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Portland, OR 97227
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Arts & Museums
That The Faux Museum was the first museum in the world is what they would like you to believe: do not fall for it! That little fib is just the beginning of an extremely entertaining day filled with little fabrications that are sure to make even the most straight-faced among us crack a smile. The curator's story about the migration of his ancestors across the Beringia land bridge is a rather humorous tale, and the claim that the museum houses the world's last woolly ant ups the humor quotient even more.
Another testament to Portland's cultural diversity, this museum has quite a collection of interesting historical material relating to Oregon Jews. Exhibits focus on Judaism in the state and around the world, featuring groups like "The Chinese Jews." Once a part of the Oregon History Center, this attraction gradually grew into a two-room museum. Still, because the museum is so small, only one exhibit is shown at a time. Admission is free.
Get a glimpse of the oriental culture right in the heart of Portland at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. Established in 2004, this center works towards conserving and promoting the glorious history of Japanese immigrants in the city. The museum has a vast space dedicated entirely to 'Issei immigration' (first generation). Named after the Japanese term meaning 'descendants', this museum traces the origins and cultural changes that the community has seen through the years. Thriving on donations and the meager admission fee, this museum has maintained its exhibits with great care.
Portland once had a trolley system nearly as extensive as San Francisco's. A Willamette shoreline and a handful of cars that roll through downtown are all that are left of the late 19th Century line. They are restored now and provide a unique tour of the city. The two-line ride is free in downtown and hits the MAX stops every half-hour. Take the time to ride one instead of walking for a while. It is a nostalgic trip.
This gallery, which opened in 1988, contains unique and beautiful artwork from both local and international artisans. The gallery is family owned and run and has become known in the area as a well-respected place for paintings, glasswork, metal sculptures, prints and more. Each piece is exquisitely displayed without color or other objects distracting your view. A walk through the gallery allows a quiet and reflective time. Displays are ever changing, as each month the gallery chooses a new artist's work to exhibit. One trip is never enough to enjoy Butters Gallery.
Denoted only by the statement "Viva l'Arte" as signage, this young space caters to art of all kinds: live music, performance and installation art, DJs and a surprising array of vegetarian gastronomy. In addition to the edgy mix of entertainment, a selection of good, stiff drinks and a relaxed loft atmosphere await visitors. The crowd harmoniously mixes PSU students and avant-garde gallery sets on any given night. Get there between 4-8pm for appetizer and cocktail specials. Nightly shows (usually with a modest cover) don't begin until 9pm. The kitchen and bar are both open late.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery was founded in 1981 and is the second oldest gallery in all of Portland. Located in the heart of the city, the gallery showcases a wide variety of works including sculptures, paintings and photography, all of which are creations of well-known local, national and international artisans. The gallery often holds shows for new work by some of its artists.
Established in 1978, this artist-owned gallery is committed to bringing the Portland area fresh art that reaches the culturally diverse. Local artists' works are displayed at the gallery, including such innovative contemporary work as the incredibly vivid watercolor paintings by Barbara Black and colored lithographs by Jana Demartini. Special exhibits are held year-round, and patrons can call the gallery for show times. Be sure to visit during the First Thursday Gallery Walks.
The city of Portland is home to a vibrant art scene, and there are always new artists whose work you can admire. This is a fact Jane Beebe is well acquainted with, leading to her establishing PDX Contemporary Art to provide new artists with the opportunity to display their talent on renowned platforms like PULSE Miami and VOLTA NY. This contemporary gallery houses works by artists like Amjad Faur, James Lavadour, Nancy Lorenz and Wes Mills, and collectors will definitely find some great pieces for their personal collections.
Spread across 4500 square feet (418 square meters), the Museum of Contemporary Craft is housed inside a beautiful two story building which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art studios and spaces. Multiple exhibitions are on at any given point of time, and they include all facets of contemporary craft like metal, fiber, glass, ceramics and mixed media. Artists frequently hold interactive discussions and organize events here so check website for details on those.
Opened in the mid-1970s, this gallery is one of the few and best photographic galleries in the city. Subjects of the photos range widely, from works by Paul Seawright, whose Irish descent led him to take award-winning photographs of the conflicts in Ireland, to local artists who have taken advantage of the Pacific Northwest greenery to create stunning pictures. Be sure to stop by during the increasingly-popular First Thursday Gallery Walks.
Is there a certain art to the way you clean a room? Can a machine have historical significance? You could survey the janitors and housekeepers of the world, or you could just stop at this museum and see for yourself. Attached to the vacuum cleaner showroom of the same name, this establishment, which has kitsch written all over it, is filled with vacuums dating all the way back to the turn of the century. Check out the Hoovers, Kirbys, Royals, Eurekas and more. Admission is free.