The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, Oct. 3:
8 At the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Laura Fritz's "Apex" references the movement of bees, birds, cats, moths and butterflies. Her work is noted for the psychological interplay between space and objects, but it is not without lushness and fine surfaces, even levity. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org. It shows through Feb. 23.
• Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., presents "A Personal Selection," 20 of the gallery's personal favorites from photographer Mark Steinmetz, through Oct. 26. There'll be a First Thursday reception at 5 p.m. He specializes in silver prints. For more: www.hartmanfineart.net.
• Photography by Ann Hughes, Christopher Rauschenberg, Craig Hickman, Robert Di Franco and Terry Toedtemeier are part of the Blue Sky Gallery's 44th birthday exhibition, "Blue Sky Ahead: Founders," starting at 6 p.m. First Thursday and going through Nov. 3 at the gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• The exhibition at Gallery 903, 903 N.W. Davis St., features Richard Boyer's paintings of Portland cityscapes brimming with color and light. It opens 6 p.m. First Thursday and shows through Oct. 31. For more: gallery903.com.
n New works by Stephen Hayes ("In the Hour Before: This Land") and new sculptures by Lee Kelly ("If Trees Could Walk") show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., starting at 6 p.m. First Thursday and going through Nov. 2. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• Art in the Village is a new gallery in Multnomah Village, founded by Donna Sanson. It's located at Southwest 40th Avenue and Multnomah Boulevard. Sanson has invited 20 artists to be part of the new venture, and the gallery officially opens Friday, Oct. 4 — "First Friday" in Multnomah Village. Hours are limited to 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays.
Also, the Multnomah Village Art Studios will welcome visitors to artists' workspaces at the same location, 7830 S.W. 40th Ave., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. Participating artists are Don Bishop, Suzanne Vaughan, Chas Martin, Cherii Shanteau, Brenda Boylan, Dianne Jean Erickson and Sanson.
• From the Southwest Community Connection:
Though the term diaspora was first used in print before 1600 to describe people banished from ancestral homelands, only since the 1960s has it come into common usage. It comes from a combination of two Greek words: "diasperin," which means "to scatter," and "speirein," meaning "to sow."
"Ancestral Connections," an exhibition of paintings, poetry, sculpture, quilts, photographs and collages at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway, Oct. 4-29, puts the emphasis on "to sow" by showcasing art that grew from what the artists' ancestors planted.
Bobby Fouther is the curator of what is described as a "group mixed media show celebrating Portland's African diaspora."
• The late Ray Grimm taught ceramics at Portland State University for 33 years. He was considered a leader of a vanguard of artists who transformed Portland into a center for the ceramics and glass arts. Michael Parsons Fine Art, 716 S.W. Madison St., presents a Grimm retrospective show, Oct. 16-Nov. 30. For more: www.michaelparsonsfineart.com.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5-8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith
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