December Arts: Blue Sky shows motherhood woes in Papo's photos
The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month, coinciding with First Thursday (Dec. 2). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and/or online presentations and visitor restrictions. Please check individual websites for info.
• Reminders: The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at 724 N.W. Davis St. 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: www.ojmche.org.
At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., it's "Windows," new abstract works by Jinie Park that combined 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 through Dec. 31.
For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
"Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience," a projection exhibit of the famous painter, continues through Jan. 9, 2022, at Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
For more: www.vangoghportland.com.
The exhibit of prints "Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints," featuring the collection of Portlander Irwin Lavenberg, is available to see at Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., through Jan. 30, 2022.
For more: www.japanesegarden.org.
• At Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., there'll be a group exhibition, "Play," which celebrates the importance of play in the creative process. Artists were encouraged to let go, investigate new ideas and experiment with materials. It shows through Jan. 16 with an artist talk at 11 a.m. Dec. 19.
For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Rachel Papo's photography of mothers, including postpartum depression (and her own experience), are featured in "It's Been Pouring: The Dark Secret of the First Year of Motherhood" at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., Dec. 2-31. "By documenting contrasting and visceral feelings through photographs and journal entries, Papo builds awareness of something that often goes unnoticed or is misunderstood," publicity states. "(The exhibit) sets out to capture the voices of mothers in their darkest moments.
Sonia Lenzi's "Take Me to Live with You," about collective relationships of the people, history, culture and values of Italy, also shows at Blue Sky in December.
For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education also presents "To Bear Witness — Extraordinary Lives," Dec. 12-May 15. It's a partnership with The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Jim Lommasson and NW Documentary, and it's a multimedia exhibition focused on the lives of 14 refugees who rebuilt their lives in Oregon. There are photographs, profiles and short films, featuring people from Austria, Bosnia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Germany, Hungary, Rwanda, Sudan, Syria and Tibet. Each story tells of survival of the individuals and generosity of others. The title "To Bear Witness" comes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
For more: www.ojmche.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission for kids 17 and under, www.portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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