December, 2014

Give Local Art This Holiday, Part 3

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…

Vinnie Kinsella by Jayna Milan

Storytelling on display: Dark Night of the Soul

Hear tragic tales and stories of bold resolve at Dark Night of the Soul III. The storytelling session, presented by experimental performance group Home Theatre Systems, gathers at Floyd Old Town Coffee (118 NW Couch St.) this Thursday. The story-sharing group thrives on the idea that transcendence and community can be achieved by sharing moments of hardship. The third installation of Dark Night of Soul features several members of the PDX Late Bloomers Club, whose members will share their distinct experiences as gay men who remained closeted for 30 to 50-plus years. The event is the first opportunity to hear stories of the like that will be featured in the anthology Fashionably Late, a collection of stories that articulate similar experiences. Fashionably Late, which has an expected release date of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, 2015, is the inaugural publication of Eldredge Books, a Portland-based small press started by local publisher Vinnie Kinsella. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is $6. — Rachael Lesley Vinnie Kinsella shot for PDX Magazine by Jayna Milan.

Give Local Art This Holiday, Part 2

You’ve survived so-called Black Friday. Congratulations. The countdown continues, though, and you still need to choose some thoughtful gifts for the special people in your life. We at PDX Magazine ask you to consider some holiday shopping that rings true to the spirit of giving—the gift of local art. In this second article in our series we bring you a selection of gift ideas, from treating your significant other to a night at the theater, to selecting a volume of poetry for the readers in your life, to just the right gift for the person who has everything. Give Something Unique and Unexpected When was the last time you bought a Tarot deck? College? Never? Whether you’re a mystic or a skeptic, you’ll find The Portland Tarot, a major arcana tarot deck created by Theresa Pridemore, a beautiful and affordable work of art. One rainy fall day, Pridemore, a Portland artist and Tarotist, was inspired to create a totally modern, perfectly Portland Tarot. The 23 card deck—bloomed from Pridemore’s love of The City of Roses—captures Portland’s quirky spirit and features Portlanders who exemplify the city’s soul. Whimsical and profound, The Portland Tarot is as relevant to new readers as it is to those who’ve…

Photography At Large: My Tour With The Wild Ones

“On the count of three, jump back and lean to your right—actually, put that crown on your head first. Mateus, can you help her?” I directed from behind my camera. As Mateus placed a flower crown on top of Bella’s head, I wrapped my arms around myself and hugged tightly. It was a chilly day in New York City’s Central Park and the sun was quickly disappearing behind the city skyline. I had only met Bella and Mateus minutes earlier, but was already comfortable creating art with them—as was everyone else. On the other side of the park, Kory had climbed daringly high into a tree while Sandra, sprawled out on the grass below, quickly snapped photos. Nearby, Wendy was carefully arranging butterflies on Alyssa’s back while Alyssa emoted over her shoulder. Mere hours before, we were all strangers, but had gathered together that day to create conceptual photographs for The Wild Ones tour. We quickly became friends. Combine three best-friend photographers, a van overflowing with camera equipment, and a strong desire to give back to the photographic community and you get The Wild Ones tour. The annual traveling summer workshops are where aspiring photographers befriend and create photographs with…