Support local art this December at First Friday

This December we’re excited to share holiday art shows at East Creative Collective, Afru Gallery and Sidestreet Arts, as well as amazing looking openings at EARTH Space PDX, Pushdot Studios, and Neighbors Taproom.

While its difficult to trace the origins of December holiday traditions, gift giving dates back at least as far as the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. While consumer culture gives us many choices of how to be part of this tradition, an art walk is a great opportunity to support local artists and to give a truly unique gift. By spending locally you directly contribute to communities you care about, and help keep Portland’s vibrant art scene alive.

Look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President

IN-PERSON EVENTS

HOLIDAY ART MARKET | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Come warm up at East Creative’s annual Holiday Art Market! Featuring great gifts by local artists, open studios, a special 100 works under $100 show, live music by Community Jams, and more.

6 PM – 9 PM @ 211 SE Madison St., Portland, OR 97214

LIMINAL MATTER | EARTH SPACE PDX

we cordially invite you to visit this exhibition of art and witness the new work of the bone goddess on Friday, December 3rd, 2021.

in addition to this new painting series there will be a brand new live performance, curated specifically for this event.

come and enter the space between our world and worlds beyond.

please wear a mask and be respectful to others in the space

“Kelly Delay’s perfectly composed photographs show the beauty in decay and the dignity in decline.” Tiny’s Coffee

6 PM – 10 PM @ 4135 SE Gladstone St Portland, OR 97202

IVAN SALCIDO | PUSHDOT STUDIO

Recuerdo: (rreh-kwehr-doh) NOUN, masculine (plural: recuerdos)

  1. Memory
  2. Souvenir, memento, memorabilia
  3. Regards

By taking a look at personal history, this exhibition touches on themes of nostalgia, connection, legacy, and remembrance. The work highlights the human experience and incorporates themes of cultural and family legacy, artistic heritage, and the significant value of the contributions of immigrants to our society.

Ivan Salcido is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, OR. Born in El Paso, TX, Salcido holds an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His background is in sculpture, but he also makes paintings and installations. His latest series of artworks draws on personal experience, family history, and interests in collectibles (such as sports cards, photographs, and flags) for inspiration.

8 AM – 5 PM @ 2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104 – in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street – Portland, OR 97202

HOLIDAY ART SALE AND LIVE SANTA WRESTLING | AFRU GALLERY

Famous December art show & sale!!! Give the gift of art!
Plus, Santa Wrestling Live!!! WTF?
This is a free event. Donations welcome. Refreshments available.
live music from The Dead To Rights!

7 PM – Close @ 534 SE Oak St., Portland, OR 97214

VERY MERRY CASH AND CARRY | SIDESTREET ARTS

Come in for first Friday Artwalk and meet a number of different artists represented in our Very Merry Cash and Carry Show.

5 PM – 7 PM @ 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, Or 97214

PET PORTRAITURE – HYPER-REALISTIC OIL AND WATERCOLOR BY JUSTIN WESTPHAL | NEIGHBORS TAPROOM

Justin Westphal, a local painter specializing in hyper-realistic pet and animal portraiture, exhibits a collection of oil and watercolor paintings throughout the month of December at Neighbors Taproom. Come enjoy these works up close in person while treating yourself to a rotating selection of curated beer, wine, and plant-based coffee drinks in a dog-friendly, bright and spacious interior!

12 PM – 10 PM @ 1306 East Burnside St, Portland OR 97214

VIRTUAL EVENTS

MING FAY SCULPTURE | BUTTERS GALLERY

We present a special online exhibition of vintage works by New York-based Ming Fay.  We have worked with Fay for well over 30 years and have presented many spectacular exhibitions.  This new show is an opportunity for collectors to see work that has never been shown in our gallery in the past.  Jeffrey Butters has personally curated this collection we are presenting–focusing on his picks of the “cream of the crop” of available Ming Fay works.  

VIEW ONLINE

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.

First Friday New Art November Events

First Friday is almost here again! We’re happy to welcome two new galleries for November, with great looking shows at The Angry Florist, and Neighbors Taproom. There are also some exciting new openings at Sidestreet Arts and Afru Gallery, open studios at East Creative Collective, and an odd themed show at Splendorporium.

Don’t forget to let us know if there are any First Friday events we’ve missed!

Look forward to seeing you on Friday,

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President

IN-PERSON EVENTS

ALL OF YOU FLOWERS VIEWING ART | THE ANGRY FLORIST

I’ve made plans for your Friday night this week-start out by visiting The Angry Florist’s First Friday event featuring some really incredible artists. I’m spoiled in being able to view their lovely work daily amongst the flowers – and on Friday the shop will be open an extra hour for you to do so too!

4 PM – 8 PM @ 401b NE 28th Ave Portland, OR 97232

EVERYDAY OBJECTS | NEIGHBORS TAPROOM

For me, the most fascinating aspect of human existence lies in what we create, the EVERYDAY OBJECTS. It is these materials and structures that reveal our desires, our necessity, our creativity, and our capability. Equally fascinating is the tremendous diversity we then display in our engagement with these constructed objects. We sometimes hold dear and embrace our creations for decades or centuries. Or, we may neglect them, unceremoniously, leaving it to the artist or curious passerby to rediscover and redefine our relationship to these forgotten structures as they age, weather, or crack. As one of these curious-type people, I find myself drawn to the colors and craftsmanship, the scars and wrinkles. Although such details and long-lost whispers may go unnoticed by many, to me they exude shimmering glimpses of depth, history, and meaning I can not help but explore, photograph, and share.

“Kelly Delay’s perfectly composed photographs show the beauty in decay and the dignity in decline.” Tiny’s Coffee

7 PM – 9 PM @ 1306 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

THE ODDVILLE SHOW | SPLENDORPORIUM

Show us what you perceive to be ODD! Animals? Aliens? Monsters? Your Mom? Your Supper? A Circus?

Our featured artist is Zoe Ball.

7 PM – 9 PM @ 3421 SE 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97202

DUAL DUEL: A TWO PERSON SOLO SHOW | AFRU GALLERY

On November 5th, ‘Dual Duel’ opens at AFRU Gallery in Portland. The show explores the concept of identity, both lost and found. It features a myriad of works by Amy Bugbee and Amy Eir Stocky, one person reconciling two different identities.

Live musical performances by ZenKoal and Dyarq.

Baked goods for all!!!

7 PM – Close @ 534 SE Oak St., Portland, OR 97214

FIRST FRIDAY OPEN STUDIOS | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Step inside the studios of East Creative Collective and meet local artists in their natural environment.

6 PM – 9 PM @ 211 SE Madison St., Portland, OR 97214

ANITA REUTHER | HA AUSTIN | SIDESTREET ARTS

Anita Reuther has a lifelong love of the Pacific Northwest. Her mixed media art reflects this with dreamy speckled hillsides, cloudy mountain ranges, and charming bird vignettes. Deeply textured and collaged papers form moody landscapes that the viewer can fall into. 

Anita lives and works in Lake Oswego. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Three Rivers Artist Guild in Oregon City. 

Sidestreet member and ceramic artist, Ha Austin, crafts what she calls “functional clay canvases”. Platters, flower vases, tea cups with saucers, and sturdy coffee mugs are not only functional, but delightful. Each is designed with whimsical sgraffito images and colorful hand-mixed glazes before firing in a gas-kiln at a high temperature. Chubby little wrens, purple lotus blossoms, and lily pads make the each ceramic piece a functional work of art. 

*artists present in gallery

5 PM – 7 PM @ 140 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Re: THE SOURCE | BUTTERS GALLERY

Re: The Source
The source is what we are drawing from, get inspired by, learn from, contemplate over, exploit and ignore.
The source shapes us and makes us what we are. We are that source.

We have invented many different words for that source from which we originate, to which we return.
(Words turn into concepts, ideas, sciences, philosophies, religions, cults and cultures. All with the one purpose of trying to understand and to make sense of our being in this world.)
In our creating and experiencings of art, in moments of presence, we connect with the source and find meaning and purpose.
The engaging with art strengthens our connectivity with the source.
We draw everything from the source and we give everything back. Only this way the cycling of life continues. 

The paintings of this presentation are a few samples of my lifelong and more or less successful attempts to connect and to share my findings.
Maybe the one or the other of these works speaks to you and helps you connect with your source in you in unexpected ways.
Respectfully yours,

Bernd Haussmann

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Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2019 First Friday PDX, All rights reserved.

First Friday Autumn Art Events

Hi First,
I’m excited to share some great looking First Friday shows this month, both in-person and virtual. In addition to openings at Pushdot Studios, Splendorporium, Brassworks, and Sidestreet Arts, there is a spooky seasonal show at Afru Gallery, and a First Friday PDX collaborative street fair at East Creative Collective. If you’re an artist it’s not too late to register for free!

Autumn is a season of change, and hopefully we can look forward to even more great art events coming up.

See you tomorrow!
Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President

AUTUMN ART BLAST | EAST CREATIVE

Blast into Fall with East Creative Collective and First Friday PDX. This October, the Autumn Art Blast is taking over two square blocks of the SE industrial district in celebration of art and support of local artists. Featuring more than 20 artists and creators, the Autumn Art Blast will showcase some of the most exciting new art in Portland, with open studios, a street festival, live music and more.

5 PM – 9 PM @ 211 SE Madison St., Portland OR, 97214

WHITE LIES SHE TOLD ME – SADÉ DUBOIS | PUSHDOT STUDIO

White Lies She Told Me is a group of small paintings that address the personal and complex relationship I share with my mother. The central woman figure in these paintings is a portrait I have painted many times throughout my career, whom I call Umnia Vera, which means “faith faith”, but more so symbolizes the traversing and overcoming of deep emotional trauma, pain, and adversity in my life. In a way, these paintings are self portraits.”

Born and raised in North Portland, Sadé is a self-taught painter who experiments primarily with acrylic and gouache. She has focused on portraiture and landscape, with an affinity for capturing Black women in their brilliance and vulnerability. Some of her portraits are sociopolitical, exploring the attitudes and experiences of African-Americans in their connectedness to nature, while others symbolize self portraits that serve as an archive of her grappling with trauma and other life circumstances.

Following the latest local, state and federal CDC guidelines, we are again requiring masks and appointments when visiting. Thank you for your understanding.

8:30 AM – 5 PM @ 2505 SE 11th Ave, Suite 104, Portland, OR 97202

THE TAROT SHOW | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us Friday, October 1st 7-9 for the Tarot Show featuring the art and furniture of Zack Hryndej.

7 PM – 9 PM @ 3421 SE 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97202

RABUN THOMPSON | SHARON JONQUIL | SIDESTREET ARTS

Join our featured artist, Rabun Thompson and spotlight artist, Sharon Jonquil in the gallery for some good-time meeting and greeting. Don’t forget to visit our neighbors at Stark Street Studios.
Masks required (of course).

5 PM – 7 PM @ 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214

PORTLAND HORROR SHOW | AFRU GALLERY

6 PM – 10 PM @ 534 SE Oak St. Portland, OR 97214

STREET SHOW | BRASSWORKS GALLERY

We are super excited about working with artists, Simon Griffiths, Jimmer Willmott, and Gregory Hergert at Brassworks Gallery for “Street Show” Opening online THIS Friday, October 1st, 2021

6 PM – 10 PM @ ONLINE

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org
Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Virtual Art Walk, Real Support for Artists

As we face social isolation and confront financial instability, it is easy to succumb to understandable feelings of dejection and powerlessness. While we continue to confront and overcome these hardships, art can provide us with both a healing outlet for fears and frustrations, as well as a form of transcendent escape.

To help us connect despite physical restrictions, First Friday PDX is curating a Virtual April Art Walk made up of artists, galleries, and causes that can both use your support, and provide a welcome virtual antidote to isolation.

  • ARCHITECTONIC | EUTECTIC GALLERY
  • REDUX EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND | REDUX GALLERY
  • DAILY SOCIAL SPECIALS | SIDESTREET ARTS
  • ONLINE ARTISTS’ SHOP | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE
  • VIRTUAL APRIL | BRASSWORKS GALLERY
  • “SOMEDAY THIS WILL ALL BE GONE” ARTIST’S TALK | PUSHDOT STUDIOS

Please join us on our digital walk, and consider connecting and supporting the many amazing artists of Portland!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President

VIRTUAL EVENTS

ARCHITECTONIC | EUTECTIC GALLERY

Some might be disheartened to think that no one will actually enter physically to see this exhibition, but we see this as a creative challenge and exhilarating opportunity to take our show documentation and online experience to a new level.Stay tuned to experience a new journey through our space –

Live, Friday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Eutectic online shop

REDUX EMPLOYEE RELIEF FUND | REDUX GALLERY

As many of you are aware, we had to close our beloved boutique on March 14th for the safety of ourselves and our community.  With suddenly zero income stream, we were forced to furlough our employees. 

We’ve been a woman owned and operated independent small business in the Central Eastside of Portland serving the arts community since 2006.
We have operated out of the same building as a brick and mortar boutique and gallery, and though we have a website, we do not currently sell online.
 We are completely reliant on foot-traffic and direct sales to tourists and locals alike.

As you can imagine, The interruption of our business due to Covid-19 has impacted me and the business overnight, but also directly affected the lives of my 3 employees, without whom Redux could not operate. As we attempt to navigate a new reality of survival in our new social distanced world, we are asking for your help to keep them safe and supported.
This GoFund me is an attempt to provide temporary funding for their survival during this difficult time while we wait for Grant and Federal relief.

I am reaching out to our fans to humbly ask for your support for their welfare. 

We truly are so grateful for any amount you are able to commit to, it will go directly to the employees who you, our customers, have gotten to know over the years, and who help create and enrich the amazing experience of shopping at Redux.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider where your hard-earned dollars go during this critical time.

If you are unable to donate at this time we completely understand, and hope that you will come by for a visit at some point in the future when we reopen to the public.
We also have gift certificates available for purchase on our website at www.reduxpdx.com/home if you would be interested in investing in our future as well as enjoying redemption for your dollars spent down the road.

See you on the other side!

Sincerely,
Tamara Goldsmith,
owner, Redux Boutique and Gallery

Also, consider buying a $10 Redux gift card to help support the business!

DAILY SOCIAL SPECIALS | SIDESTREET ARTS

Wondering how to support local businesses and artists? Tired of looking at your walls during Social Distancing? How about buying some ART?

Hey, how does this even work?

  • Each day we’ll post an item from one of our artists on Instagram and Facebook at 10am
  • You can see sneak previews here, but each daily item won’t be available for sale until 10am
  • Click on the item that catches your eye, then click again in the store to get more details.
  • Purchase right here online, and we’ll pack it up with freshly gloved hands
  • Pick it up from the door at Sidestreet on any Sunday between noon and 2pm (In compliance with Gov. Brown’s Executive Order, art galleries may be open by appointment only).

@SidestreetArtsPDX on Instagram

Sidestreet Arts on Facebook

Support featured artists from March 29th – April 4th!

ONLINE ARTISTS’ SHOP | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

We are so happy for all the interest and support. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 event East Creative is closed to public viewing for the immediate future. We are looking forward to hopefully reopening and sharing our art soon! In the meantime you can the work of and support some our amazing artists here at new online gallery and shop.

Online gallery and artists’ shop

VIRTUAL APRIL | BRASSWORKS GALLERY

Missed any of our First Friday shows? Then check out the Brassworks Gallery Online Shop and choose from our archive of artwork. Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a viewing of our current exhibition.

Brassworks Gallery Online Shop

“SOMEDAY THIS WILL ALL BE GONE” ARTIST’S TALK | PUSHDOT STUDIOS

This exhibition was scheduled to run from February 7th – March 27th at Pushdot Studio and was unfortunately cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I will be selling all of the prints from this exhibition at a discounted rate. Follow the link at the top or bottom of this page and feel free to email me at deadcitiesphoto@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to make a purchase. I can ship prints as well.

I also have work for sale at a discount from past exhibitions not listed on this site and can send those images by request. Feel free to browse my Instagram for photos of the prints from this current series and my past work.

Please take care of yourselves and each other. Stay safe and stay healthy.

-Mike Vos

Online collection at Pushdot Studios

Deadcitiesphoto.com

Fresh Forms of First Friday



It’s an exciting month for First Friday! In the height of the summer art season, First Friday is been busy growing and spreading new leaves. In addition to highlighting some amazing August art openings, the newsletter this month will be showcasing some of the new directions First Friday is moving.

  • New openings at Redux, Eutectic, AFRU, and Portland Craft Bar  
  • 45+ new artists at the First Friday Summer Art Party
  • Call for artists!
  • Welcoming new galleries to the art walk: Manifestation / Henderson Hackerspace
  • New blog by Victoria on the history of First Friday

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX President

UPCOMING SHOWS

FIRST FRIDAY SUMMER ART PARTY | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

A collaboration between First Friday PDX and the East Creative Collective, join us for the first of First Friday PDX’s summer Art Parties. Featuring the work of more than 45 local artists and vendors, the Summer Art Party takes place beneath the columns of the Hawthorne bridge, and features live music and performances.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.

SKIN DEEP GROUP SHOW | REDUX GALLERY

SKIN DEEP GROUP SHOW featuring 9 amazing local tattoo artists. Celebrating the contemporary artistry of some of Portland’s finest tattoo artists, we are stoked to bring you a show demonstrating Portland’s continued knack for smashing conventions and elevating tattoo artistry to extraordinary heights.

6 pm – 9 pm @3022 E. Burnside St.

MAKING SPACE | YUNOMIS & MORE | EUTECTIC GALLERY

Celebrating the latest work from master potters, Josh DeWeese, Linda Sikora in Making Space, along with local legend Stephen Mickey with Yunomis & More in The Back Room. Join us, along with Josh and Stephen.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St.

BEWILDER | AFRU GALLERY

To bewilder is to cause confusion; this series investigates boundaries and the disorientation of interstitial spaces. The show explores what happens inbetween, where the unexpected emerges.

Bewilder also implies being wilder – embracing nature in an attempt to navigate existence.
Anne Bujold combines metalsmithing and blacksmithing techniques with alternative materials such as felt, ribbon, and plastics. In her sculpture, animals are agents examining the spaces between definitions, that fertile ground where new forms emerge.

Previously based in Portland, Oregon, she operated Riveted Rabbit Studio, a custom metal fabrication business.

www.annebujold.com

6 pm – 12 am @534 SE Oak St.

NEXT GEN PDX | PORTLAND CRAFT BAR

It’s Summer Art Party time!! Come one, come all and join us for First Friday at Portland Craft Bar*! For First Friday August, we’re celebrating our youth artists with an amazing art show for a good cause- all sales benefit Portland Homeless Family Solutions. The art show is the culmination of a week-long fine arts summer camp at PCB, where 10% of all tuition also benefits PHFS.

Come anytime between 6pm and 9pm to browse in the PCB studio and through the East Creative building. Stay for refreshments and visit the other open art studios in our building, enjoy live music, check out local makers, and take part in some fun art projects!

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St., Studio #3

NEW TO FIRST FRIDAY

OPEN STUDIO | MANIFESTATION/H.H

About Hedron Hackerspace:

We’re an inclusive bunch of hackers and artists, sharing space and equipment. h.h exists to foster community and creativity, with the accessibility of some modern tools such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, welders, etc.. We’re a do-ocracy where members and volunteers are encouraged to put forth their energy where they see fit.

Open studio for the First Friday Art Walk. Come see what we’ve been working on at this collective creative space!

6 pm – 9 pm @ 2020 SE Bush St.

ART BLOG

THROUGH THE EYES OF ANNIE MEYER: GENTRIFICATION AND THE REEMERGENCE OF THE CENTRAL EASTSIDE ART SCENE| VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

Recently, I interviewed Annie Meyer who is one of the leading figures in the Portland art scene. Long story short, Meyer came to Portland in the 1980’s while driving up from California and oddly enough her car broke down in Portland. In 1995, she opened up her art gallery on Clinton Street and in 2010 opened up a successful art gallery in the Pearl District before closing it in 2018. In 2004, Meyer received a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to create a map of First Friday Art Walk. Meyer is one of the few people that has witnessed the changes in the Portland art culture over the years. 

Read the full blog post here!

CALL FOR ARTISTS

FIRST FRIDAY IS LOOKING FOR ARTISTS

The First Friday Summer Art Party takes place from July to September along SE Madison, between 2nd and 3rd Ave, outside the East Creative building. Open to all local artists and performers, the street exhibition provides visitors and patrons access to independent Portland artists interested in showcasing their creative output.

Participation in the First Friday Art Party is free, however artists are required to register and submit samples of their work.

How to Apply

Step one: Use our online form to submit 3 images of your art, a description or video of your performance or music, and any other information that will help us understand your work.

Step two: Wait for a conformation email from the First Friday team.

Step three: Arrive with enough time to set up and be ready to go by 6:00 PM on First Friday!

OTHER SHOW OPENINGS AND ART EVENTS

  • 3 – 8 pm: GALLERY CLOSING PARTY @ ROLL-UP PHOTO STUDIO + GALLERY
  • 6 – 8 pm: SHE WAS/IS @ WOLFF GALLERY
  • 6 – 8 pm: POLLUTION OF NIGHT @ PUSHDOT STUDIO
  • 6 – 9 pm: SHYAMA HELIN@ANNIE MEYER GALLERY / STUDIO 2507
  • 6 – 9 pm: THE UNSEEN @ TABORSPACE
  • 6 – 9 pm: LARA ROUSE @ JAILBREAK STUDIOS
  • 6 – 9 pm: CLOSER TO HOME @ SIDESTREET ARTS
  • 6 – 10 pm: GRITTY IN THE CITY @ BRASSWORKS GALLERY
  • 7 – 9 pm: SPELLBOUND @ SPLENDORPORIUM

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2019 First Friday PDX, All rights reserved.

Announcing the First Friday Summer Art Party

** September only:  the Curious Carnival! A traveling circus of all things anarchic, strange, wonderful, and mischievous. Including a special curated art show of the unusual, and guests The Hill Creature of Oregon, Twenty Three Suns, Lucky Locks, and more!**

A collaboration between First Friday PDX and the East Creative Collective, join us for a special end of summer First Friday Art Party.

Featuring the work of more than 35 local artists and vendors, the Summer Art Party takes place beneath the columns of the Hawthorne bridge, and features live music, performances, food, and drink.

Wild and Beautiful Resistance on First Friday


For the newsletter this month we are emphasizing shows that inspire us to action, recognize beauty, and explore the ways in which both intertwine with our sense of personal identity.

While we are confronted daily by events that demand our attention, for most of us only occasionally do troublesome currents inspire us to take action. In many ways, the events that do so move us ultimately reveal as much about us as they do about the situations themselves.

Although all injustices carry their own unmistakable urgency, it is only by examining our internal agency that we remain capable of simultaneously seeing the beauty in the world, and also embracing the impetus for change. The world is already perfect, but we are a part of the world, as so too is our passion and fierceness.

Make sure to visit the First Friday PDX website for a full listing of art events and openings.

See you tomorrow!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING SHOWS

CONNECTED TO THE WILD | HIGH LOW ART SPACE

Join Wildlands Network and Endangered Species Coalition in Portland to celebrate the opening of our PNW wildlife photography exhibition, Connected to the Wild. The exhibit showcases photos of diverse and threatened wildlife, captured by professional photographers in the region. Experience incredible art, listen to presentations from conservationists and artists, and learn how you can protect the region’s wildlife and wild spaces. We co-organized this show to illuminate the PNW’s incredible wildlife, and raise awareness about the mounting loss species to environmental threats. The theme of the show is CONNECTIVITY (linking fragmented habitat to restore ecosystems and help wildlife thrive). We’re united in our efforts to reconnect, restore, and rewild the Pacific states. FREE ADMISSION.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 1402 3rd Ave, Suite 1019

TIANANMEN SQUARE BEFORE SUNRISE: GERHARD WITTENBERG | PUSHDOT STUDIOS

Pushdot Studio is pleased to present “Tiananmen Square Before Sunrise. High Resolution Satellite Photographs” by Gerhard Wittenberg. This is the second solo exhibition by Wittenberg at Pushdot studio.
“The photographs presented in this show were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Gerhard to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. The works shown are small details of the actual satellite photographs.” They are representative of his efforts exploring issues involving surveillance, patriotism, political propaganda, manipulation of masses, etc. The show includes a very large wall- mounted photograph, 12 feet by 10 feet and four additional photographs 50 x 40 inches, face mounted on plexiglass.

6 pm – 8 pm @ 2505 SE 11 th Avenue, Suite 104 – in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street

INTO THE WOODS | SIDESTREET ARTS

On the six-year anniversary of her arrival in Portland, Sidestreet member artist Michele Sabatier’s show of new encaustic landscape paintings will be in the Feature Gallery in June. Paired with turned wood objects by Northwest master craftsman Kevin Poest, and found-wood assemblages by Minal Mistry on the pedestals, this show is a love letter to the exquisite native woods of the Pacific Northwest.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave.

THE UN-PC LGBTQ IA+ SHOW | AFRU

A Group Show of Fabulously Talented Artists to kick off Pride Month in Style!

” I was inspired to involve my community in an audio piece that I will use to start the 9 Pm entertainment hour. I have gotten a great deal of positive response from the community. People are sending in short Audio clips about their reasons and feelings surrounding the terms they identity with. Why they like one term over another……..etc. I am getting a lot of positive feedback and believe that there will be a good turnout by those who made submissions who want to hear their contribution alongside the recordings of others. I am getting a lot of help organizing this and have a clear vision about how I will connect the audio to AFRU’s mission statement, and opening remarks, and how I will balance heavy moments in the audio with comic moments by myself and the two queens that are joining me. I feel really good about what’s happening and am certain that interest is gathering. Pride events lack reflective events that make queer voices heard and express our history and struggle. I am feeling overwhelming support for what I am doing.”

This special show is recommended as an 18+ years of age show.

live performances by
Svetlana Trantastic, Betty Poops, Valerie Devilles, and Special DJ set by PINEAPPLE!!! ♥

6 pm – 12 am @ 534 SE Oak St

WELCOMING KBOO TO FIRST FRIDAY

KBOO JOINS FIRST FRIDAY | KBOO COMMUNITY RADIO STUDIOS

First Friday and Open Studio tomorrow night May 3rd from 6-9 pm. Come by for a glass of wine and chocolate and peruse the art! I’m working on a body of Willamette Valley monotypes for an upcoming show at Laura Vincent Gallery in July.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 20 SE 8th Ave.

BLOG

ARTS AND EMOTION: RETHINKING ROTHKO| VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“This higher plane is the communication of emotion, that invoke the experiences of grief, ecstasy and destiny. Rothko famously wrote that “The people who weep before my pictures, are having the same religious experiences I had when painting them.”Read the full blog post here!

Read the full blog post here!

OTHER SHOW OPENINGS AND ART EVENTS

  • 6 – 8 pm: FIRST FRIDAY AT WOLFF: SELF-PORTRAIT PARTY! @ WOLFF GALLERY
  • 6 – 8 pm: ZODIAC @ SPLENDORPORIUM
  • 6 – 9 pm: THE SHAPE OF TIME AND NECESSITIES @ EUTECTIC GALLERY
  • 6 – 9 pm: BOTANICAL BEAUTIES @ EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE
  • 6 – 9 pm: WOMEN ICONS | REDUX GALLERY
  • 6 – 9 pm: OPEN STUDIOS | ANNIE MEYER GALLERY
  • 6:30 – 9 pm: KARUNA TURNS FOUR! @ KARUNA CONTEMPLATIVE LIVING
  • 6 – 10 pm: THE GRAND CONCOURSE: LENOR BINGHAM @ UNIONKNOTT GALLERY
  • 6 – 9 pm: SHELBI SCHROEDER @ JAILBREAK STUDIOS

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

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First Friday Tonight: Growth and Revolution

One of the few constants in the universe is change, and in both exuberant physicality and  metaphor, May is a month that often embodies it in its most welcome form. Here are a few shows this month that illustrate the growth and blooming of Spring.

Also don’t forget to visit the First Friday PDX website for a full listing of art events and openings.

See you tonight!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein
First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING SHOWS

REBIRTH, REJUVENATION, AND REVOLUTION | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

“Ranging from an ancient rite of spring, to a commemoration of religious transformation, to a call for workers rights and immigration reform, the beginning of May has a persistent association with change.

While the context and nature of this transformation is subject to its own transitional nature, there is also a common thread. Whether a reflection of natural phenomenon, our own personal and spiritual narratives, or even social revolution, change is constant, and despite what is left behind, it is a cause for celebration. Even when the tremulous gulf of such growth comes equally out of both gentle rains, and rushing torrents of upheaval.Rebirth,

Rejuvenation, and Revolution asks us to consider the common spirit and nature of this period. Do we see it as a new beginning or a the turning of a cycle? Is each new leaf a sutured healing or a shinning resurrection? Or perhaps such attempts at continuity are all simply fictions in the face of entropic metamorphose…”

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.


ALL THINGS BOTANICAL OPENING RECEPTION | SIDESTREET ARTS

Come for the art and munchies… We’ll pour you a glass of wine (if you’re of age) while you look at the art on our walls. Artists will be lurking to discuss their artworks.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave.

LEAVES OF RESISTANCE | ROLL-UP PHOTO STUDIO + GALLERY

Secret Society of Book Artists
Opening Champagne Reception
Dawn Banker, Anita Bigelow, Marian Christensen, Mary Elliott, Ellen Fortin, Joely Helgesen, Judilee Fitzhugh, Deanna Lautenbach, Megan Leftwich, Ilsa Perse, Kathy Karbo, Kathy Kuehn, Bernie Smith, Gay Walker, Marilyn Zornad

5 pm – 9 pm @ 1715 SE Spokane St.

THE ART4LIFE SHOWS | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us for the opening of our annual kids show!

6 pm – 8 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Avenue

BLOG

ARTS IMPACT ON POLITICS AND SOCIETY| VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“When was the last time a piece of art moved you? Was it a film, a painting or a street performer? Art in many ways can enrich the human experience and initiate change in society. These types of changes can be used to better society by not answering questions, but by asking questions.  ”

Read the full blog post here!

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We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

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April First Friday: The Beauty and Danger of Line

In celebration of art openings tomorrow that focus on line, the subject of this months newsletter is delineations, subjects that mark or dissolve separations, or those that challenge the very concept itself…

As a visual separator, line is one of the fundamental elements of art, however the process of delineation is also one of the central means through through which we conceptualize, and make sense of a chaotic world.

While we often take for granted the conceptual borders we use to create classifications, reality is more subtle; boundaries between phenomenon rarely fit so neatly into the spaces we assign them. While lines may create a useful shorthand, they are not inherent to a world that often prefers smooth blending.

Indeed, there is a danger of bias and preconception when we overly rely on such tools. However, line can also be used as a compositional element, rather than solely as a unit of division. The novel use is visually arresting, and also conceptually intriguing; it recast the tools of separation into the building blocks of new meaning and harmony.

Some First Friday openings to check out:

  • A solo show by Tenya Rodriguez at Jailbeak Studios
  • Delinations at Redux Boutique and Gallery
  • BrassWorks Gallery presents Steve Rutherford with The Art of Subtraction
  • Michal Fargo’s In the Back Room at Eutectic Gallery
  • Shrines and Alters at Splendorporium

Check out the First Friday PDX website for a full listing of show openings this month.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein

First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

TENYA RODRIGUEZ | JAILBREAK STUDIOS

Tenya Rodriguez’s Bio:

markings made from meditations. movements measured in slowness. lines that force a monkey mind, my monkey mind to be present with and for every gesture. slow art and slow looking when the world feels disconnected and often times too much. the idea behind my art is to come to the paper each morning with a simple ballpoint pen and create the same meditative movement again and again. the lines layer up, overlap, connect, and present themselves as abstracts with their own conscious form. they are daily reminders that much can be created and accomplished in one sitting of fifteen minute slowness.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 910 SE Taylor St.

DELINEATION | REDUX

Redux is pleased to present a group show featuring five Portland artists and their amazing mastery of line-work and illustration. Featured artists include Megan Eckman, Marika Paz, Isaac Fletcher-Weiss, Kirsten Moore and Helen Mask-Greer.

This show explores the variety of methods artists use in defining space, carving out edges, and focusing on an object. “Delineation” describes the action of portraying something precisely. Some illustrate and define an object in its buildup of line, dots or shadow; others reveal the object through the suggestion of negative space. Sometimes emphasis is placed on something by drawing the viewer in with a small focal point of color within a sea of grayscale. Other times special consideration is paid to an environment of color, containing an object defined by black and white. In this show we have asked artists to illustrate how they tell their own stories through a personal approach to illustrative line-making.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 811 E Burnside St, # 116

THE ART OF SUBTRACTION | BRASSWORKS GALLERY

The Art Of Subtraction, Steve Rutherfords first solo show – where he brings us into the work of his magical photography, that pulls you into each image allowing your mind to wander and escape and feel the beauty.

6 pm – 10 pm @ 1127 SE 10th Ave

IN THE BACK ROOM | EUTECTIC GALLERY

We’ve been very lucky to acquire a diverse collection of works from Israel-born Berlin-based artist Michal Fargo. These works challenge notions of what ceramic art looks like, with their mysterious material origins. See the incredible detail up close, at this month’s opening celebration.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St.

SHRINES AND ALTARS | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us for the opening of our Shrines and Altars show featuring artist Leslee Lukosh. There will be shrines, altars, paintings, sculptures, wearable art, art lamps and jewelry from a vast array of local Portland artists. Also – our kids gallery is full of wondrous beauty. Show runs 4/5 til 4/26.

7 pm – 9 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Ave

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THE CYNICAL SIDE OF ART CENSORSHIP | VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“In 2011, Facebook closed the account of Frédéric Durand without warning after he posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World). For those not familiar with the painting, it showed a woman’s genitals…”

Read the full blog post here!

OTHER SHOW OPENINGS AND ART EVENTS

  • 5 – 10 pm: Quadraphotique @ Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery (1715 SE Spokane St.)
  • 6 – 8 pm: Riding the Storm Out – A Blizzard of Ravens; Adam Bacher @ Pushdot Studio (2505 SE 11th Ave #104)
  • 6 – 8 pm: Rumors by Small Talk @ Wolff Gallery (2804 SE Ankeny St.)
  • 6 – 9 PM: Opening Reception: Mini Giri/Charles GluskoterPublic @ Sidestreet Arts (140 SE 28th Ave)
  • 6 – 9 pm: First Friday April @ Annie Meyer Gallery/Studio 2507 (2507 SE Clinton St)
  • 6 – 9 pm: Fabulous First Friday and Open Studios @ East Creative Collective (211 SE Madison St
  • 6 – 9 pm: First Friday Artist Reception @ Bite Studio (2000 SE 7th Ave.)
  • 6 pm – 12 am: The Third Annual Kids Show @ AFRU Gallery (534 SE Oak St.)

Visit the First Friday PDX website for more info and the First Friday map!

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

Or use our online event submission form!

General inquires: info@firstfridaypdx.org

Copyright © 2019 First Friday PDX, All rights reserved.

Color and Collage: Tonight at First Friday!



3/01/19

While there are perhaps infinite elements which characterize art, none looms so large in pure expressive power as color. In either exuberant overabundance, or in limited dramatic palates, color, more than form, line, or space is the essence of feeling. Much like feeling itself however, color is also a thing that does not exist independent of its subject but rather alters its.

In this respect color is not unlike collage. Through the repurposing of existing images, collage permits the creation of new subjects and meaning. The previously banal or benign can take on urgent potency with new context.

Like an alchemist, this alteration is the essential power of art. In doing so the artist can recast the mundane to the sublime, ugliness into beauty…and also the reverse. In deciding if such such feats of transmutation are truly possible however, it also a power which the viewer shares.

In the spirit of these thoughts, here are some colorful subjects for you to consider this First Friday:

  • Rainbows and pottery at Spectrum and Carson Culp at Eutectic Gallery
  • Stephanie Chefas Projects welcomes Yellena Jame’s colorful creations in Immerse
  • Mixed media and collage by Israel Hughes at Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery
  • Sidestreet Arts presents new collage and mixed media works in All Mixed Up
  • The Night Gallery at Splendorporium
  • A Spring Fling at East Creative Collective
  • A new blog post by Victoria Glanowski on Tetrachromacy

Look forward to seeing you tonight!

Noah Alexander Isaac Stein

First Friday PDX Director

UPCOMING OPENINGS

SPECTRUM AND CARSON CULP | EUTECTIC GALLERY

Escape the dreary Northwest gray and immerse yourself in the eye-popping, candy colored rainbow of Spectrum. Blair Clemo will join us for the opening celebration, along with our Back Room artist, Carson Culp. Carson recently returned from a residency in Japan following an apprenticeship at Leach Pottery.

6 pm – pm @ 1930 NE Oregon St

IMMERSE | STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

This March, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present Immerse, the latest exhibition of work from Portland-based artist Yellena James. Prepare to take a deep plunge into the world of James’ creation, where ethereal forms overlap amidst a limitless expanse. Rendered in vibrant color, organic elements thrive within fully conceived ecosystems, as the collective result essentially swallows the viewer whole.

7 pm – 10 pm @ 305 SE 3rd Ave, Ste 202

ISRAEL HUGHES | ROLL-UP PHOTO STUDIO + GALLERY

Painter, collage artist and native Oregonian, Israel Hughes presents new mixed media works that celebrate layers, lines and edges. His intuitive process and improvisatory style are informed by visual poetry, New York Dada and a storied history as a theater manager and blues musician.

5 pm – 9 pm @ 1715 SE Spokane St, Portland

ALL MIXED UP | SIDESTREET ARTS

We’re ”All Mixed Up” for the month of March … with collage & mixed media works. Our First Friday Opening offers up fun conversation, delicious reception munchies and adult beverages. If you like to mingle with artists and art lovers, you’ll not want to miss this! (Please be 21 years of age to consume the alcohol).

6 pm – 9 pm @ 140 SE 28th Ave

THE NIGHT GALLERY | SPLENDORPORIUM

Join us for the Night Gallery Show. Featuring artists Jason Stewart and Troy Hileman. Also, Ophelia Darkly will be here reading her haunted doll Tarot. This is going to be a dark, creepy, wonderful evening.

7 pm – 9 pm @ 3421 SE 21st Ave

SPRING FLING | EAST CREATIVE COLLECTIVE

Spring Fling Art and Craft is happening at East Creative in conjunction with First Friday. Frida’s Den will be filled with amazing colorful art and crafts in addition to our fabulous First Friday open studio event. Come on down and see what all the fuss is about. Makers, shakers and artists abound! Plenty of free parking as always. Free Kombucha too.

6 pm – 9 pm @ 211 SE Madison St.

MARCH OPENING | ANNIE MEYER GALLERY

We are excited to welcome the Annie Meyer Gallery to the East Side. Come check out the new location on SE Clinton this Friday!

6 pm – 9 pm @ 2507 SE Clinton St.

BLOG

HOW MANY GREENS DO YOU SEE? | VICTORIA GLANOWSKI

“What if I told you that there is this really cool mutation existing in today’s world called tetrachromacy. What is tetrachromacy? Tetrachromacy is “The condition of possessing four independent channels for conveying color information or possessing four types of cone cell in the eye.” Basically, a person has an extra cone that allows them to see the differences in colors that appear identical to others…”

Read the full post here.

Contact Us

We love to promote art events involving our participating galleries and artists, please be sure to send your news and any feedback to: press@firstfridaypdx.org

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