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, Feb. 1:
• Reminder: 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.
• The "Assemblage & Collage" exhibit at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., features artists who create work through layered materials and unexpected juxtapositions. Presenters range from internationally renowned artists Ann Hamilton and Vik Muniz to emerging artist Charlie Perez-Tlatenchi and New York artist John Evans. It opens First Thursday and goes through March 31. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• At Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., Shawn Demarest's oil paintings "Building Cranes and Butterfly Wings" are rainbow-patterned Portland street scenes contrasted with concrete in an imaginary puzzle of color, light and line. There'll be a First Thursday reception and artist demonstrations on Feb. 18. It shows through Feb. 25. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• The Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., features "Heavenly Bodies" by Elizabeth Malaska, who's showing solo for the first time. She paints large tableaux that position the female form as the prime protagonist and instigator in art history. It starts 5 p.m. First Thursday and shows through Feb. 24. Lewis Clevenger and Robert Yoder also show. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.
• African-American artists Cole Reed, Marquis Johnson-Bey and Brenna King are featured in the "American Me" exhibit at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway, Feb. 1-28. It showcases the use of photography, metals, wood and even texture. For more: www.portland5.com.
• At the Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., "Hanakago: The Art of Bamboo and Flowers" shows from Feb. 3-April 1. "Hanakago" means flower basket, and the exhibit features exquisite bamboo masterpieces from Portland resident Peter Shinbach's collection. For more: www.japanesegarden.org.
• "Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics," developed by Design Museum Portland, is set to show at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 N.W. Broadway, Feb. 15-May 9. For more: designmuseumfoundation.org and www.pnca.edu.
• 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 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.