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What do Blackfish Gallery, The Muppet Movie and the Walkman have in common?

They all dropped in 1979!

Since then, Blackfish Gallery has been home to over 300 artists including notable regional artists such as Paul Missal, Barbara Black, and Kanetaka Ikeda. Always located in Portland’s Pearl District, Blackfish Gallery has been a perennial presence in the city’s thriving art scene. We are celebrating these decades of community and creativity with a variety of special events throughout 2024.

Please join us!

Overview of Events

Looking Back
Founders Gr
oup Show
March 6-30

Since 1979, our artist owned and operated gallery has been a hub of the Pearl District art community. The gallery has been home to dozens of artists working in a wide variety of genres, mediums, materials and motifs, "Looking Back" offers an opportunity to celebrate the wide-ranging work of some of Blackfish Gallery’s founding members including Barbara Black, Steve Soihl, Kanetaka Ikeda, and Paul Missal.

Paul MissalRaven Speaks, 2023, charcoal, graphite, acrylic on paper, 19” x 24”

Robert R. DozonoWar is Not the Answer, oil, garbage/canvas, 60” x 96” x 4”

Kanetaka IkedaParts of Cosmic Tree: Seeds, 2017, mix media assemblage, 10' x 5.5' x 1.5'

Movers, Shakers & Founders: Original Artists Who Made Blackfish Blackfish
March 8, 5-7pm

Join us as Blackfish celebrates 45 years in the Pearl!

Come hear first-hand stories of the early days in the Pearl District as it transformed from gravel streets to galleries and eateries. You will learn what it was like for these early Pearl artists as they realized a new vision for an old neighborhood.


Our esteemed panelists include Judy Cooke (Blackfish co-founder), Bruce Guenther (art historian, independent curator and former chief curator of the Portland Art Museum), Paul Missal (Blackfish co-founder & current member), Eddie Reed (current member & moderator), Al Solheim (developer of the Pearl District), and Christy Wyckoff (Blackfish co-founder).

Tickets are limited, RSVP in advance.

Judy Cooke

Bruce Guenther

Paul Missal

Eddie Reed

Al Solheim

Christy Wyckoff

Join us for a special evening of art, community, and good vibes. Since 1979, Blackfish Gallery has had its doors open to the Pearl, to Portland, and to the possibility of creating community through art. We will continue this fine tradition by throwing a fine party—our way of thanking you for being part of our success.

5-8pm (during First Thursday)

Places, Everyone: Life in the Pearl Arts District
June (date to be announced)

Delve into the artistic landscape of the Pearl during this panel, spotlighting Blackfish in the Otis Building and other notable historic structures housing vibrant arts organizations.

Speakers: Meghann Gilligan (PNCA), Chris Rauschenberg (Desoto Building), Julie Vigeland (Portland Center Stage patron), Alice Christine Walker and Christopher Shotola-Hardt (current members)

Works Well with Others: Cooperative Businesses in the City
Sept. (date to be announced)

Dig into the rich history of collectives in PDX, spanning art, food, and wine, featuring insights from Marc D. Brown, the author of the People’s Food Co-op history.


Speakers: Marc D. Brown (writer & public defender), Anne Hubatch (Helioterra Wines), Amanda Triplett (moderator and co-owner/member of Shift Gallery), Barbara Mason (Waterstone Gallery), Raphael Arar and Marcelo Fontana (Carnation Contemporary)

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