I BEGAN VISITING Portland’s art galleries and studio spaces seven years ago, as a small-town high school student with aspirations of attending art school. I’m now living abroad, but Portland’s art community continues to inspire me whenever I get a chance to visit. The city’s smaller population compared to others in New England allows for more collaboration between professional and amateur artists, curators, collectors, art students, and the public.
On the first Friday of each month, Portland holds the self-guided First Friday Art Walk. Galleries are located within easy walking distance of each other on Congress St. The walk lasts from 5pm to 8 or 9 — if you can’t make it, most venues listed below also have daily hours when they’re open to the public.