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Openings include Early Northwest Masters at Russo Lee, Wendel White at Blue Sky and Michelle Ross at Leach.

COURTESY PHOTO - Powerful images are part of Jon Henry's 'Stranger Fruit' exhibit at Blue Sky Gallery.The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Feb. 4).

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 info:

• Reminder: The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, located in Otis, is collaborating with Waterstone Gallery for the 20th Anniversary Folio and related work, part of the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency, in an exhibition at Waterstone Gallery, through Feb. 28.

It showcases 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., remains open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more: www.sitkacenter.org.

• The PDX Window Project at PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders, features the paintings of Tristan "TK Irving," Feb. 3-26. Irving draws inspiration from a range of sources and time periods, from Rembrandt to Jean-Michel Basquiat, integrating abstraction and modernist sensibilities. He's painted several portraits; his portraits of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have been carried at protests. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.

• Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, and features Geoffrey Pagen ("Itself and Not Itself") and Early Northwest Masters with its next exhibits, Feb. 4-27.

Pagen uses paint, ceramics, enamel, steel and wood to create works that blend painting and sculpture. The Early Northwest Masters lineup includes Carl and Hilda Morris, Sally Haley, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo and William Givler. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave. and open for appointments only noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, features Wendel White's "Manifest," which includes photos of objects and documents associated with African American history, and Jon Henry's "Stranger Fruit," a photo series created in response to police violence against Black men.

They show Feb. 4-March 27. There's an artist talk by White 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and Henry will speak 5 p.m. March 13. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.

• Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave. and open by appointment, shows Michelle Ross' "I Am Your Signal" paintings and Alexis Day's "Faceted: Time and Expectations" new works Feb. 4-March 27.

Ross's paintings challenge the static experience of viewing through her lively, lush palette and dynamic formal considerations. Day's fabric tapestries continue her exploration of surrealistic imagery through allegory and three-dimensional space. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.

• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org (when it's open).

• For information on galleries: First Thursday, www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.

— Jason Vondersmith


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