Let’s take a show of digital hands. How many of us have still not picked up gifts for friends and family? Well, here’s your chance to get an original work of art created by local artists for only $40 and it doesn’t involve the tedium of chain store shopping: it’s called the Big 500.
Starting Saturday, December 13, at 2 p.m., People’s Art Portland and Mark Woolley Gallery join forces to showcase more than 6,000 of pieces of work by more than 500 regional artists. Each piece is eight inches square, and all are priced at $40. With so much art from which to choose, you can match style and personality to the unique tastes of your loved ones.
Although the show runs for a month, the “cash and carry” nature of the display means people will pluck prized pieces as soon as the doors open. Opening day goes until 9 p.m. and admission is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Oregon Food Bank.
Embrace the true spirit of giving this holiday season by helping local artists and contributing to charity.
This event, organized by Jason Brown, Chris Haberman, Jen Berry, Mark Woolley, and a whole host of volunteers, is located on the top floor of the Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland.
There is far too much work to feature here, and too many artists who deserve mentions, so if you’d like to see images of the artwork, get information, or share with your friends, visit the Big 500 event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/603739026421806/.
And who knows? Maybe a local art binge is in your future.
— Jessica Nason
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