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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, which happens in the Pearl District and elsewhere — this month, it’s Thursday, Feb. 4)

• A must-see showing is an exhibit by architect Kengo Kuma, who designed the new cultural center at the Portland Japanese Garden. “Tsunagu” will show at the Center for Architecture, 403 N.W. 11th Ave., starting at 5 p.m. First Thursday and going through Feb. 29 (www.cfapdx.org). He’ll also give a talk, “Architecture of Relationships,” at the Portland Art Museum, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 (www.japanesegarden.com).

• Stephanie Chefas Projects, 305 S.E. Third Ave., No. 202, opens its 2016 gallery season with “Straight Outta Portland,” an exhibit from 17 local artists who accentuate the city’s artistic vibe, brand of weirdness, eclectic scene and carefree spirit of exploration. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The exhibition will be on display until

Feb. 29; it’s free. For info: www.stephaniechefas.com.

• At Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave. (elizabeth leach.com), Charlene Liu’s works on paper (“Stone, cloth, flushed cloud”) show the combination of watercolor painting, collage, pen and ink, mechanical processes and printmaking techniques to convey a state of suspended transition. She’s an associate professor and printmaking coordinator at the University of Oregon, and the exhibition coincides with the 44th annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference, held in Portland for the first time in 2016. It opens on First Thursday, as does Christine Bourdette’s “Drawings to Planet Earth.” Bourdette has permanent public artworks in Portland, Tempe, Ariz., and Seattle.

• “Imbue/Imbuere” by Shu-Ju Wang, who does color pencil/cold wax on paper and more, shows at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., opening at 6 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Feb. 28. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.

• James Luna’s color prints (“Performagraphic”), including “We Become Them (Bear)” from 2010, will be on display at Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave. (blackfish.com), starting with a First Thursday reception at 6 p.m., and going through Feb. 27. Luna will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and be part of the MFA Studio Lecture Series at Portland State University, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

• A reminder that the photo exhibit “Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy,” featured in Tuesday’s Portland Tribune, will show Feb. 13 through May 8 at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. (www.portlandartmuseum.org).

• Another reminder: Catch the Portland Winter Light Festival, 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, based at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. A highlight will be “Night Lights: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest,” a video-on-wall projection series, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Regional Arts and Culture Council, 411 N.W. Park Ave. Portland artist Fernanda D’Agostino has curated seven Oregon video artists to explore “bodies in motion and bodies at rest” from several sensibilities. For info: www.pdxwlf.com.

• The Pacific Northwest College of Art and Jordan Schnitzer, honorary chair, will put on the 2016 Alumni Art Auction, Friday, Feb. 19 at Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 N.W. Broadway (www.pnca.edu).

• Reminders: There is a free First Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org; and at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 4 to 8 p.m., www.portlandcm.org.

• For information on galleries: First Thursday, first thursdayportland.com; Portland Art Dealers Association, www.padaoregon.org.