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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including Shawn Demarest, Sean Healy, Willie Little and Portland Japanese Garden

COURTESY: WATERSTONE GALLERY - Shawn Demarest's 'This Place' shows at Waterstone Gallery. It's Portland street scenes (including this one of Division Street) with magical realism.The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, June 6:

• Reminder: Mickalene Thomas' video installation, "Do I Look Like a Lady?," showing at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., through Aug. 31. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.

• Shawn Demarest painted urban street scenes for "This Place," continuing her odyssey exploring Portland streets and veering into a world full of magical realism. They show at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., along with Careen Stoll's porcelain vessels, through June 30. An artist's talk is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 23. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.

• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., it's Sean Healy's "Beautiful Downer," which is installations and sculptures in diverse media, ranging from laser cut steel to saliva, motor oil and cigarette butts. It shows First Thursday through July 13. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.

• With "And Miles to Go Before We Sleep" at Froelick Gallery, 714 N.W. Davis St., Willie Little puts antique artifacts into provocative groupings, using texture and bleached palette. It shows through July 13. For more: www.froelickgallery.com.

• Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., features "Early Northwest Artists," a group show from estates and private collections with works by the likes of Louis Bunce, Robert Colescott, Sally Haley, Manuel Izquierdo, Carl Morris and Michele Russo. G. Lewis Clevenger's "De Minimis/Maximus" and Barry Johnson's "Latitude" also show. They open First Thursday and stay through June 29. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• Celebrating commonalities of cultures on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, Portland Japanese Garden opens "Forest of Dreams: Ainu and Native American Woodcarving," June 8-July 21. The woodcarvings honor the art of the tribes of the Columbia River Basin and native Ainu people of Hokkaido, Japan. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, and Portland are celebrating 60 years as sister cities. The exhibit will be on display at the Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., June 8-Aug. 25. For more: www.japanesegarden.org.

• Make plans for GeekCraft Expo, June 22-23, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more: www.geekcraftexpo.com.

• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.

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

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