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…

Give local art this holiday, Part 1

As Black Friday creeps into Thanksgiving, pushing hysterical consumerism into a time reserved for gratitude, consider some holiday shopping that rings true to the spirit of giving. From locally made coloring books for kids, to jewelry for friends, to paintings for Mom, Portland is home to numerous artists whose work needs to be at the top of your holiday shopping list. Give a present that won’t be re-gifted or returned for a gift card later. Give the gift of local art. The following is the first piece in a series in which we offer ideas for holiday gifts that support local artists with whom we’ve worked and whose art we recommend. Give a small piece of art Not all art is expensive. Several galleries host special shows geared toward smaller, more affordable pieces. If you’ve stayed away from art galleries because you assume the work is out of your price range, you should check out a few of these. Guardino Gallery‘s (2929 NE Alberta St.) Little Things show opens Friday on Northeast Alberta. More than 40 artists* are showing their work, with each piece at Little Things measuring 7 x 7 inches or smaller. This is Guardino’s 14th year for the show, which is geared toward…

Richard Melloy’s Latest Work Is Equally Grotesque and Sublime

Richard Melloy is standing, fidgeting really, outside of N.W.I.P.A. in Southeast Portland at the opening of his latest show, The Way I See It. Despite the blistering midday heat, and the fact that he has a cache of cold beer behind the bar—good beer!—that he offers up freely to others, he himself isn’t drinking. Doesn’t drink, actually. But he does smoke. Which is what he’s doing while examining a small metal race car that’s palmed in his hand. Someone has spray-painted the entire car white, and painstakingly detailed it with her contact information, which she has handwritten with a ballpoint pen in tiny, shaky letters. “A business car!” the 57-year-old Melloy beams, driving it up and down the length of my bare arm. “Now this…this is genius!” The car is passed amongst a group of Melloy-enthusiasts, which includes a curious assortment of women who orbit him in pairs and trios, and a cadre of local artists fresh from their own gallery events. When the tiny ride makes its way over to the picnic table where Melloy and I now sit, he takes a photo of it with his phone. He turns to give me the business car and, seizing the…

PDX Pop Quiz: Name These Portland Artists

Hey, folks. It’s time for a PDX Pop Quiz. Yes, yes, we know you were not warned of this and, yes, maybe it’s unfair of us to just drop this bomb on you without giving you a chance to study. But if you’ve been reading PDX Magazine, you should do fine. We have complete confidence that you will. And if someone you know forwarded this to you and if you’re new to the mag and to Portland art, well, do your best. Don’t forget to share your results on Facebook, Twitter, and wherever else you virtually socialize. The links to do so are at the bottom of the results page of the quiz. Okay. There are 100 PDX Art Points at stake, so sharpen up your clicking finger. Good luck… and no cheating. — Ross Blanchard, Editor-in-chief PDX Pop Quiz: Name These Portland Artists UPDATE: The quiz is temporarily unavailable due to a technical issue. We’re working on it!

Mario Robert

Art Opening at Goodfoot on Thursday, June 26

Mario Robert began his painting career at the Mexican-United States border, where Jaurez runs abut El Paso, Texas. He was 16. He watched as violence forced a once-beautiful border city, Jaurez, into a bloody ghost town. The images he saw there affected his painting as much as his world view. This impact on his work did not change until he relocated to Portland. His work is now heavily influenced by the kindness he meets on Portland’s streets, which he describes as strange and mysterious. View his work as part of a group exhibit that opens Thursday at the Goodfoot (2845 SE Stark St.). Three other Portland-based artists round out the show, which runs through July 30. Beth Myrick works primarily with spray paint, reclaimed wood, and a positive message. Her art often features depictions of animals that walk the line between realism and fantasy. Heidi Elise Wirz is an illustrator and screen printer, who is influenced by legends and mythology, particularly Norse, Proto-Germanic, and Celtic. Painter, illustrator, and animator Christopher Creath dabbles in surrealism and exaggeration with an appreciation for texture, both synthetic and organic. “Human experience is all I can capture or recreate,” notes Creath. “Hopefully, in some way, this…

Preview: Maker’s Dozen at People’s Art of Portland Gallery

This Saturday marks the third Saturday of the month, meaning the People’s Art of Portland Gallery (700 SW 5th Ave., Suite 4005) that sits atop the Pioneer Place Mall downtown will be ushering in a new exhibit to debut to the masses. For its third annual show, Maker’s Dozen will bring together thirteen artists from different mediums and styles with Portland ties. The reception runs from 5 to 9 p.m., while the show continues through July 13. Peoples Art of Portland, Po Boy Art/Jason Brown, and Chris Haberman co-present the show that aims to showcase the work of new and veteran artists along side one another. The featured poster artist is David D’Andrea, whose style is reminiscent of 1960s and ’70s album art, and who looks to everything from almanacs to crumbling encyclopedias for inspiration. Works by Brian Echerer/ Velo Gioielli, Ali Schlicting, Hilary Larson, Daniel Haile, Melissa Dow, David Guardado, Kyle Gossman, PDX Magazine No. 2 cover artist Kelli MacConnell, Kimberly Bookman, Jessica S. McGrath, Matthew Hopkins, and Sharden Killmore round out the show. Pictured above, work by Daniel Haile. Below are more works from the exhibit                

Keyon Gaskin Performance at Place, March 30, 2014

At the closing event “You Can’t Ride the Bus for Free Forever” for Place (an installation gallery in Portland), Keyon Gaskin performs amidst the exhibit “Shit Balloons.” According to gallery owner Gabe Flores, the exhibit contributed to Place losing its lease at Pioneer Place Mall. The gallery closed March 30, 2014 after its lease was abruptly terminated.