Just as the long march of gray winter reaches its nadir, art delivers the love and light of a waiting spring. This month, in addition to the return of amazing perennial art shows on the topic of love, First Friday also coincides with one of the largest and most exciting art events in Portland.
With the mission of combining art and technology to both physically and figuratively illuminate visitors, the Portland Winter Light Festival brings light art to local businesses, art spaces, and unusual locations throughout the city. We’re especially excited for this years theme: “The Light of the Stars.”
Hope to see you tomorrow under the stars,
Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President
|FEBRUARY ART EVENTS|
DEEP SEA CONSTELLATIONS | EAST CREATIVE PDX
”A luminous ghost net made from marine debris and LED lights that imagines the reality of ocean pollution as the dreamscape of our civilization.”In addition to an ecoart light installation by Noah Alexander Isaac Stein (@visionsofthedeluge) and Tridacna Maxima, our First Friday opening event will feature open studios with 15+ artists, live music by Community Jams, light sculptures by Pepper Kocsis, and fire performances by Lizz Grace and Troy Grisa!
6 PM – 10 PM @ 211 SE Madison St., Portland, OR 97214
LOVE IN PRINT | BITE STUDIOS
Love in Print returns to Bite Studio! As always, a portion of the proceeds go to p:ear. Come join us for a great evening of art from many of Portland’s finest printmakers!
6 PM – 10 PM @ 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
THE FEMALE GAZE | SIDESTREET ARTS
The February feature show, The Female Gaze, explores 3 women artists representing the female body through their art. In the history of art, depiction of the female body was traditionally done by male artists. In a modern-day twist, fitting of our times, these women have joyfully reclaimed the female nude.Join us and meet the artists, enjoy some adult beverages, and see the ART!
5 PM – 7 PM @ 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
MEDITATIONS: TODD JOHNSON | PUSHDOT STUIDO GALLERY
Meditations is a series of pictures about experiencing and celebrating the visual language of photography. The work is focused on abstraction and uses a traditional structure of still life. The work is inspired by artistic practices such as painting and sculpture, design and architecture. Other influences come from the history of avant-garde art such as Futurism and Surrealism, Modernism and Minimalism. The philosophy of Meditations is a concept of going deeper into creativity and spiritual ritual. Todd Johnson is a conceptual and experimental photographer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Johnson received his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. Todd is the founder and director of Black Box Gallery.
6 PM – 8 PM @ 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite 104 – in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
THE PINK SHOW | SPLENDORPORIUM
7 PM – 9 PM @ 3421 SE 21ST Ave., Portland, OR 97214
|DIMENSIONS: KELLY CORRELL | THE ANGRY FLORIST‘Dimensions’ is a study of looking inward and a translation of our perception of this internal world. Kelly’s work explores concepts and imagery around dark faerytales, magic, obsession, archetypal demons, and softness through the use of drawing, etching, dried flowers, paper-cut collage work and media to create layered worlds and 3-dimensional imagery.5 PM – 7 PM @ 401b NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214|
FIRST FRIDAY VENDORS MARKET | THE PURPLE DOOR
Join us for the first Vendors market of the year at The Purple Door! Come through First Friday of Feb, 2/3/23 from 5-9:30pm to shop just in time for VALENTINES DAY (oh yes, that dreaded holiday is upon us). Support our lovely local vendors and kickstart someone’s sad little heart with these hot hot HOT buys
5 PM – 9:30 PM @ 3557 SE Division St., Portland, OR 972026
SELFIES AND SELF CARE | RADIUS ART STUDIOS
We will be featuring self portraits and hand made self care goods from over 40 local artists and makers. It’s going to be a super sweet time and we would love to see you there!
5 PM – 8 PM @ 2324 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214
FIRST FRIDAY | MANIFESTATION
COME THRU this Friday! Music, Art, Magic!
6 PM – 9 PM @ 2020 SE Bush St., Portland, OR 97214
FLASH FLOOD | AFRU GALLERY
A group show displaying local Portland area tattoo artist’s flash artwork and other original work outside of the “tattoo world”.
7 PM – 11 PM @ 534 SE Oak St., Portland, OR 97214
|PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL|
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