Located at the historic and strikingly Gothic-style First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, ArtReach Gallery (1137 SW Broadway, 503-228-7219) carries out an important creative mission at the church that dates to its earliest days. The current gallery—which recently added new lighting and an electric drop-down screen—opened in 2006 and features rotating two-month-long exhibits several times per year, each with an opening Sunday reception as well as a special curator’s event.
Artists presented at the gallery work in a variety of media, and their work typically ties in closely with ArtReach’s focus, to “ask viewers to consider ways in which art connects and interacts with inter-cultural and inter-spiritual relationships; justice, peacemaking and social concerns; poetry, music, performance; and identity narratives.”
Through May 27, ArtReach Gallery presents “Conceal & Reveal,” featuring Tibetan Thangka paintings by artist Sanje Elliott, whose developed his style and technique in part during a three-year residency in India and Nepal, and Jeff Gunn, a well-regarded Seattle-based painter whose art also shares an inspiration from Tibetan Buddhist chant. You can download a PDF of the full Exhibition Booklet here. There’s an opening reception on Sunday, April 8, from 11:30 to 1 pm, and a curator’s event on Thursday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Other shows and events scheduled throughout the rest of the year include “Sanctuary,” with the works of Lauren Carrera (June 3–July 29); paintings by Carola Penn (Aug. 5–Sept. 23), and 2-D and 3-D works by German artist in residence Werner Ryschawy as well as paintings by Annegret Reichmann (Sept. 30–Nov. 25).