March Arts: Portland arts galleries welcoming visitors
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (March 4). Most galleries had reopened with coronavirus/COVID-19 safety protocols and government restrictions, including limited capacities; some require appointments, some have web content. Please check individual websites for info:
• Reminders: Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., 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, through March 27. There'll be a Henry talk at 5 p.m. March 13. For more: www.blueskygallery.org. … Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., shows Michelle Ross' "I Am Your Signal" paintings and Alexis Day's "Faceted: Time and Expectations" new works through March 27. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W Flanders St., welcomes the work of Yamamoto Masao, his recent "Bonsai and Shizuka" photography series. Masao, who lives and works in Japan, has exhibited extensively throughout the world, including with PDX Contemporary in the past. Yamamoto brings the bonsai out into the landscape for photos, reversing tradition; the bonsai typically brings natural beauty into the home. The exhibit shows at PDX Contemporary through March 27. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
• If you're up for a road trip, the High Desert Museum in Bend presents "Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing Into Rocks from Oregon & Space," opening March 6. The exhibit explores extraterrestrial rocks, particularly from the Earth, Moon, Mars and asteroids and what they have in common. The project is an ongoing collaboration of Seattle photographer Neil H. Buckland and University of Washington professor Tony Irving. For more: www.highdesertmuseum.org/cosmic-microscapes.
• The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University will feature shows on its website and social media channels, and they'll continue them in their exhibition space through May 9 once it has reopened. Artists who have built PSU's School of Art & Design will be featured in "Building Community: PSU Art & Design Faculty, Past & Present." It coincides with the 75th anniversary of the university and includes works from more than 50 artists. For more: www.pdx.edu/museum-of-art.
• 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).
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