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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including Michihiro Kosuge, Multnomah Village Art Studios and 'The Autopoets'

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH VILLAGE ART STUDIOS - The Multnomah Village Art Studios, Aug. 3-4, puts the focus on collective artists, including Dianne Jean Erickson and her work (above).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, Aug. 1:

• 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, looks at female African American identities and the way they intersect with the notion of beauty. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.

• Works by Tokyo-born Portland sculptor Michihiro Kosuge are on display at Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., through Aug. 31. She makes organic and geometric forms with granite and basalt, and uses drills, blowtorches and grinding wheels. Anne Siems and Maya Vivas also are featured. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• With mixed-media sculptures, Stephen Adams takes on the subject matter of water, the environment and mortality with "Rain," which shows at the Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., through Sept. 1. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com. He juxtaposes the hard edge of glass with organic wooden shapes and adds a third element in his sculptures with papier mache.

• Multnomah Village Art Studios, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4, will feature artists in oil, pastel, fiber, jewelry, contemporary sculpture, encaustic, cold wax, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and more. The collective of artists recently converted offices into studio spaces at 7830 S.W. 40th Ave., and look forward to showing off their new digs — the work areas, equipment and materials. Artists involved are: Don Bishop and Suzanne Vaughan of Portland; Brenda Boylan, Cherie Shanteau-Wheeler and Donna Sanson of Portland; Dianne Jean Erickson, Chas Martin and Janet Otten of Multnomah Village.

• Arts nonprofit Converge 45 presents "The Autopoets," the first exhibition of Artistic Director Lisa Dent's three-year program called "Facing Between Centers." It features work by Roland Dahwen (film installation, "Overseas"), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (photographs) and Tuesday Smilie (textiles) and is co-curated by Stephanie Snyder and shows at The Cooley Gallery at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., Aug. 10-Oct. 6. For more: www.converge45.com.

• We'll have more next week, but make plans for 2D4D's La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival at Cedar Hills Crossing mall in Beaverton, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 10-11. For more: www.2d4d.org.

• A highlight of Portland's summer arts season, Art in the Pearl takes place Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. It'll feature scores of fine artists, music, food and more at Northwest Eighth Avenue in the North Park Blocks. It's free to attend. For more: www.artinthepearl.com.

• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5-8 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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