Other articles include the group exhibit “Play” at the Waterstone Gallery and “To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives” at the Jewish Museum.
La Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other artistic events during the first edition of each month, coinciding with the first Thursday (December 1). Galleries have reopened, but they may have limited hours and / or online presentations and visitor restrictions. Please see individual websites for more information.
• Reminders: The Jewish Museum of Oregon and the Holocaust Education Center at 724 NW Davis St. present, until January 30, “Mending The Social Fabric” by Bonnie Meltzer, which creates an installation specific to the site made up of a 314 foot parachute circumference with 75 handkerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the embedded themes encircling the parachute.
For more information: ojmche.org.
At the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW Ninth Ave., it is “Windows”, new abstract works by Jinie Park that combine painting and sculpture and feature washes of vibrant colors on cut-out canvases, as well as “Touching Matter” by a multidisciplinary artist MK Guth, who focuses on rituals and social circumstances. Guth works in video, photography, sculpture, performance and interactive exchange. They are both visible until December 31.
For more information: elizabethleach.com.
“Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” a screening exhibition by the famous painter, runs through January 9, 2022, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
For more information: vangoghportland.com.
The exhibition of prints “Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga: Changing Tastes in Japanese Woodblock Prints”, featuring the collection of Portlander Irwin Lavenberg, is available at the Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave., until January 30, 2022.
For more information: japanesegarden.org.
• At Waterstone Gallery, 124 NW Ninth Ave., there will be a group exhibit, “Play,” which celebrates the importance of play in the creative process. Artists were encouraged to let go, explore new ideas and experiment with materials. It will run until January 16 with an artist talk at 11 a.m. on December 19.
For more information: waterstonegallery.com.
• Photographs of Rachel Papo’s 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 the Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW Eighth Ave., December 2. 31. “By documenting contrasting and visceral feelings through photographs and journal entries, Papo raises awareness of something that often goes unnoticed or misunderstood,” the advertisement states. “(The exhibition) aims to capture the voices of mothers in their darkest moments.
Sonia Lenzi’s “Take Me to Live with You”, on the collective relations between peoples, history, culture and values of Italy, is also presented at Blue Sky in December.
For more information: blueskygallery.org.
• The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education also presents “To Bear Witness – Extraordinary Lives”, from December 12 to May 15. This is a partnership with The Immigrant Story, in collaboration with Jim Lommasson and NW Documentary, and it’s a multimedia exhibit focused on the lives of 14 refugees who have 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 about the survival of individuals and the generosity of others. The title “To Bear Witness” comes from Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
For more information: ojmche.org.
• Reminder: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., offers free admission for children 17 and under, portlandartmuseum.org.
• For more information on the galleries: First Thursday, firstthursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, padaoregon.org.
– Jason Vondersmith
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