December Arts

Lisa Onstad's work, "Low Tide," is inspired by the turquoise blue coastline of Northern California.

The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, Dec. 5:

• Reminders: At the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., Laura Fritz's "Apex" references the movement of bees, birds, cats, moths and butterflies. Her work is noted for the psychological interplay between space and objects, but it is not without lushness and fine surfaces, even levity. For more: http://www.portlandartmuseum.org. It shows through Feb. 23. ... Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St., addresses the stigma of adult sex workers, drug users, gang members, immigrants and transient people and the seemingly derogatory term given to them when they are involved in crimes — no human involved, or NHI. The exhibit "No Human Involved," the fifth annual sex workers' art show, is on display through Dec 14. For more: http://www.pica.org.