May 2023
Register for Summer Term
Registration for summer 2023 began on Wednesday, May 17 at 12:30pm. Summer programs can be viewed online. Register online, in person, or by phone at 503-823-2787.
Call to Artists: Black History IS History
“Black History IS History” is a group art exhibition that will be on display July 28 – September 2, 2023 at the Multnomah Arts Center. It is being curated by Daren Todd and Steph Littlebird, guest leaders of Gallery Committee this year. Black artists living in Oregon and SW Washington are invited to apply to be a part of this important exhibition.

“We are living in a time where our history is being erased, distorted, and ignored on many levels - through our education system, in the courts, and permeating into our daily lives through the media we consume. As artists, we find ourselves in a unique position. At a time when the academicians, historians, reporters, and others are being silenced, I believe we have an opportunity to use our work to express and preserve what is being erased. ‘Black History is History’ calls on Black artists from the Pacific Northwest to reflect on the Black experience and to use their work in the continued fight for Black civil rights.” –Daren Todd

This exhibition will fill both the gallery and lobby exhibition spaces of the Multnomah Arts Center. Emerging and experienced visual artists are invited to apply. Submissions from filmmakers, musicians, writers, and artists working in other media are also welcome. The application deadline is midnight on Sunday, June 4. More information about the show and the online application can be found here.
Coming soon to the MAC Gallery - Tatyana Ostapenko
June 15 - July 22, 2023
Artist reception on Thursday, June 15 from 6pm-8pm
Live painting session in the gallery on Friday, July 7 from 6pm-7:30pm
Artist talk on Saturday, July 8 from 11am-12pm

Tatyana Ostapenko will be showing recent paintings in this solo exhibition, including several from a series about the traditional Slavic folk festival called Ivana Kupala.

Ostapenko’s work is deeply informed by her experiences as an immigrant and the years she spent growing up in post-Soviet Ukraine. She states, “My paintings are in equal measure a wistful childhood memory and critical inquiry into the recent history of former Soviet Union and the daily lives of people who will never make it to the official historical records.” The Ivana Kupala series is set in a rural environment and explores a pagan ritual that takes place on the shortest night of the year: there are wreathes to be made, and bonfires to be leapt over, and the birth of the sun to be celebrated. Throughout it all, Ostapenko is inviting us to contemplate “the ways in which our collective past can inform and enrich our present, and how our individual perspectives and experiences shape the stories we tell about ourselves and our communities.”

Ostapenko’s paintings have been exhibited around the world, from South Korea to Ukraine to NYC. She is also known as a powerful and skillful muralist, creating work that graces buildings both local and regional, including the historic Taylor Electric Building.
First Friday Arts for All: Sing, Shake & Learn
Come enjoy free music, dancing, and yummy snacks on Friday, June 2 from 6pm to 8pm in the Auditorium at Multnomah Arts Center. Chuck Cheesman will be performing at 6pm and Xavier Foley at 7pm.
Studio Theatre presents Alice's Adventures Underground 
Down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. What begins as a lazy afternoon in the park turns into a surreal adventure of epic proportion. This is the story of the real Alice and her sisters who suddenly find themselves in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Beware the Jabberwocky!

Performances free and open to the public at Multnomah Arts Center:

Friday, June 9 at 7pm
Saturday, June 10 at 7pm
Sunday, June 11 at 2:00pm
Oregon Botanical Artists exhibition in the MAC Lobby
A group exhibition of work by members of the Oregon Botanical Association (OBA) will be installed in the MAC Lobby the week of May 22. OBA begin in 2012 and has grown into a vibrant arts community that practices the contemporary art of botanical illustration while honoring it as an historical practice. In particular, they “strive to illustrate the diversity of plant life, as well as bring attention to those species and ecosystems which are imperiled.” This exhibition will be on display through July 22, 2023. The artist reception will be held in conjunction with the reception for Tatyana Ostapenko on Thursday, June 15 from 6pm-8pm.
Newly Added Summer Classes
Save the date! Registration for our Session B classes that run on the second half of Summer Term will begin on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:30pm.
We have a couple more fantastic classes happening later this summer that are not listed in the catalog.

Jewelry/Metalsmithing - River Rock & Sea Glass Workshop (Ages: 16 & up)

Have you ever picked up a special river rock or sea glass to remember a special memory? In this workshop learn how to drill and create simple hammered pieces to create and make your very own necklace. Prerequisite: Metals I or equivalent experience. Class price includes Studio and materials fee of $45, which is non-refundable after class begins. 
Saturday from 10am-4pm on August 5
$131 [1 Class]. Instructor: Arielle Brackett. Course # 1155694
Weaving - On Loom: Beginning (Ages: 13 & up)

Weaving is one of the oldest art forms in the world and goes back to neolithic times. It is practiced around the world, with rich traditions, colors and applications. In this foundation course, learn to design and produce individual works of art on a contemporary loom. Focus on weaving vocabulary and developing project ideas and interests through hands-on experience. Pattern design and theory taught throughout. Beginning students only. Students will make samplers. Students cannot miss first class. Basic materials included in class, with additional fibers available for purchase. Students will be assigned a loom by their instructor at first class, based on class needs, student experience, and projects planned. 
Tuesdays 8/1 - 8/29 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm  
$147 [5 Classes]. Instructor:  Loo Bain. Course # 1152814
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