Tuesday, October 04, 2011

October 6 Westside Art Openings

Early in the evening Portland State University has a show of mid-degree MFA students Will Bruno, Sam Guerrero, Jessica Hickey, Evan La Londe, Rochelle Nielsen and Sean Schumacher. The show is titled Mobility and Sparseness: Every City’s Edge, inspired by the zeitgeist of the Western United States. At Portland State University Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall room 205, 724 SW Harrison. 4PM-6 Free

Blue Sky has Dan Ziskie's East of Broadway and Carl Bower's Chica Barbie. The first documents a neighborhood within Manhattan's Chinatown. The second, the popular beauty pageants of Columbia. Both artists also give a free talk Saturday at 3PM. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Tom Prochaska is an impressionistic painter and printmaker, often with figurative subjects. Along with work by Sally Finch. Both artists give a talk October 22 at the gallery 11AM. At www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis 6PM-8

Guiding Force is a show of oil paintings by Pacale Ticheler from the Netherlands. At the Victory Gallery www.victorygallery.com 733 NW Everett

PNCA has We Don't Share a Formal History by ChloƩ Womack and Brennan Broome. It's in the Higgins gallery in the main building. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 13th and NW Johnson

Leach has Maquettes by Lee Kelly. Kelly is known for his large sculptures; these are the small models that proceeded them. Also showing are works of the late Bonnie Bronson from the 1960's. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery www.elizabethleach.com 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

Everett Lofts are always recommended. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

Yokohama Japan artist, Naoshi, makes sand paintings, sunai, a traditional medium, but takes them in a pop direction. The artist will be demonstrating the technique live in the gallery. The sand sparkles when properly lit, web photos cannot capture that, so stop by and see these in person. At Hellion Gallery www.helliongallery.com 19 NW 5th Suite 208. Through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style.

Senjiro Nakata and Tadashi Ura present their work in a show Japanism. Both artists use traditional techniques and motifs, but with updated content. At Compound Gallery www.compoundgallery.com 107 NW 5th

Alex Chiu and Itokin Park show this month at Grass Hut. Chiu makes intense paintings of imaginary figures with a similarity to Tibetan monster-gods. Park makes 3d plastic figures. At Grass Hut in Floating World. www.grasshutcorp.com 400 NE Couch

We don't usually cover poster shows. But here is a bike themed one: Art Crank. Artists Aaron Hartman, Ashley Montague, Berto Legendary H, Bethany Ng, Bettina McEntyre, Bryce Pedersen, Cat Cheng, Craft Services, Doug Merritt, Eatcho, Erik Johnson, Factory North, Faith Brown, Fred DiMeglio, Hiller Goodspeed, Jackie Avery, Jamie Paul, Jason Miranda, Jennifer Levo, Jennifer Parks, Jimmy Cavalieri, Joanne Slorach, Lonny Hurley, Lydia Crumbly, Martha Koenig, Mary Kate McDevitt, Matt Cardinal, Michael Buchino, Michael Hyp, Ryan Sullivan, Sam Robinette, Santiago Uceda, Scott Agrimson, Ted Byram and Zack Soto have all made bike related posters, right in time with the Oregon Manifest show. Part of the project benefits Bikes for Rwanda. At the Cleaners at the Ace Hotel corner of SW Stark and 10th 5PM-11 Free

Pressed: Flora and Fauna is a show by Portland favorites Jill Bliss, Trish Grantham, Harlan Mahaffy and Becca Stadtlander. It's exactly what it sounds like, themed on flora and fauna. At Reading Frenzy www.readingfrenzy.com 921 SW Oak

Valentines has Seattle artist Jamie Potter. Music later by DJ Spencer D. At Valentines valentineslifeblood.blogspot.com 232 SW Ankeny Art 6PM-late Free