May
24
5:00 PM17:00

SNAG Conference Gallery Crawl

The Society of North American Goldsmiths will gather for their 47th annual conference May 23 - 26th in Portland. This year SNAG has organized a gallery crawl in the Pearl district. PADA members, Blackfish, Elizabeth Leach, PDX Contemporary Art and Waterstone Galleries along with Blue Sky Gallery and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education will keep their doors open late for the gallery crawl. 
Click HERE for a copy of the SNAG Gallery Crawl map.

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May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Ryan Pierce Book Release Event

Please join Portland-artist Ryan Pierce at Elizabeth Leach Gallery to celebrate the release of The River in the Cellar, a work of short fiction with corresponding illustrations hidden and to be found by each reader. The narrative of The River in the Cellar guides the reader on a scavenger hunt, using clues in the text, locating and assembling the printed color plates that complete the book. The original source paintings will be on display in the back office gallery and copies of the book will be for sale. The artist will give a short reading at 6:30 pm. Set in the fictional city-state of Multnomah, The River in the Cellar tells a story of a refugee who is seeking a home. The story takes place in the future depicted in Pierce’s paintings. It’s a world responding to catastrophic climate change and the collapse of the nation state. In its place is self-governance, community resilience, and a recentering of human society around the health of natural systems. The story leads the reader into a future with questions about the roles of justice, human industry, and the place of our species in an altered world.

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

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May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Stephan Soihl and Steve Tilden

Join Blackfish Gallery for an artist talk with Stephan Soihl and Steven Tilden. Stephan Soihl melds physics and art in his elegantly designed kinetic sculptures.  Learn what goes into the “guts” of these beautiful machines and how motion turns an artwork into a performance of shifting compositions. Steve Tilden discusses his latest series of shellac and acrylic paintings that explore the Demeter and Persephone story from Greek mythology and poet Paul Merchant performs a reading of his poem on the same subject. Find out more about Greek myths specifically, the Centaur and Daedalus stories, as represented in Tilden’s glass and steel sculptures.

Blackfish Gallery
420 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
blackfish.com
(503) 224-2634

 

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Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction

Join the Portland Japanese Garden for an artist talk with Gary Rogowski. As part of the Shokunin: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future exhibition, Northwest author and woodcraftsman Gary Rogowski presents his recently published book, Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. More than a how-to woodworking book, it speaks to our needs to be creative, to the worth of practice and to the need for working with our hands in this fractious time.

Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205
503-542-9351
japanesegarden.org

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Curators in Conversation: Sara Krajewski

Join the Portland Art Museum for a program series in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Museum. Each one-on-one conversation will take place between Director Brian Ferriso and the Museum’s respective curators, offering insight into an area of the permanent collection. Learn about the rich histories of building the Museum’s collection and hear curatorial visions for the future.
Curators in Conversation runs through the end of 2018.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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Jun
9
11:30 AM11:30

Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen: Morning Reading Discussion

Join PDX CONTEMPORARY ART for a Saturday morning reading discussion. Emily Squires, Ariana Jacob and Rachel Hines will co-host a series of Saturday morning reading discussions during Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen’s exhibition, A Book is a Body that Bends. Discussions will be centered around reading material that addresses topics relevant to their exhibition. Details and links to reading material can be found on the artist’s website starting June 1st.

PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209
pdxcontemporaryart.com

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Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Artist Talk: Marlana Stoddard-Hayes

Butters Gallery presents Aequanimatas, their fourth solo exhibition of paintings by Portland-based artist Marlana Stoddard-Hayes. The artist posits regarding this body of work: Over time I have developed a following by staying true to what my body has told me to make, and not only my mind. This exhibition traces a path through the entire garden year, as I found great solace and calm by living on and tending to an acre of land near the Willamette, in a time of great personal challenge.
Join Butters Gallery on Saturday, June 9th at 1pm for an artist talk with Marlana Stoddard-Hayes.

Butters Gallery
157 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR  97232
buttersgallery.com

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May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Artist Talk: Gwen Jones, Robert Lashley, and Christopher Paul Jordan

Three artists (Gwen Jones, Robert Lashley, and Christopher Paul Jordan) who grew up within three blocks of Ash Street in Tacoma, WA, over three eras exchange stories as they discuss the creative process, comingof age and the production of history in an era of mass displacement. This event also marks the closing reception for the Place Names exhibition and subsequent catalogue release.

The Art Gym
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036
503-699-6259
marylhurst.edu

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May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibition Tour: Matthew Dennison and Barry Pelzner

Join Froelick Gallery for an exhibition tour with Matthew Dennison and Barry Pelzner. Dennison and Pelzner will speak about the materials and motivations behind their current solo exhibitions, (Ir)regular and Democracy.

Matthew Dennison’s eccentric, poignant paintings draw upon his deep ecological and political concerns. He depicts wise-seeming animals and oblivious humans, placeless urban scenes and serene but threatened natural places. A portion of this exhibition includes a selection from 365 small paintings on vintage book covers that he created daily in 2017 as a reaction to each day’s news cycle. 

Barry Pelzner’s graphic paintings explore infinitely repeating patterns, illusory space, stasis and movement within the self-imposed limitations of black paint on white paper. Their seeming formal rigidity is belied by wry visual non sequiturs and a hand-painted quality.

Froelick Gallery
714 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
503 222 1142
froelickgallery.com

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May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Tricia Langman

Join the Portland Art Museum for an artist talk with Tricia Langman. Artist and textile designer Tricia Langman has 18 years of experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide. Tricia is founder and co-owner of the print design studio Spoogi. Her work has been featured at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has been a guest artist with several Portland-based companies, including Pendleton.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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May
13
1:00 PM13:00

In Dialogue: Artist as Citizen

Join the Portland Art Museum for a seminar facilitated by Dr. Priya Kapoor, “Human Resilience in Mobility: Politics of the Image and the Global South,” in conjunction with the special exhibition Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989 – 2013. The seminar will look at certain images from Sheikh’s exhibition alongside an excerpt from Deepa Mehta’s film, Water, to discuss the localized caste-specific treatment of widows in the ancient cities of Varanasi (Benaras) and Vrindavan, India. Recommended readings on the concepts of globalization and transnationalism offer a lens through which we can understand our world in vignettes and through photos.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

 

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Artist talk with Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.

Join Blue Sky Gallery for an artist talk with Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.. Brown will discuss his work in the exhibition 2018 Curatorial Prize: Ultra Vivid Dreaming on view May 3 - June 3. Curated by Ashley Stull Meyers, Ultra Vivid Dreaming features photography and video work by two emerging artists that upends art historical legacies of portrait making and instead introduces contemporary studies of the body that are divorced from notions of "revealing". Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. (b. 1993) is a conceptual photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, whose work focuses on intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. 

Blue Sky Gallery
Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

122 NW 8th
Portland, OR 97209
blueskgallery.org
(503) 225-0210

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May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Film Screening & Discussion: Human Flow

Join the Portland Art Museum for a post-film discussion led by Portland Meet Portland. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives visual expression to this massive human migration. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey and documents the courage, endurance, and unassailable spirit of the displaced.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Talk: Matthew Picton

Join the Elizabeth Leach Gallery for an artist talk with Matthew Picton. Picton delves deeply into sites of cultural, political and sociological significance through elaborate three-dimensional sculptural artworks made from paper cut-outs. Each one is layered with historical text and imagery related to specific locations throughout the globe, and his new series, El Dorado feature sites throughout Europe, South America, and Africa that exemplify man’s quest for riches. El Dorado was known as the mythical city of gold believed to exist somewhere in the vast Amazon basin. Although no more than a mirage, it remains a powerful symbol of humankind’s feverish madness in pursuit of wealth and commodity. 

The artworks included in Picton’s El Dorado exhibition present correlating literary narratives which coexist alongside contemporary music and movie references. A highlight of the show includes one of the artist's largest artworks to date: a breathtakingly massive and brilliantly executed 10 foot x 10 foot unframed wall sculpture titled Histories of the Congo River #2, 2018. In all of these artworks Picton is figuratively and literally layering meaning to illuminate periods of societal and cultural upheaval within each country's past to present. The artist continues to present a multifaceted look at human history; one that acknowledges periods of violence and oppression and the indefatigable beauty and resilience that endures.

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR
503.224.0521
elizabethleach.com

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May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Special Reception and Artist Q and A with David Geiser

Celebrating a 30-year history of representation, Butters Gallery presents the latest offerings from acclaimed New York-based painter David Geiser. With a nod to archeology, paleontology, psychology, and art history, Geiser, in his signature style, explores the phenomena observed in nature. His hybrid multi-media collage paintings bridge the traditional with the unusual—blending oil paint, metal leaf and powder pigments with natural elements such as clay, tree bark, and fungi. David Geiser will be present for this special opening and will be available to answer questions about this newest body of work.

Butters Gallery
157 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR  97232
buttersgallery.com

 

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May
3
5:00 PM17:00

Artist talk with Laurie Lambrecht

Join Blue Sky Gallery for an artist talk with Laurie Lambrecht. Lambrecht will discuss her exhibition Jungle Road on view May 3 - June 3. Intermittently over a period of two years, Laurie Lambrecht photographed the lush habitat surrounding the Robert Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. Her focus on patterns and texture, as well as a desire to work more directly with her hands, soon led to Lambrecht's Bark Cloth series, which is included in this exhibition.

Blue Sky Gallery
Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

122 NW 8th
Portland, OR 97209
blueskgallery.org
(503) 225-0210

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May
1
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Lecture: Christy Matson

The OCAC Fibers Department welcomes visiting artist Christy Matson for a lecture on Tuesday, May 1 in the Fibers Construction Studio. Matson's work has been included in recent exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Arts Houston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Asheville Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design. Her work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum of Ameican Art’s Renwick Gallery and was included in collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, OR.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR
ocac.edu

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Apr
28
to Apr 29

Meta Gala and After Hours Affair

Join PICA for a party with purpose. On the last Saturday in April, with red carpet underfoot, photos snapped and champagne served, PICA will continue their long-standing tradition of legendary parties, known for their chaos, wonder and splendor.
PICA will roll out the red carpet for celebrities, creatives and industry paragons alike to make this the biggest night out in Portland all year. They promise a night of celebration in honor of the beloved organization, with all of the unique and provocative twists synonymous with PICA.
Expect art and fashion to collide, patrons are encouraged to dress in avant-garde red-carpet realness in anticipation of the runway that awaits.

Tickets: $250
Sponsorship tables: $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000
For inquiries, phone sales, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Sophie May Hook at sophie@pica.org or call 503-242-1419 x16. Tickets available here

Meta Gala's After Hours Affair with Amanda Lepore:

After our annual gala, the party is just getting started - don't miss Meta Gala's After Hours Affair with Amanda Lepore. Curated by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and NXT LVL PDX, and hosted by Club Kai Kai this is the party of the year. Dress to impress - we're into avant-garde red carpet realness all night long - so this is your chance to GET WEIRD AND WILD. DJs, hostesses, and entertainment to be announced! 
Performances by:
Amanda Lepore
The House of Ada
The House of Flora
LIGHT ASYLUM (DJ set)
Kim Ann Foxman (DJ set)

Tickets: $20
VIP Meet and Greet with Amanda Lepore: $50
Tickets available here

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Stephanie Adams-Santos

Join the Portland Art Museum for an artist talk with Stephanie Adams-Santos. Adams-Santos is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues; and The Sundering, winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship. She is the founder of Tarot Obscuro and Ojo de la Selva Press.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Fellini Film Screening

Matthew Picton’s wall-mounted sculptures of urban and rural environments reconstruct, in paper and vellum, geographical aerial views of specific sites from city streets to complex river systems. Picton’s sculptural reliefs are at once cartographic, topographical and cultural, incorporating period-specific texts, musical scores and often film stills. 

Join Elizabeth Leach Gallery to examine Picton’s work a bit further with a screening of Il Casanova the 1976 film by Federico Fellini. This film helped inspire Picton’s work, Venice #2 Casanova featured in his solo exhibition El Dorado, currently on view at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. 

The film will start at 6pm (doors at 5:30pm). Popcorn and beverages will be served. 

Click HERE to watch the trailer.
and HERE for a synopsis of the film.

Please RSVP to: art@elizabethleach.com

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Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Talk: Stan Peterson

Join Waterstone Gallery for an artist talk with Stan Peterson. Peterson will talk about the wall and free-standing carved wood sculptures in his current show Postcards and Souvenirs. In his talk he will address how an artist can be playful and still be taken seriously. He will talk about how he starts with a quick drawing, and then carves and paints it into a sculpture.

Waterstone Gallery
124 NW 9th
Portland, OR 97209
503-226- 6196
waterstonegallery.com

 

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Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

Performative Artist Talk: manuel arturo abreu

Join the Art Gym at Marylhurst University for a performative artist talk with manuel arturo abreu. As part of the public programming component of Place Names, manuel arturo abreu will activate the replica of their garage included in the exhibition with sound, a reading of an amotivational speech, and a discussion of their practice. abreu works with text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography in a process involving non-making, magical thinking, and the ritual aspects of aesthetics.

The Art Gym
17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43)
Marylhurst, OR 97036
503-699-6259
marylhurst.edu

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Apr
21
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Talk: Robert Lyons

Join the Elizabeth Leach Gallery for an artist talk with Photographer Robert Lyons. Lyons will discuss the work in his current exhibition, One Eye Crying on view through June 2nd.  Best known for his richly complex photographs of Africa, Lyons color series One Eye Crying focuses specifically on Easthampton, Massachusetts, a location steeped in art historical and personal significance for the artist. The light and landscape of Northeastern America has long been a source of inspiration of painters and photographers, most famously idealized by generations of painters of the Hudson School among others.

A sense of discovery resonates through the series as Lyons captures authentic moments of connection and recognition in his portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Set among overgrown vertiginous backgrounds, cloudy grey parking lots or forgotten wooded roadsides, Lyons makes pictures that inspire curiosity and longing for the stories his subjects could tell.

Please RSVP to: art@elizabethleach.com

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR
503.224.0521
elizabethleach.com

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Apr
17
5:30 PM17:30

Art Conversations 2018: What it's Like in the Studio

Join PDX CONTEMPORARY ART for a tax day happy hour. The artist’s studio has long been regarded as a romantic place of inspiration and creativity. Find out what it is actually like for each of these artists. Listen in on a conversation between them about how each creates a studio, what it feels like to walk in the door (is it heaven or hell or both) and strategies to get into a creative mind space. We are grateful to the artists for sharing what can be a private place and subject. 

Participating artists: Heather Watkins, Adam Sorenson, Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Joe Rudko, Vanessa Renwick, Marie Watt, Justin L’Amie, Elizabeth Knight and Tad Savinar.

RSVP: gallery@pdxcontemporaryart.com

This is the third installment of PADA's Art Conversations 2018, a monthly series of gallery talks focused on art collecting and the arts ecology of our city.

PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders
Portland, OR 97209
pdxcontemporaryart.com

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Apr
15
1:00 PM13:00

In Dialogue: Wajdi Said

Join the Portland Art Museum for a dialogue with Wajdi Said. In conjunction with Common Ground, Wajdi Said, the Co-Founder and President of the Muslim Educational Trust, will lead a seminar on Madinan Society and Pluralism. Mr. Said will provide an overview of the fundamental beliefs of Islam, including the five pillars, significant holidays, and the impact of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In 622 CE, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) founded the first free state in Madinah. We will discuss the values and ethos of a “Madinan” society. The latter portion of the seminar will address Islam from a modern standpoint and the anti-Muslim sentiment in America, as well as solutions for the growing prejudice. An overview of the ethnic and social demographics of Muslims in the United States and in Oregon and a brief history of our local community will also be covered.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Artist Talk: Gregory Grenon

Join Russo Lee Gallery for an artist talk with Gregory Grenon. He will be discussing his current exhibition Delicate Moments, his newest interpretations of the face and the figure painted on the reverse of glass. Throughout Grenon’s career, he has focused his attention on the “Face of Woman.” Grenon works as a colorist exploring the dynamic and expressive qualities of the people he paints and celebrating the strength of his bold subjects.

Russo Lee Gallery
805 NW 21st Ave
Portland OR, 97209
503-226-2754
russoleegallery.com

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Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibition Tour and Discussion: Katherine Ace

Join Froelick Gallery for an exhibition tour and discussion with Katherine Ace. Ace’s latest series of paintings, Face to Face, is a collection of portraits of women in defiance of the dominant politics of today and of the idealization of the female figure throughout the history of painting. Ace’s women are emboldened, not diminished, imbued with strength, resilience, humor, and a connection to nature.

Froelick Gallery
714 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
503 222 1142
froelickgallery.com

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Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Visiting Critic Series: Paddy Johnson

Join PNCA for a lecture with Paddy Johnson. Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Economist. In 2014, she was the subject of a VICE profile for her work as an independent art blogger. She lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Pacific Northwest College of Art
Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR
http://ccac.pnca.edu


 

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Apr
8
4:00 PM16:00

Vanessa Renwick: National Gallery of Art

Vanessa Renwick’s short Richart will be screened at The National Gallery of Art along with Bill Daniel’s Who Is Bozo Textino?. Both Renwick and Daniel will be in attendance with Renwick introducing her friend and collaborator Daniel. Vanessa Renwick is represented by PDX CONTEMPORARY ART.

National Gallery of Art
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20565

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Apr
8
1:30 PM13:30

Lecture: The Space Between Us

Join the Portland Art Museum for a lecture with Manuel Padilla, Executive Director, Portland Meet Portland. Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Residents of the Northwest have seen and will continue to see the results of international migration in our own neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient and vibrant communities.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
portlandartmuseum.org
(503) 226-2811

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Apr
7
5:30 PM17:30

Art on the Vine: 23rd Annual Gala Auction

Join the Oregon College of Art and Craft for the 23rd annual Art on the Vine gala auction, an exciting and festive celebration of art, artists, and wine to support scholarships for OCAC students. Over 90% of OCAC students receive financial assistance in order to access the unique OCAC educational experience. All funds raised will directly support scholarships for students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and youth programs.

EVENING SCHEDULE
5:30pm – Complimentary Valet Parking, Registration Opens, Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:15pm – Silent Auction Closes
7:30pm – Dinner and Live Auction
9:45pm – Art and Wine Pick-up

Click here to purchase tickets

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Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk: J. Fredric May

Join Blue Sky Gallery for an artist talk with J. Fredric May. May will discuss his exhibition Apparition: Postcards from Eye See You on view April 5 - 29.

May’s photographs are a hybrid of analog and digital processes that are the result of extensive experimentation. He begins with vintage portraits that he scans and puts through data corruption software. He then creates layered composites and prints these as cyanotypes, which he bleaches and tones with a mixture of photo chemicals and tea. He then digitizes the altered cyanotypes and creates an archival pigment print of each enigmatic portrait.

Blue Sky Gallery
Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts

122 NW 8th
Portland, OR 97209
blueskgallery.org
(503) 225-0210

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Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Exposure, a special artist reception for Axel Breutigam

Join Butters Gallery for a special reception introducing a solo exhibition of black and white photography by Axel Breutigam. Breutigam, a German-born Canadian artist located in Vancouver, British Columbia. He studied black & white photography with Alan Ross, was an assistant for Ansel Adams for many years gaining firsthand experience of Adams' work. Breutigam travels extensively, with his camera always ready to record the visual stimulus from his adventures. Nature, architecture, and compelling surfaces comprise his vast array of imagery.

Butters Gallery
157 NE Grand Avenue
Portland, OR  97232
buttersgallery.com

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