June Arts: Recent works by Lee Kelly show at Leach Gallery
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (June 3). Most galleries had reopened with COVID-19 safety protocols and government restrictions, including limited capacities; some require appointments, some have web content. Check individual websites for info.
• Reminder: Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., has an exhibition called "What A Body Moves Through," curated by June T Sanders and featuring work by Tyler Clarke, Bryson Rand and Lindley Warren Mickunas, through June 26. The images address and expand upon contemporary notions of the body. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• The Portland Street Art Alliance has been working on three new mural projects across the Portland area: Christian Tellez and PSAA personnel are painting a massive mural at the New Mercato Grove development in Lake Oswego; Jamaali Roberts' new mural "Persist" at 4709 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. has been dedicated to black women who have helped further equality in the United States; PSAA has expanded the Central Eastside Mural District with a new, 12,000-square-foot mural dedicated to the history of the industrial district. For more: www.pdxstreetart.org.
• Art in the Garden at Silverton's The Oregon Garden has resumed and will stay open through Labor Day. Local artists showcase handcrafted pieces. Featured artists are Lorraine Garcy, Susan Wheeler, Judy Kunkle, Lauren Wingert, Mary Mosier and Mo Hurless. For more: www.oregongarden.org.
• "Unmuted: PCC Art Student Exhibition" is a virtual show by Portland Community College's Helzer Gallery, North View Gallery, Paragon Arts Gallery and Southeast Gallery. It's guest-juried by Patricia Vazquez Gomez, a Portland State University faculty member, and it features works of selected students. To view it, see www.pcc.edu/galleries/student-exhibit. Awards will be announced Friday, June 4.
• At 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., Waterstone Gallery's exhibit through June 27 features the paintings of Lisa Onstad and her new series "Bliss and Other Stories." It's inspired by her personal and emotional connection to the high Sierra-Nevada range, and it's a tribute to the peace and freedom nature brings in times of hardship. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Nine Gallery at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., is featuring a photography exhibition by Christopher Rauschenberg, First Thursday through June 26. They are from his travels through India in January 2020. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Famed sculptor Lee Kelly will be presenting recent work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., First Thursday through July 31. It includes steel sculptures, cast bronze forms and figurative watercolors, all inspired by past writings, musings and studies from the artist's studio sketchbooks. Judy Cooke's "Form First" paintings show through June 26. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., presents "Works on Paper" by Bryn Harding and Brandi Kruse, First Thursday through June 26. For more: www.gallery114pdx.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., usually offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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