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Opened in 1975, Blue Sky Gallery is one of the few and best photographic galleries in the city. Subjects of the photos range widely, from works by Paul Seawright, whose Irish descent led him to take award-winning photographs of the conflicts in Ireland, to local artists who have taken advantage of the Pacific Northwest greenery to create stunning pictures.
Established in 1979, this artist-owned gallery is committed to bringing the Portland area fresh art that reaches the culturally diverse. Local artists' works are displayed at the gallery, including such innovative contemporary work as the incredibly vivid watercolor paintings by Barbara Black and colored lithographs by Jana Demartini. Special exhibits are held year-round, and patrons can call the gallery for show times. Be sure to visit during the First Thursday Gallery Walks.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery was founded in 1981 and is the second oldest gallery in all of Portland. Located in the heart of the city, the gallery showcases a wide variety of works including sculptures, paintings and photography, all of which are creations of well-known local, national and international artisans. The gallery often holds shows for new work by some of its artists.
The city of Portland is home to a vibrant art scene, and there are always new artists whose work you can admire. This is a fact Jane Beebe is well acquainted with, leading to her establishing PDX Contemporary Art to provide new artists with the opportunity to display their talent on renowned platforms like PULSE Miami and VOLTA NY. This contemporary gallery houses works by artists like Amjad Faur, James Lavadour, Nancy Lorenz and Wes Mills. Private collectors and art lovers are sure to find much to their liking amongst the eclectic artwork displayed here.
Located in the heart of the cultural hub of Portland, Upfor is an art gallery which goes above and beyond simple visual exhibitions to include installations, performances and much, much more. The gallery displays contemporary art in all its forms with a bias towards the new-age digital media. Contextual presentations and performances are organized here side by side with regular installations of sculptures and paintings to create an interactive environment which is both intriguing and unique.
Augen Gallery is a smaller shop carrying fine art created by both local artists and well-known national and international artists in a very non-traditional setting. Owner Bob Kochs is friendly and talkative and is willing to share his immense knowledge about the work he carries in his gallery and any other subject of interest. All the pieces here are artfully displayed, yet the environment remains casual. It is the perfect place for browsing on a leisurely day.
Disjecta has transformed the defunct bowling alley at North Interstate Avenue into a fabulous center for contemporary performing and visual arts. The center encompasses artists studios, exhibition space, an indoor performance venue, and outdoor space for performances and installation-based exhibitions. Through the support and organization of various programs that encourage collaboration between artists and interaction with audiences, the center has created a veritable haven for the contemporary arts in Portland. Disjecta features exhibitions and performances showcasing local and national artists, both established and newcomers. Admission to the galleries and art exhibitions incurs no cost, however ticket purchase may be required for performances and special events.