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It's a monthly look at arts gallery openings and other arts happenings - including graduating students, Anne Siems, Jennifer Steinkamp and 'New Modernism'

COURTESY: PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - The works of American artist Jennifer Steinkamp, digital animations of motifs from the natural world, are on display at Portland Art Museum.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, July 6.

• At Littman & White Galleries, 1825 S.W. Broadway, No. 250, there'll be Amie LeGette's "Slow Grow," a series of paintings, and "White Artists Don't Have to Make Work About Racial Identity" by Rakeem Cunningham, a series of photographs and textile art. They show through July 28. For more: www.littmanwhite.tumblr.com.

• The Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., presents Sage Sohier's "Witness to Beauty," starting First Thursday and showing through July 30. Sohier gives an artist's talk at 5 p.m. Thursday. For more: www.blueskygallery.org.

• Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., displays work by Oregon students earning master's and bachelor's degrees in fine arts, starting at 6 p.m. First Thursday through July 29. Selected by arts faculties at their respective schools, 30 graduating artists present work in photography, sculpture, painting, video and more. For more: www.blackfishgallery.com.

• Anne Siems has been well known for her paintings of elaborate and ephemeral dresses, plants, fruits, people and animals, and her latest work, "Essence," minimizes the figure and shifts focus to the face and the surrounding color field. She'll show at Russo Lee Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., First Thursday through July 29. Whitney E. Nye ("Midst") and Narangkar Glover ("Farbenkugel: New Variations on a Theme," in The Office) also show. Artists' talks are 11 a.m. July 15 (Nye) and 11 a.m. July 22 (Siems). For more: www.russoleegallery.com.

• "Dislocation" is a group exhibition at PDX Contemporary, 925 N.W. Flanders St., starting 6 p.m. First Thursday and showing through Aug. 26. It's a group of artists who consider the idea of dislocation a metaphor and explore how the term is addressed in artwork. For more: www.pdxcontemporaryart.com.

• The Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., welcomes the work of renowned American media artist Jennifer Steinkamp, who celebrates the highly detailed, digital animations of motifs from the natural world. By projecting at large scale, her works activate architectural spaces and play with limits of perception. The museum will have four projections in a lively presentation on the passing of time as revealed by the natural environment: "Orbit," two works from the "Judy Crook" series and "Kamp Tree." The exhibit, July 8-Sept. 17, is a museum contribution as a partner institution of Converge 45, the citywide contemporary art program that encourages collaboration. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org, www.converge45.org.

• Later in July, it'll be the Gresham Arts Festival (July 15) — see: www.greshamoregon.gov — and Tualatin's ArtSplash (July 21-23) — see: www.tualatinoregon.gov.

• The group exhibition "New Modernism" will be on display at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., along with "Madame Cezanne's Hairdos," prints by John Baldessari. It opens July 20, and shows through Sept. 2. For more: www.elizabethleach.com.

• A reminder: Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, 2219 N.W. Raleigh Ave., and the Murdoch Exhibition Space present "Canopy: On Helen Lessick's Trees," a solo exhibit by Lessick that will interest environmentalists, the curious, cultural visitors and art lovers, through July 29. It coincides with the 30th anniversary of "House for Summer," Lessick's living tree sculpture growing in Hoyt Arboretum. For more: www.jeffreythomasfineart.com.

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

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