Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

Coming soon to the gallery:

MAC Instructor Showcase

Exhibit: November 5 – November 29, 2021

From top left, clockwise: jewelry by Arielle Brackett, print by Brian Shannon, photography by Jenna Gersbach-King, ceramics by Kurtis Piltz, and painting by Gage Mace.

The Multnomah Arts Center is proud to present its annual Instructor Showcase. Artwork by Multnomah Arts Center adult and youth visual arts instructors will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning November 5th. Artwork will include paintings, prints, drawings, jewelry and metalsmithing, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, sculpture, photography, and more. This event is sponsored by the nonprofit support organization, Multnomah Arts Center Association (MACA). The show may be seen through November 29th.

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.

  • January- “Billions and Billions: New Work by Jonathan Barcan,” monoprints
  • February- “Metamorphosis,” group metalwork show by Creative Metal Arts Guild
  • March- “Flora Architectura – Exploring the Structure of Plants,” pen and ink drawings by David Cohen
  • April- paintings by Arturo Villasenor and beaded mosaics by Rachel Young (POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 2021)
  • May- MAC Youth Art Show, “Identity,” group show, mixed media (POSTPONED TO MAY 2021)
  • June- “Latinx PDX,” juried group show, multimedia (POSTPONED TO JUNE 2021)
  • July- “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)
  • August- painted sculpture by Ed Delegato and acrylic, watercolor, pencil drawings by Barbara Martin (POSTPONED TO MARCH 2021)
  • September- “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

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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.

For more information about MAC’s Gallery and Exhibitions, please contact Nicole Rawlins.

To view our previous gallery shows, click here.


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