The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Dec. 3). Most galleries have reopened with COVID-19 safety protocols and government restrictions, including limited capacities; some require appointments, some have web content. Please check individual websites for details:
• Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St., features "We Got Each Other's Back" by Carlos Motta with Helday de la Cruz, Julio Salgado and Edna Vazquez through Feb. 14. For more: http://www.pica.org. It's part of a long-term documentary project, a three-part multichannel video installation featuring portraits of queer artists and activists in the United States who have been openly undocumented and who have produced work to denounce immigration policies.
• At PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., it's "Ferocious Mothers" by several women artists, Dec. 2-Jan. 2. It features women artists who have managed to make art and build successful careers while being attentive mothers. "This is not an easy task, particularly today," promotions state. "It takes strong belief in the value of their art, a strong will to produce it, and a strong heart for their families." The artists: Natalie Ball, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Ellen Lesperance, Maya Lin, Senga Nengudi, Heather Watkins, Marie Watt. For more: http://www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
• "A Postcolonial Landscape" by Modou Dieng (paintings), "Studio Studies — Survey of Drawings 1958-2020" by Ed Bereal (drawings) and "Fragile Sprints" by Dinh Q. Le (screen prints) are featured at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., through Jan. 30. For more: http://www.elizabethleach.com.
• The December exhibition at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., is "In This Moment," small works created by Waterstone gallery members in response to this extraordinary year. It shows through Jan. 10. For more: http://www.waterstonegallery.com.
• The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University has named Maryanna G. Ramirez as director. She previously oversaw strategic initiatives at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. For more: http://www.pdx.edu/museum-of-art.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on First Thursday, http://www.portlandartmuseum.org. However, it's closed until Dec. 18.
• For information on galleries: First Thursday, http://www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, http://www.padaoregon.org.
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