November Arts: Sitka Art Invitational is at World Forestry Center
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Nov. 4). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations and visitor restrictions. Please check individual websites for info.
• Reminders: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University's exhibit "Louise Bourgeois: What is the Shape of This Problem" continues through Dec. 4. The exhibit includes 119 works focusing on prints, textiles and a series of eight holograms, ranging from the 1940s to the early 2000s. It examines the emotional terrains found in her practice, including feelings of isolation, anger and fear, depicted through images of the body, childhood, family, architecture and the passage of time.
Meanwhile, Gigi Woolery, Nolan Hanson and Maria Wehdeking are the recipients of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize, by the PSU Schnitzer museum, and there'll be an exhibition of their work at the museum through Dec. 4. A public reception will be 5 p.m. Nov. 18. For more: http://www.pdx.edu/museum-of-art.
Lawrence Halprin's "Fountains" at Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has been extended through Nov. 27. The museum at 724 N.W. Davis St. also features, through Jan. 30, "Mending The Social Fabric" by Bonnie Meltzer, who creates a site-specific installation made up of a 314-foot circumference parachute with 75 embroidered handkerchiefs with text that amplifies embedded themes circling the parachute. For more: http://www.ojmche.org.
• "Circle Angle Arc," which includes encaustic paintings by Martha Pfanschmidt and metal sculptures by Nancy Wilkins, shows at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., through Nov. 28. The work describes how underlying structures of shape and form are ever-changing and evolving, creating both perceived permanence and impermanence. For more: http://www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Steven B. Smith's "Your Mountain is Waiting" and Carl Bower's "Private Fears" photography exhibits show at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., Nov. 4-27. Smith's work seeks to create a portrait of our culture by ways we value and shape landscape; it was created in Utah, his home state. Bower's work was a direct outgrowth of personal experience, struggling with a companion who turned into a stalker; he asked for strangers to share fears and be photographed. For more: http://www.blueskygallery.org.
• Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., presents Jo Hamilton's "Transitory Trespass" and Anne Siems "Vulnerable," Nov. 4-27. Hamilton uses natural and manmade fibers for her crocheted works and explores a finite view of nature. The painter Siems addresses hardship and pain she experienced during the pandemic and experienced by women in general. For more: http://www.russoleegallery.com.
• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., it's "Windows," new abstract works by Jinie Park that combines painting and sculpture and feature radiant color washes on cut-out canvases, as well as "Touching Matter" by multi-disciplinary artist MK Guth, who focuses on social rituals and circumstances. Guth works in video, photography, sculpture, performance and interactive exchange. They both show Nov. 4-Dec. 31. For more: http://www.elizabethleach.com.
• The Stormy Weather Arts Festival in Cannon Beach, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7, features gallery events such as demonstrations and classes, as well as musical performances. For a gallery listing, see http://www.CBGalleryGroup.com.
• The Sitka Art Invitational exhibit and sale takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 6-7 at World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road in Portland. It's put on by the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Otis. There'll be more than 350 nature-inspired works of art by 125 Northwest artists, including sculpture, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, glass, fiber art, photography, drawings and prints. For more: http://www.worldforestry.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission for kids 17 and under. See http://www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• For information on galleries: First Thursday, http://www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, http://www.padaoregon.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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