First First Friday of 2011

A week into the new year and it’s already becoming clear that 2011 will be a very fun, very BIG year for a lot of what people have going on in Portland and all of Maine. I’m excited. I hope you are too. On to a few suggestions for the first First Friday Art Walk of the year. We hear the Maine Office of Tourism will be out and about filming tonight, so either be on your best behavior or bring out your weirdest…

Sylvia Kania Gallery [566 Congress Street]
Our friend and yours (whether you know it or not), Robbie Kanner, joins the SKG artists Jess Lipton and other for the tri-show “My (Least) Favorite Things/Who We Are/Fortress.”

Fore River Gallery [613 Congress St]
PIVOT: Three Decades of Figurative Works by Daniel Meiklejohn

June Fitzpatrick Gallery [112 High Street]
The gallery hosts their annual MECA Painters 10 Years Later show. See where they are now.

SPACE Gallery [538 Congress Street]
Polyhedra – Artists Katrine Hildebrandt, Peter Jackson Hussey, Clint Fulkerson, Irina Skornyakova and Kyle Downs present works that explore the visual narrative of polyhedral shapes. You may have gotten a preview of this at the ICING party on New Year’s Eve, but this is your first official chance to see the exhibit (with the lights on, etc.).

Mike’s Rock ‘n Roll Sandwich Shop [437 Congress]
Appropriately enough, local music photography by Teressa MacHugh.

Portland Stage [25A Forest Ave]
Portland Stage Unplugged: 2 minute pieces of theater. If you never make it out to theater in Portland, at least you can get a taste of it here.

Trinkt & Fern [172 Middle St]
“You Are Here,” hand sewn paper by Kimberly Crichton.

Local Sprouts Cafe [649 Congress St]
Photos by Kevin Paul Ouellette in his first ever show.

Looking for some post-art walk entertainment? Head just a bit south to Biddeford for a stop at the Oak + the Ax. Tonight our friends there host The Points North, MANNERS, and Wesley Hartley, all highly recommended. If what you’re looking for is a dance party a little closer to home (assuming Portland is home), there is of course the Dooryard Benefit Art Walk After Party at Slainte!