Four reasons to go to Portland’s First Friday Artwalk


The weather looks good for First Friday Artwalk. Here are four spots not to miss in this self-guided tour that runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Portland. Free.

They are expecting a yuge turnout at CTN galleries, 516 Congress St. The Union of Maine Visual Artists present “Monsters.” This group show of ghouls and gremlins, painting and sculpture, includes three likenesses of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. The “Megalomania” painting(above) will make you chuckle or cower in fright.

Jugband show. Canadian artist Catherine LaBarre has installed a colorful cascade of bras at Kingspoke, 480 Congress St. This textile show is inspired by the sea, femininity and creates a fun vibe with upcycled lingerie. Recognize an undergarment? Many were culled from the Goodwill bin.


Ballet and Books: The atrium of the Portland Public Library turns into the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 6:30 p.m. as graceful dancers from Portland Ballet flit about in the windows. You can view the mini performance from the street with a cup of coffee from OH! Others in hand to ward off the evening chill.

Circus Maine in Monument Square: Everybody loves a circus, and while we can’t promise clowns, we can promise jugglers, stilts and people who are way more flexible than you. Performances are before and after the ballet show.

For the full rundown and map visit Tweet and Instagram your creative pix with the #FFAW hashtag to get in the game.

Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.