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. 5:
• Reminders: At the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Laura Fritz's "Apex" references the movement of bees, birds, cats, moths and butterflies. Her work is noted for the psychological interplay between space and objects, but it is not without lushness and fine surfaces, even levity. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org. It shows through Feb. 23. ... Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St., addresses the stigma of adult sex workers, drug users, gang members, immigrants and transient people and the seemingly derogatory term given to them when they are involved in crimes — no human involved, or NHI. The exhibit "No Human Involved," the fifth annual sex workers' art show, is on display through Dec 14. For more: www.pica.org.
• Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., puts on its Holiday Group Exhibition featuring works by several artists and memorial exhibits to Jan Reaves and Judith Poxson Fawkes, starting at 5 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Dec. 21. Reaves (1945-2018) was a beloved teacher and an abstract painter, known for gestural shapes, overlapping forms and range of color. Fawkes (1941-2019) was a teacher and an artist known for her linen inlay, double-weave and pattern-weave tapestries. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.
• PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., welcomes the work of Puerto Rican native Ivan Carmona, whose sculptures draw from specific landmarks and key aspects of his home country's landscape. He uses abstractions of flora, fauna, water, earth, architecture and cultural references. It'll show through Dec. 28, and there'll be a First Thursday gathering at 6 p.m. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
• With her new series of landscape paintings, "Low Tide," Lisa Onstad was inspired by her personal and emotional connection to the turquoise coastline of Northern California. She revisits her family's history to understand the ebb and flow of memory, migration and ocean's tides. It shows at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., through Dec. 29 with a First Thursday gathering as well as an artist's talk 11 a.m. Dec. 15. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on First Thursday, www.portlandartmuseum.org.
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