Each first Thursday of the month, Portlanders gather in the Pearl District and Downtown for an evening of art and entertainment. The Pearl District, known for its renovated industrial charm, is lined with galleries and alternative art spaces. Two art colleges also reside in the neighborhood, offering exhibits from student artists, and NW 13th Street, between Hoyt and Kearney, is blocked off for artists’ booths, creating a mini street fair. Many local wineries and microbreweries partner with the Pearl galleries and offer complimentary drinks to sip on while enjoying the newly opened exhibits.
Last week, a group of hostellers went on a guided tour for First Thursday. The first stop was Wieden+Kennedy, a Portland-based advertising agency, where they never cease to display creative works of art produced by their staff. The next stop was Bullseye Gallery, which works with world-renowned glass artists. After Bullseye, we headed east to Pearl Gallery and Framing for their display of Jodi Burton’s “En Plein Air” collection while enjoying complimentary beer from Deschutes Brewery and a live band. From there, we walked toward the North Park Blocks, where we encountered a moving gallery entitled Gallery Walk, created and performed by Michael Reinsch (accompanied by his assistant). For more information about his performance, follow @GalleryWalk11 on Twitter.
The next stop was the Museum of Contemporary Craft to view works of art by Nikki McClure. Well known for her “paper cuts”, where she cuts images into black paper with an X-Acto blade. From there, we went next door to see photography at the Froelick Gallery, and then headed northeast to the Everett Street Lofts. The last spot was the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, followed by a beer at one of the McMenamins pubs.
It was a fantastic evening, full of diverse, creative art exhibits, interesting people watching, and delicious beer and wine. Join us next month for another First Thursday Gallery Walk!
For more information on First Thursday in the Pearl, visit their webiste at http://www.firstthursdayportland.com/.