This month’s post was contributed by Laura Russo Gallery.
As preparations for our current summer group show at Laura Russo Gallery were underway in July, we were even more conscious than usual of the great pleasure that comes with working with artists who live and work relatively close by in Oregon and Washington.
One tangible benefit of the proximity of our represented artists, is the frequency with which they drop in and spend time at the gallery, and the relative ease with which they can all join us for events like a First Thursday opening, or for artists’ talks, which we routinely hold during solo exhibitions on the second Saturday after a show opens. For the group show, a majority of our artists were able to join us for a festive opening, and once more for a fun group photo.
This month’s post was contributed by Blackfish Gallery.
For seventeen summers, the Blackfish Gallery Recent Graduates show has presented the newly realized works of 25-30 artists fresh from Oregon’s 15 degree-granting arts programs. For each emerging artist, it is the culmination of years of difficult schooling, and the exciting and hopeful beginning of a life devoted to exploring visual tools for expression and communication.
Each year, graduate candidates are nominated for the show by faculty or Department Chairs from their home schools. Choices are based upon a student’s high standards of achievement, and success in, and commitment to, furthering and mastering their skills. The end result is an exhibition that celebrates the best of what Oregon arts programs are turning out. Each year’s participants are primed and ready to offer the visual arts scene new responses to creative challenge, exemplar skills in traditional media, provocative innovation, and work that demonstrates they are fully capable of pushing past the known, and into the realm of the imagined.
Gina Carrington, Director
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This month’s post was contributed by Waterstone Gallery.
Waterstone Gallery is turning 20! That means twenty years of dedication to artmaking, twenty years of sharing our passion for art with the Portland community, twenty years of fostering that passion in the next generation of young artists at schools from kindergarten through university, and twenty years of combining the diverse visions of 16 individual artists into one harmonious whole.
Waterstone is proud to be a cooperative gallery owned and operated by its artist-members. In our society, too often people confuse the Art of Compromise with a lack of conviction or purpose. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes a tremendous amount of conviction to work together towards a common goal. It also takes the skills of listening, talking clearly to articulate your point, and accepting the good faith of someone with an opposing point of view. The creativity needed to bring about consensus in a large group is every bit as powerful as the creativity it takes to bring a work of art into being. A group of people working together IS a work of art.
This guest post by Stacy Teller originally appeared on the 23Sandy Gallery Blog.
Image courtesy of uphill.com
One of the big questions on every artist’s mind is: how do I approach an art gallery with my artwork? All galleries have different ways of finding new artists to add to their rosters, so this can be a tricky question. This article will give you some ideas on how to get the gallery attention your art deserves.
Welcome to the PADA Blog!
We of the Portland Art Dealers Association deeply value our commitment to arts ambassadorship, and would like to use this blog as a means to brighten the corners of our particular art world. Over the next weeks and months, we will populate the PADA Blog with content that covers a wide range of topics relevant to gallery-goers, educators, artists, and buyers, answering every question you ever wanted (or never knew you wanted) to ask. In addition, we will go into each PADA gallery and showcase firsthand how PADA has something for everyone- how each member has a unique dimension in this cultural constellation.
We would also love to use this blog as a platform for dialogue within our community, both in Oregon and at large. We want to know what you want to know, so if you have any questions about the artwork in our galleries or the galleries themselves, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Art is the tremendous gift that is, amazingly, available to all of us. In the end, we hope the PADA Blog will inspire the city of Portland and beyond to embrace that gift to its fullest extent. We cordially invite you to join us in this pursuit.