Monday, February 25, 2013

March 11 Beautiful Losers FTW!

Aaron Rose is a writer, director, curator, gallerist and cultural mover who also does copious commercial work. He has been one of the most skillful facilitators of engaging artists authentically in commercial branding. He is cocurator of the Beautiful Losers art show, codirector of the documentary film on the artists and coeditor of ANP Quarterly. He founded Alleged Gallery, 1992-2002, in New York which brought that aesthetic to the world's art center. It worked, the 2002 Whitney Biennial included for the first time Beautiful Loser artists operating outside New York and outside the commercial gallery ecosystems of the time.

Rose encourages artists to develop a strong personal aesthetic independent of sampling.

He looks back tonight over cultural movements in a talk Everything Starts Small. Rose observes that major movements in art, fashion, music and film started with an individual or small group. This is obvious, and identifiable in retrospect. The trick is to find them early as do we. It is part of an Oregon College of Arts and Crafts lecture series. Usually we don't publish this far in advance - in this case reservations required by email or phone 971-255-4165. In the auditorium of the Tiger Woods center on the Nike campus. 7PM Free

March 9 Evening Ragas

Ragas are a perfect ritual for Spring ahead. Ustad Aashish Khan performs evening ragas on sarod, accompanied by Pranesh Khan on tabla. Both are musical descendants of Baba Allauddin Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Kahn. Both relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, and both have collaborated extensively with Western musicians. Here is a late night rag in which they play together, Darbari Kanada. Presented by Kalakendra at the First Baptist Church of Portland SW 12th and SW Taylor. 7:30PM $20, $15 students, Free Kalakendra members

March 7 Westside Art Openings and Mali Now

We Never Knew Exactly Where: Dispatches from the Lost Country of Mali is a book by Peter Chilson, who began an engagement with West Africa in the Peace Corps. He has returned many times, was visiting Mali in the time of the coup, and visited the North during the civil war. Chilson speaks tonight on his observations of Mali today. Details: RSVP by email requested.
At the Mercy Corps Action Center 28 SW 1st 7PM Free

Amanda Wojick is a Northwest sculptor. Her work uses small units of common materials referencing nature in a contemporary way. Tonight she opens a new work of a large number of hawthorne tree leaves supported by steel rods and painted overall in a variety of colors. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

The Optimist is a new show by Portland painter Adam Sorenson of bright geometrical mystical landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Tokyo printmaker Ritsuko Ozeki presents Scene A, his response to the tsunami which struck Japan two years ago. At 714 NW Davis

Stumptown has a show from the collective Crayon Coffin and the Mushroom Necklace. At Stumptown 128 SW 3rd until 7

Photographer Sarah Meadows, who studied at PNCA, presents a show of her new work. She excels at enigmatic landscapes, fashion photography and photos of friends and their events. At the PNCA 13th and NW Johnson 6PM-9

Daughter Like a Specter by Nonnow Naruse from Tokyo opens tonight at Hellion. Her illustration-style paintings. The work taps what I read as ennui and disaffection, a charming theme in Japanese art. At Hellion Gallery 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.
Map 7PM-10

Michelle Morin, Sarah Burwash, Kelly Rae Burns, Bill Dunlap, Becca Stadtlander, Nokkasili, Midori Yamada, Micca and Tadashi Ura have a show of watercolor illustrations, Transparent Truth at Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

Arthur Tress splits a show between Newspace and Blue Sky this month. Included are surreal settings made long before today's digital collage. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

Sunday, February 24, 2013

March 6 You New Bad Things Time

You New Bad Things is a show by artists Chase Allgood, Erika Anderson/Leif Shackelford, Chase Biado, Zoë Clark, Zachary Davis, Alex Mackin Dolan, Jamie Edwards, Travis Fitzgerald, Mike Merrill and Chloé Womack. Those names will no doubt be familiar to many who visit Portland's alternative spaces. They all work together at the Holladay Studios. There will be a reception for the artists tonight. Recommended. At PSU in the Autzen, AB Lobby, and MK Galleries: AB Lobby Gallery, PSU Art Building, 1st Floor Lobby, Room 110, 2000 SW 5th; MK Gallery, PSU Art Building, 2nd Floor, Room 210, 2000 SW 5th; Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 205, 724 SW Harrison. 5PM-7 Free

(What's) Happening #3, an experiment by the PSU Time Arts Club, happens tonight. Visuals + installations by Bugenhagen, Tim Ferrell and Ernest Wedoff. Live mural by Kaila Farrell-Smith. Live performances by Maxx Bass, Solenoid and The Tenses. Conveniently at PSU in Neuberger 293. 5PM-7 Free

March 4 Tube Your Quarter

Oregon is not Portland. One way to look it is a state of four quarters. The upper left hand corner is the Willamette Valley to Eugene and the Northern Coast, Florence to Astoria. The upper right is La Pine to Burns, to Lagrande and Enterprise, Pendleton and The Dalles. The lower left is Ashland, Medford, Roseburg, K-Falls, Crater Lake and the Southern Coast. The empty quarter is what's left, including the Steens, Alvford, Christmas Valley and antelope and bird refuges. Pam Minty & Alain LeTourneau traveled the area, met some of the scattered residents, and made a film about the place, The Empty Quarter. For tonight's showing, the filmmakers will be in attendance. Film at PSU's 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street 7PM Free

Getting to Know You(Tube) is back tonight with social practice artist Ally Drozd and Sky Cunningham. Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7:30PM $5

Saturday, February 23, 2013

March 1 Eastside Art Openings +

Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique Sobejano are Spanish architects who specialize in designing modernist structures that sit among traditional buildings in Europe. Portland's design regulations and public involvement programs have turned back more than one effort in this area, requiring brick facades, continuing lines, awnings, or specific proportions. Nieto-Sobejano also have a specialty in perforated concrete, which is quite beautiful. Tonight they visit Portland to discuss their work. In the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus. 6PM Free

Adams and Ollman is a new gallery opening this evening. They will specialize in self-taught and folk art influenced artists. Their first show will be Bill Walton, 1931-2010, a Philadelphia minimalist sculptor and print maker. If you know Portland artists, his work reminds me of DE May. At Adams and Ollman Gallery 811 E Burnside #213

Shades of Gray is a black and white photo show curated by Lauren Henkin. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Entitlement is a show of painting by Alex Steckly inspired by commercial automobile body painting. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map

Illustrator Julianna Swaney shows Root & Twig. You have probably seen this work around town. At Redux 811 E Burnside

Union/Pine has a show of art by artists in Portland's fashion world tonight. At Union/Pine 525 SE Pine 7PM-late Free

The Elk Collective is a branding/ design/ interiors concern. They are doing art shows in their space too. Urban style. At the Elk Collective 2505 SE 11th #137 (Homeland loading dock) 7PM-10 Free

Sophia Wallace shows Truer, documenting she and her partner over a two year period. Also with San Francisco, 1964, vintage work by Arthur Tress. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map

The ASMP, a trade group for commercial photographers, has stolen a play from the book of the Portland Grid Project, 1996-2005. 49 photographers have each documented their assigned 1 mile grid piece in project Portland Squared. The results are on display tonight. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104

Friday, February 22, 2013

February 28 We Got The Motion

We don't note graphic art shows. They have their own aesthetics distinct from my interests. Here is an exception. Michael Neault at Second Story Interactive Studios has curated an evening of animated infographics. Done well, they can bridge the ever growing torrent of data about our world and our able solution-seeking brains. Given the challenges we face as a species, I'm all for anything that works. Neault observes that a rich creative skillset, often a team, can come together to create some pretty stunning work. A good resource if you are interested in the topic ongoing is You can see at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7:30PM $7

February 24 Signal Fires for Josh

Plazm is a magazine, design concern and instigator that put Portland on the international map early. Cofounder Josh Berger was injured in a bicycle accident, something that could happen to anyone of us. He is making a steady recovery from brain injuries, thanks to his family and community.

100x100 is a benefit for Josh today. Over 100 artists have contributed works to raise funds for the family. The list is seriously impressive: Adam Garcia, Adam Sorenson, Alexis Mollomo, Alfredo Muccino, Brad Simon, Chris Haberman, Chris Johanson, Chris Knight, Christina Seely, Clare Carpenter, Corey Lunn, Cynthia Lahti, Dan Attoe, Ed Fella, Erik Stotik, Erin Holcomb, Gabriel Liston, Gus Nicklos, Harrell Fletcher, Heather Watkins, Jason Bacon, Jeff Foster, Jeff Jahn, Jeffry Mitchell, Jennifer Armbrust, Jeremy Bittermann, Jeremy Pelley, Jerry Ketel, Jolby, Jordan Domont, Jose Cabaco, Kathryn Lippert, Keegan + Meegan, Kristan Kennedy, Kristen Rogers Brown, Kristy Edmunds, Lloyd Winter, Malia Jensen, Marcus Swanson, Mark Faigenbaum, Mary Kysar, Melody Owen, Michael Brophy, Michael Buchino, Midori Hirose, Mike King, Milton Glaser, Nan Curtis & Marty Houston, Neva Knott, Patrick Long, Paul Fujita, Philip Iosca, Robbie McLaran, Sam Guerrero, Santiago Uceda, Sarah Cline, Sean Healy, Steve Sandstrom, Storm Tharp, Susan Seubert, Thomas Bradley, Tom O’Toole, Tsilli Pines, Vanessa Renwick, Will Bryant, Zak Margolis and TJ Norris.

If you are interested in the art, you can register in advance for a very reasonable price at a link on the website,, to increase your quotient of obtanium. If you don't need any more art, you can simply make a donation at the door and enjoy a great getogether of creative people for something important. There will be music by Sam Coomes, Ray Reposa, Tuvan throat singer Enrique Ugalde - Soriah, Grey Anne, WC Beck, and e*rock. Master of ceremonies is AC Dickson. Beer & food. At the PICA space 415 SW 10th 3PM-6 $10-20

A retrospective of work from one of the world's finest arts residencies, Signal Fire opens today at Marylhurst. Thirteen artists of the one hundred residents show work: Miguel Arzabe, Zachary Davis, Dan Gilsdorf, April Marie Hale, Ellie Irons, Kendra Larson, Guillaume Légaré, Sarah Meadows, Rebecca Najdowski, Jennifer O'Keeffe, Julie Perini, Kyle Riedel and Jillian Vento. It is at the same time as the benefit for Josh, but will be up for some time. You should see this show sometime in its run. At the Marylhurst Art Gym at Marylhurst University Map 3PM-5 Free

February 23 Leaf Raiders of the Lost Private Caldera Vestibule Rag

The Independent Publishing Resource Center, the IPRC, is a clubhouse and classroom for self publishers. Over the years, they have amassed a huge library of 'zines. 'Zines upon 'zines. Binders of binders of binders of 'zines.

As Google has taught us, it's not the collection that matters, it's the indexing and ultimate use. The IPRC is hosting a a 24 hour marathon by "raiders of the lost archives" - you - to dig into the pile and catalog it. You can form a team or stop in as an individual, spending an hour or 24. Bring friends! Read weird fiction! Details on the IPRC website. At the Independent Publishing Resource Center 1101 SE Division, Suite 2 10AM Saturday - 10AM Sunday Free!

This Private Screening is not private, Private Screening is simply the title of a new collaboration between Ním Wunnan and Gabe Flores. It is a show opening tonight at False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-10 Free

The Vestibule is the narrow hallway exhibition space at Disjecta. They are having a party-opening tonight. Dubias, Weird Fiction, ExtrAlone and Morganixx exhibit-perform. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 8PM $5

Caldera is a place for creative experimentation and collaboration. In summer it is a creative camp for at risk kids. In Winter it is a quiet, even snowbound residency for select artists. Today is one of their rare open houses. Artists Jason Baker, Helen Dennis, Laura Gibson, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Roger Peet and Joanna Priestley show what they have been up to. It's a chance to see the studios and talk with the artists. Directions on the website. At Camp Caldera, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR 1PM-3 Free

Signal Fire has a big opening tomorrow at Marylhurst. Tonight they release their third Leaf Litter - a book of work by recent artist participants in the program. Release and reading at Division Leap 211 SW 9th xBurnside 7PM-9

If you would like to get your rag on, there will be vocal ragas tonight. The raga is an Indian classical music form distinguished by a swara, somewhat akin to a key, and an analog to a melody which form a structure for improvisation by the musicians. Those musicians are vocalist Michael Stirling, Benjy Wertheimer on tabla, Peai Luzzi and Lucy Stirling, tamburas. At The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Avenue 7:30PM by donation

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 22 Experimental Two Hours Works Weeks

Who can critique an event titled Happening #2? Timeless experimenters, the Time Arts Club, brings together you, and live performance by Stepkid, MSHR, Mutagen and Tripp Johnson. With visuals and installation by Amanda Machina, Mark Martínez, Bugenhagen, Ernest Wedoff & Tim Ferrell. Wigs by Manny Reyes and a live mural by Sean Christensen. All ages. At PSU in Neuberger 293 7PM-9 Free

Fourteen30's 2/2 series continues with opening two of Grier Edmundson's works, Optimum Expansion (After Iain and Inrid) made in 2013, and Hans Blix and Pink Mittens made in 2006. The series features two works shown for two weeks in the gallery. No reception tonight, there will be one March 10th noon-2. Check the gallery website for the limited weekend hours or to make an appointment. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Monday, February 18, 2013

February 21 Sound Design & Vision

IDEO should need no introduction to people in the design world. Building on innovations in Berkeley's department of anthropology and PARC, it launched in 1991. It has spread the human-centered design philosophy worldwide, especially through its connection with the Stanford Tonight one of their design directors speaks in Portland. David Aycan is focused on business design, an interest of mine. Business design uses design thinking to design the total business, or redesign the business. Some people think business is boring. Only boring business is boring. Talk at PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 7PM Free

May Juliette Barruel curates an evening of music and visuals tonight. It's the third in Nationale's Sound & Vision series. The lineup is impressive: Tunnels (Nick Bindeman), Cloaks (Spencer Doran + Ryan Carlile), Entity (Birch Cooper + Warren Lee) and films by Brenna Murphy. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 8PM $5 or free for Nationale event subscribers - it's a deal:

February 20 Plant Art or Parody?

Topiary is a wild edge of art and design. It's associated with land and time wealth in Europe. But it's open to a parody of itself too. For instance it was a design motif executed in Astroturf on the roof deck of the downtown LA Standard. Pearl Fryar is an American topiary artist in all seriousness. Our West Coast - grow most things climate, and our community of landscape architects is a perfect audience for a talk by this modern topiary artist. And maybe PNCA, the sponsor of this talk, will have a topiary thesis in the future! At the PNCA The Bison Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios 421 NE 10th 6:30 Free

February 19 The Curious Case of Locks

It is fascinating to see a really old lock, or a primitive lock from another country, and realize we haven't traveled far since. In their copious free time, many have taken up recreational lock picking to puzzle out these small machines. Tonight Kenny McElroy, of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers, provides a guided tour of locks, door locks, padlocks, handcuffs, combination locks and more. There will be hands-on opportunities for you to best these beasts. The most effective security is an awareness of its limitations, and this is a great opportunity to learn about these weak, but just strong enough machines. A presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

February 18 Mannly Sculpture

Scottish sculptor Geoffrey Mann speaks tonight. He has been successfully navigating the contemporary, design, art and craft continua, which is exactly PNCA's focus. It's especially interesting to hear his view given the strength in UK design, art and its long history of craft. Talk at PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 6:30PM Free

Friday, February 15, 2013

February 17 Poetry Pedigree

Pedigree isn't a word I use often. There is a good argument that in the case of pets, more genetic diversity is healthy. So perhaps it's the perfect name for a series of panel discussions at Place. Artists discuss the value of art degrees in relation to their cost. It is part of a worldwide consideration of higher education on the precipice of change. Aaron Swartz is also a part of the discussion. He joined college dropouts Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in laying down technology, policy and business innovations. His last work was to advocate for open source academic publishing, now embraced by Oregon's senior senator in the form of the FASTR legislation. So if you are interested in "art, money, art education, and the value of the Master of Fine Arts degree" you can hear artists Jamie Marie Waelchli, Travis Nikolai, Katherine Groesbeck and Michael Reinsch, moderated by David Vanadia, discuss it. At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 6PM-7 Free

We don't usually cover poetry or literary events; others do it better! But the new book, Between Page and Screen, is a curious hybrid the creators dub an "augmented reality book". So it's here as an innovative design point. The makers, author Amaranth Borsuk and designer-programmer Brad Bouse, present the book and other works tonight. The pages contain glyphs, that, tuned to a website, serve material over the Internet triggered by the reader's webcam. Borsuk has a whole series of other innovative poetics projects. Portland's contemporary poet laureate, Lisa Radon also presents her work. If you are interested in poetry, a good place to start is The Spare Room, presenters of this event. At Division Leap 211 SW 9th xBurnside 7:30PM

February 16 Love Place

The Place plex, a collection of contemporary gallery spaces on the third floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, opens its new shows this evening. The White Gallery has Wish Making & Practicalities by Katherine Groesbeck. It is a meditation on the transition from childhood, where one set of almost anything seems possible, to adulthood, where it is an entirely different set. On Demand is a continuation by Michael Reinsch of making art works to order from scrap materials for $5-10, on the spot and in the moment. The Black Gallery has Solid Mind by Jamie Marie Waelchli which is a meditation on life planning and its impediments as represented by drawings and an installation of vessels of solvents. Travis Nikolai has The Breathing Room, a space for a time out to consider. Waelchli and Nikolai speak about their work in the space Sunday, February 24th at 3PM. All at Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth. 5PM-9 Free

Love of Portland is the annual love-themed show at the People's Art of Portland 5PM-9 Free

Friday, February 08, 2013

February 9 Let There Be Light

The Portland Museum of Modern Art opens a large group show Sun/Light. A wide range of creatives, known for visual art, film, music and design, provide their interpretation of the theme including Ilyas Ahmed, Emily Baker, Jonathan Belli, Carolyn Berk, Belly & Bones, Erica Browne, Julia Calabrese, Sarah Coderre, Ashby Lee Collinson, Grant Corum, Dana Dart-McLean, Alexi Juniper Deets, Garrett Durant, Tom Greenwood, Midori Hirose, Ben Houston, Michael Hurley, Eric Isaacson, Ryan Iverson, Joshua Kermiet, Alexandria Liegel, Jake Manning, Daniel Matt, Nathan McKee, Rebecca Noon, Jen Olesen, Christina Owen, Morgan Reedy, William Rihel, Kate Schaefer, Anna Shelton, Raf Spielman, Elizabeth Venable, and Larry Yes. Wear light and bright clothing in celebration! At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 7:30 Free

February 8 More Art Previews

Fourteen30 opens Andrea Longacre-White as part of their 2x2 series of two works by an artist in the gallery shown two weeks. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

PNCA hosts a preview reception of selected works for an upcoming fundraising auction. Artist donations for fundraising are a sticky wicket. But it will be instructive to see the PNCA selection as a representation of their brand building. It is also an opportunity to take a look at the Heathman art and book collection. At the Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway. 5:30PM-8 Free

Ashkahn is a poppy word artist, perfect for imprinting on American Apparel shirts. So if you like that you can see it on the wall. At Buy Olympia's Land Gallery 3925 N Mississippi 6PM-8

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

February 7 Westside Art Openings

Chris Moss is primarily known as a video and installation artist. He helms the excellent Linfield College gallery. Tonight he opens A Thousand Single Trees Can't Be Wrong, an unusual for him show of photography. At Visage Eyewear 1046 NW Johnson 6PM-9

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery continues the Robert Rauschenberg print show, recommended. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9

MSHR continues Binary Lore in the Feldman Gallery. Recommended. The new bicycle oasis, Student Pedal Garden, on the corner of 13th and Johnson is complete. Its a memorial to PNCA student Tracy Sparling and PNCA alumnus Brett Jarolimek, both killed on their bikes by trucks turning right over the bicycle right of way. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map

Arnold J Kemp opens his show, When Will My Love Be Right, minimal sculpture of everyday objects and photographs of surfaces of aluminum foil. For this work, Kemp is inspired a ballad When Will My Love Be Right. The artist statement in the gallery is much more eloquent. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Blue Sky has Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection. We had a long description of the photographer's work for a December show at Powell's. Recommended. Also portraits by Pedro Farias-Nardi share the gallery. Richard Cahan, author of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows speaks at the gallery February 10 at 2PM. One of the original founders of the Nine Gallery, Gary Boswell PSU '80, occupies the Nines space. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Compound Gallery has a huge group show, Portland as Fuck, curated by Molly Georgetta & Scrappers Morrison. Artists include Ryan Berkley, Ryan Bubnis, Michael Buchino, Keith Carter, Alex Chiu, Jeremy Okai Davis, Tripper Dungan, Morgaine Faye, Meg Hunt, Fawn Gehweiler, Trish Grantham, Micheal Illick, JesseHectic, Ian Karmel, Tim Karpinski, Josh Keyes, Nicole Lavelle, BT Livermore, Steve Mathews, David Neevel, Bethany Ng, Jennifer Parks, Jack Pollock, Jeff Proctor, Wilder Schmaltz , Scrappers, Jeff Sheridan, Bwana Spoons, Brett Superstar, Brent Wick, David Wien, Lloyd Winter and Brooke Weeber. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10

Grass Hut has a home themed show by APAKi, Sean Christensen Eatcho, August Lipp, Zachery Maverick, Jeremy Nichols, Jaclyn Rose, Jeff Sheridan, Amber W. Smith and Ryan Thompson. At Grass Hut in Floating World. 400 NE Couch 6PM-9+

Reading Frenzy is moving. Their last day in the current location is Valentines Day. To celebrate, they have a silent auction tonight of prime artists who have shown in the space before. A list is on their website. At Reading Frenzy 921 SW Oak 6PM-9

Hellion has Cole Gerst, illustrator, who has also worked in the music industry doing graphics, digital design and art direction. At Hellion Gallery 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. Map 6PM-10

Elizabeth Malaska shows paintings at Portland Center Stage curated by May Juliette Barruel of Nationale. At Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th 6PM-9

The UofO has a decent school of landscape architecture in Eugene. In Portland, their gallery presents two landscape inspired artists: Claire Zitzow with Remains To Be Seen, and Dawn Roe with Goldfields. Zitzow is inspired by the landscape and human artifacts of the American Southwest. Roe works from the landscape and history of the area around Melbourne Australia. Roe will give a talk February 9, 7PM, and Zitzow, February 11, 6PM. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-9

Croatian artist in Portland, Dunja Jankovic, moves drawing in a sculptural direction. In addition to her experimental illustrations she does animation. You can see it in her show, Enter/Return, at the White Gallery in Smith Hall 1825 SW Broadway, 2nd Floor 5PM-8 Free

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

Henk Pender is back with his large scale paintings in a more electric palette. An interesting contrast to Paul Missal's work at Blackfish. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8