First Friday: highlights

Last night marked the first friday art walk of the new year here in Portland, ME. Though a bit chilly I pulled on my boots and giant winter coat and hit the snowy streets for the sole purpose to see some art!

My first stop and I will have to say favorite show of the evening was, Prints: Breaking Boundaries at Lewis Gallery at the Portland Public Library. The rather large group show, sponsored by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, exhibited Maine based artists by both working professionals and a few students. The work was hung on the walls in a salon style of sorts with many pieces to each wall; though this may not have been the ideal method of display, for the amount of artists exhibited, in a rather small space, it seemed to be the best curatorial choice which did not detract terribly from the work. The individual works indeed held their own presence and I found myself engrossed in each piece individually and not distracted by the close proximity of the adjacent artwork. Overall I was intrigued and drawn to many of the works however a few still linger in my mind today. The etherial Silkwall: 12/2012.2, by Meg Brown Payson hung across the back wall, the Wade Guyton-esque inkjet prints by Damir Porobic, and the gorgeous sepia toned intalio types Invasive Species II, by Susan Groce were a few of many that caught my personal fancy.

If you find yourself in the downtown Portland area in the near future I highly recommend stopping by this exhibition as well as the exhibition entitled tinder at the Salt Institute of recent graduates work. Though some of the staple galleries were not open it was still a fulfilling night from beautiful prints to a Dada performance piece at Space Gallery there was something for all.

Meg Brown Payson, "Slice 4," acrylic on panel
Meg Brown Payson, “Slice 4,” acrylic on panel

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