Wednesday April 16th 2014

First Friday Art Walk: Feb mini-tour

By: Shannon Bryan


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Winter First Friday Art Walks may not bring the numbers to the streets that those in the balmy days of summer do, but this month’s may actually seem to signal that the warmer seasons are on their way. For your Feb. 1 walk, expect temperatures in the mid-30s – about 20 degrees warmer than what we bundled up against just last week.

And here’s another twist that could make you a lot more willing to hit the pavement between 5 and 8 p.m. to explore the great art on display: Food. And drinks. For free.

Read on for the details:

This month’s walking tour begins at the Meg Perry Center(644 Congress St.), where the Sensory Circus is in the house. The event is curated by Abbeth Russell and features 20 local artists. The interactive show will engage all of your senses, from ladders waiting to be climbed to music and other sounds, to smells and tastes that are everywhere – even when you look up.

Draw Your Face Off is always one of the most popular First Friday events at Space Gallery(538 Congress St.), and it comes around again this month. Stop in to watch artists work in the gallery and be ready to pull out your wallet when the drawing is finished. As soon as they pin it to the wall it is up for grabs for just $30.

The “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light” exhibit has been on display for a few weeks already at Portland Museum of Art (7 Congress Square) but Friday is your first opportunity to view it free of charge. Expect paintings that “define the places and subjects that have mattered most in her nearly 60-year career.” They’ll include views and scenes from New York City, Dodd’s family home in new Jersey and gardens and woods in Maine’s midcoast. The range of work dates from 1955 through 2010, with 51 pieces in the exhibit. View the image gallery here.

You’ve probably visited The Dogfish Bar & Grille(128 Free St.) for the good food and music. This month there’s an additional reason to stop in: The photography of Patti Genest. Look closely at the images in this show – some are actually printed on aluminum.

Key Bank (1 Monument Square) has been growing its art collection. This month it combines art with cupcakes courtesy of Alyssia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes. She’ll be at the branch for the evening with free samples of her delish desserts.

The yumminess continues as you make your way down to the opposite end of Free Street and to Roost House of Juice(11 Free St.). Not only will you find ocean photos from Heidi “Surf Gypsy” Record, you can also take advantage of $5 wine specials, juice samples and music. If you’re not familiar with Roost, it focuses on juices and smoothies that are great for giving you a shot of healthy fruits and veggies.

And if you only care to make a couple stops along the Art Walk route before setting in with an adult beverage or two, make your last stop of the evening at The Wine Bar (38 Wharf St.) where the Wine Wise series rolls on. Sommelier Erica Archer takes you through the tasting of eight wise from the Rhone Valley in France with an admission fee of $45 (in advance). The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and tickets are very limited.