June First Friday Art Walk and Openings

All events listed occur on the first Friday of the month and are free and open to all visitors unless otherwise specified.

First Friday Art ride | Pedalpalooza

We will be doing a casual ride around to a handful of art galleries that are open for First Friday Art Walk. Biking is the best way to get around to these wonderful galleries as they are spread around inner SE/NE. Maybe grab something to eat afterwards. If you got a sound system bring it! I love music on group bike rides. This is a social ride, no one gets left behind.

Here are the galleries that sometimes participate each month. I will update to the ones that confirm they are participating when I get ther email a few days before the event.

Sidestreet Arts 

East Creative Collective 

ADX 

Asylum Underground 

Radius

Bite Studio

Chandelier Bar

Pushdot

Splendorporium

Past Lives

The Lobby at the Ellen Browning Building

Clinton Street Coffeehouse

Spur Gallery

GAGALLERY

For more info message me @lynntofu on Instagram.

Meet at 5:45pm, ride at 6pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR

Jason Hill: Favorite Things | Pushdot Studio Gallery


Favorite Things is a photo series of people with items that are precious to them. The process involved Jason not knowing what they were going to bring with them and the results are an experiment with light and color to create magical portraits.


Jason Hill is a photographer and filmmaker currently living in Portland, Oregon. He started working with a camera during his adolescence and is largely self-trained. His practice today is focused on portraiture with an emphasis in the mechanics of light, vibrant color, emotion, and natural beauty. His work has been featured in the Portland Art Museum with his “In My Skin’’ and “A Day in Eugene” series in 2022. And was also recently featured in The Black Artists of Oregon at the Portland Art Museum.

6 PM – 8 PM @ 2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104 – in the Ford Building, enter on Division St., Portland, OR

Love Letter to Portland Art Opening | Sidestreet Arts

Signed, sealed, and delivered – it’s the Love Letter to Portland Art Opening! Join us at Sidestreet Arts for an evening filled with creativity and inspiration. This in-person event celebrates the vibrant art scene in Portland, showcasing the talent and passion of local artists Brad Earl, Elizabeth Wocasek, and Scot Cameron-Bell. Here at Sidestreet, art is our love language, and we think you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with our beloved Rose City seen through the eyes of these wonderful artists. Whether you’re an art enthusiast or just looking for a fun night out, this event is sure to captivate your senses and ignite your imagination. Show your Portland pride, and don’t miss this opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of Portland’s art community. See you there!

5 PM – 7 PM @ 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR

As below, so above | Splendorporium Gallery

“As below, so above; and as above, so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles” -The Emerald Tablet of Hermes

Splendorporium Gallery invites you to the opening of our As Above So Below show on Friday, June 7th 2024, 7-9 PM. 

This show features a series of collaborative projects as well as individual works in various media by over 30 local artists.

Our Children’s Gallery will be showing the Best of Art4Life, a showcase of the wonderful work Art4Life students have created this year. 

We will have live piano music by Robert Bomstad and food vending by Brainfood Bread. 

The show hangs through July 25th. 

Regular gallery hours are weekdays 11-5.

Pictured: The Bonds We Choose Ourselves by Lesley Anne Burke

7 PM – 9 PM @ 3421 SE 21st Ave.,Portland, OR

AU Art Opening | Asylum Underground

This is an opening reception for local artists and varies by month. 

FREE to the public

Sponsored by Asylum Underground, a member owned, sober, sex positive, bdsm and educational cooperative operating under 501c7.

Located at 1006 SE Grand Avenue on the basement level, directly across from the elevator door.

4 PM – 7 PM @ 1006 SE Grand Ave., Portland, OR

Place + Memory:  Works on paper | SPUR GALLERY

Spur Gallery invites you to the opening reception of Place + Memory, a collection of works on paper by local artist Nancy Larson.   

Nancy Larson is a Portland painter whose work primarily focuses on the abstracted landscape.  She explores her own connection with place and memory and where these two intersect:  where the tangible and intangible meet and where what and how we remember informs how the world looks to us.  This group of small watercolor and gouache paintings are explorations into this hazy middle land, inviting the viewer into a place that feels unfamiliar yet oddly like home.

A portion of all sales from this one-weekend-only showing will benefit Street Books (@street.books), a bicycle-powered mobile library for people living outside and at the margins in Portland.

6 PM – 9 PM @ 4001 NE Holman St., Portland, OR

Fruiting Bodies | Past lives

We are having an open gallery celebration this 1st Fri, for “ Fruiting Bodies”, a mushroom themed art show part 2! In addition to the 2d and 3d art- his iteration will include projection art, live improv music from 7-9 pm, and a silent disco dance party from 9-10 pm, and tours of the massive makerspace will be available.

7 PM – 10 PM @ 2808 SE 9th Ave., Portland, OR

Laura Whittier | Clinton Street Coffeehouse

Join us for live music from the Good Dancer. A local band playing Indie rock and folk music. 

Laura Whittier is a Portland based artist whose goal is to create accessible, enjoyable work that stimulates empathy for the natural world, while respecting nature through the creation process itself. Her company Trash Bear Studio (named after a notoriously crafty French Bulldog—hunter of all things in the trash) uses handmade paints derived from self-created pigments and natural binders, as well as recycled, scavenged, or responsibly manufactured surfaces as canvases.

This show at Clinton Street Coffeehouse features portraits of solitary, communal and semi social bees in Oregon, painted on seeded paper. They are painted with all natural pigments and binder, 95% of which are created by the artist, from stones found around Oregon. The seeded paper can grow wildflowers if planted, to help nurture the lives of actual bees. None of the pieces will affect the soil because of the natural pigments and type of binder. The show itself is 99% zero waste and any pieces not purchased will be planted. 

5 PM – 7 PM @ 2706 SE 26th Ave., Portland, OR

Secret art spaces | east creative collective

Hidden between shipping yards, railroad tracks, and relics of an industrial past, beneath the surface Portland’s East Side is alive with art. Nestled between loading docks and cobbled streets, the labyrinthine East Creative Collective is opening its doors for First Friday. Come by and explore artists studios, art installations, music spaces, tattoo studios, and more.

6 PM – 9 PM @ 211 SE Madison St., Portland, OR

Shea Anderson | Chandelier BAR

Shea Michael Anderson is a long time Portland resident who loves the outdoors and photography. He paints his adventures with lots of textures and techniques. Come by the Chandelier Bar and see his collection. We will be having wine and food specials for the evening

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 1451 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR

Somewhere in the Middle | The Lobby at the Ellen Browning Building

Artists habitually want the viewer to decipher what the artwork means to them, often rebuffing any attempt at an explanation. 

Jasper Johns, the celebrated American artist, is famously elusive. He once joked that, of the dozens of books that have been 

written about his art, his favorite one was written in Japanese. What he liked is that he could not understand it. (New Yorker 

Feb 7, 2018, “Jasper Johns Still Doesn’t Want to Explain His Art” )  The art works included in the exhibition, Somewhere in the Middle

allow just that. Instead of a simple explanation, the viewer is thrust into narratives, be it abstraction or representation, without 

explanation, placing them squarely in the midst of a story that is currently unfolding. Works in the show include artworks 

by: Hayley Barker, Mark Flood, John Houck, Julia Isídrez, Claude Lalanne, Chris Ofili, Erin Shirreff, Didier William, 

Myrtle Williams, Jack Whitten

6 PM – 9 PM @ 2871 SE Division Street, Portland, OR

Summer Skate Deck Show | adx

JOIN US FOR THE ADX EVENT OF THE SUMMER!

We’ll be celebrating our 13th birthday with an opening of the annual Summer Skate Deck Show! This gallery show is dedicated to incredible and unique masterpieces created by artists on a skate deck substrate.

Over 90 decks will be featured in this show! We’ll have live music from Alex Wilkerson and Megan Diana! Live art, Live Murals, and Flash tattoos as well as delicious ciders from Bauman’s Cider!

Join us on June 7th from 5-9 pm to celebrate ADX becoming a teenager!

RSVP Here 

5 PM – 9 PM @ 417 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR

Ace troy | Radius gallery

For the month of June, the Radius gallery will be showcasing the multi media works of Ace Troy

Ace is a Portland born and raised pop artist, working primarily with stencils and spray paint. This show will feature some extra special NSFW queer content to ring in the Pride season.

Opening Reception is just  2 weeks away! Stop by and meet Ace on June 7th.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM @ 2324 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR

June Bugs | Bridge Rat Studios

Come by Bridge Rat Studios on June 7th, 6-9pm to enjoy some bug themed art and craft. Our Shrinky Dink Lab will be up and running, so you can make some of your own bug themed art. Yay June Bugs!

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ 322 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR

Landscape and Memory | Albina Press

Opening of @adudeandhisart ’s  first solo show: Landscape and Memory. It runs for through mid-August.

6 AM – 6 PM @ 5012 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

Alison Dougherty solo Exhibition   Haiku D’etat…An Illustrated State of Mind | Ford Gallery PDX

Alison Dougherty’s solo exhibition titled Haiku D’etat…An illustrated state of mind. 
Explores the concept of call and  response. Haiku poems were sent into her from all over the country. Poems penned by close friends and complete strangers about love, loss, windswept hills and deep ocean swells. She absorbed each Haiku to find inspiration in others words. Colors, textures and energy of each poem became embedded into each canvas. Illustrating the writes state of mind. On view through June.

6 PM – 9 PM @ 2505 SE 11th., Portland, OR

First friday Event | Bite studio

Join us for First Friday on June 7th, where we will not only be featuring some fabulous prints from our Bite Studio artists, but we will also welcome our local winemaker friends from Augustina and CAT Cellars. Come on by from 6-10 pm and buy some great art AND great wine to take home!

Join us for First Friday on June 7th, where we will not only be featuring some fabulous prints from our Bite Studio artists, but we will also welcome our local winemaker friends from Augustina and CAT Cellars. Come on by from 6-10 pm and buy some great art AND great wine to take home!

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR

JUNE TRUNK SHOW | GAGALLERY

5:30 PM @ 2035 SE Belmont St Suite G, Portland, OR

First Friday | Manifestation

6 PM – 9 PM @ 2020 SE Bush St., Portland, OR

Contact Us

We do our best to make the list as complete as possible, if you have an event or correction you would like to see listed please send show details to Info@FirstFridayPDX.org or use our easy online event submission form.

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