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Today’s Events

  • Apr 5
    Robert Lyons, Matthew Picton Apr 05 to Jun 02 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Apr 26
    Brad McLemore & Reed Clarke & Ralph Davis Apr 26 to May 29 @Guardino Gallery
  • Apr 29
    Phenomena Apr 29 to May 26 @Butters Gallery
  • May 1
    (IR)REGULAR May 01 to Jun 02 @Froelick Gallery
  • May 2
    Waiting Room May 02 to Jun 02 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • May 3
    Steve Tilden and Stephan Soihl May 03 to May 27 @Blackfish Gallery
  • May 3
    Geography of Hope May 03 to May 28 @Gallery 903
  • May 3
    Alyson Provax "you i everything else" May 03 to Jul 01 @Wolff Gallery
  • May 3
    Al Stone May 03 to May 27 @Gallery 114
  • May 3
    Juxtapositions May 03 to Jun 02 @Russo Lee Gallery

New First Wednesday show in Portland Park Blocks

Once a month on First Thursday, Urban Art Network artists show their work on a three-block stretch of NW 13th. Now starting its fifteenth year, the Street Gallery has not only endured but is expanding. This summer, artists will colonize the North Park Blocks for a limited-time First Wednesday event.

This move will bring UAN into what is being called the creative corridor, an area of the Pearl now anchored by the new PNCA campus.  “Portland is a city that loves the arts,” said UAN president Jennifer Kapnek, adding that the organization is excited to check out the new creative corridor. “There’s unlimited potential, so why not expand for the summer?”

Local artists founded the UAN Street Gallery in 2000 because many felt excluded from established Pearl District galleries. Kapnek loves the idea that artists can self-represent and emerge. “It is magic to see the people come to look at art,” she said. “And it’s really good for artists to meet the audience. If you’re going to try to educate yourself about your audience, it’s a lot easier to do it in a highly public venue.”

On three Wednesdays this summer – July 1, August 5 and September 2—about 60 UAN artists will show their work between NW Davis and NW Everett. Established Portland artists, including surrealist painter Chuck Bloom, pinup artist Brenda Dunn and woodworker Poest are among those showing.

Portland is famous for its DIY culture. New food carts and pop-up stores seem to open – and close – daily. While all these new ventures begin with exuberance, few have staying power. The Urban Art Network’s First Thursday Street Gallery has proved to be the exception.


Photo by Mark Downey