The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Jan. 7). 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:
• Reminder: 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. …
"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.
• "Almost Paradise" is a group exhibition by artists Katie Holden, Kristin Hough and Julian Tan, who collectively make up Outback Arthouse project. It has opened at Carnation Contemporary, 8371 N. Interstate Ave. (by appointment only) and shows through Jan. 17. From promotions: "Just like that. We're knocking on heaven's door. And no one is home. A hopeful prayer can only be heard by Google. 'Almost Paradise" is a hazy dream with 24-hour access preoccupation. … The performance of the past falls flat, the ante is upped, anything could happen. How could we ask for more?" For more: http://www.carnationcontemporary.com.
• Continuing at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave. through Jan. 30, it's "Women of the African Diaspora: Identity, Place, Migration, Immigration," a virtual photography exhibit curated by Aaron Turner and featuring works by Widline Cadet, Jasmine Clarke and Nadiya I. Nacorda. For more: http://www.blueskygallery.org.
• The Elisabeth Jones Art Center, 516 N.W. 14th Ave., plays host to the Global Art Festival, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7. The exhibition is a culmination of the work created by the International Mural by Mail project in 2020, which gives artists the opportunity to network and communicate with fellow creators around the globe. Artists from more than 18 countries have mailed large-scale drawings to others, and the Global Art Festival will feature 10 collaborations between Portland and international artists. For more: http:/www.elisabethjones.art.
• The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, located in Otis, will collaborate with Waterstone Gallery for the 20th Anniversary Folio and related work, part of the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, in an exhibition at Waterstone Gallery, Jan. 12-Feb. 28. It will showcase prints created by nine Schnitzer Residency alumni. Julia D'Amario helped conceive the program and taught each artist in the program. Waterstone, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more: http://www.sitkacenter.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission on First Thursday, 5-8 p.m., http://www.portlandartmuseum.org (when it's open).
• For information on galleries: First Thursday, http://www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, http://www.padaoregon.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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