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(Note: The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it’s Thursday, Jan. 7.)

• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave. (www.elizabethleach.com), there’ll be a showing of works on paper, called “Logo(s),” by Portland-based writer and artist Pat Boas, who works with dissected and whole letter forms to create compositions that echo the intimacy and handwriting of graffiti, concentrating on the gestures associated with the writing. It opens First Thursday and goes through Jan. 30.

• At Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave. (www.laurarusso.com), the new year of openings features G. Lewis Clevenger’s “The Way I See It” and works from estates and private collections called “Looking Back: Northwest Icons,” both opening with receptions at 5 p.m. First Thursday. Clevenger’s acrylic paintings explore the ambiguities of daily life that reflect “moments which are unplanned but experienced.” The estate/private collections exhibit will feature works by 20th-century Northwest artists.

• Two other exhibits, opening First Thursday, to consider: Painter Gabe Brown’s nature-based images interacting with cultural images at Butters Gallery, 157 N.E. Grand Ave. (www.buttersgallery.com); Josh Michaels’ “24 Hour Empire,” a 24-hour, real-time homage/re-creation of how Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas would have made their 1964 film about the Empire State Building (based on 6 1/2 hours of filming the building) in current times, at Upfor, 929 N.W. Flanders St. (www.upforgallery.com).

• Later in January, the Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes the exhibition “Wangechi Mutu: The Hybrid Human.” Mutu is a trained sculptor who makes use of 19th-century prints, fashion magazines, scientific periodicals, pornography and ethnographic photographs to explore the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and representation of the female in media. It’ll show from Jan. 19 through March 12 at 511 Gallery at the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 N.W. Broadway. For more: www.cal.pnca.edu.

• The Curious Gallery, which celebrates the “cabinet of curiosities” and its contents, will put on its third annual arts festival, Jan. 9 and 10 at Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center, 1441 N.E. Second Ave. (www.curiousgallertypdx.com). Programming includes talks, group panels and hands-on workshops with topics such as taxidermy, carnivorous plants, Victorian cosmetics and local indigenous history.

• The Portland Children’s Museum puts on a free gallery opening and celebration of artists in residence Brian and Josie Parker, co-owners of Believe In Wonder Publishing, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road (www.portlandcm.org).

• For information on galleries: First Thursday, www.firstthursdayportland.com; Portland

Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.