First Thursday in Eliot?

Did you know you can experience First Thursday in Eliot? On Thursday July 5th my wife and I were looking for something to do. After having dinner we stopped by Mark Woolley Gallery for First Thursday. It was a great way to spend the evening.

For those of you who don’t know about “First Thursday” here’s an introduction. On the first Thursday of each month Portland art galleries host evening hour art receptions. It is centered around art, but restaurants, bars and other nearby businesses “cater” to the event with happy hour, live music or other fun and interesting things to do. First Thursday generally happens downtown, in the Pearl, and in Northwest.

In Eliot, experience First Thursday at Mark Woolley Gallery – considered a landmark in the Portland art world. Each First Thursday the gallery hosts a reception, opening or preview party. With ever-changing exhibitions First Thursday is something you can do every month, viewing different and unique art each time.

July 5th was no exception. The entire month Mark Woolley Gallery is exhibiting David Eckard – “Liveries (summer stock)”, and Julie Stoops – “the things in the sky are coming closer, the holes in the ground are getting bigger”. First Thursday was the Preview Party for both artists. I have to admit I am not an art aficionado but I enjoyed sipping on a little wine while examining, viewing, and interpreting the pieces. With the buzz in the room I could tell others were enjoying the art too.

Mark Woolley Gallery is located at the Wonder Ballroom at 128 NE Russell. Before or after your visit to the gallery stop by one of the nearby restaurants on Russell street – Cafe Wonder , Toro Bravo and Russell Street BBQ – for dinner and a drink. Or visit Goldrush Coffee Bar where they preview a different artist every month.

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