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The Constitutional

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Here is the poster for this weekend’s Constitutional art party in St. Johns, 9am-2pm. Vendors in Cathedral Park plus a number of other fun activities. Make sure to drop by Proper Eats Market & Café if you visit, and see my show currently up in the dining and front window areas!

Now Showing @ Proper Eats

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I just hung artwork at Proper Eats Market & Café in the charming St. Johns neighborhood in Portland, this past Memorial Day. I have something like ten pieces, mostly in the dining area, plus this stained glass piece in the front window:

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This piece was a miracle “rescue”, of sorts, as it had been just about finished several years back- but the vintage carved wood frame that the image had been collaged and painted on to had started to split and fall apart! I would suspect it was a piece from the 1930’s or earlier, as the frame had been cleverly assembled from many smaller pieces of wood, and the molding that held the glass to the frame was one long piece of twisted paper, secured by tiny nails. I was so afraid that the exposed glass would shatter! And I just couldn’t, at the time, see how to reconstruct the piece. So it was wrapped up in a spare tablecloth and some cardboard, stored in a corner, and forgotten for a long time.

Finally, in search of some new pieces to put in this show, I got bold enough to unwrap it. By this time, it had sustained several moves and a number of reshuffles from one corner of living space and/or art studio to another. There was some rattling going on inside the package. I was worried. What would I find?

When the piece was eased gently out of its casing, I saw that the rattling had come from a random piece of plastic that had somehow gotten inside the package, hastily wrapped as it had been. The glass was completely intact, all of the frame pieces present. What’s more, it had been packaged together with a number of other pieces of raw glass that had been saved for other projects- with no extra wrapping or padding. Somehow, it had survived all of that traveling and jostling around, and so had all of the other glass inside. Unheard of!

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So, I carefully reassembled the frame, resealed the glass with sturdier, more modern means, and carried it on down to the show. Eh Voilá: You will get to see a piece that almost wasn’t meant to be.

The remainder of the works show off my interest and focus in the past few years, of combining assemblage and fiber arts/beadwork techniques on canvas and 2-D works. Here you will have a chance to examine them up close.

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And if this weren’t enough: I have the space for TWO whole months- June through August- so expect some changeup of work, and hopefully some intriguing new items, part way through the season.

And if THIS, plus the chance to visit one of Portland’s fine independent markets and their tasty food & beverages, were not enough- the show will be up during “The Constitutional”, St. Johns’ yearly art celebration event, happening June 11th. Read more about it here, then come out and have a good time up on the N. side!

People’s Art of Portland: Closing Show April 16

It’s sad, but true: People’s Art of Portland will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

The gallery, and associated OneDer Gallery and Air Gallery, as well as the Mark Wooley Gallery, have been asked to vacate in order to make way for investors that have agreed to contract the space on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall.

“This was always the agreement”, is the comment from arts curator, Chris Haberman. The gallery had originally moved into a vacated toy store, a number of years ago, and provided mall traffic, interest and cultural tourism in exchange for being hosted by the mall and its property managers, General Growth Properties.

The gallery will be open regular hours until this weekend, when there will be a closing show Saturday, April 16th, 5-9pm, to commemorate People’s and celebrate the lives and work of its artists. Expect a LOT of artwork, as all of the pieces from OneDer will be consolidated back into the original People’s gallery space. This will be your chance to pick up a piece or two from artists you may have seen and admired at the Gallery- including EMEK, Gary Houston, Mona Superhero, Chris Haberman himself.. And of course, yours truly 🙂

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

Read the Facebook info about the gallery closing and show details

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Showin’ Up Around Town

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I currently have about eight pieces up at the People of People’s show. It’s somewhat of a retrospective for me, that highlights the evolution of my “style” and interests over time, especially as they relate to experimentation in fiber arts, painting and mixed media.

POP’s is the annual staff/volunteer show for People’s Art of Portland, and I have to honestly say that I work with a remarkably talented bunch of co-artists at the gallery, because every single piece in this year’s exhibit is inspiring… intriguing… amazing. I was having a hard time focusing on conversations during the opening, because I kept getting distracted by other people’s work. How cool is that?

people of peoples flyerThe show will be up until sometime around February 10th, when the gallery will turn over in preparation for the annual LOVE SHOW (Hint/Rumor: This opening, unlike our usual 3rd Sat, will be timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day Weekend- stay tuned for more details on that one!) – make sure to catch it before it’s gone, as some of the pieces I have up have never been on exhibit anywhere before- and may or may not be again!

AND ALSO, upcoming THIS THURSDAY evening at the Goodfoot on Stark St. in Portland, is the opening night for the New Brow of Portland, co-presented by Chris Haberman and Jason Brown. I will also have one piece in this show. It’s an exhibit that features current “signature” pieces from over 50 artists around the Portland/Oregon region. This is sure to be a lively and mind-expanding event. Don’t miss out!

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Big 500 Opening This Saturday!

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Come down to the People’s Art of Portland Gallery this Saturday, from 2-9pm, for the grand opening of the Big 500 show 2015! Bring a can of food for the food drive.

I will have five panels in the show. You can’t miss them as they are all super-3D, and they light up with portable color changing LED’s! I think of them as “abstract deep paintings with light”, but a standalone idea would be light boxes. If this goes over well, I might be convinced to make actual wireless light box sculptures that can stand on their own.

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The show is pretty simple: 500 artists have created a multitude of panels for the show (some do up to 20 at a time!) and they are all for sale, cash/credit & carry, at $40 each. The panels are displayed salon style, so that all you see is the art- although the artist’s name is on the back of the panel. The overall effect means you have a chance to experience a whole range of works at once, and find those that really speak to you. It’s one of the biggest- and funnest- shows at People’s all year!

You can visit People’s on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Place Mall, in the West wing. Typically the other galleries- Mark Wooley, AIR and OneDer, should also be open for your gallery opening and shopping needs.

I will be volunteering as a gallery “floater” during the opening, so I hope to see you there and say hi!

 

 

OneDer Gallery & AIR Opening This Weekend

OneDer PostcardHey all, check out opening night for a new gallery in the Pioneer Place Mall art complex, this Saturday, November 21st, from 5-9pm.  OneDer Gallery!

This new rendition of the gallery space will replace the Sculpture Gallery that had graced the top floor for much of this past year. (hopefully you locals had a chance to check out their work, it was some really good quality stuff.) OneDer will function as an extension of the People’s Art of Portland space across the way, and will provide a place for what curator, Chris Haberman, terms “merch”, after the tradition of rock concerts to sell affordable items with their band’s artwork to take home or give as gifts. Like a merch booth, OneDer will feature postcards, prints, small or less expensive art pieces, books, T-Shirts and more, from current People’s artists as well as some fresh blood, all work cash and carry for under $100. Just in time for some holiday pre-shopping!

I will have some of my felt wristicuffs, amulet pendants, 8 x 10″ prints, and greeting cards for sale at OneDer. This opening also debuts the hand illustrated T-shirt art of my ever loving hubby, Kristoffer Godwin. Each is a one of a kind design. He also takes custom requests, so if you don’t see something you love, hit him up and he will be happy to paint something just for you.

Happening concurrently will be the re-presentation of the Artist In Residence gallery, or AIR, which will now be home to artists Fred Swan, Linda Robertson, Theresa Andreas-O’leary, Suzanne Vaughan, and Jo Grishman. Say welcome and view the current exhibit, Voices of Nature, while you’re there, before it closes this Sunday the 22nd.

It’s all happening on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall, West wing, 700 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204. Hope to see you there!

 

 

Lesley Burke at Blondie: A Salon

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I recently went to my friend Lesley Burke’s art opening at Blondie: A Salon. It was a friendly, inviting atmoshpere in one of downtown Portland’s vintage office buildings, still operational as a mix of apartments and street front businesses. The elegant backdrop served to show off Lesley’s visionary and dream like, richly layered oil paintings and small works quite well. Later in the night, DJ’s had the intimate but enthusiastic crowd bumpin! You can visit the event Facebook Page for the event to see more photos and info from opening night.

You may still be able to catch the show while it’s up. Visit Blondie: A Salon at 1225 SW Alder St., Ste. D, Portland, OR 97205. Stop by and say hello to the owner and you might earn yourself a discounted first time hair cut too!