By Joseph Gallivan
SARAH HOROWITZ: BLUE
Froelick Gallery, Portland. To May 29
Based in Leavenworth, WA, Sarah Horowitz is well placed to appreciate the delicate beauty of alpine plants. Known for her fine art and limited edition hand-bound artists’ books, in Portland she presents a series of works on paper, including sumi ink on Japanese paper and woodcuts on Tyvek. The forms range from ghostly pines to wispy seed heads that defy gravity, but it’s the variety of botanical forms that stands out.
EXQUISITE SCROLLS: COLLABORATIVE DRAWINGS FOR PNCA
Various locations, Portland. May 5 – 29
Initiated by Portland artist and Pacific Northwest College of Art alum Malia Jensen, this project involves nearly 100 artists, drawing on shared scrolls. Twelve 10-foot collaborative drawings traveled from artist to artist beginning in May of 2020, raising support for the college’s equity and leadership scholarship programs. The scrolls will be exhibited in different locations in Portland this May, creating an art treasure hunt to remind us what in-person art viewing feels like. More information: https://pnca.edu/about/support-pnca/exquisite-scrolls
CROW’S SHADOW INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS BIENNIAL
Hallie Ford Museum, Salem. Part I to April 24; Part II May 8 – Aug 14
Easily the best print studio in Oregon, the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (based on the Umatilla Reservation) gets its moment in the spotlight in Salem. The work that goes into making prints is often overlooked by the painting-centric art world, but the printmaking at Crow’s Shadow shows a high degree of both mastery and collaboration. This fine selection of works by both Native and non-Native artists was curated by Rebecca Dobkins, anthropology professor and curator of Native American art.