Portland First Thursday 25th Anniversary: 50+ Art Openings & Events | October 2011

First Thursday @ Everett Station Lofts, Portland, OregonPortland’s monthly First Thursday event is tomorrow night! It’s quite special this month, since it marks the 25th anniversary of the event.

From Portland Business Journal:
First Thursday began in 1986, when the Pearl District was full of abandoned warehouses left over from its industrial past.

Gallery owners were among the Pearl's only full-time businesses when the neighborhood's industrial tenants closed their doors in the mid-1980s. As prominent developer Mark Edlen and city leaders plotted ways to build the Pearl, First Thursday was already attracting thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. Continue reading here.

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The weather will be rather nice for October (no rain, 60 degrees) and thousands of people will be out and enjoying the art and events. There are over 50 (probably 100) galleries having openings this month, with most openings taking place in the Pearl district and Old Town/China Town.

We have a very large list below thanks to Sequential Art Gallery (328 NW Broadway). They compile an email called the “[h]IT LIST” of events every month. You can join it by emailing them @ sequentialart @ gmail dot com. We have reproduced much of it below with permission.

Are you on the Twitter? Follow @FirstThursday or the #firstthursday hashtag to see what people are posting about it. You can also follow Sequential art on twitter: @sequentialart

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MANY Portland First Thursday Art Events

This Month at Sequential Art Gallery

THE VERY, VERY DARK COMEDY OF JOHN ASCHER’S PAINTED GRAPHIC NOVEL “NeIL”

In October we are proud to host Jon Ascher’s original work from the new graphic novel, NeIL. Jon spent over a decade writing, painting, and arranging the book, until he felt he achieved a balance of laugh-out-loud high jinks, disturbing morbid existentialism, and tear-jerking redemption. We watch the troubled character of Neil look for meaning in his life… until he starts to break down into a paranoia and suspicion that may–or may not–be justified.

On display will be the original paintings from the book, each measuring 20-by-30 inches. All art will be for sale, and copies of NeIL (published by Cackling Imp Press) will be available for purchase as well. 50% of profits from all sales of NeIL will go to benefit the National Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The show opens First Thursday, October 6th, and runs through the 29th.

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. Open for regular gallery hours Thursdays (3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (11am-5pm) or by appointment. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe. More information is available at www.sequentialartgallery.com

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Everett Station Lofts | 625 NW Everett & 328 NW Broadway

  • 113. SEQUENTIAL ART: “NeIL” by Jon Ascher (see above)
  • 117. NISUS:“A Simpler Time” featuring Kelly Goode, Leah Verwey, and Sid Owen.
  • BREEZE BLOCK [623 NW 6th]: “Utopian Hideaways for the Jet-Setter” by Melissa Loop
  • 105.PONY CLUB: “Monsterbation 2”, a group show exhibition of sexual monstrosities

Also should be open
101. SALOME| 102 TRACEY | 103. RIGHT SIDE ART | 104. | 105. PONY CLUB |106. PORTAL | 107. FOTOEFFECT | 108. MOHDI | 109. STYLOID PROCESS | 110. DARRAS | 111. ALKALINE | 113. SEQUENTIAL ART | 114. FLUIX | 115. | 116. TYSON SPACE | 117. NISUS | A MOOD CHANGE | BREEZE BLOCK

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Old Town Chinatown First Thursday Events

  • FLOATING WORLD [400 NW Couch]: “Habibi”, book release and artwork by local author Craig Thompson
  • GRASS HUT [NW 4th & Couch]: Work by Alex Chiu and Itokin Park
  • BUTTERS [520 NW Davis]: Mixed media paintings on steel by Jeff Fointaine
  • GRASSY KNOLL [123 NW 2nd, 2F]: “A Mind’s Eye” by Nicole Linde (til the end of September 2011)
  • HELLION [19 NW 5th]: Sand painting by Naoshi Sunae
  • COMPOUND [105 NW 5th]; Japanism by Senjiro Nakata and Tadashi Ura

Also should be open
BACKSPACE | 24HR CHURCH OF ELVIS | ROCKSBOX

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Northwest Portland First Thursday Events

  • CHAMBERS [916 NW Flanders]: “Connecting…”, group show, feat. Blakely Dadson, Sang-ah Choi, Jiseon Lee Isabara, Heidi Schwegler, Eva Speer, Bernard Steffin, and Aaron Yassin
  • GRAETER GALLERY [131 NW 2nd] Group show and grand opening!
  • LAURA RUSSO [805 NW 21st]: work by Gregory Grenon; and 25th Anniversary Gallery Group Show
  • BENJAMIN BENJAMIN [1720 NW Lovejoy]: “180° Delirium”:Paintings, dimensional work and stuffed beasts by Jimmy Pickering
  • AUGEN NW [716 NW Davis ] “Natural Selection” by Morgan Walker; and “Lovejoy” by Sarah Ellen Taylor
  • GALLERY 114 [1100 NW Glisan]: “Portlandia: A Series of Prints from the Field” by F.X. Rosica
  • BLUE SKY [122 NW 8th Ave]: Photography by Dan Ziskie and Carl Bower
  • BLACKFISH [420 NW 9th Ave]: “Accumulation” by Robert Dozono; works by Palmarin Merges and Kevin Haas
  • GALLERY 135 [135 NW Park]: “Tinker” by Kristy Charroin
  • MUSEUM of CONTEMPORARY CRAFT [724 NW Davis]: “Cutting Her Own Path” by Nikki McClure
  • BULLSEYE [300 NW 13th Ave]: “Cipher” by Kate Baker “Correspondence” by Carrie Iverson
  • ELIZABETH LEACH [417 NW 9th Ave]: “The Early Years” by Bonnie Bronson; and “Maquettes” by Lee Kelly
  • FROELICK [714 NW Davis]: “At Last” by Tom Prochaska; and “Weather Studies” by Sally Finch (Willamette Week Pick!)
  • PDX CONTEMPORARY [925 NW Flanders]: “to tease a hummingbird ” by Wes Mills; and “Little Flowers” by Eduardo Fernandez
  • URBAN GRIND COFFEEHOUSE [911 NW 14th Ave]: “Mandalas and Yantras” group show

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Southwest Portland First Thursday Events

  • PORTLAND ART MUSEUM [1219 SW Park]: John Beech exhibition (ends October 28th, 2011); “APEX”, by Adam Sorensen (ends January 1st, 2012)
  • SHAFFER FINE ART [308 SW 1sr Ave]: Metal Wall Sculptures by Donnie Wanner

PSU Art Department Galleries:

  • Autzen Gallery – [Neuberger Hall, Rm. 205, 724 SW Harrison]: “Mobility & Sparseness: Every City’s Edge” group show
  • MK Gallery and AB Lobby Gallery [2000 SW 5th Ave] “PSU Department of Art Student Scholarship Recipients Exhibition”

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