2002 Alumni Art Show
AIP's new gallery gets its ribbon snipped on Thurs Oct 10 at 6 pm. Their first show is self-explanatory--alumni work. Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis

Alicia Justus
Alicia makes paper dolls, stickers, books, charms, and other very adorable and yummy artistic thangs. This exhibit shows her getting a little macabre, with drunk dolls and evil birds. Reading Frenzy, 921 SW Oak, 274-1449, 7 pm, free

Clay Carnival 2002
Speculating about the clay art these 13 artist present conjures bad feelings of those pottery stores where they teach your great-aunt how to throw a serving dish in five minutes or less. Regardless, there will be a party with cotton candy on each opening, so if the art is scary (the odds are 2:1 that it won't be), at least you can get high on sugar. Eagerwally Gallery, 630 SE 3rd, 335-3821, Opens three consecutive Fridays: Oct 11, 18, 25, 7 pm

Paper, Scissors, ROCK
Breathtaking exhibit of the evolution of punk rock poster art in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through Nov 30

Plywood Hoods and Concrete Commandos
Tons of skateboard art. There's an energy about it, and a functionality--these pieces of wood that people used for transportation and sport, busted up in transit and re-used for artistic purpose. Plus, it just looks rad. Zeitgeist, 625 NW Everett #109, 971-544-1365

Snapshot, Homebody (#2)
The former includes observations on the world from Topher Sinkinson, Kristin Kennedy, Sean Healy, Dimitri Kozyrev, more; the latter is PNCA goddess Nan B. Curtis' incredible reflection on the nature of home. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 207 SW Pine St, 224-0521, Through Nov

Straight No Chase
Aden Catalano, Davy57, and Brett Frizelle show their graffitti-inspired art. The opening soiree, Fri Oct 11 at 7 pm, includes DJDiggems and Davy57 on the turntables. Retro Barbie's Warehouse, 916 SE 34th, 224-6421

Jo Ann Kemmis
OXIDATION GONE WILD! With acrylics and canvas. Big, abstract primary things. Gavin Shettler Gallery, 625 NW Everett #106, 481-7450, Through Oct

Morgan Walker
Walker's smudgy paintings of youthful nudes are slightly unsettling in their mystery and detail. Her drawings, full of detail and a dark violence, add depth to the exhibit. It's very professional, schooled art that isn't emotionally crippled. Augen Gallery, 817 SW 2nd Ave, 224-8182, Through Oct

Renee Zangara
Minimal abstract botanical paintings on paper. They're simple oils, but with smeared shading and shapes done in rich blues, ivories, and ochres that make them somehow sensual. Alysia Duckler Gallery, 1236 NW Hoyt St, 223-7595, Through Oct

Sarah Wilmer
Wilmer's tiny black and white photographs are mysterious and definitely come from an internal place. Detailed trees, people doing cartwheels in the night, shadows cast on faces. Neon, 328 NW Broadway #115, Through Oct