 Congress Street
Rose Nestler
SPACE is pleased to fly Rose Nestler's Athena Pennant Flag on the flagpole from April 15 - June 30, 2019. Nestler's artworks pull from the iconography and structures of the ancient Greco-Roman Gymnasium, while also utilizing the familiar aesthetics …

C. T. Rasmuss Opening
519 Congress Street, 2nd Floor
Oil & acrylic
C. T. Rasmuss
Mechanics' Hall
To spring forward, or not to spring forward? That is the question. ItÂ’s that time when April mud season brings in Maine flowers, so why not?! Experience and enjoy an art exhibition of still life by Flintown artist …

Casco Bay Frames & Gallery 20th Annual Employee Art Show
Casco Bay Frames and Gallery
Casco Bay Frames & Gallery 20th Annual Employee Art Show Opening reception Friday May 3th 2019 5-8 pm Please join the talented picture frame staff at Casco Bay Frames & Gallery as they unveil new work at the 20th Annual Employee …

Color and Light
568 Congress Street
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Rhonda Pearle
Bridge Gallery
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 …

Explorations of Thought: Combinatorial Works by Gregg Harper
21 Chestnut Street
Gregg Harper
Chestnut Street Lofts Lobby Gallery
The exhibition “Explorations of Thought: Combinatorial Works by Gregg Harper” will be on view at the Gallery at the Chestnut Street Lofts, 21 Chestnut Street, Portland, ME, May 1 – 31, 2019. The opening reception will occur during …

First Friday Pop Up Markets - Rising Tide
103 Fox Street
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Shop local! Shop small! While drinking delicious BEER! Ten different Fork Food Lab members will have tables and be selling their delicious treats. Every week will have a large variety of member goods for sale. Both ready to …

Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
489 Congress Street
Maine Historical Society
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine. Wabanaki advisors guided the exhibition, interpreting 17th century …

Hope for Our Planet
620 Congress Street
New encaustics and pigment ink prints
Lori Austill
Coffee By Design, Congress St.
Beautiful new works by Lori Austill as well as some older favorite images reproduced as high quality prints on wood panels. Lori Austill's beeswax paintings are about the beauty of our planet and created through reaching through the …

Hope for Our Planet.
67 India Street
New encaustics and pigment ink prints
Lori Austill
Coffee By Design, India St.
Beautiful new works by Lori Austill as well as some older favorite images reproduced as high quality prints on wood panels. Lori Austill's beeswax paintings are about the beauty of our planet and created through reaching through the …

534 Congress Street
SPACE is pleased to present HOTLINE, an interactive group show featuring soundworks by artists, musicians, scholars, performers and poets. As the name suggests, the exhibition features eight listening stations where visitors can hear songs, artworks and readings on …

84 Free Street
group show
Creative Portland
Join Creative Portland for the public opening of our fourth juried show, Immersion, during May's First Friday Art Walk. Eighteen artists have been selected for Creative PortlandÂ’s upcoming juried art exhibition, Immersion, which will open with a private reception …

Into the Nation
516 Congress Street
Norajean Ferris
UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center
"Into the Nation" - paintings, pastels and drawings by Norajean Ferris Opening Reception - First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm Open 5/3 - 5/31/19

Maine Landscape Painting
645 Congress Streett
Oil on canvas
Finn Teach
Finn Teach Mini-Gallery
Check out Finn's landscape paintings! Locations include Monhegan, Bar Harbor, Portland, Vinalhaven, and more.

Maine Maps and More
541 Congress Street
Mainely Frames & Gallery
Friday, May 3rd, Mainely Frames and Gallery will be featuring original antique maps of Maine as well as a tremendous display of historic United States and World Maps. Rare maps include large schoolhouse maps, original maps of local …

Material Intersections by Andrew Hayes
119 Exchange Street
Andrew Hayes
The Press Hotel
Book paper and steel are placed in different contexts in our lives. The book is appreciated as an object of education, growth, and escape. Whereas steel is often invisible, even though it is a primary structure of our …

MECAmorphosis, 2019: BFA Thesis Exhibition
522 Congress Street
Maine College of Art
MECAmorphosis consists of two events: The 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition and The Fashion Show. Held in conjunction with Portland's First Friday Art Walk, the 2019 Thesis Exhibition opens Friday, May 3 from 5-8pm. Featuring interactive art on four …

Nic Vacciano's "idk." and Loretta Park's "I made them while eating cup ramen and listening to murder podcasts"
82 Parris Street
New System Exhibitions

Nuptials: Adornment for a New Age
521 Congress Street
Maine Craft Portland
Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative bridal show not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist! This 2-month long exhibit will …

Open House at Fork Food Lab
72 Parris Street
Fork Food Lab
Curious about what happens at Fork Food Lab? Come check it out! Beer and wine available, member goods for sale and tours of the facility on the half hour.

Opening Minds Through Art (OMA)
636 Congress Street
Oak Street Studios and Side X Side
Opening Minds Through Art (OMA) is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. The exhibition features collaborative work of Elder Teachers from The Cedars Retirement Community whom are affected by dementia and their counterparts, university students from …

Paper Meringue and Other Delights
13 Brown Street
Paper and other materials
Leo Rabkin
A festival of delightful and playful works made with paper, on paper, from paper, and about paper. Come and see what paper can be and do!

Primordial Stew
6 Free Street
Zach Johnsen
Please join us during the First Friday Art Walk for the opening reception of Primordial Stew, an art installation by Zach Johnsen. Primordial Stew is the bubbling, rolling broth that has simmered to the perfect temperature and consistency …

Rebecca May Verrill and Jeffrey Lipton Collaboration
376 Fore Street
Salt fired stoneware and porcelain
Rebecca May Verill and Jeffrey Lipton
Maine Potters Market
For the month of May, Maine Potters Market is pleased to feature the collaborative work of member Rebecca May Verrill and guest artist Jeffrey Lipton. Rebecca and Jeffrey have combined their signature graphic, light-hearted imagery of fictitious flora …

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago
7 Congress Square
Portland Museum of Art
Closing May 5, 2019. Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago calls attention to a region of the Americas that is difficult to categorize and often overlooked: the island nations of the Caribbean. Image: Juana Valdes, (Cuba …

Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970
7 Congress Square
Richard Avedon
Portland Museum of Art
This exhibition showcases 12 photographic portraits and three triptychs of celebrated individuals by the iconic American photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004). Primarily a fashion photographer whose images played an influential role in defining AmericaÂ’s image of style, beauty, and …

Spirit Photography
538 Congress Street
Andrew Elijah Edwards
SPACE Window
SPACE is pleased to present Spirit Photography, an installation in the window gallery by Andrew Elijah Edwards. Spirit Photography uses the electric glow of yesterday's technologies to channel a live feed from the dream realm to pedestrians on Congress …

The Stone Dragon
East End Community School, North Street
Maine granite
Carole Hanson
Portland Public Art Committe
The Stone Dragon, a sculpture by Maine artist Carole Hanson, sited outside the East End Community School, was originally called The Serpent. The sculpture was commissioned by Maine Arts Inc. in 1996 for Congress Square Park, as part …

Tools for Living
110 Exchange St #2
Mixed media
Doublet Studio
Caleb Johnson Studio
Tools for Living is an exhibit exploring the language of furniture and garments. This body of work questions the purpose of these functional forms and how they relate to our day-to-day lives. There is something special about our …

Various! Performing Arts Series
519 Congress Street, 3rd Floor
Mechanics' Hall
MECHANICSÂ’ HALL TO BEGIN FIRST FRIDAY PERFORMANCE SERIES IN MAY Each month will feature 5 performers from a variety of genres in an hour-long show. MechanicsÂ’ Hall is pleased to announce a new First Friday performance series called Various! …

Wellness Connection
685 Congress Street
Hand hammered fine copper art
Michael Heinitz
Wellness Connection
Curious about the benefits of medical cannabis and CBD? Come tour our newly remodeled Portland dispensary. We cultivate pesticide-free cannabis and test our products for purity and consistency. We have proudly served medical patients in the Portland community …

Winter’s Reprieve
89 Exchange Street
Ebyn Moss
Dobra Tea
Eye catching and colorful patterns depicting flower-like images by artist Ebyn Moss. For more information and images check out The Canvas Journal on Facebook. Prints also available for purchase.

Works of the Kentucky Derby
336 Fore Street
Official prints
Join us for a stroll through time with more than thirty years of the official works of the Kentucky Derby. Famous artists such as Neiman, Williams, Maxx and Tony Bennett to name just a few. Join us on …