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The Top Design Happenings April 10–16


Light Ways Soil Gallery, 112 3rd Ave. S, Seattle

Artists Emily Counts, Marisa Manso, Stephen Nachtigall, and Jessie Rose Vala join forces to explore how light transforms and activates objects. Each applies it to their practice in a different way, ranging from radiating neon and reflective materials to a bright, glowing screen. (Through April 27, times vary)

Stockpiler Panel and Textile Marketplace The Hoxton, 15 NW 4th Ave., Portland

Portland-based pop-up gallery Stockpiler, founded by photographer Christopher Dibble and artist Mariel Pitti, presents a panel discussion that pinpoints ways for textile artists to bring their work to market. Post-talk, peruse the Textile Marketplace, where you can snag works from the panelists as well as local textile and fiber artists. Sales of specific items within the shop will benefit the recently launched Portland Textile Month. (April 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $20)

Georges de La Tour Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland

The sixth installment of the Portland Art Museum’s Masterworks series, which highlights individual works not represented in its permanent collection, features French artist Georges de La Tour’s The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. Explore how he used artificial light to establish mood and convey his subject’s essential details. (April 13–October 13; times and prices vary)

She Built This City: The Women of PDX Design and Architecture The Eleanor, 1605 NW Everett St., Portland

Part of Design Week Portland, Nathanael Chown, marketing manager for family-owned Chown Hardware, hosts an homage to his grandmother, Eleanor, and other women who helped design and build Portland. Hear about women who broke into traditionally male-dominated industries and listen as interior designers and architects share personal stories of what it means to be a woman in design. (DWP continues through April 16; discover more events here.) (April 11, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Mass Timber Discussion The Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St. Vancouver

Michael Green Architecture associate Kyle Elderhorst will talk all things mass timber, including its current demand, where the industry is headed, and trends and examples of mass timber construction projects around Vancouver. (April 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., prices vary)

Image on homepage: Jessie Rose Vala, 2018, Tears of Innana; Stoneware, neon; 31 x 18 x 36


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