Before First Friday: Monthly Art Openings

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


Tree People | World Forestry Center

World Forestry Center presents Tree People, an exhibition by Finnish photographers Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo. This exhibition braids forest mythology with an almost forgotten treasure trove of customs and beliefs, portraying the sacred connection between people and trees in Finnish folk culture.

A journey through time and place, Tree People is underpinned by forest-based myths and lore that were once central to people’s lives in rural Finland, Estonia, and East Karelia. The artists spent ten years studying this material, learning the stories in this exhibition through conversation with locals, finding them in archival research, and witnessing them during their numerous travels.

Illuminating the sacred connection between people and trees.

Join us on May 30 at 5:30pm to celebrate the exhibition’s opening. RSVP here.

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM @ 8371 N Interstate Ave #3, Portland, OR


Noah’s Out-of-Order Ark-ade and Reliquary | Carnation Contemporary

  Maria Lux presents Noah’s Out-of-Order Ark-ade and Reliquary: a defunct arcade repurposed as a shrine for lost and revived animals. Part holy site, part roadside attraction, visitors can pay their respects, or indulge their morbid curiosity, with real(!) replicas of what remains of the saintly animal martyrs of the Anthropocene. Raised with an appreciation of Catholic visual culture, Lux continues her exploration of the religious narratives surrounding species loss, de-extinction science, and cryogenic conservation, offering strange, irreverent, and darkly humorous ways of coping with the absurdity of both the problem of extinction, and its possible solutions.

Maria Lux (b. 1984) is a research-driven artist who makes installation-based works centering on the way animals are used to generate human knowledge and understanding. Originally from the Midwest, she earned her BFA from Iowa State University and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lux is an Associate Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.

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