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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: August 5, 2015

3 things to see at August’s First Friday Art Walk in Portland

First Friday Art Walk in Portland has much to offer. Here are three ideas.

Written by: Bob Keyes
“Little Blue Heron with 2 Green Fish” by Susan Amons at She-Bear Gallery

“Little Blue Heron with 2 Green Fish” by Susan Amons at She-Bear Gallery

Robert Nason, “Verve,” Fine Art 511, 511 Congress St. Fine Art 511 shows oil and acrylic paintings by Robert Nason, as well photos by Cindy Barnard and David McCaskill. Nason is a longtime Portland painter, who celebrated his 90th birthday last year with a large exhibition at Running With Scissors. This show is smaller, but equally compelling. Fine Art 511 is not a traditional art gallery. The business venture includes a realty office and mortgage company. Martha LaMarche of LaMarche Media is artist-in-residence and curator. In addition to First Fridays, Fine Art 511 also will host a Third Thursdays event with art, music and poetry.

As part of its First Friday opening, Fine Art 511 will host a rock-and-blues jam outside at Ocean Gate Plaza, coordinated by Matt Cardente.

David Pettibone: “The Beekeepers,” The Portland Masonic, 415 Congress St. This is one-night exhibition of paintings by New York artist David Pettibone, featuring oil paintings from his “Beekeepers” series. It explores many facets of beekeeping, from the honey harvest to pollination to the diseases that threaten the insect. Last move, Pettibone moved to Barrow, Alaska, for his next series exploring the subsistence whaling culture of the Inupiat Eskimo people.

Susan Amons, “Summerside Prints,” She-Bear Gallery, 650 Congress St. One of Maine’s finest master printmakers, Susan Amons shows her fish, egrets, geese and long-legged herons in an exhibition that will be on view through Sept. 20. A recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, Amons has prints in the collections of universities and museums throughout New England, including the Portland Museum of Art.

– Bob Keyes, Staff Writer

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