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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings

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, May 2 ...

• In The Office space at Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., Michelle Ramin's "Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast" paintings explore the contemporary phenomenon of touring ruins. Ramin visited Athens, Greece, and witnessed first-hand the layered complexities of visiting ancient sites, where the gravity of history is mixed with the current state of politics. It opens at 5 p.m. First Thursday. James Allen's "Northwest Bound" and Amory Abbott's "Bloodlands" also show, through May 27. For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• Froelick Gallery, 704 N.W. Davis St., features Susan Seubert's "Not A Day Goes By" through May 27. There'll be festivities on First Thursday. Ongoing exhibits at Froelick are Art Passport PDX art for new collectors and "Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Can't Explain." For more: www.froelickgallery.com.

• At Blackfish, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., Yoonhee Choi's "Sift" work of deformed plastic cups, straight pins, graphite lines and light on a 12x30-foot gallery wall is an exploration of the easily neglected and immediately abandoned detritus of a consumer society. Roya Motamedi's fabric/birch collages also show, through May 27. First Thursday starts at 6 p.m. For more: www.blackfish.com.

• The PDX Window Project, through May 27 at PDX Contemporary Art, 925 N.W. Flanders St., features Portland-based artist Bukola Koiki and her beading used by the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. Barbara Stanford's "Drinking Light" also shows. First Thursday starts at 6 p.m. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.

• A group exhibition of 12 artists, "Passport PDX: Places Real and Imaginary" shows through June 3 at Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, 2219 N.W. Raleigh St. For more: www.jeffreythomasfineart.com.

• Visual artist and notable graphic novelist Arnold Pander opens his "Natural Curiosities," watercolors on paper, 5 p.m. First Thursday. It's a series of works exploring pre-photographic bird studies and the inherent curious nature of pretty objects. They'll show at Custom Jewelry Boutique, 1022 N.W. Lovejoy. For more: www.arnoldpander.com.

• A reminder: Sam Hamilton's "Standard Candles" is a film-music-performance-installation at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., through Aug. 12. The title "Standard Candles" is drawn from the astronomical term for a class of objects whose distances can be computed by comparing their observed brightness with their known luminosity. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.

• The Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host its annual Memories in the Making art auction and gala 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. For more: www.alz.org/oregon. The Memories in the Making program gives people with dementia an alternative form of expression. ... There'll be many artists and craft makers at the Crafty Wonderland Spring Art and Craft Market at the Oregon Convention Center, May 20. For more: www.oregoncc.org. ... The Mt. Tabor Art Walk takes place May 20-21. For more: www.mttaborartwalk.com.

• Reminders: There is a free First Thursday at 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., www.portlandartmuseum.org.

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

— Jason Vondersmith