Tuesday, June 02, 2009

June 4 Westside Art Openings

Caldera is an in city and mountain art retreat program for children. Kids who would otherwise miss art programs work along side international class artists and mentors. It is truly art changing the world, one person at a time. Established artists too spend time in the Cascades creating work as the snow falls.

Words Without Walls is organized around art that starts as word. It may evolve into poetry, song, visual work or movement. Tonight is a public presentation of the result.

W+K Words Without Walls www.calderaarts.org At the ad agency. 224 NW 13th 6PM-10

Rwanda is a small country. But it occupies a place high on the list in the late 20th century of tragic events, and their consequence. I was near the border a few weeks after, but had blocked it from my mind for a variety of good reasons. Occasional gunfire could be heard and we were not allowed to photograph the refugee camps in Uganda. It was only later, by reading, that the dimensions of what happened became clearer. Tonight Blue Sky shows photographer Jonathan Torgovnik's Intended Consequences. It is a dimension of the event in the form of portraits of mothers and their children born of rape at the time. Each is accompanied by their story. Julie Denesha also shows photographs of Roma settlements in Slovakia. Denesha speaks of her work June 6 at 3PM. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org 122 NW 8th

Eugenia Pardue makes baroque relief paintings, often in monochrome. Her work shows in the Portland Center Stage's Gerding Theater Armory, accompanying the play Grey Gardens www.pcs.org/greygardens. 128 NW 11th. Reception 5:30PM-7

DE May is a shy minimalist maker of mixed media work. The work is in its element at PDX Contemporary Art. At PDX Contemporary Gallery www.pdxcontemporaryart.com 925 NW Flanders

Strange Bedfellows is an International Collaboration between Japan and Portland artists. That doesn't seem so strange. Art pairs include Mhak + Zach Johnson, Cho Chan + Mona Superhero, Shiori Kawamoto + Geneva Smith, Makiko Sugawa + Christopher Ross, Oeil + J Shea, Naoshi + Martin Ontiveros, Kaz + Robert Pellicer, Tenga + Tom Webb, Sowl + Eatcho, Jun Inoue + Damon Soule, Nishi + Jen Lobo, Jon Jon Green + Jason Graham and Yohei Takahashi + Keegan Onefoot. Should be a great show! At Compound Gallery www.compoundgallery.com 107 NW 5th

Carye Bye is a great tour guide to hidden Portland. She organizes bike rides and prints at the IPRC. She maintains an online museum of postcards related to bathtubs. Combining all of those ideas she presents an illustrated limited edition book, Hidden Portland: The Museums. It is a guide to some of Portland's unique museums like the vacuum cleaner museum.

Bye presents her book tonight. The original illustrations for the book are for sale too. It is at Reading Frenzy www.readingfrenzy.com 921 SW Oak. Talk at 6PM

Green Oregon and Town and Country are a pair of group shows meditating on what we think the Oregon landscape is. Froelick's Town and Country, Oregon at 150 includes conventional landscape work by Chris Bennett, Patricia Bognar, Eric Bowman, Leiv Fagereng, Paul Fardig, Kevin Farrell, Wendy Given, Stephen Hayes, Craig Hickman, Alex Hirsch, Liz Holzman, Mark Hooper, Sarah Horowitz, Marilyn Joyce, Kimberly Kolba, Sana Krusoe, Carson Legree, Gabriel Liston, Jim Lommasson, TJ Norris, Barry Pelzner, Tom Prochaska, Ben Rosenberg, Laura Ross-Paul, Bill Sharp, Mike Southern, Ron van Dongen, David Winston, Jon Wippich and Christy Wyckoff. Green Oregon is more playful overall. It includes Robert Adams, Bruce Conkle, Erik Geschke, Maria T. D. Inocencio, Marne Lucas, Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, TJ Norris, Ryan Pierce, Patrick Rock, Mark R. Smith, Bailey Winters and Christy Wyckoff.

Town & Country at Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis

Green Oregon www.greenoregonshow.org at the Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, PNCA. Enter on the loading dock at 825 NW 13th

PNCA, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, has been slowly transforming itself. After decades of a classic curriculum comprising only painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design/illustration, the school has added intermedia, accepted performance thesis', merged with a contemporary crafts program, added an MFA program and is now adding a broader 3d design program. Not every BFA program requires every student to spend a year focused in their individual studio, grappling with aesthetics, and preparing them for a lifetime of same, as does PNCA.

The sho has been up for a while, tonight is the public reception for the artists. BFA students show their work in the studio space in which they have worked for a year, the Stevens Studio. MFA students present in the main building central space, Swigert Commons.

At PNCA www.pnca.edu Stephens Studio 1432 NW Johnson, Swigert Commons corner 13th and NW Johnson. School business hours. Free

Post Present are large scale paintings and sculpture by Alex Steckley. At Stumptown Coffee www.stumptowncoffee.com 128 SW 3rd

Always recommended for your exploratory pleasure are the Everett Station Lofts, NW Broadway and Everett