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Creepy creatures and crazy characters on display at Oak Street Lofts for First Friday Art Walk


The surreal and the strange will be on display Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk.

Portland, MAINE — The surreal and the strange will be on display Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk.

This month’s show, called “Masked Hornets and Other Oddities,” features paintings, ink drawings and mixed media drawings by William Hessian and Abbeth Russell. Hessian, also known as the Canvas Killer, is a traveling artist from Minneapolis who is known for his public miniature art hunts across the country, and for performances in which he destroys his own art. Russell is a local artist and juggler who has recently graduated from MECA and is known for her magical and surreal paintings.

The artists will also be accompanied by two musical performances from Monica Cooper and SighLess.

Completed in January 2012 and located in the heart of the city’s arts district, Oak Street Lofts is a unique property that caters to artists looking to work and live affordably in Portland. Besides the gallery, Oak Street Lofts features a shared work space for residents, and the property’s 37 efficiency apartments include ample storage for art supplies and equipment. The gallery, located at 72 Oak St., is open to the public every First Friday Art Walk.

Oak Street Lofts is also the first affordable multi-family building in Maine to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. For more on Oak Street Lofts and its energy-efficient features, visit our website at http://www.avestahousing.org/properties/60/Oak-Street-Lofts.

Painting by Abbeth Russell

Smoked Hornet by William Hessian

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