July Arts: At Blue Sky, it's 'American Interiors' and 'Proxy War'
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (July 8). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations. Please check individual websites for info.
• Reminder: Famed sculptor Lee Kelly will present 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, musing and studies from the artist's studio sketchbooks. Also at Leach, it's Kavin Buck's "It's Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again" paintings through July 31. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., features Ruth Ross textiles and prints ("Self/Conscious") with diverse media guest artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore ("Matter Splatter Spectrum Scatter"), through July 31. Ross uses the so-called "feminist arts" of sewing and embroidery along with monotype and cyanotype printmaking to explore the history of textile arts and her personal history. Moore presents a call to mindfulness and reflection on the environment, which counts the simplistic dichotomies of the current political climate by suggesting our connectedness to one another through microscopic images. For more: www.gallery114pdx.com.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., features two new photography exhibits: ML Casteel's "American Interiors," which depicts psychological repercussions of war and a military series through cars owned by veterans, and Justyna Badach's "Proxy War," which examines the transmutation of history and repackaging of violence through appropriation and recontextualization of images derived from films created for a male audience, both through July 31. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• Exhibitions through July 31 at Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., are James Allen's "You Are Living in a Poem" and "Gather:Make:Shelter Academy," a collaborative project led by artist Dana Lynn Louis that pairs housed and unhoused artists — 39 artists working since 2018 — for hand-painted ceramic artworks and an illustrated zine of poetry. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.
• Painter/illustrator Tess Rubenstein ("Pond Song") is featured at Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 S.E. Third Ave., through July 31. It's a collection of quiet moments spent in companionship with fog, flower and tide, exploring the sensate experience of the rural California coastline. For more: www.stephaniechefas.com.
• PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., presents the group exhibition "Walking" with works by 32 artists, through Aug. 28. It's a visual representation of the practices involving walking, and documents journeys taken afoot. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
• High Low Art Space, 936 S.E. 34th Ave., has reopened with arts events, classes and drop-in life drawing. It was founded by local sculptor Jim Gion. For more: www.highlowartspace.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
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