The First Thursday Street Gallery 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.