Alexis Amann / Marc Manning
Disjecta welcomes two dreamy abstractionists this month: Amman, who paints semi-naturalistic abstractions about "splitting and sticking," and Manning, whose photographic work "attempts to recreate the feeling of that precious few seconds after waking up from a dream." Disjecta, 116 NE Russell , 335-6979, Through Aug 8, Reception Friday, 7-11 pm

Ex Libris
The Ex Libris bookplate is the snobby, less sexy cousin of the ball-point inscription, and now you can see more than 300 artist's versions of their own inscription plates. Collins Gallery, Central Library, 801 SW 10th, 988-5471, Through August 15

* Mercury Cover Art Show
In addition to being your source for the best in Portland news, culture, and arts, the Mercury, via its amazing covers, has always been a veritable showcase for artists from just about everywhere. Now observe the original artwork behind these illustrious covers, laid out before you in one whopping glut of beautiful, twisted dementia. The Art Nucleus, 1905 NW 26th, 503-224-2582, through July 28

* I Am Temple
Motel hosts its first solo exhibition in over a year with I Am Temple by Chicago-based artist Jesse Rose Vala. The installation sounds terribly ambitious and potentially stunning, with Victorian wallpaper, corduroy trees, a video loop, and fluorescent pink leaves everywhere. Motel, NW Couch between 5 & 6, Through Aug 1

* Paperwork
This looks like a pretty awesome drawing show with the Royal Art Lodge, David Eckard, Harrell Fletcher, Michelle Ross, and about two dozen others. Savage Gallery, 1430 SE Third Ave, 230-0265, Through August 27

Pat Graham, Melanie Standage, Nyree Watts
Graham and Standage make up part two of Newspace's Music in Photography series, and Watts, a Portland resident, has shot record covers for the Red House Painters and The Innocence Mission, which is probably cooler than anything you've ever done. The Newspace Gallery & Studio, 1632 SE 10th, 963-1935, Through July 30