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Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson works in Portland as a web editor and is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared online and in regional print publications. She's written about art, fashion, travel, and interior design. A former art gallery intern, archival collections assistant, and magazine editor, Jamie's professional aspirations have always revolved around her passion for art and the written word. She has a true appreciation for creativity, and even wields a brush herself once and a while. Jamie loves to explore her home state, read, listen to music, and bake far too many cupcakes.

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Art Spotting with Jamie Thompson
Posted: February 4, 2014

February First Friday preview

Portland’s First Friday Art Walks offer an always convivial, sometimes bizarre, atmosphere. That is an especially heartening fact for those willing to brave the elements for February’s Art Walk on the 7th. Even though the temperatures are frigid and snow is imminent, you can warm your soul with great local art and plenty of local color.

One standout reception and exhibition at the Art Walk this week is to be found at Susan Maasch Fine Art. “BLUE / GRAY” by Dorson Plourde and a group photography show will be on view from February 4 to 28.

The group show will feature photographs by Sean Harris, Jack Montgomery, Melonie Bennet, Cole Caswell, Denise Froelich, DM Witman, and Julee Holcome.

These photographers represent a range of styles, from poignant portraits to lush black and white compositions to colorful, dreamy natural scenes.

Plourde’s small acrylic on panel works in “BLUE / GRAY” are sleek studies in minimalism. Color and line take center stage in these paintings, which have a cool, clean appearance. They are something to contemplate while mingling and partaking of wine and cheese.

Worth a mention is “Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder,” an exhibition of absinthe spoons on display at The Bar of Chocolate Cafe from 4-7 PM. Although it is certainly not the typical Art Walk destination, this cheeky selection of spoons will most likely put a smile on your face. This would be a good final stop on your Art Walk outing, so plan accordingly!

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