After First Friday: Monthly Art Openings

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


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


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


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