The gallery is getting an exciting new mural on the outside of the building… and as the gallery member handling this event, it’s been a series of processes to get to here… which, as of Saturday, will be the actual time to paint! The outstanding Portland artist, Gary Hirsch, will be painting our 28th Avenue Sidestreet Arts wall, along with help from gallery members. Gary’s wonderful BotJoys enhance and bring joy to many other murals around our fair city, and we are ever so pleased to have him do ours!
Work continues on my “Closer to Home” show coming to Sidestreet in August. I’m down to the last two paintings to finish. One is a stubborn self portrait that I’ve painted, repainted and re-imagined what seems like a million times. The other unfinished piece is a ratty old recliner that I encountered not long after moving to Stumptown. It will live on in infamy once the mixed media on paper is finished up. Another piece in that series is “Judy” (above)… captured when we visited a lively Irish Pub in the Alberta Arts District in the Alberta neighborhood. I like this piece as it captures a moment… and one wonders what is happening just off scene …. off the paper in this case. “Closer to Home” will be at Sidestreet Arts in August.
AND Bastille Day is coming on July 14th. Sidestreet will be celebrating the fete with Frenchiness. More on that coming. But there will be French food, music and art! What’s not to like!??
Sidestreet Arts changes it’s Featured Gallery every month. For the month of November, I’ll have a third of the FG for to spotlight some new work. I have been working steadily on some new artwork to show in the New Member Spotlight Show. I have a total of nine collages, six of which are brand new. The larger works I’ve only shown once, and so they are mostly “slightly new”.
My fellow new-members and I are a very diverse bunch. Gail is a printmaker whose muses include Victorian wallpapers and Portland flora and fauna. Kathleen is a very “earthy” jewelry artist whose work is rooted in nature (wink) and I’m… well, a tooner/abstract/mixed media/collage person. Whew. I think that perhaps my abstract mixed media works might have blended better for this show…they are more colorful, like Gail’s work… but that’s okay. Perhaps the complete “otherness” of our art is the show’s strength.
Show opens on October 31st and runs the entire month of November. Opening reception: December 2nd, 6-9pm.
So much has happened since the last post. I’ve stepped away from the webcomics that have been a big part of my life for over a decade. I have immersed myself into my new gallery home, Sidestreet Arts. I bought a big ol’ printer for the “art purposes”… and I’ve picked up the scissors and glue for an upcoming split show.
The printer, a Canon Pixma Pro-100, is a beast of a machine… and I’m learning how to use it. Color tweaking… set up… it’s a little complicated. But I’ll get there… I plan to use the monster printer (which needs a name… like “Andre” or “Mungo” ) for card and print making purposes. With this new studio addition, I’ll be able to offer an economical alternative to original art works.
The November Show at Sidestreet Arts is going to be a split show. “New Member Spotlight” will feature art from Gail Owen, Kathleen Mistry, and myself… we three being the “new members”. Since my show-mates are offering all new work, I decided to throw in a few new pieces to add to some recent Jazz collages. They are certainly “moody” pieces. So far, there are 3 new works in progress. And there will certainly be more.