Friday, December 01, 2006

December Opens, Rainbow After Rain 1,2,3,4,6

December 1

Gallery Openings on Portland's Eastside

Portland children's book illustrators Stephanie Bauer, Susan Boase, Annie Cannon, Carolyn Digby Conahan, Scarlene Delage, David Delamare, David Horn, Susan Jerde, Robin Koontz, Abigail Marble, Nicole Rubel, Andrea Uren and Elsa Warnick show the original artwork for their books at a show at the Murdoch Collections Gallery. The opening is today 5-9. Each Saturday in December they have afternoon readings at 1 with milk and cookies. Not sure about naps.
4114 N Vancouver Avenue 503-284-1960 Opens 5-9 Free

The Mark Woolley Gallery is decamping from the Pearl District after 13 years and plenty of gallery shows and infamous events. All art operations will be focused at his gallery underneath the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell.

Tonight a photo show of artist portraits opens. Marne Lucas has posed artists Tom Cramer, Paul Green, M.K. Guth, Storm Tharp, Chandra Bocci, Arnold & Jacob Pander, Jeff Jahn, Harvest Henderson, Bruce Conkle, Jayme Hanson, Henk Pander, Brenda Mallory, Molly Vidor, David Inkpen, Trish Grantham and LucasTom Cramer, Paul Green, M.K. Guth, Storm Tharp, Chandra Bocci, Arnold & Jacob Pander, Jeff Jahn, Harvest Henderson, Bruce Conkle, Jayme Hanson, Henk Pander, Brenda Mallory, Molly Vidor, David Inkpen, Trish Grantham and herself in tableau somehow going to the core of each artist's persona.

For example "In ‘Portrait of M.K Guth’, who is originally from Wisconsin, she is depicted ice fishing, a childhood memory- but at an ice hockey rink. Paul Green himself is cast as a proud, yet fragile figure from his own oil paintings and in ‘Bruce Conkle, Redwood Forest’ the artist becomes one of his own melting snowmen installations.” Jahn is depicted playing guitar at Stonehenge.

In the same show. “Only For Seeing” are new drawings and watercolors by Arnold Pander who alternates creative projects between Portland and LA.

Opening Reception: Friday December 1st, 6 - 9:30 pm
Artist talk: Saturday December 2nd at 2 pm (Lucas, Pander & Burns)
Closing Party: Friday December 29th, 7-11 pm
128 N.E. Russell (near MLK Blvd.) at the Wonder Ballroom
Hours: 11-6 Tuesday - Saturday (503 284-3636

Renaissance woman Alicia Rose shows portraits of Oregon ballet dancers lensed with rock attitude. Maybe that's because that's what she does. This woman's super powers include mad accordion playing, running an independent music distribution company, writing, radio, music supervision for a small ad agency, booking a nightclub and photography. More rockin' info at The Press Club 2621 SE Clinton 8-midnight free

Newspace Photo opens their volunteer show. 1632 SE 10th

Small A and New American Art Union continue their shows and may not be open late this evening.

Cartune Xprez music and animation at the Portland Art Center

Yacht, Universe, Hooliganship and Slow Dance Recyttal play live to animations by artists Michael Bell-Smith, Phillipe Blanchard, Martha Colburn, Gretchen Hogue, Cassandra C Jones, Amy Lockhart, Luke Meeken, Andrew Negrey, Takeshi Murata, Paper Rad, Drew Pavelchak, Francine Spiegel and Jim Trainor. A myriad of details may be found at the event website 32 NW 5th 8PM $5

December 2

Artists' Talk at Woolley

Artists Lucas and Pander talk an artist talk at the Woolley gallery show noted above. 128 N.E. Russell 2PM

Art Auction at Disjecta

Disjecta holds their annual art auction. In past years, many bargains were had while at the same time record prices were set for artists such as Paige Saez and Chandra Bocci.

This year the auction includes artists Katherine Ace, Brad Adkins, Jason Adkins, Holly Andres, Paul Arensmeyer, Donna Avedisian, damali ayo, Steven Beatty, Joe Biel, Chandra Bocci, Mark Brandau & Andrew Ellmaker, John Brodie, David Corbett, Critical Art Ensemble, Richard C. Elliott, Karen Esler, Harrell Fletcher, Gene Flores, Bean Gilsdorf, Dan Gilsdorf, Gold Blizzard, Marianne Goldin, Jamie Goodridge, Jef Gunn, Cecilia Hallinan, Sean Healy, Mary Henry, Michael T. Hensley, Whitney Hubbs, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Scott Wayne Indiana, Philip Iosca, James Jack, Chris Johanson & Jo Jackson, Jo Ann Kemmis, Klutch, Jim Lommason, Joe Macca, Tamar Monhait, Chelsea Mosher, Arnold Pander, Pasha, Tom Prochaska, Christine Catsifas & Kyle Riedel, Patrick Rock, Rita Robillard, Ben Rosenberg, Paige Saez, Marty Schnapf, Margaret Shirley, Kimber Shiroma, Corey Smith, Mark R. Smith, Kara Sparkman, Kathleen Stephenson, Nishiki Tayui, Edie Tsong, Zefrey Throwell, Joe Thurston, John Sebastian Vitale, Elise Wagner, Amanda Wojick and the YesMen. Disjecta needs the money to complete its renovations, if they don't get it, the building goes back to the developer and Disjecta is homeless. So this is important to the art community and that's why so many artists are participating. Even if you don't have a lot of cash, just seeing this cross section of art in Portland in one place is a great value. 5 SE 3rd under the Burnside Bridge 7-11PM $10

Weird Weeds, The MPO and Mise en Abyme at Holocene

Individualistic trio Weird Weeds, the incomparable Music Population Orchestra and Marriage Records darlings Mise en Abyme perform. 9PM $6

December 3

Darling Film at Valentines

Valentines film series shifts from France across the channel to London in the 60's with Julie Christie staring in Darling, for which she won the best actress academy award. Discovered in a street interview, Christie rises Courtney Love-style through London's heartless and snobby social ranks from hipsters to princes, ultimately learning money can't buy you love, which of course is what Holly Golightly discovered.
232 SW Ankeny 4:30 pm special early time this week $5

December 4

Lecture Series at PSU

Oregon Painter James Lavadour speaks. Lavadour is Umatilla. A self taught artist, his subject is abstract landscape. His work has a gestural feel, like sumi ink drawing, in thin pigments touching our Western landscapes' color; it is his intent to capture something of the landscape in the canvas that can hold the viewer's inspiration, if only for a moment.
His Gallery Website PSU 5th Avenue Cinema, Room 92, 510 SW Hall 8:15PM Free

December 6

Organism Deer Show above Backspace

Art Organism opens a deer show by San Francisco contemporary artist Jarrett Mitchell. The show is "The Dawn of The Birth Of The Battle of Right To Life vs. The Law Of Death". Departing from Brooklyn's romance of deer kawaii, Mitchell, who grew up in forested Kentucky, instead meditates on deer and death. In the film Deer Hunter, the protagonist, played by DeNiro has a moment like that, but the deer lives, establishing a motif which repeats, not always to a happy ending. Mitchell's show was well received in the UK, which also presents its own deer motif in the film The Queen. Mitchell's show of paintings and video deals with all manner of deer interactions including those in which the human protagonist faces death at the instrument of deer.
An early edit of the show's video component may be found here

107 NW 5th Ave (4th floor), Portland, Oregon Above Backspace/Compound

Opening Dec 6 6:00-9:00PM (artist in attendance)
First Thursday Dec 7 6:00-9:00PM (artist in attendance)

Dec 6 - Jan 28 2007
12:00 - 6:00 Wednesday - Sunday
Closed Dec 24, & Jan 1