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Wendy Almeida

Wendy Almeida wrote about enjoying the outdoors with kids in her monthly Kid Tracks Outdoors column for the Maine Sunday Telegram for more than 10 years. Her kids have grown up exploring the trails of Maine on foot, skis and bikes as well as through the Geocaching and EarthCache games. The family has found treasures of all sorts while out on the trail and the journey continues to be as much fun now that the kids are teenagers as it was when they were preschoolers. Follower on Twitter @wea1021 and Instagram instagram.com/wea1021

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Posted: March 3, 2015

3 things to see during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk in March

Written by: Wendy Almeida

It’s time to break out of that winter haze and back into the walkabout fun of the First Friday Art Walk. In anticipation of the spring blossoms – they will eventually make a re-appearance! – examine life through the microscope at the Portland Library, embrace the detailed etchings of a naturalist illustrator and celebrate 10 years of art with the Logan Place community. First Friday Art Walk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in galleries, museums and other venues around Portland.

 Tiny Giant #1: Chain-forming diatoms from the genus Thalassiosira often initiate the early spring phytoplankton bloom. Credit: Laura Lubelczyk, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences with funding provided by NASA

Tiny Giant #1: Chain-forming diatoms from the genus Thalassiosira often initiate the early spring phytoplankton bloom. Credit: Laura Lubelczyk, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences with funding provided by NASA

1. “Tiny Giants: Marine microbes revealed on a grand scale”

Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Through March 31, portlandlibrary.com

At the Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery, science, technology and art bring marine microbes into a new – larger than life – light with “Tiny Giants: Marine microbes revealed on a grand scale” exhibit this month. This beautiful, fascinating, and educational exhibit offers a look at the nearly invisible plants and animals that provide a foundation for life in the ocean and on land. Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the New England Aquarium, and Women Working for Oceans joined forces to produce this exhibit.

Daunis exhibit. Etchings by J. Ann Eldridge. Squash Gone Over the Fence.  18x20 framed.  This done with two plates, line etching/aquatint/and hand coloring.

Daunis exhibit. Etchings by J. Ann Eldridge. Squash Gone Over the Fence. 18×20 framed.

2. “Nature in fine Etchings”

Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., through April 28. daunis.com

You might not have seen amphibians, reptiles or (happily) insects this winter but spring is coming and you can anticipate the glory of nature with Houlton artist J. Ann Eldridge’s detailed etchings of the natural world. Eldridge is a contributing illustrator for The Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Audubon Society and The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

“10 Years Later,” Oak Street Lofts

“10 Years Later,” Oak Street Lofts

3. “10 Years Later”

Oak Street Lofts, 72 Oak St., through March 31. 766-6204

This show displays nearly 100 works of art with 15 artists contributing, including current (and former) tenants and staff of Logan Place, a program that offers persistently homeless adults with a chance for a permanent and stable living situation. The bulk of the show features new work by the two most prolific and passionate artists in the Logan Place community, Ken Hodgkins, a mixed media artist, and Mark Rocheleau, a sculpture and painter.

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