May Arts: Elizabeth Leach Gallery presents 'Exquisite Scrolls'
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (May 6). Many galleries have reopened with COVID-19 safety protocols in place, including limited capacities; some require appointments, some have web content. Please check individual websites for details:
• The Portland Art Museum remains open to limited capacity, despite Multnomah County returning to extreme COVID risk. It features the exhibit "Ansel Adams in Our Time." For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., there are new works by Ryan Pierce, "Awake Under Vines," and Charlene Liu, "Lattice," through May 29.
In addition, Leach Gallery will be a host location for "Exquisite Scrolls," collaborative drawings for Pacific Northwest College of Art, a series of a dozen 10-foot-long multipanel works. It includes works by 100 artists (not all will be on display). The background: The game "Exquisite Corpse" involved participants taking turns writing or drawing on a sheet of paper, folding it to conceal the contribution, and then passing it to the next player for further contribution. It was adopted in artistic circles in the 1920s as a technique during the Surrealist movement to generate collaborative compositions.
For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• New Avenues for Youth has created a two-story mural on the exterior wall of its building on Southwest Ninth Avenue to celebrate community and inspire volunteerism, inspired by youth artists Emily Nadria, Christian Orellana Baur and Nori Rinaldo. Tyler Zangaglia, a Gonzaga University student with ties to Portland, initiated the project.
It was designed by Forest for the Trees and local artists Gage Hamilton and Mehran Heard (also known as Eatcho). The mural focuses on some of Portland's iconic structures and depictions of community service.
• The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University has reopened to university students, faculty and staff. It features exhibitions that highlight work by School of Art & Design faculty and Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize winners. The new exhibit, "Building Community," coincides with PSU's 75th anniversary and highlights the work of more than 50 current and former faculty members.
• Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., features the work of Michael de Forest and Greg Wilbur with "Oblations," through May 30. They are sculptures of bent wood and hammered metal that translate the ephemeral into the real; sound, movement and fleeting emotion become tangible objects. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• At Russo Lee, Gallery 805 N.W. 21st Ave., it's Kim Osgood's paintings "Going Into the Forest" and Whitney Nye's paintings "Range," May 6-29. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., has a new exhibition called "What a Body Moves Through," curated by June T Sanders and featuring work by Tyler Clarke, Bryson Rand and Lindley Warren Mickunas, May 6-June 26. The images address and expand upon contemporary notions of the body. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
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