Thursday April 17th 2014

First Friday Art Walk: March mini-tour

By: Karen Beaudoin

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Unless you’re a fan of two-story snow banks, you were probably less than thrilled with the weather February brought to Portland. There’s no guarantees that March will be much better, but we have no choice but to believe spring will eventually arrive.

The March 1 First Friday Art Walkmay bring some inspiration for that belief with a show focused on Maine sunsets, some unplugged music and inexpensive massages to get your body rejuvenated.

The music happens early-ish so make your first stop the Portland Public Library Atrium (5 Monument Square). From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., local singer/songwriter Kurt baker (a founding member of the pop/punk Leftovers) will perform unplugged and chat with guests about his career as a musician. If you want to know more about Kurt, check out this video and read Aimsel Ponti’s “Making Noise” interview with him.

Holly Ready Studio/Gallery(609 Congress St.) is the place to see sunsets you won’t have to bundle up for. The artist and gallery owner offers her take on the unique light seen when the sun dips below the Maine horizon through painting mediums of oils and gouache.

While you’re up at that end of Congress Street there are a few more stops to make. The first is close by at the State Theatre Building (615 Congress St.) This is the spot to make your muscles feel like they can Art Walk all night. Atlantis Massageis offering 15-minute massages for just $5 – and they include Japanese hot stones.

Heading back toward the city center you’ll find The Gallery at Harmon’s & Barton’s(584 Congress St.). On the walls this month are original drawings that have been manipulated by hand, by computer and by – wait for it – sewing machines. These interesting techniques have been used toward the end result of abstract designs on paper and cloth. The artist is Gergana Rupchina and the works are not to be missed.

College students are likely already counting the days until the semester ends. At MECA’s Porteous Front Window Gallery(522 Congress St.) view the student-run Nothing Major Exhibition and take part in the First Friday opening reception. The show is made up of the work of second-year students who have yet to declare a major. Show your support with a visit and a friendly critique.

And finally this month swing down to Sanctuary Tattoo and Art Gallery (31 Forest Ave.) where you’ll see creations inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Expect to be horrified, amazed and taken to the future in just one stop.