* Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters
The Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters is a group of artists who use literature--in this case Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me Ultima and The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales--and produce interpretive quilts based on their readings. 17 quilts are on view this month. Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5656, Opening Thursday, 5-7 pm, runs through Jan. 26

* Black Panthers 1968
In the fall of 1968, Eldridge Cleaver invited photographers Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones to document the Black Panther movement during its most formative and volatile year. The photos were displayed that year at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and have been resurrected for a new generation to see. Highly recommended. Cooley Gallery at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock, 777-7790, Through Feb. 20

Characters: Collaborative Sculptures
A series of eerie human/animal hybrid sculptures designed by sculptor Angela Corvi and painter Edward King. FIX Gallery, 1914 E Burnside, Jan 8-Feb 5

Frustrated Fireworks
A show of found glass works from Cecilia Cannon, and colorful narrative paintings from Gustaf Mortier. Both artists are back in Portland after a year spent in the cultural mecca known as Pendleton, OR. New American Casuals, 326 SE Morrison, 294-0445, Opening party Fri 7 pm, runs through Jan 29

Life's Daily Tasks
The prolific photographer Lindsey White presents a series of "slapstick self-portraits" that use school play props and vaudeville to "challenge cultural norms, such as the Protestant work ethic, professionalism, and gender roles." Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, Opening party Thurs 6 pm, through Jan 30

* The ANIMAL Show
The team of Tara Jane O'neil, Rita O'Brien and Chris Bennett curated this multimedia show about the animal kingdom. Work in all media will appear by artists such as Zak Margolis, Matt McCormick, and Ann Ploeger. Newspace, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, Opening Friday 7 pm-midnight. Through Jan. 30

* The Folks Are Real Friendly Here
The year kicks off quirkily at Half and Half courtesy of the folks at Portland's Bathtub Art Museum. This month, 100 tub-themed postcards are on view at Half & Half, and next month the collection shifts to a plumbing supply store on Burnside. Half & Half, 923 SW Oak, 503-222-4495, Through Jan. 31

* This Is Our World
"Our World" in this case means constructed, cinematic realities devised by photographers with a flair for the macabre and dramatic. Craig Doty's work examines some of the violent Freudian subtexts of youth in America, while the photographs of Jeanine Oleson and Ellen Lesperance explore themes of escapism and pre-modern fantasy. Savage Art Resources, 1430 SE Third Ave, 230-0265, Opens Friday 6-9 pm. Through Jan. 29

* Lucian Freud Etchings
Come for the etchings of Sigmund Freud's grandson; stay for the sublime galleries of arts and crafts from the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave, 226-2811, Through Jan 23, $6-10

* Newcountry
One of the best works in town right now is Charles Goldman's spouting fountain of oil drums at the Feldman Gallery. The low-tech sculpture touches on the work of Christo, rococo fountainry, and the nature of consumption itself. Philip Feldman Gallery, PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through Feb 19

* Photos by Heather Hawksford
In between sips of your delicious mixed beverage, peruse the walls of Colosso this month and check out Heather Hawksford's warm, lovely color photos of various still lifes. Colosso, 1932 NE Broadway, Through January

* Ryan Pierce
Pierce's surreal paintings are both beautiful and thought-provoking, incorporating actual objects into the canvasses and commenting on "the gritty reality of people who have been made victims by this country's secret police." Marghitta Feldman Gallery, 1102 NW Marshall St., Through Jan 29

Thomas Roma & Bob Thall
Thall's series of photographs, along with his 2002 book City Spaces, chronicles the dark, murkey back alleys of Chicago. Roma's photos do the same thing, except not in Chicago (Italy), and not of alleys (pastoral life in the rolling hills of Sicily). Blue Sky Photography Gallery, 1231 NW Hoyt St, 225-0210, Opening party Thurs 6 pm, runs through Jan 29

Winter Group Show
The Froelick presents a sizeable group show with over 30 gallery artists, including Matthew Dennison, Katherine Ace, and Sarah Horowitz. Froelick Gallery, 817 SW 2nd Ave, 222-1142, Through Jan 26