Gleason Gallery Portland opening “Timothy Brooke: Out of Africa,” and “Tim Christensen: Drawings on Porcelain.”

“Migrations” by Tim Christensen

Gleason Gallery in Portland invites the public to an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 5, during the Portland Artwalk, for two shows “Timothy Brooke: Out of Africa,” new oil paintings from Kenya, and “Tim Christensen: Drawings on Porcelain.” Surry artist Tim Christensen creates black and white sgraffito images from nature on porcelain pottery and sculptures. “My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us.”  The show runs through Aug 1. For more information call 699-5599 or visit