The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Sept. 3). Most galleries have reopened with COVID-19 safety protocols and government restrictions in place:
• Reminder: The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St., is featuring the exhibit "Southern Rites" — photographs by Gillian Laub — as well as Mel Katz's "Wall Sculptures."
Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, with advance tickets required.
Laub's photos, storytelling and visual activism examine the realities of racism and raise questions to help understand the American consciousness. Her photos are from Montgomery County, Georgia, originally published in The New York Times Magazine. Her project began as an exploration of segregated high school rituals and evolved after the murder of an unarmed Black man by an older white man.
For more: www.ojmche.org.
• Encaustic painter Martha Pfanschmidt and sculptor Nancy Wilkins ponder the randomness and uncertainty of life in "Cosmic Pinball," through Sept. 27 at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave. From publicity notes: "In their respective works, they use swirls, spheres and angles to describe how we all seek order and balance in a life we ultimately cannot control. However, despite life's uncertainty, we can try to enjoy the ride as we are flung through space and time — directed by flippers and bumpers, hoping to tilt the machine in our favor once in a while." There'll be a First Thursday Facebook reception at 7 p.m. and an artist talk Sept. 14 on the gallery's YouTube channel. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Art in Oregon presents the virtual "You are Not a Robot," which takes a positive, humorous, honest and unflinching look at ourselves as humans. It features the works of 20 artists. There'll be a Zoom reception at 6:30 p.m. First Thursday. For more, see www.artinoregon.com. It was originally scheduled for June 2020 as part of the Lakewood Festival for the Arts in Lake Oswego, which had to be canceled.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., is open noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and will present exhibits by Kiliii Yuyan ("Rumors of Arctic Belonging") and Geralyn Shukwit ("O Tempo Nao Para"), with a virtual First Thursday reception at 5 p.m. for Yuyan on Instagram and and a YouTube talk with Shukwit on Sept. 5. For more: www.blueskygallery.org. Yuyan, a native Siberian, documents traditions while looking toward the Arctic's future. For the past nine years, Shukwit traveled the backroads of Bahia, Brazil, for his photos of families. The exhibit's name translates as "time does not stop."
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually 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, padaoregon.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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