It’s been a strange Winter and Spring… plagued (forgive the pun) with illness and “homing” it. Personally, I spent a goodly amount of time on my couch with the iPad making zines and keeping art-ified. Most of January was lost to “the crud”… and part of February, too. But I pulled out of it, making art cards and zines and Instagram-ing them for sale.
The gallery was closed during the shutdown, of course… but we members sprung into action to keep people “Sidestreeting”… We introduced an internet-based website platform to see and buy art from us… we also set up Zoom First Fridays and BYOBrunch events so people all over everywhere could participate. This required a lot of behind the scenes work… and we are continuing these online events as Oregon isn’t out of the woods yet (another pun-ish-ment) with pandemic response, etc.
Now, as we head into Summer, Sidestreet Arts is open once again. Along with working the gallery, I’m also working towards a sketchbook show in October (at Sidestreet). I’ll be sharing over 153 sketchbooks with the art-viewing public. I’ve been going through every single book and documenting them, as well as noting sketches to turn into new artworks and such.
You can keep in the loop on this coming show and other things I’m up to by following my Instagram account and also (if you feel so inclined) by supporting me on Patreon where for $2 a month, you’ll have access to my regular blog. Many smiles upon you!
March means Moonstruck! From March 1st to April 30th, I’ll have a gazillion collage/mixed media pieces & paintings over at Moonstruck Cafe on 23rd Ave. (Portland). Bring yourself over to the cafe for a cup of joe or a delicious chocolate-y snack while browsing the 24 artworks on the walls.
If you like coffee and art, you might drop by Motivasi Coffee to see Jack Kent‘s Sketchy People Series and my Coffee Fairy collage series. Motivasi Coffee is located at 4502 NE 42nd Ave. in Portland, OR. The folks there are real friendly and they make some amazing coffee. Show starts the second week of January.
After 10 years of living in Salinas where lettuce is king, I have picked up my artist self and moved to Portland, Oregon… where coffee, microbrew, cartooning, books, donuts, gastropubs, bicycles (and more) are king.
Thank you to all of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for your support and love over the years. 20 years in The Monterey Bay area… I will miss it so… but adventure calls. Love & Hugs.