February Arts: Shows include 'Making a Better Painting,' 'Southern Rites,' 'Life After Life in Prison' and 'The Quiet Show'
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. 6:
• Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., is showing "Nierika: Santuario Somatico," by Edgar Fabian Frias, through March 8. The show of digital prints, objects in the form of shower curtains and pillows, along with video, draws on the artist's indigenous, queer, pagan, witch, mutagenic and chimerica identities. For more: www.disjecta.org.
• Lewis & Clark College's Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill, is featuring "Making a Better Painting," a collaborative curation of 18 artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest that seeks to spark conversations about painting from a practitioner's point of view. It shows through March 15. For more: lclark.edu.
n Asher Rose's "Lady Saints" shows at Gallery at the Jupiter at the Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., through March 31. There'll be a First Friday reception at 7 p.m. For more: www.jupiterhotel.com.
• The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St., has a new exhibit featuring American photographer Gillian Laub. In "Southern Rites," Laub shows the realities of racism and raises painful and essential questions to understand the American consciousness. It shows through May 24. For more: www.ojmche.org.
• Twenty-one women prisoners are highlighted in Sara Bennett's "Life After Life in Prison: The Bedroom Project" exhibit at Blue Sky Gallery, which begins at 6 p.m. First Thursday and shows through March 1 at the gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• "Love, p:ear" features photography by Sean May and p:ear youth. The nonprofit p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation. The photo exhibit shows from First Thursday through March 5 at p:ear, 338 N.W. Sixth Ave. For more: www.pearmentor.org.
• "The Quiet Show" is a group exhibition of 20 artists whose work evokes stillness and contemplation, 6 p.m. First Thursday through March 28, at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• If you're up for a road trip, the High Desert Museum in Bend shares the art and culture of the Burning Man festival, which features colossal works of art in northwest Nevada. It's called "Infinite Moment: Burning Man on the Horizon" and it's on display through Oct. 4. For more: www.highdesertmuseum.org.
• 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, firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.
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