Thursday April 24th 2014

First Friday Art Walk: Nov mini-tour


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Halloween has come and gone (at least for those kids who don’t live in Scarborough or Berwick), November has arrived (can you even believe it?) and it’s time to go walking again.

Word is that the temps should remain above normal for this time of year thanks to the recent visit by Sandy, so pull on your Reeboks and hit the streets from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, because by the next time First Friday Art Walk rolls around you may need boots and mittens.

November mini tour

This month let’s start out on Forest Ave. at Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery(31 Forest Ave.). The show here is one that’s been hung before, but “Sole of the Artist” from Kelly-Jo Shows is definitely worth another look. Shows uses oil on canvas to depict the shoes of local artists, famous artists, and artists who have yet to make their marks. It’s a good way to get inspired for the walking you have ahead of you.

From Forest, hang a left onto Congress and find your way to the Porteous Front Window Gallery at MECA(522 Congress St.). Getting into the spirit of the season – election season, that is – the BFA students have created “Provoke the Vote,” their visual campaign to encourage people to fill out their ballots on Tuesday.

It’s a bit of a trek, but your next stop is Pinecone + Chickadee(6 Free St.), which is holding an opening party for the exhibit “Eat More Art.” This group show features around 50 artists who have created 8-inch-by-8-inch panel work. Check out the art and get in on the fun with music, drinks, snacks and Polaroids.

From Free Street you’ll be moving on to Portland Public Library(5 Monument Square), where you’ll want to time your visit just right. The art you’ll see inside the building in the Lewis Gallery is “Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey.” But you’ll also see art outside. At 6:30 p.m. dancers from Portland Ballet will dance “Secret,” a unique, site-specific performance in the library’s front window. It will be viewable from Monument Square or the Congress Street sidewalk and it something you don’t want to miss.

After you’ve had your fill of dance (and of Gorey), you’ll need to do a bit of walking. Next stop is Portland Museum of Art (7 Congress Square), where “Weatherbeaten: Winslow Homer and Maine” is still on view. Keep in mind that this exhibit has a $5 surcharge, but it becomes pretty affordable when you don’t have to pay the PMA admission. View 38 masterpieces in oil and watercolor – plus all the permanent exhibits hanging in the museum.

On your way into the museum, check out Smith Iron Works, which will set up shop in Congress Square. Find iron and steel pieces forged in a cola fire and watch the artist work right out there on the street.

And wrapping things up this month, we’re recommending you find Wind is Wind, a new pop-up gallery that should be at 15 Clifford St. This project comes from Restless Collective and the plan is to feature one artist each month. Wind is Wind has a physical space only during Art Walk and it’s likely you’ll need to step into the back of a truck to get a good look. This month’s artist is Alan Winslow and a visit to the Wind is Wind website will give you a view one of his pretty cool photos.