Siren Nation preview: Arts and Crafts

Monica Nelson will show Friday at the Q Center’s ‘Personal Herstory’

The Siren Nation Festival starts both its musical enchantments as well as its art shows today. Conveniently coinciding with First Thursday, several downtown locations host SN sponsored shows.

The Art of the Bike
6:00 p.m. – close
Kelly’s Olympian (426 SW Washington St)

The Ladies of the Rib
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Backspace Gallery (115 NW 5th Ave)

Compound Gallery (107 NW 5th Ave)
7:00 p.m.

Bait & Switch: Tension Between Scene and Unseen
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Working Artists Gallery (WAG) (2211 NW Front Avenue)

First Friday, which is Southeast Portland’s answer to the Pearl’s First Thursday, will open up the doors on three more lady-fronted shows. Especially exciting is the Personal Herstory exhibit opening at the PDX Q Center which features artists Georgette Eck, Kate Rannels, Deana Brown, Nikki Kress, Monica Nelson, Darcy Sharpe, Jennifer Schuberth, Jen Bracy, Nikol King, Heidi Elise Wirz and Molly Jochem. The diversity of both media and narrative is bound to create a dynamic and fulfilling show.

Personal Herstory
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
PDX Q Center (69 SE Taylor Ave at SE Water Ave)

Organic Industry
Olympic Mills building (107 SE Washington)

East Bank Commerce Center (1001 SE Water St.)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Whitney Superstar’s paintings on wood will be available for sale

For all your Nor’Easters you can already head over to the Nest (180 NE Alberta St) and check out Molly Jochem and Heidi Elise Wirz anytime the bar is open, from 5 p.m. to close.

And on Sunday, artistic pursuits turn to a more folk nature. McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave) hosts an arts and crafts show and sale from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be cute things galore and Christmas is almost here. Supporting locally-made women’s art and getting your family a one-of-a-kind gift? Priceless.

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