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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including 'Hot Lava - Family Pictures,' 'King's Mouth: Wayne Coyne' and 'Cloud of Petals'

The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, Dec. 7:

• Reminders: "The Wyeths: Three Generations" is on display at the Portland Art Museum through through Jan. 28, focusing on three generations of artists. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org. ... The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St., presents "I Am This," art by Oregon Jewish artists, through Feb. 4. For more: www.ojmche.org. ... "Projects for the Page," an expansive exhibition of publications made by artists (about 50 artists, covering 50 years), shows through Jan. 12 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, 511 N.W. Broadway. For more: www.pnca.edu.

• Ellen Goldschmidt's "Hot Lava — Family Pictures" shows through Dec. 30 at Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave. It examines the question, "What if childhood is the reality and adulthood is the fairy tale?" The exhibit is 3-by-3-inch black and white family snapshots from the late 1950s and '60s. For more: www.blackfish.com.

• The Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 N.W. Broadway, is showing "King's Mouth: Wayne Coyne," through Jan. 6. The frontman for the band The Flaming Lips, Coyne has designed album cover art for the band, drawn comic books, released new music on flash drives embedded in gummy skulls, directed a science fiction Christmas film, and opened a funhouse-style arts venue (The Womb) in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His installation is an enormous metallic head welcoming visitors, as well as a light show to Flaming Lips music and a series of works on paper. For more: www.pnca.edu.

COURTESY PHOTO - Lee Ann Slawson's 'Gone' photographs at 12x16 Gallery are from the last 35 years in Portland of places and things that no longer  exist or have changed completely. This is a Lovejoy Columns image.• The 12x16 Gallery, 8235 S.E. 13th Ave., No. 5, is closing after its December show, which features founding members Israel Hughes (mixed media) and Lee Ann Slawson (photography). It shows through Dec. 17. The gallery has been exhibiting for 12 years; there'll be a closing reception party at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. For more: www.12x16gallery.com.

• At Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., it's "Cloud of Petals," the second exhibition by curator in residence Julia Greenway. The show examines themes of beauty and labor in an automated society. It runs through Jan. 13. For more: www.disjecta.org.

• The Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., presents "A Necessary Festival," a group show celebration of gallery artists, starting with a 5 p.m. First Thursday reception and going through Dec. 23. There willl be work by 44 gallery artists — painters, sculptors and fiber and installation artists. Works by the late Sally Haley, as well as Gabe Fernandez ("Shelters"), also show. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• Nine Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth St., presents an exhibition of photographs by Christopher Rauschenberg, starting 6 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Dec. 31. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.

• Reminders: Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, offers a free First Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., www.portlandcm.org; Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.

n For information on galleries: First Thursday, www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.

— Jason Vondersmith

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