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, Nov. 7:
• Reminder: At the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Laura Fritz's "Apex" references the movement of bees, birds, cats, moths and butterflies, through Feb. 23. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org. ... The late Ray Grimm taught ceramics at Portland State University for 33 years. Now Michael Parsons Fine Art, 716 S.W. Madison St., presents a Grimm retrospective show, through Nov. 30. For more: www.michaelparsonsfineart.com.
• Takahiko Hayashi is an internationally renowned artist with works at the Los Angeles Museum of Art in California and the Museum of Modern Art in Japan. His goal is to create something from nothing, using spirals, swirls and dot clouds, usually in blue or red. His work shows at Froelick Gallery, 714 N.W. Davis St., through Nov. 30. For more: www.froelickgallery.com.
• New York-based artist Nancy Lorenz creates abstracted landscapes and studies in form that pay attention to the juxtaposition of materials, shapes and the hand of the artist. She starts drawings with gestural lines and imagery, and adds metal leaf materials and raised leaf surfaces. She'll show at PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., through Nov. 30, with a First Thursday gathering at 6 p.m. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
Also at PDX Contemporary, the PDX Window Project features "NINNI" by Nicole Eva Mueller through Nov. 29. They are drawings of tigers and bears "and they are angry with us, their fate is lurking ...," publicity says.
• Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., celebrates it 44th birthday with the two-part exhibition, "Blue Sky Ahead," the second part featuring photographers Ebenezer Galluzzo, Emma Kisiel, Jamila Clarke, Nolan Streitberger, Sam Wrigglesworth and Troi Anderson, from 6 p.m. First Thursday through Dec. 1. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.
• New work by Jeff Leake and William Kendall shows at Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., from First Thursday to Dec. 1. Leake paints surreal landscapes on cloud-shaped canvases, emphasizing symbols and how they differ from spontaneous behavior. Kendall meshes traditional design principles with graffiti, using "ghosting method" to allow images to arise by chance. For more: www.gallery114pdx.com.
• Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St., addresses the stigma of adult sex workers, drug users, gang members, immigrants and transient people and the seemingly derogatory term given to them when involved in crimes — no human involved, or NHI. The exhibit "No Human Involved," the fifth annual sex workers' art show, opens at 6 p.m. Nov. 8. For more: www.pica.org.
• The Wild Arts Festival, benefiting the Audubon Society, takes place Nov. 23-24 at Pure Space, 1315 N.W. Overton St. There'll be about 70 nature-inspired artists and 30 authors involved. For more: www.wildartsfestival.org.
• Reminder: The Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission from 5-8 p.m. on First Thursday, www.portlandartmuseum.org.
• For information on galleries: First Thursday, firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.
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