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, March 2 ...
* PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., recognizes the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts convention with "Orbits" by ceramic artist Bean Finneran, who has a studio overlooking the water in the San Francisco Bay area. Finneran frequently relates her work to the observations she makes of the natural world. She and Jeffry Mitchell's new works show through April 1, including 6 p.m. First Thursday; there'll be a Finneran reception 5 p.m. March 24. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.
• Works by new gallery members Shawn Demarest (painter) and Kristy Kun (fiber artist), "Exordia," are featured at Waterstone Gallery, 124 N.W. Ninth Ave., through April 2, including at 5 p.m. First Thursday. For more: www.waterstonegallery.com.
• Ceramic artists Doug Jet and Christine Golden are featured at Eutectic Gallery, 1930 N.E. Oregon St., March 3-25. For more: www.eutecticgallery.com.
• Maryhill Museum of Art, a popular destination in the Columbia River Gorge, outside of Goldendale, Washington, opens March 15 with "Something for Everyone: New Treasures from the Permanent Collection" — works added to the museum's holdings since 2010, including Romanian folk clothing, American Indian baskets and beadwork, medieval illuminated manuscripts, art glass, sculpture, paintings and prints. A season-opening celebration is 3 p.m. March 18. For more: www.maryhillmuseum.org.
• Bruce Guenther's "Build: Sculptural Ceramics" and Christopher Rauschenberg's new photos from Poland are opening at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.
• Mark your plans for Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, for the SE Area ARTWalk, a free self-guided tour of artists' studios, workspaces, galleries and businesses. For complete info: www.seportlandartwalk.com.
• Jennifer Rabin, a local writer and arts activist, has founded Art Passport PDX, a free program in collaboration with some local galleries aimed at fostering engagement in the visual arts — and helping newcomers with buying art, asking the right questions and fitting in. A launch reception will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave.; the program goes through June 15. For more: www.artpassportpdx.com.
• Reminders: The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, features works by visual artist Tad Savinar, "youninverse," through March 5. ... The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway (Highway 43), Marylhurst, presents "Mother," featuring Roxanne Jackson's craft-based sculptures and Julia Oldham's drawings, through March 18. ... The Portland Art Museum features "Constructing Identity" African-American art and "Rodin: The Human Experience" through April 16. ... The Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, shows "A Golden Age of Poster Design" through July 9. ...The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem is exhibiting "Louis Bunce: Dialogue with Modernism" through March 26. ... Also at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., there's an exhibit of Julia Mangold's minimalist sculptures, showing through March 11.
• Other 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 Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, offers a free First Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., www.portlandcm.org; Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., portlandartmuseum.org.
— Jason Vondersmith