It's been a while since we've done some First Thursday coverage, but now's the time to start ramping those up again! Go out tomorrow and see any of these lovely things: BIG 100 ART SHOW Chris Haberman and Jason Brown are hosting the Big 100 for the third year in a row....

Macramé, One of the techniques Portland-based jewelry designer Amira Mednick uses, is believed to have originated from 13th-century Arab weavers. According to Wikipedia, the Spanish word for macramé is derived from the Arabic word migramah (مقرمة), believed to mean believed to mean "striped towel," "ornamental fringe," or "embroidered veil." Enough on...

This stark series of acrylic paintings is entitled Collision. It features animals in various stages of the death and life cycle are set upon a square of urban space, feeling like small-scale museum installations. This show opens in Denver tonight, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, at the David B. Smith Gallery...

Portland artist, Mia Nolting, has been invited to participate in an artist residency at Halo Halo screen printing studio in Toronto, Canada. To celebrate the change of season, and raise funds to support Mia’s participation in this residency, ms.ms. will be hosting a seance-inspired event at the Together Gallery (togethergallery.com), this...

The album cover for Flying Lotus' latest EP, Pattern+Grid World, features a close-up portrait of one of Portland illustrator Theo Ellsworth's intricate, feathery characters. With an album title like Pattern+Grid World, Flying Lotus certainly could have taken the artwork into any number of stereotypically "cool" directions, but instead, he chose to go with the soft rippling drawings of Ellsworth. And from this was born mutual inspiration, with artist inspiring musician and musician inspiring artist.

Below, we spoke briefly with Ellsworth behind his process of creation. You can also read our previous interview with Ellsworth here.

 

Tara Jane O'Neil is a musician and artist who will displaying her zine (entitled doodle book selections #3) at IPRC -- Independent Publishing Resource Center TODAY for First Thursday. If you don't know her work OR the amazing things that are happening at the IPRC, you should definitely stop by....

Elemental is a group show featuring collaborative pieces that have undergone Round Robin treatment by Yellena James, Jill Bliss, Betsy Walton, and APAK Studios (Aaron and Ayumi Piland), going on now at Together Gallery, through the end of the month (and then some).  Blackbirds Breeze Crystal Garden Deep Sea Coral Dreamcatcher Embers Ω...

As of Last Thursday, Brin Levinson has some pieces from his Paradise Urbania series, on display at Optic Nerve Arts (1223 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR). These pieces combine some excellently rendered images of Portland bridges, and what they might look like if wild animals were to roam on or...

Portland conceptual artist Abraham Ingle's first solo show is quite a curious one. Starting today at False Front Studio in Portland, Ingle will be displayed his socially-inspired art. The show, entitled If A Tree Falls… consists of all new practice projects which explore notions of presence in the age of...

Our show poster for our 5-Year Anniversary Event (tomorrow, in Seattle, at Chop Suey) got Poster Of The Week at The Stranger. What the article failed to mention is that each poster was individually blockprinted on found sheets of magazine paper; each product is 100% unique. Yeah! Here's another sample. There's...