We are in full swing now that it is December, it finally feels like the Holidays are upon us. And we sure are doing it up right!
Thursday 12/2/2010 5-7pm will be the first of the Artists Demonstration Days, come take advantage of free parking in the smart park parking lot if you park between 4-6. Watch Brian Fiore-Silfvast as he creates one of a kind work while you shop. Looking at the image above it is hard to believe that this work is made out of Coffee, a PDX staple. I know I am excited to see the process
Saturday 12/4/2010 grab the kids and head on down to The Greasy Kid Stuff Dance Party 3-5pm!!!!!!!
With the musical stylings of Belinda and Hova and sometimes the fabulous Georgia.
This is the type of music we all can enjoy old and young, crazy and crazier. Belinda and Hova started the Greasy Kid Stuff Radio show in New York 15 years and go and by the luck of the gods have moved to Portland, yippee! So come bring the whole family, and lets boogie!
As always we will have a kid craft table set up and a holiday photo area too!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Barrière donnée 1 : Halo de Pores 2 : Synecdoche Mal Placé (Porte)
Barrier Given - 1: Pores Halo - 2: Misplaced Synecdoche (Door)
A barrier of some kind is given in all situations - fences, Campbell's Soup® cans, skin, ozone, puberty ect. Barriers hold and limit space. They are things composed of smaller elements e.g. bricks, cells, planks. These given elements congeal into collections of grids or masses.
With out closing doors to other interpretations – this cardboard wall functions to signify psychological and communicative break between people. Once inside the store’s door this barrier’s door is open and when you enter the space you are inside me or yourself.
Cardboard boxes are a symbol of transporting goods. During the holidays they are specifically a signifier of gifts. Boxes (often) equal gifts. But all these boxes in this show have already been open and emptied. This air gives the wall a literal lightness and an implication of feeling hollow. They have transported our gifts. The box wall is now a corrugated vessel consuming space – now a readymade re-gifting just for you (plural).
In Freudian terms the wall is the part of the Id that has resulted from influencing societal systems and the Ego is the organized part - convergences between semiotics and phenomenology. The Super-ego is playing both critically and morally. Freud's barrier should also be thought of as protecting specific ego functions.
There are sixteen different lights one in each of the sixteen boxes that create the Halo. I was raised Catholic. I find dogma to be holyer than me.
Barrière donnée is an improvisational homage to Marcel Duchamp’s. Below is Duchamp’s Chocolate Grinder shape is echoed in the halo. And the back door with viewing hole is replicating the voyeuristic act of peeping but only leaving you with a tube or tunnel. At least there is light at the end of it when the show is on. As a bonus the daunting saw is there implying a slow and serrated bisection for the curious and patient viewer.
It has been really amazing watching Alex make art out of well... a pile of garbage. Barrier Given as I like to call it is ironic and deep at the same time. If you haven't had a chance to sit and spend time with this amazing installation, you should. The environment that it creates is like the ones in our childhood, those little places that were just ours, under the stairs, the tree fort, or in some cases the closet. At the same time it represents our society, and the overwhelming need to consume, and where that will leave us.
It is not just a pile of boxes. Well done Alex, Thank you
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Downtown Artistry: Taking the “Blah” out of Black Friday
We will be closed on Thanksgiving
Don’t let Black Friday be all about Big Box stores, unhappy children and gifts made abroad. Come to Downtown Artistry, we will take the “blah” out of Black Friday. You can plan ahead by looking at our Holiday Gift Guide, listed below.
We will have a kid craft area set up, so your kids can be entertained will you shop and relax, after all, you have been up since 4am and have bruises from all the angry elbows, you deserve to relax.
Not only do we have local artful gifts, but letterpress wrapping paper and a variety of cards to complete all your holiday shopping, while reducing your carbon footprint.
If you haven’t had time to get your photos done for the family newsletter yet, now is your chance. We will have a photographer on hand to take those fun family photos, so wear you Christmas sweater, Santa hats, and your best toothy grin.
|Mixed media cherry blossom paintings|
|60's 70's yearbook inspired paintings|
|By Anna Magruder|
|Bronze bike charm bracelets|
|Frames decorated with vintage jewelry|
|Bird and resin mixed media necklaces|
|Urban jewelry with precious stones|
|Bird inspired earnings and necklaces|
|Original encaustic panels|
|Mixed media resin bird painting|
|Awesome Earings by Loren Nosan|
|Multi color bike chain bracelets|
|By Velo Gioielli|
|Notebooks by Art from the Heart|
|Hand-painted plaques by Anna Magruder|
|Original prints by Jenn Feeney|
This adorable succulent is made of felt and can out live the deadliest of gardeners
And for the vegans and vegaterians on your list these wall mounted horns are hand-made with man-made materials. By Nancy Ocegueda
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Anna Magruder, an amazing up and coming Portland artist, with a flare for surreal portraiture art. "It is almost like Anna is painting the personality not the person". We have a few small original paintings, adorable little plaques, and a great selection of her reasonably priced prints. These make great gifts for everyone. My personal favorite is 1970's years book photo Anna's inspiration came from a collection of year books from the 60's and 70's this painting is unique because of it's texture. Anna painted small individual canvases with single portraits then sewed them together for a quilt like look. Each portrait is unique and the overall effect is gorgeous. Come to Downtown Artistry and get a chance to meet Anna Magruder's characters in person.
Friday, November 19, 2010
The lovely people over at Bush Garden Japanese Restaurant http://www.bush-garden.com/ are so sweet, they brought us lunch on opening day, and Peterson's next door put up a great write up of the shop on their website http://petersonsportland.com/2010/11/14/downtown-artistry/ and the folks at Brooks Brothers are very supportive! Thanks everyone.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Yesterday we had a press conference with Mayor Sam Adams. Channel 8 did a little clip about it News Clip
The the shop is open!
The hours are
Nov 13th Open House 12-5 with Jazz Pop Trio, Gentle Rain playing 2-5, and refreshments
Dec 2nd Art Demo: Encaustic 5-7
Dec 4th Greasy Kids Stuff Dance Party 3-5
Dec 9th Art Demo: Prints 5-7
Dec 16th Art Demo 5-7
Dec 23rd Holiday Party with music by Autonomics 5-7
Dec 30th Farewell Party 5-7
Window Display by:
And Gifts by:
Art From The Heart Artists
I want this to be a interactive art community meeting place, so come bring your easel, knitting needs and friends.
While you are downtown check out the other Pop up shops
Crafty Wonder802 SW 10th Ave
Flurry 750 SW Yamhill
we all have fun Holiday events planned so check out the link below and plan your holidays
SmartPark is even getting into the action:
Holidate with downtown
Free parking when you enter an SmartPark garage between 4-6pm on Thursdays in December