Multnomah Arts Center Gallery
Now showing in the gallery:
“Flora Architectura: Exploring the Structure of Plants,” pen, ink, & watercolor drawings
Exhibit: March 6 – 31, 2020
Reception: Friday, March 6, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 7, 1pm
“Flora Architectura: Exploring the Structure of Plants,” an exhibit of pen, ink and watercolor drawings by David Cohen, will be on view at the Multnomah Arts Center beginning March 6. Inspired by a rediscovered connection with nature, a life-long love of books and strong interest in history and science, these works explore the amazing structures of plants and botanical forms that are either invisible or overlooked by most people in their day to day lives. Cohen develops compositions that highlight the forms hoping to get people to more deeply observe these structures that are constant reminders of nature’s infinite bounty and creativity. The drawings are also an ode to the history of botanical art and the artists that changed the way we looked at the world around us. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Friday, March 6, 7-9pm. An artist talk is scheduled on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm. The show ends March 31 at 5pm.
Cohen graduated from the Museum Art School/Pacific Northwest College of Art. Instead of making his own art as intended, he ended up spending almost three decades assisting artists with the promotion and production of their work and ideas. As he explains, “The artwork in this exhibition represents my most recent efforts created after a 25-year hiatus.” Cohen worked for a range of institutions over his career including Portland Center of the Visual Arts, The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, The Salem Art Association, the Portland Children’s Museum and Contemporary Crafts Gallery (which became the Museum of Contemporary Craft).
Coming soon to the gallery:
Rachel Young and Arturo Villaseñor
“Metamorphosis: Works in Metal,” jewelry and sculpture
Exhibit: April 3 – April 28, 2020
Reception: Friday, April 3, 7-9pm
City Bird- Rachel Young
Aguila Mexicana Toma III- Arturo Villaseñor
The Multnomah Arts Center is proud to present a combined exhibition inspired by personal roots of Mexican art and architecture. The exhibition, which runs April 3rd – April 28th, features works by Rachel Young and Arturo Villaseñor. Blending iconic styles of Mexican arts and crafts, the artists pay homage to the beauty of Mexican heritage, youthful imagination and symbolism, and indigenous art forms. An opening reception will be held in the gallery Friday, April 3, from 7-9pm. The Multnomah Arts Center is located at 7688 SW Capitol Hwy in Portland.
Painting with colored beads, Young creates intricate micro-mosaics utilizing patterns of the often-overlooked elements of the ‘tiny.’ Employing indigenous Huichol (wee-CHOL) techniques, Young individually applies thousands of beads to create a unique and modern perspective from an age-old technique. Each composition highlights the majesty in everyday, even if life does not go exactly as planned.
In 2018, Young suffered a near-death medical experience, restricting her from many physical activities. Unable to work and leaving her with countless hours and many frequently sleepless nights, Young rediscovered her artistic voice. As an emerging artist, she now uses this process as a focused meditative and creative conduit, encouraging healing and strength. Believing little things often have the greatest impact, each work presents a Ghestaltian challenge of creating a cohesive composition out of many tiny pieces.
Arturo Villaseñor, a Civil Engineer from Mexico City, celebrates architecture, astronomy, and stylized imagery from his hometown. Working for several years as a historical building restoration artist, Villaseñor blends his technical training with his creative compositions to display pride for his heritage.
Since moving to Oregon in 2000, Villaseñor has worked with numerous Latino organizations in Washington County. A champion to these communities, Villaseñor bridges the gap between identity and culture with adult education, social work, translation services, computer literacy, and business training for Latino entrepreneurs. He is currently the director of Nova Enterprise which offers a variety of translation services. Parallel to his formal career, Villaseñor’s creative works include: poetry, painting, graphic design, photography, and sculpture, and is in numerous public and private collections.
MAC’s 2020 Gallery Schedule:
UPDATE: Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, MAC Gallery shows scheduled for 2020 are cancelled. Selected artists will be rescheduled and future calls to artists will also be posted here. For the most current news about MAC, the MAC Gallery, and our nonprofit group MACA, consider joining our mailing list here. We can’t wait to welcome you back when it is safe to reopen!
- January- “Billions and Billions: New Work by Jonathan Barcan,” monoprints
- February- “Metamorphosis,” group metalwork show by Creative Metal Arts Guild
“Flora Architectura – Exploring the Structure of Plants,” pen and ink drawings by David Cohen(POSTPONED TO JULY 2021)
paintings by Arturo Villasenor and beaded mosaics by Rachel Young(POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 2021)
MAC Youth Art Show, “Identity,” group show, mixed media(POSTPONED TO MAY 2021)
“Latinx PDX,” juried group show, multimedia(POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021)
“A Crack in the Concrete Where a Wildflower Grows,” repurposed artwork by Jana Charl and “Temporary Nature: Double Exposures,” photography by Al Crane(POSTPONED TO APRIL 2021)
painted sculpture by Ed Delegato and acrylic, watercolor, pencil drawings by Barbara Martin(POSTPONED TO MARCH 2021)
“The Visitor, Walking 1000 Miles Through Mexico,” photography by Larry Cwick(POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2021)
- October- “Habitat,” group show of quilts by Studio Art Quilts Associates
- November- MAC Instructors Showcase, group show, mixed media
- December- Winter Arts & Crafts sale and exhibits
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A portion of all sales supports arts education at MAC
Multnomah Arts Center Gallery has approximately 200 linear feet with beautiful white display walls and “floating” walls for versatile art displays. As an educational instrument for our community, the MAC Gallery has been open since 1982 and has had over 300 shows. The artists who show here are residents of Oregon or Washington if they live in the immediate vicinity of Portland. We have 12 shows throughout the year with an artist reception coinciding with First Friday in Multnomah Village.
The MAC Gallery reflects the artistic dynamism of the Portland area with exhibits that emphasize the following:
- Artists not necessarily represented by a gallery or with an art degree
- A diverse spectrum of media, from Fibers to Metal Arts and beyond
- Diversified subject matter, from controversial themes to the simply pleasing
- The working process of art through repetition of a single artist or group
- Trends in the artistic community Artwork related to current events
Though the main purpose of the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery is educational, we hope to have the shows stimulate thought and/or emotion and create some sort of reaction in the viewers who go through it.
Multnomah Arts Center’s mission is to provide high quality instruction and participation in the performing and visual arts to all interested persons, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic origin, financial means, or level of ability. The MAC Gallery reflects this mission by paying the artist a larger commission than traditional galleries. Artists are accepted to show their work based upon a variety of criteria including artistic excellence, content, craftsmanship, professionalism, marketability, and educational value.
If you are interested in purchasing an artwork on display which is for sale, please inquire at the front office. A portion of all sales supports arts education at MAC. Read about the gallery’s 2013 renovation in the Portland Tribune.