Thursday May 02, 2013 | 11:30 AM
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After perusing the listings for the last First Friday Art Walk and the one about to take place on Friday (5 to 8 p.m., all around downtown Portland), it seems a proven fact that the exhibits heat up along with the weather.

At the tail end of a week of mild temps and plenty of sun, art lovers and those who just want to get out and about can check out a slew of shows that sound interesting, unique, fun and festive.


"I'm a little teapot, short and stout ..." are the opening words to a childhood song everyone remembers. But short and stout may not be exactly what you'll find at the 16th Annual Teapot Show at Portland Pottery Store & Studio (118-122 Washington Ave.). There will be awards for Most Creative, Most Functional, People's Choice and more. Plus, tea, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Four artists - Amy McIntire, Kevin Tacka, Sofija Sutton, Chris Eaton, Joy Scott - are getting together to put on a show at Sullivan Realty & Evantide (84 Middle St., 2nd floor). There will be food and drinks.

Alexander Kreher came to Maine to attend Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and has stuck around to show off his photography skills. The native of Germany has his "Under Your Skin" show mounted this month at Sactuary Tattoo & Gallery (31 Forest Ave.) and it's sure to be worth taking the turn onto Forest Ave.

The big chill is now - hopefully - over for many, many months. So now on to the Big Thaw on the Wall + Handmade Silent Auction. It's being held at Mayo Street Arts (10 Mayo St.). You'll want to join in to help raise money for Mayo Street's new roof. Refreshments will be served.

Here's something you don't get a chance to see every day: A Matryoshka Nesting Doll Art Show at Pinecone + Chickadee (6 Free St.). Twelve artists will display their work in a variety of mediums focusing on the Russian nesting doll tradition. Plus music, wine and snacks.

In memory serves, Festivus was a holiday invented by "Seinfeld's" Costanza clan. Festivus comes to Portland this month with Printapalooza: A Printivus Festivus at The Art Department (611 Congress St.). You'll find prints in every form plus a live performance from Listen Up Music!

And finally this month, for those who want to get a little nostalgic, swing in to the Maine Historical Society (489 Congress St.) where there will be a launch party for "Vintage Maine Images: A Website Comes to Life." MHS describes it like this: "... A presentation of the human perspective, recorded through photographs, maps, postcards, and other historical materials." The exhibit includes more than 21,000 images online and you can get your own taken in the vintage photo booth.


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