Fine art goes mobile: Portland’s first art cart fair hits Hawthorne Sept. 13

Sculptor Stan Peterson and silversmith Stephanie Wiarda are taking their Little Art in the Trailer show on the road. The two artists have organized Art Carts, a one-day pop-up art exhibit held at the far east end of Hawthorne Boulevard in the East Portland Eagle Lodge’s parking lot (4904 SE Hawthorne Blvd.). On September 13, Peterson and Wiarda’s art-filled 1973 Airstream Argosy will be joined by roughly a dozen trailers, trucks, vans, and vehicles curated by both emerging and local artists.

Art Carts Fair

In addition, the PDX Magazine-sponsored art fair will feature food, three live bands, a wine and beer garden, and best-decorated art trailer contest with prizes. The all-day event—drop by from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.—presents a fun and relaxed way for Portlanders to experience the West Coast’s fine art scene. And for Peterson, the idea is a dream realized. “We’ve been showing different artists in our trailer for about six months,” says Peterson, “but our dream has been to get a bunch of art carts together.”

View carts curated by:

  • Chris Haberman, a prolific painter and muralist and co-founder of People’s Art of Portland Gallery
  • Jason Brown and Ali Schlicting, co-owner of People’s Art of Portland Gallery, both painters
  • Jonathan Parker, based in San Francisco and represented by the Jack Fischer Gallery. Will be towing his Airstream full of dog and pony paintings up the coast for this event
  • Stephanie Brockway and Alea Bone, Portland-based found-object artists
  • Stan Peterson and Stephanie Wiarda, he a sculptor and painter who has been represented by William Jamison/Thomas Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Craft locally, amongst countless galleries up and down the West Coast; she a silversmith and well-known Portland gallerist
  • Leah Kohlenberg, Ben Will and other artists, representing the group Drink and Draw in Portland
  • Michelle Berlin, a multi-media artist and designer
  • Shannon Weber, a fiber and natural materials sculptor
  • Jeanne Henry, a ceramic sculptor
  • PDX Magazine, magazine-featured artists curated by editor-in-chief Ross Blanchard

— Mary Locke; featuring photography by Miri Stebivka

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