Stephen Scott Smith
Breeze Block Gallery, 323 NW 6th Ave., 318-6228, breezeblockgallery.com. Closes Oct. 1.
Bullseye Gallery, 300 NW 13th Ave., 227-0222,
. Closes Nov. 19.
Grace Weston constructs meticulous miniature stage sets, which she populates with action figures and props. Then she photographs the sets, resulting in vignettes that come across initially as cutesy and whimsical but upon further viewing betray psychological complexities, a sense of mystery, and at times downright poignance. The works in Angles of Incidents also address gender polarities, romance, and the mixture of terror and nostalgia with which Northwesterners look back on the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St., 546-5056, augengallery.com. Closes Oct. 1.
Like thin-skinned leaves, the works in Kristen Millerâs Memento have delicate, crepe-like textures and seem as if a light wind could blow them away. Miller sews beads into tissue paper to create these beautiful, intricate compositions, which whisper with a quiet elegance. PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 222-0063, pdxcontemporaryart.com. Closes Oct. 1.
For Assemblage, curator Leo Michelson has gathered together pieces by 21 artists, all of whom work in assemblage. Michelsonâs interest in the medium dates to the 1960s, when he was fascinated by the assemblages of the late Joseph Cornell. The current exhibition showcases a wide variety of approaches to assemblage by artists from across the Pacific Northwest. Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery, 120 NW 9th Ave., Suite 102, 224-3150, anniemeyerartwork.com. Closes Sept. 30.