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Along with May flowers, Portland’s summer art scene is beginning to bloom. Time to unwrap yourself from your blanket burrito, open the curtains and venture out for a little culture and inspiration. We’ve rounded up a list of current and upcoming local exhibitions, performances and activities worth leaving the house for:

  • Asian Heritage Month: Lan Su Chinese Garden celebrates Asian Heritage Month with a variety of cultural activities and performances each weekend in May. Sunday, May 6 through Thursday, May 31, Lan Su Chinese Garden (239 N.W. Everett St., Portland, OR 97209).
  • Josh Keyes & Tiffany Bozic at Talon: Portland artist Josh Keyes and California-based artist Tiffany Bozic are featured at Talon Gallery in Portland from May 4 through May 31. Keyes was a featured artist in The Tall Trees of Portland.
  • The Feeling Good Handbook: Featuring paintings by Heidi Hahn and video and installation by Shana Moulton, this exhibition approaches alienation and loneliness in a disconnected society. Tuesday, May 8 through Saturday, June 2, Upfor Gallery (929 N.W. Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209).
  • Picturing Oregon: In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Portland Art Museum, Picturing Oregon exhibits paintings and photographs inspired by Oregon’s distinct natural features. Sunday, May 6 through Sunday, Aug. 19, Portland Art Museum (219 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205).
  • Place Names: Pacific Northwest-based artists Manuel Arturo Abreu and Christopher Paul Jordan use various mediums to explore objects that create a sense of place. Sunday, May 6 through Sunday, May 20, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, BPJ 3rd Floor (17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261).
  • Renée Hartig & Kelli MacConnell: This exhibit features work from oil painter Renée Hartig and linocut printmaker Kelli MacConnell showcasing the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Sunday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 23, Ford Gallery (2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97202).

If you can’t make it to all or any of these events, be sure to pick up Tall Trees of Portland for a curated collection of local art, celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Tall Trees of Tokyo, or take a trip to la ville de l’amour with Tall Trees of Paris—all available now through Overcup Books.

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