A Balmy First Thursday & Friday

First Thursday

We’ll be out and about in Portland tonight soaking in the heat and awesomeness that is First Thursday. We have a handful of must-see shows on our agenda.

The First Look

Our dear friend Anisa is joining a slew of fashion designers at Gigantic Gallery showing pages from their sketchbooks. I adore this sort of behind-the-scenes peek at the creative mind. (If you happen to chat up Anisa’s programmer husband, Graeme, the correct answer is: “Yes, it is reasonable to fly to Istanbul to source fabrics. In fact, I’d recommend it!”)

There is a compelling trifecta of shows at galleries within blocks of each other (around 5th and Couch): Upper Playground has a sweet group show, including work by Amy RuppelCompound is showing work by Stacey Rozich (a new name to me with a show that looks remarkable); and, finally, a little birdie told us that Michelle Valigura’s show at the Grass Hut is not to be missed.

First Friday

Our friends Amy Ruppel and Driscoll Reid (or, according to our daughter, Driscoll Monster) are pairing up for a not to miss art show opening tomorrow at land (6 pm). (If you see Amy, ask her about her secret for grilling bacon for BLT’s. To. Die. For.)