Visual Arts 

Diana Puntar
Brooklyn-based sculptor Diana Puntar uses mass-market design materials (think IKEA furniture) in combination with harder-to-contain natural forms like logs, fires, and stones. For An Hour on the Sun, Puntar presents wood and foam sculptures that glow in the dark, and every week, the gallery will have nocturnal viewings where you can witness these eerie, glowing, foam-and-laminate creations for yourself. small A projects, 1430 SE 3rd Ave, 234-7993, through Nov 11; nightviewing on Thurs Nov 9, 6 pm

A Century of Collage
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery turns 25 years old this month (w00t), and celebrates with a terrific-looking show of collages from artists like Bruce Conner, Robert Rauschenberg, Ray Johnson, Kiki Smith, and Jack Pierson. Consider us stoked. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th, 224-0521, Nov 11-Dec 30

Current Photo­graphy: New Directions
The Archer Gallery at Clark College presents the work of eight Northwest photographers, and in the process, gives a younger generation a chance to shine without relying on the traditional old guard that usually comprises shows like this. Their choices include Holly Anders, Liz Haley, Tamara Lishchka, and others, who take very different approaches to the medium. Stay tuned for a full-length review in an issue to come. Archer Gallery, Clark College, 1800 E McLoughlin, Vancouver, (360) 992-2200, through Dec 1

Mark Newport Lecture
Arizona artist Mark Newport creates really fun, smart, handcrafted work. Combining two passions—comic books and knitting—he conflates traditional feminine pastimes with adolescent male obsessions in his knitted superhero costumes and embroidered comic book covers. If you didn't see his work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery a few years ago, this is a great chance to play catch-up. Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall, Mon Nov 13, 8:15 pm, free

Ty Ennis
Ty Ennis, he of the Oregon Biennial and annual NAAU solo show, returns with a new suite of drawings on the topics of sex, death, friendship, artmaking, and memory. Ennis creates some of the best works on paper in the city, so this should be one of the don't-miss shows of the month. New American Art Union, 922 SE Ankeny, 231-8294, through Dec 10

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