Portland, MAINE — Paintings by Westbrook artist Lisa Maria will be on display Friday, March 7, from 5-8 p.m. at Oak Street Lofts gallery for First Friday Art Walk.
Entitled “Fluidity,” the show features acrylic paintings on canvas and wood inspired by nature and love. Says the artist, “I find tranquility in creating fluid lines, which remind me of the soothing motion of water as well as many natural elements seen everywhere. Fluidity captures the essence of my style and the process in which I paint. My work often expresses femininity, both literal and figuratively – a part of my own personality which naturally comes through.
“I think that releasing something beautiful into the world helps bring back a little balance to the harsh realities of life we all face — providing, even if just for a moment, an escape into something a little more welcoming.”
Lisa Maria is a member of the Society for East End Arts and also works with Painting for a Purpose, a nonprofit organization that provides service learning grants for students in Portland Public Schools. You can learn more at www.lisamariaartista.com.
About Oak Street Lofts
Completed in January 2012 and located in the heart of the city’s arts district, Oak Street Lofts is a unique community that caters to artists looking to work and live affordably in Portland. Oak Street Lofts has a number of artist-friendly features, including the first-floor gallery space where residents can curate shows and showcase their work, shared work space with storage for supplies, and artwork-hanging systems in the hallways. Its 37 efficiency apartments also include open 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. Oak Street Lofts also received the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award in Green Housing. For more information on Oak Street Lofts, visit http://www.avestahousing.org/properties/60/Oak-Street-Lofts.