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“Artists’ Union Connections” Meet & Greet- And art donations!

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I’m assisting with launching an effort here in the Portland, Oregon area called “Artists’ Union Local 503”. It’s an attempt to establish a trade union style support and advocacy organization for those who would like to make a full-time (or at least, living wage) career from their creative work (any arts media included).

We are meeting on every 2nd Monday evening of the month, from 6-8pm, for a creative community event called “Artists’ Union Connections”, at a Central East side location. This will allow us to help build our support and following, provide a point of contact for creative community & allies to interface with Union reps, and also help build a space for creative community that is supportive and encouraging. Plus… Potluck! Who doesn’t love a good potluck.

For this month’s gathering on April 10th, we will also be collecting donations of art pieces and/or art and craft supplies to place in our Spring Art Swap coming up on May 1st. This will be a fundraiser and awareness raising campaign event for us, but will also provide access to cheap and/or free art and craft supplies for low-income artists, as well as a chance to own work from talented people in our local arts community. Is there someone whose work you’ve always admired, but couldn’t afford to buy a piece for yourself? Tell ’em about the swap! Maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂

If you can’t make it to this Monday’s event, but you’d still like to participate in the upcoming Swap effort, please get a hold of us through one of the links below.

You can learn more about Artists’ Union Local 503, and about our upcoming events, at these links:

Facebook Page

Facebook Networking Group (open to the public)

Artists Union Website

Meetup Group

 


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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Volunteering at Peoples!

I am proud to announce that I have taken on a part time volunteer position at Peoples Art of Portland Gallery!

Curated by local art rock star Chris Haberman, and co-managed by Jason Brown of Po’ Boy Art, the gallery is located on the top floor of the Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. Since its debut, they have had many wonderful shows, with fun and lively opening nights typically on the third Saturday of the month. There are now several more galleries open next door, including the relocatedMark Wooley Gallery, putting P-town on the map for having a mall with its very own independent art scene!

The current show up at People’s is an EMEK one-man rock n’ roll poster & graphics exhibit, complete with special viewing rooms for some of the more unusual items. This exhibit will change over in October to a new seasonally themed show, so make sure to catch a view of EMEK before he goes away.

You can see the upcoming events schedule for People’s Art on the gallery website, here, or on the Facebook page, here.

I hope to have some work up in the gallery in at least some of the upcoming October-December shows, and to have some additional small pieces on sale in the “merchandise” area.

I will tenatively be at the gallery on a few Thursday afternoons per month, and some Saturdays-definitely plan to attend opening nights where I can. Come by and say hello- and help spread the word about supporting local Portland art!


Pancakes & Booze Show

 

 

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I have 3 pieces on the wall upstairs at the Pancakes & Booze Show, tonight at Hawthorne Theater in SE Portland, OR 8pm-close. I will also be doing live art making. Stop on by and say hello! Admission is only $5 and it gets you tons of original local artists on display, live art making and body painting, DJ’s, and of course… all you can eat pancakes! How cool is that?