Must-visit art galleries in Portland: Portland Art Museum, Blackfish Gallery and more

 

More than a food and drink’s lover’s haven, Portland is also paradise for creatives and art enthusiasts with established galleries and cutting-edge studios, both showcasing a breathtaking variety of modern and visual arts, found all across the city but also mainly at Pearl District . The best thing about Portland art galleries is that they’re all free and open to the public, so you can visit them at all hours without worrying about crowds or long lines. 

From local artists to international talents, here are the best Portland museums you simply have to visit to experience the city’s vibrant art scene.

 

Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum’s collection includes more than 20,000 pieces of art and objects created between 1750 and 1950. The museum also houses a selection of Native American artworks from painters who lived in Oregon during the late 19th century including John Mix Stanley. Since 1925, the Portland Art Museum has showcased special exhibitions that change every three months.  

Join black, indigenous, and people of color artists in the galleries as they capture moments from the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020. In the exhibition Perspectives, artist Sharita Towne celebrates her heritage while creating a powerful body of work. Walk into the European Galleries and take in stunning paintings by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe. Then walk through the Park Blocks across the street and explore Portland’s art collection at its heart. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 5pm.

Kids age 17 and below are free; for adults, get your Portland art museum ticket here.

 

Blackfish Gallery

This Portland art gallery presents a unique gallery and outdoor exhibit, curated by Merridawn Duckler, of thought-provoking art installations and performances relating to Land Art, an art movement that dates back to the 60s and 70s and continues today. The Native American visual arts community will be joined by gallery members and invited artists to show works that “challenge, reflect, and enlarge the artist role in land use, land challenges, imagination, and environment in the Pacific Northwest.”

Blackfish Gallery hosts exhibits of many different types of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. It also features special events such as First Friday receptions every month from 6 pm to 9 pm. You can meet the artists represented there and see some of the newest pieces for yourself. 

If you’re interested in visiting this gallery or buying any art from them, check out their website at blackfisgallery.com – here’s how to get there from Ponderosa Inn

 

Blue Sky Gallery

Bring your family and friends as you watch the pieces and works of over 50 artists in Blue Sky Gallery each year. The studio also hosts monthly receptions every second Friday of every month. 

Blue Sky Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in Portland founded by Sarah and David Menzies in 1997. The gallery has been an integral part of the Portland arts community. It has quickly established itself as an important venue for local photography. In a short period, the organization expanded its offerings to include national and international artists, many of whom exhibited at Blue Sky early in their careers. 

Blue Sky Gallery opens Wednesday through Saturday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Visit their website for their list of shows.

 

Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Get to know established and emerging creatives worldwide at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Established in 2007, the gallery exhibits contemporary art and features all kinds of work using a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and installation pieces. It also specializes in representing artists who work with a range of materials, including ceramics and textiles, among others. It’s no surprise that you’ll find quite a wide range of styles here too.

Check the list of their featured artists here.

 

Upfor Gallery

Stimulate your creative juices at UpFor Gallery, whether you are into traditional or contemporary art. What makes Upfor Gallery unique is that they carry an extensive inventory of both original artworks and limited edition giclee prints. They also have gallery space for rotating exhibitions shown throughout the year.

Upfor Gallery works with creatives, curators, collectors, designers, and brand managers to produce and oversee varied art collections. Since its inception, they have featured artists in more than 80 exhibits via online, pop-ups, and international art fairs. If you are an artist, you can also take advantage of their advisory, consultation, and exhibition services. 

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The arts are alive and well in Portland. Galleries, public art, events, and avant-garde institutions fill the city’s vibrant arts scene. After marveling at beautiful pieces and installations, ease yourself in at Ponderosa Inn for an incredible staycation. We are conveniently located in a charming suburb of Gresham. Relax after a day’s excursion in our hot tub or sip a cup of Americano in our coffee bar while reviewing pictures to post on your socials. Reserve a room now!

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