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  • Feb 1
    Open Stage PDX Feb 01 @F&B Cafe

Today’s Events

  • Dec 7
    NOSTALGIA: An Art Retrospective
    Dec 07 to Jan 31
    @Pearl Gallery and Framing
  • Dec 7
    MICHELLE GRABNER, ANNE CRUMPACKER GINGHAM | ENSO
    Dec 07 to Jan 27
    @Upfor Gallery
  • Dec 26
    Winter Group Exhibition II
    Dec 26 to Jan 27
    @Butters Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Expose YourSELF in Art: Juried Show
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Gallery 114
  • Jan 4
    Residue of a Vision
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @PDX Contemporary Art
  • Jan 4
    Starting From Darkness
    Jan 04 to Mar 04
    @Waterstone Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Dorothy Glenn "Generous Mystery"
    Jan 04 to Feb 25
    @Wolff Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Ben Hucke
    Jan 04 to Jan 28
    @Gallery 903
  • Jan 4
    Vance Feldman - ForeverScape
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Blackfish Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Mark Andres
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Augen Gallery

The First Thursday Street Galley expands to Portland Park Blocks

The Urban Art Network is thrilled to announce that we’re expanding our First Thursday Street Gallery into the North Park Blocks this season. The event will double in size as we annex two park blocks while still retaining our established home on NW 13th. 

Last year, the Urban Art Network experimented with a First Wednesday event on the North Park Blocks. This move brought UAN into what is being called the creative corridor, an area of the Pearl now anchored by the new PNCA campus. It was such a success that UAN worked with the city to arrange permits so that its presence in the creative corridor will now be a regular part of the First Thursday Street Gallery. “The community is super excited to have it there,” said UAN president Jennifer Kapnek. She’s enthusiastic about having more spaces available to self-representing and emerging artists. “We’re going to be able to have a large-scale art event there in the coming years.”

The park blocks are a prime location because of their proximity to PNCA, the Everett Station Lofts and many Peal District galleries who host openings on First Thursday. Expect to see many local artists setting up in the new grassy location, including painter Michelle Purvis, wood artist Poest, painter and wire sculptor Zak Gere, and painter Jennifer Kapnek. 

Now in its sixteenth year, the UAN is proud to have not only endured but to be expanding. We take our success as proof that Portland loves and values its many artists.

If you’re an artist who would like to participate, please read this information about showing in our new Park Block spaces.

If you’re an art lover, we hope to see you browsing art on Thursday, April 7, or any other First Thursday from April through October.