Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Wanna go your own way?
If you not planning to participate in the April First Friday Art Walk you must have something else really, really (REALLY) important to do. Not only with this be the first Art Walk in a long time to happen in nearly-full daylight (5 to 8 p.m.), it's also one that has any number of really cool and different exhibits to see. Here are the shows we suggest you see:
Lets start out this month at Black Parrot (191 Middle St.) where the show up is called "from rich distance to rough rock." It's the work of Salem-based photographer Ziggy Hartfelder and features images of Ireland and Maine. The artist has spent decades capturing images of rural Ireland and has recently turned her attention to Peaks Island. The photographs are sure to inspire some thoughts of the spring and warmer weather to come.
Next up is a monthly favorite - Portland Public Library (5 Monument Square)- where all things maritime can be discovered. Up this month is "The Sea Within Us: Iconically Maritime in Fashion and Design." You'll discover how maritime influences work their way into our everyday lives, including our choices of tattoos, the clothes we wear, the advertising that catches out eyes and more.
Make your way up Congress Street from the library and make the turn on Brown Street that brings you to the Museum of African Culture (13 Brown St.). The works you'll view come from Ashley Bryan, Daniel Minter and Rohan Henry, all children's book illustrators. There will be an opening reception during the 5 to 8 p.m. walk.
You're first stop on Congress is at Mainely Frames & Gallery (541 Congress) for Bill Paxton's 20th century scenes. Included in these scenes is quite a variety of subject matter, including trains, boats, aircraft and Maine landscapes. The works comes in watercolor, acrylic and oils and is definitely work checking out since Paxton is our of our state's top-selling artists.
Next you'll move on to the Meg Perry Center (644 Congress St.) There's an interactive display on view and artists who create the large character driven paintings will also be on hand to do facepainting, costumes, masks and more for audience members. Every hour from 5 to 9 p.m. a short video will be recorded of the audience transformations. One of the paintings will be projected behind the audience, allowing they to "live inside" the work.
Your final stop for this month will be Portland Museum of Art (5 Monument Square). We saved it for last because it's bound to be busy as folks do their best to image spring and summer while viewing the "Blueberry Rakers", photos by David Brooks Stress. He's spent more than two decades photographing the annual harvest in Maine and it's likely that after seeing the exhibit you'll have a hankering for a nice warm slice of pie.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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