March 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.

Grace Horowitz: March’s Artist Show Opening | Clinton Street Coffeehouse

Join us for live music from Wild Blue Morning 5pm-7pm.

Grace Horowitz is a Portland based painter, poet, musician, mother, lover, witch and therapist. Her recent works express the fortitude and courage the human spirit is capable of, along the journeys from darkness, loss and longing into a great alchemical smile of self-renewal. The depth of color in her paintings come from some unnamable depth of heart, like myriad dream images forged in the unconscious. Grace is a community builder who encourages and inspires her audience and friends toward authentic expression. She is inspired by the love of her life Sylvan (her son), and continually enamoured of the local Portland arts and music community. She strives to recreate the mystical beauty and revelation eschewed by modern media. You can find her at local concerts, songwriter showcases, tea houses, soul dances and donut shops, probably with a divination deck and a new tattoo…

Colin Andrews, of Wild Blue Morning, plays a mix of original dreamscape acoustic folk and free-wheelin’ Americana music.

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

Mega Minis Art Opening: A Collection of New. Miniature Artworks by Local Artists | Variable Creatives

This is the opening reception for Variable Creatives’ display of new, original miniature artworks by local artists and makers.

The Variable Creatives Art Collective is back for round two! After the success of the “Enjoy the Little Things” show in September, we’ve decided to go… bigger! The Mega Minis Art Installation will be a rotating collection of new, original 4”x4” art pieces by local Portland artists with grab-and-go sales.

There will be an opening reception on First Friday, March 1st and we will continue to add to the wall past the opening. All artwork will remain on display until sold or removed at the request of the artist.

6 PM – 10 PM @ 222 SE Alder St., Portland, OR

First Friday at The Haven | The Haven PDX

We’re excited for our third @firstfridaypdx appearance! We’ll be celebrating the art of resident artists @mokshakusa and @karromoss. Be sure to check out the diverse offerings this community has to offer.!

6 PM – 12 AM @ 819 SE Taylor St., Portland, OR

Northwest Field Guide Art Opening | sidestreet arts

Join us for an in-person art opening at Sidestreet Arts! Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northwest through the eyes of talented artists. This event is a celebration of the region’s diverse flora and fauna, captured in stunning paintings, sculptures, and mixed media creations. Our featured artists are Leah Kohlenberg, Avie Meadows, and Wayne Bunker.


Discover the hidden gems of the Northwest as you explore the exquisite art pieces on display. From majestic mountains to lush forests, each artwork tells a unique story. Engage with the artists and gain insights into their creative process. Let their passion for the Northwest inspire you!
Whether you’re an art enthusiast or simply appreciate the natural wonders of the Northwest, this event is a must-see. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with local artists and immerse yourself in the magic of the region. Mark your calendar and join us for an unforgettable art experience!

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

the Zodiac Show | Splendorporium Gallery

“Splendorporium Gallery invites you to the opening of our Zodiac Show on Friday, March 1st 2024, 7-9 PM.

Since ancient times, people across the world have looked to the stars for inspiration and guidance. This show celebrates the characters, lore and magic of astrology. 

The Zodiac Show features new work by 3D Mixed Media artist Tiffany Peterson and over 25 other local artists working in a variety of styles and media. 

Our Children’s Gallery (inside the main gallery) is also showing new work by students in the Art4Life program.

We will have live piano music by Robert Bomstad and astrology readings by Emerson Bourgeau.

We will have Thai wings and papaya salad for sale by Sang Nuua Catering. 

The show hangs through March 28th.

Pictured: of Imagination Of The Eractic Moon in Aquarius by Tiffany Peterson”

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

ADAM HURST: Outside of Time | Gagallery

Gagallery presents paintings and sculptures from Adam Hurst.
Artist Statement:
“Concepts can have many manifestations. I work in series 
and define parameters during my artistic experiments in order 
to create permutations of an idea. Working simultaneously 
on many pieces in a series allows variations to develop. 
My visual artwork is like my instrumental compositions; both 
are nonobjective, and both are about mystery, beauty, 
emotion. My visceral response is what is most important in 
determining when a work is complete.
Technique, simplicity, detail, and feeling guide my creative 
process.”
-Adam Hurst

6 PM – 8 PM @ 2035 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR

FIRST FRIDAY + Left Hand Drawing | Past Lives Makerspace

Past Lives’ First Friday Member Showcase + Special Event, Left Hand Drawing: A Whimsical Experience of Radical Humility.

March 1, 7-10 pm
2808 SE 9th Ave

Join us in the gallery for our member showcase, March 1. Enjoy local musicians(!), snacks, drinks, and a silly, experimental art night.

Past Lives is a 26,000 sq. ft. makerspace providing members 24/7/365 secure access to a wood shop, metal shop with blacksmithing, welding fabrication, and metal casting; textiles studio with screen printing, auto-embroidery and leather working; stained glass studio; ceramics studio; private studios; Tech hub with CNC and 3D printing; and more!

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

the Faux Show: A Celebration of Poster Art | Adx POrtland

 FRIDAY! MARCH 1ST! COME SEE SOME COOL ART AND MUSIC AT ADX!

Come experience a magical First Friday at ADX next week- we’ll be hosting the Faux Show: A Celebration of Poster Art.

And- what a treat: @pterosun and Hood Mix will be bringing us all the vibes with music starting at 7!! Come support these amazing musicians!

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and anyone you can pull off the street to come support some local art and have fun while doing it.

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

Club v: all women’s art showcase | ford gallery pdx

Mark your calendars, dolls! We’ve got 50 artists on deck for FGPDX’s raddest show to date

Friday, March 1st, celebrate the start of Women’s History month with our 3rd round of Club V, an all women’s art showcase. Opening Reception from 6 – 9 PM at the historic Ford Building in SE Portland.

As always, libations and tunes provided by @backcountry.wine.tasting.room. We can’t wait to see your beautiful faces!

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

Welcome to Dreamland | azoth

Welcome to Dreamland
-an all immersive art and music showcase
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Doors 8:30, show at 9, $10
Azoth, 87th and Sandy
(Across from My-Oh-My)
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Four hours of live music – dreamy soundscapes by Jen Void and Lambent and then then two hour of booty shaking tunes by two of Portlands top DJs – Claudia Martinez and Mienne.
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Contortion performance by Alison Lockfeld
Lyra performances by Belinda Rose
Performance art / dance by The Bone Goddess
Live painting by Corinne Dermond
Video art by Coast Range Lighting and Cyclop Toad
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And a pop up “dreamland” art show (one night only) – pay the artists directly and take home with you 🙂
.
It’s the late night First Friday event!
A fusion of art forms all collide in a secret event space down Sandy.
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Don’t miss – “welcome to dreamland” this Friday!

9 PM – 1 AM @ 87th and Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR

Joseph | chefas projects

Chefas Projects is delighted to unveil Joseph, a group exhibition curated by Jeroen Smeets from The Jaunt. The show highlights the creative endeavors of five distinguished artists who participated in The Jaunt’s 2023 Summer Camp program: Tim Biskup, Jillian Evelyn, William LaChance, Macarena Luzi, and Stevie Shao.

In September 2023, The Jaunt brought together these artists in the quaint town of Joseph, Oregon. The annual Jaunt Summer Camp aimed to inspire participants with the town’s scenic landscapes, serene nature, and collaborative atmosphere. Hailing from St Louis, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Detroit, the artists, who had not previously explored this part of East Oregon, found themselves captivated by its beauty.

Over five days, the artists bonded through exploration and mutual discovery of their surroundings. Hikes and horseback rides in the neighboring mountains facilitated camaraderie, while a shared workspace at the Jennings Hotel allowed them to witness and engage in each other’s creative processes.

The exhibition, appropriately titled Joseph, serves as a testament to the artists’ five transformative days together and the collective fruits of their creativity. Each artist translated their experiences and observations into a series of original works and a limited edition silkscreen print, all of which will be showcased at Chefas Projects in this collaborative exhibition with The Jaunt.

5 PM – 8:00 PM @ 134 SE Taylor St., Suite 203, Portland, OR

Shriek of Color | The Lobby

Joan Snyder is an artist included in the Shriek of Color exhibition. Snyder, known for her visceral expressions and loose depictions of objects, often imbues her paintings with visceral physicality. 

In “Come Spring,” the painting featured in the exhibition, the objects, though clearly flowers, transcend fixed forms as the colors bleed into the viewer’s space, suggesting rather than defining.

You may see more of her work at https://www.joansnyder.net/homepage

and her current exhibition at her NY Gallery https://canadaonlinevr.com/ovr/comeclose

6 PM – 8 PM @ 2871 SE Division St., Portland, OR

First friday Open studios | east creative collective

Come join us for Open Art Studios. We’re excited to introduce new artists to East Creative, and show off brand new work from our longer term resident members. Wow, it’ll be groovy! Some snacks and beverages available.

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

First Friday | manifestation

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

Stitching Stories | Art at the Cave

We are thrilled to welcome back Sam Yamauchi, and to introduce Ruth Ross for an exhibit this March titled Stitching Stories. Common threads between artists include the narrative use of textiles to express memories and mysteries that contextualize identity.

Please join us for the artists’ reception on First Friday, March 1 from 4-8pm, and artist talk on Saturday, March 16 from 1-2pm. As a bonus, Ross has invited poet Leanne Grabel for a reading on Saturday, March 23 at 3pm.

4 PM – 8 PM @ 108 E Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA

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.

After First Friday: Monthly Art Openings

Events listed occur throughout the month are free and open to all visitors unless otherwise specified.

02.03.24

Value(s) | Carnation Contemporary

In Value(s), Raphael Arar explores the concept of value(s)–what we value, how we value, and why our values might shift over time. Through sculpture, installation, and object; ambient interactivity and real-time data; Arar examines the meaning of value(s) in the context of ethics, culture, and economics. His works play with the tension that exists in the spaces between our personal ideals, normative values, and our current economic reality.

Value(s) is partly funded by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Special thanks to Olivia Arar, Brandon Mathis, and Kelly O’Toole.

Raphael Arar works at the nexus of complex systems, transdisciplinary design and arts-based research. His work highlights the social, political and economic implications of technological
acceleration and human-to-machine interaction. His artwork has been exhibited at venues
internationally including the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Moscow Museum of Applied Art,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), ACM
CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Gamble House Museum, Boston
Cyberarts Gallery, and Athens Video Art Festival. Notable commissions include Noema
Magazine, Goethe Institut, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Intel Labs and IBM Research.
Commercially, his design work has been featured in publications including Forbes, TED, Inc.
Magazine, FastCompany, Wired and others.

6 PM – 8 PM @ 8371 N Interstate Ave #3, Portland, OR

02.09.24

Kerri Evonuk | Gagallery

We are excited to present works from Oregon artist Kerri Evonuk in January and February!  The closing reception will be Friday February 9th from 6 to 8pm.  Open for receptions or by appointment.

6 PM – 8 PM @ 2035 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR

02.10.24

L’Atelier Yaffe grand opening | L’Atelier Yaffe

L’Atelier Yaffe’s inaugural exhibition, titled  S E E N. A group exhibition curated by Connecticut-based curator Cornelia Stokes. Stokes’ curatorial practice is based on Pan-African practices and kinship, focusing on building community through the arts and philosophies of the Black diaspora. Looking to complexify the oversimplification of Blackness within mainstream culture, Stokes invests in opportunities to promote and explore the wide varieties of the Black experience.  We have built CAFE YAFFE within our art space that will cultivate community, a place where friends and families gather for our art exhibitions, moments of joy, laughter, and connection

2 PM – 8 PM @ 111 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, OR

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