A First First Thursday for PNCA's New Home

Spring has sprung early in Portland and First Thursday invites art lovers to take to the surprisingly unsoaked streets. We've got six gallery picks—one of them at PNCA's brand new 511 Building.

By Rene Bermudez March 3, 2015

PNCA's new 511 Gallery opens this Thursday to the public. Photo credit: PNCA

This month, Portland's street art party starts big—in the lofty gallery of PNCA's brand new building on the North Park Blocks.

For the new HQ's first-ever First Thursday, the dramatically renovated, Schnitzer-funded 511 Building throws open its doors with its inaugural exhibit. Gathering Autonomy, a retrospective of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, runs through June 21. The international artist group's earthy, politically-tinged poster art style was born and nurtured in Portland in the early 2000s. The PNCA show will feature work by all thirty members of the cooperative, as well as a series of print portfolios issued by the group. 

Once you've taken in Portland's shiniest new art space, put your best foot forward and find your way to these nearby First Thursday happenings: 

Image credit: Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Upfor Gallery

Valenzuela, a working-class artist and photographer, creates striking black-and-white images that bring to mind industrial ruins but also have the feel of careful, painterly compositions. 
First Thursday Reception: 6–8 pm  



Photo credit: Mario Gallucci

Living With Glass
Museum of Contemporary Craft

In a bid to create an exhibition "about and for collectors," the MoCC has installed an array of highly-collectible Italian glass pieces into homely scenes -  specifically the home of glass fanatic Dan Nelson. Nelson owns some of the exhibited pieces, and his home inspired the creative scenes. The exhibition also draws from the private collection of Ed Cauduro.  
First Thursday: museum open until 8 pm  


A sculptural work by Robert Schlegel

Robert and Rob Schlegel

This father-son team plays with light and air by exploring the avian through literary and painted landscapes. Bringing “put a bird on it” to a whole new level.
First Thursday Reception: 5–8 pm 



Primrose Beardsley by Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley and Lisa Onstad
Waterstone Gallery

Fairytales, flora of Hawaii, and wild topiaries abound in Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley's Introductions. Meanwhile, Lisa Onstad's watery, blue-and-green paintings evoke spring and landscape, but there's a twist. Occasional dark, clashing streaks of pixelation unsettle cheerful fields of blue and bring a chilly sense of foreboding.
First Thursday Reception: 6–8 pm


Cairo 2 by Matthew Picton

Words, Words, Words
Elizabeth Leach
Twenty-two artists use words to build—and burn—bridges between a variety of media as well as the commercial, literary, political, and personal registers. Put a spring in your step for this must-see First Thursday offering, with pieces from a truly impressive range of international artists including iconic conceptual artist Jenny Holzer.
First Thursday Reception: 6–8 pm 



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