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  • Jun 7
    Food Fashion & Capital Punishment Jun 07 to Jul 28 @Upfor Gallery
  • Jun 28
    Cary Weigand, Andie Furtado, Karen Russo, Jacqueline McIntyre Jun 28 to Jul 24 @Guardino Gallery
  • Jun 30
    The Living Mark Exhibition Jun 30 to Jul 22 @Verum Ultimum Art Gallery
  • Jul 1
    Bernd Haussmann Jul 01 to Jul 28 @Butters Gallery
  • Jul 3
    Along the Edge Jul 03 to Jul 29 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • Jul 4
    Fragmented Fruits Jul 04 to Sep 02 @Wolff Gallery
  • Jul 5
    Recent Graduates Show Jul 05 to Jul 28 @Blackfish Gallery
  • Jul 5
    Music & Emotions Jul 05 to Jul 31 @Pearl Gallery and Framing
  • Jul 5
    EVA LAKE • JIM DINE Jul 05 to Jul 28 @Augen Gallery
  • Jul 5
    Take me to a place I've never been before Jul 05 to Jul 29 @Basic Space Gallery

The First Thursday Street Galley expands to Portland Park Blocks

The Urban Art Network is thrilled to announce that we’re expanding our First Thursday Street Gallery into the North Park Blocks this season. The event will double in size as we annex two park blocks while still retaining our established home on NW 13th. 

Last year, the Urban Art Network experimented with a First Wednesday event on the North Park Blocks. This move brought UAN into what is being called the creative corridor, an area of the Pearl now anchored by the new PNCA campus. It was such a success that UAN worked with the city to arrange permits so that its presence in the creative corridor will now be a regular part of the First Thursday Street Gallery. “The community is super excited to have it there,” said UAN president Jennifer Kapnek. She’s enthusiastic about having more spaces available to self-representing and emerging artists. “We’re going to be able to have a large-scale art event there in the coming years.”

The park blocks are a prime location because of their proximity to PNCA, the Everett Station Lofts and many Peal District galleries who host openings on First Thursday. Expect to see many local artists setting up in the new grassy location, including painter Michelle Purvis, wood artist Poest, painter and wire sculptor Zak Gere, and painter Jennifer Kapnek. 

Now in its sixteenth year, the UAN is proud to have not only endured but to be expanding. We take our success as proof that Portland loves and values its many artists.

If you’re an artist who would like to participate, please read this information about showing in our new Park Block spaces.

If you’re an art lover, we hope to see you browsing art on Thursday, April 7, or any other First Thursday from April through October.