Pilgrims, Strangers, Imaginary Friends
San Diego artist Samantha Magowen rocks Gallery 500 this month with Pilgrims, Strangers, Imaginary Friends, a mixed media exhibition that delves into the relationships between pattern and decoration, fiction, and memory. Gallery 500, 420 SW Washington, Suite 500, 223-3951, Through April

New Mexico photography today is usually associated with black and white metaphorical documentary that errs on the side of conservative. Reverse looks at five young NM photographers and their mentors, which seems pretty random, but what the hell? Philip Feldman Gallery & Project Room, at PNCA, 1241 NW Johnson, 226-4391, Through May 1

Living Routes and Roots
With a subtitle like An Exhibition About Living on the Peninsula, one conjures up images of remote artists living wildly outside the usual cosmopolitan trappings. When you discover that the peninsula is actually North Portland, you might be surprised for a second, but at least you don't have to change your preconceived notion. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate, 823-4322, Through April 29

* Mariana Tres and Bonnie Paisley
Tres and Paisley bid adieu to graduate advisors and thesis committees with their MFA exhibitions Society for Nebulous Knowledge and You Can Do it, Too, respectively. Paisley, who has a BFA from RISD, has turned cake decorating into the culmination of her terminal degree, and Tres is best known locally for her masterful exhibition of photographs, historical documents, and deceit at the Portland Building last year. Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Smith Center, 1825 SW Broadway, 725-5656, Through April 29