Expanded “First Thursdays” Returns to the North Park Blocks – Oct 5th

Re-posted from PNCA

On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, Willamette University’s Pacific Northwest College of Art will throw open its doors and welcome the Portland community for the first of a series of exhibition openings, performances, live music, drop-in activities, and food.

With support from a grant from the City of Portland, PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture is revamping the signature neighborhood event series that had been a highlight of art and culture in the Pearl District and North Park Blocks. Now called First Thursdays in the North Park Blocks, the monthly events will feature food, music, and celebration while highlighting Portland’s distinctive art scene. After kicking off on Oct. 5, the expanded First Thursdays events will continue into 2024.

Exhibitions on View in the North Park Blocks

Hip Hop Lives The Remix: An Ode To The Culture – The Black Gallery by DSPDX

First Thursday Hip Hop 50 Paint and Sip at the Black Gallery- RSVP

You Ni Chae and Brad Mildrexler – Adams and Ollman

Occidental by Richard Mosse – Blue Sky, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts

Contours of Instinct and Nuance by Willy Heeks – Elizabeth Leach Gallery

28th Anniversary Group Exhibition – Froelick Gallery

Exhibitions by Clint Brown, Barbara Black & Linda Neufer and Monica Mitchell – Blackfish Gallery

Unladed by Micah Kassell – Laura Vincent Design and Gallery

ASSEMBLY, Converge 45 Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship – Stelo Arts

Photography by Jason Quigley + 20/10 – A Music Retrospective  The Writer’s Block

Join us at The Writers’ Block Studio (818 NW Flanders at Park) for an extra special First Thursday featuring a 20 year retrospective of music photography by Jason Quigley

In addition to an amazing display of photographs featuring some of Portland’s most iconic bands, we’ll also have live music including the prolific DJ Papi Fimbres, and a solo acoustic set by Kyle Morton, leader of the magnificent band Typhoon.

Save the Date for upcoming First Thursdays!

November 2**, December 7, February 1 , March 7 , April 4** , May 2**, June 6**
(** Expanded special programming at PNCA on these dates)


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