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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including Janie Lowe, Kristen Miller and Rodrigo Valenzuela

COURTESY PHOTO - Janie Lowe, a Portland artist, returned to her native Texas to document, through paintings, the people and environment at the U.S.-Mexico border. Her works 'Borderland Stories' (below) show at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.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, Sept. 5:

• Reminder: Arts nonprofit Converge 45 presents "The Autopoets," featuring work by Roland Dahwen (film installation, "Overseas"), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (photographs) and Tuesday Smilie (textiles), and it's showing at The Cooley Gallery at Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., through Oct. 6. For more: www.converge45.com.

COURTESY PHOTO - This is one of Janie Lowe's pieces for 'Borderland Stories.'• Portland artist Janie Lowe, a Texas native, returned to her home state to take the 2,000-mile journey along the entire southern Texas border to investigate the landscape for herself. The result is "Borderland Stories," a series of illustrative paintings that document her interaction with the people and environment; images of immigration/border security are in stark contrast to her upbringing exploring the rugged landscape.

The exhibit has opened at Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway; there'll be a First Thursday reception at 5 p.m. For more: www.portland5.com.

• Kristen Miller spent three months up near the Arctic Circle in an artist residency at Kemijarvi, Finland, and she saw seasons change and the melting snow reveal objects and a lush grassy soccer field. The light changed, too. Her landscape depictions involve silk fabrics and meticulous stitching and sewn minute beads. She'll show at PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., starting 6 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Sept. 28. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.

• Rodrigo Valenzuela's "Past/Present" is a two-part exhibition with a brief survey of previous bodies of photography/video/painting work (Sept. 5-28) and a debut of new photos (Oct. 2-Nov. 2) at Upfor Gallery, 929 N.W. Flanders St. There'll be First Thursday festivities 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. His subjects are immigrants and the working class. For more: www.upforgallery.com.

• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., features photographers Josh Smith ("The First Years," documenting parenting) and Jennifer Thoreson ("Testament," about resilience/dependency/burden, set in a house for a year), starting 6 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Sept. 29. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.

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