Twenty-five years ago, founding Portland Art Dealers Association members initiated First Thursday, a monthly art reception in which galleries open new exhibitions of works by painters, print makers, sculptors, photographers and glass artists, with extended gallery hours and that month’s artists in attendance. It has since become the Rose City’s most vibrant and active visual arts event, now coupled with the increasingly popular First Friday art walk.
Downtown, the Pearl District, Northwest Portland, Old Town/Chinatown. First Thursday of every month, generally 6 to 9 pm.
For more information, current exhibitions and a First Thursday map, visit the Portland Art Dealers Association website padaoregon.org
Throughout Portland’s central eastside. First Fridays,
6 to 9 pm, some spaces open much later.
Alberta Arts District, on Northeast Alberta Street from NE 10th to NE 30th avenues. Last Thursday of every month, year-round, from 5 or 6 to 9 or 10 pm; street closures from 7 to 10 pm. The nonprofit Art on Alberta produces a walking guide to each month’s openings.
View sensational local and national art at dozens of downtown Bend businesses on the first Friday of every month. Shops are matched with artists and stay open late. Many businesses will serve food and wine as they welcome you in to enjoy their space and this wonderful evening.
Lane Arts Council presents First Friday ArtWalk each month from 5:30–8 pm. 541-485-2278, firstname.lastname@example.org,
The Ashland Gallery Association hosts an art walk on the “First Friday” of each month. Patrons have an opportunity to meet the artists, view demonstrations and enjoy browsing in a gallery atmosphere that often includes music and refreshments. 541-488-8430 or AshlandGalleries.com