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405 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211-1421
Phone: (503) 285-7777
Fax: (503) 286-8834
Arts & Museums
This Portland gallery showcases art ranging from photography and paintings to fine art and others. The courteous staff help you in buying the art you want. And with a fair price range, there's something for everyone. Find artists like Noel Barnett, Brian Hunter and Jan Verdieck displaying wares at Talisman. Budding artists can contact the gallery for membership details. Check website for varying open hours.
This 1910 historic firehouse is now the home of a city gallery. Focusing on artists with ethnic backgrounds, the gallery houses touring exhibits that travel across the nation. The Mainstage Theater is partners with the Oregon Stage Company and produces thought provoking entertainment based on cultural issues. The center also hosts a Neighborhood Youth Theater Project during the summer months as well as other classes and workshops. When the center is closed, enjoy the adjacent Patton Square.
Showcasing the talents of artists worldwide, Brian Marki Fine Art is a well known art gallery in the city. It offers space to budding artists and is a favorite location of collectors. The exhibits or paintings range from local to international. Brian Marki, the owner, specializes in print-making and painting. He has also earned the trust of patrons for his fine framing skills. People come here to get their work framed. The art work is preserved in such a way so as to bring out the best in it. If ever one is looking for good quality art, Brian Marki Fine Art should be the first choice.
Bring your kids to Staver Locomotive and let them explore the trains and engines used in the past. This fun exhibit comprises vintage steam engines, miniature models and photographic presentation of the travel routes, all of which are displayed inside a restored warehouse on 29th Avenue. The rail yard is where community events take place regularly. Tours are also conducted every day at this museum. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
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.
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.
This gallery is located in the Pearl District, sitting among other galleries along 12th Avenue. With featured artists' work up front, you will not want to miss these unique pieces from your first glance in the door. Toward the back are smaller pieces, paintings, glassware and statues created by many of the gallery artists. The incredibly helpful staff members are willing to let you linger over pieces in silence or if you prefer, they will explain the techniques used by the creator of each piece.
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.
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.