Artists: Candice Groot, Chris Antemann, Dean Adams, Jacob Hasslacher, Josh DeWeese, Kappy Strahan, Ted Adler, Ted Olaf Juve & Thomas Orr

First Friday, October 3rd, 6pm – 9pm. Eutectic Gallery and The LH Project will be hosting a reception for the opening of “2×4” featuring ceramic works from the Board of Directors of Eastern Oregon’s LH Project. This exhibition gives a unique opportunity to see the widely varied works from a group of artists with a profound effect on contemporary ceramics in Oregon and nationwide.

The LH Project, located in Joseph, Oregon is a two tiered residency and visiting artist program in the eastern part of Oregon.  Providing ceramic artists access to facilities, kilns and expansive areas of pristine wildlife, LH also provides partial work fellowships to resident artists, selected by their Board of Directors, the artists featured in this exhibition.  The facilities, artists, support and funding that the LH Project’s Board bring to the state of Oregon is an essential contribution to contemporary ceramics Nationally.

Across the river, Eutectic Gallery and the LH Project have partnered to produce two simultaneous pop-up exhibitions in the Pearl District at 539 NW 10th Ave. Opening October 2nd, ”Nurtured in Nature” – A Selection of LH Project Residents curated by Candice Groot and ”Art out of War” – the 2013-2014 LH Project Veteran Sessions display work that was made possible by the LH Project and their Board of Directors.

Eutectic will also be partnering with Ash Street Project, a mentorship program run by artist Thomas Orr in SE Portland, to offer a free shuttle between Eutectic and Ash Street’s openings, 6pm – 9pm on First Friday.  Ash Street Studios is celebrating their first year with an exhibit featuring the work of artists using their facility and mentorship program.

Exclusively exhibiting ceramic works, Eutectic Gallery produces six, two month exhibitions a year in their North-East Portland Gallery along with rotating work in their Mold Room Annex, and retail shop.  Representing both local and national ceramic artists, Eutectic strives to bring relevant contemporary ceramics to the Portland area, and expose the greater ceramics community to the work being produced within our community.

Eutectic’s Mold Room Annex will be featuring new work from Baba Wague Diakite during the “2×4” opening week.  A staple of Portland’s art and ceramic scene for the past 20 years, Wague is a nationally recognized artist, author and illustrator.