Friday July 05, 2013 | 09:37 AM
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Tonight will likely be the stickiest First Friday Art Walk of the year but that's all the more reason to venture out to the streets of Portland to see what local artists and galleries have to offer. The hope is that for those few hours the art, music and refreshments will take your mind off that age-old question - "Is it the heat or the humidity?"

(A tip for this month: Bring water; you will be doing lots of walking.)

First stop - and really a must-stop - this month during the 5 to 8 p.m. event is Awear (150 Preble St.), which features "hear the flame calling you." This show is about all things glass. Visitors will watch live glassblowing demos and see the custom work from the on-site artists. Word is there will be refreshments, studio tours and DJs. Though Art Walk wraps up at 8 p.m., Awear expects the party (and the tunes) to continue until 11 p.m. And if you still haven't had enough, check out their lessons and workshops and make a plan to go back for more.

Another place where you can get a little bit of everything it The Salt Exchange (245 Commercial St.) where "Interesting Perspectives" offers a group exhibit that's described as "eclectic." The inspirations for the show are nature and unusual food. Music will come from Jazz Alchemy, cocktails are available and the food menu comes from Chef Adam White.

For others in the mood for food - specifically seafood - The Dogfish Bar and Grille (128 Fore St.) features the show "Lobstering is an Art" from Mainer Andrew Cook. He takes the iconic Maine crustacean and creates designs that range from road maps to breakfast foods. 

Finally for this month's trip through Portland's world of art, stop at Constellation Art Gallery (511 Congress St.) to get to know the city a little better. On view will be "Studies of Portland," depicting all the variety the city has to offer. Even if you think you know Portland well, you just might see something you never noticed before.

And, about that age-old question, it's both.

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