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.
Ultimately, Photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks. – Roland Barthes
Photolucida‘s bi-annual portfolio reviews festival might only last three days, but all of April presents a feast for Portland’s photography lovers. The lectures, gallery walks, and reviews themselves, where a plethora of mid-career artists gather to network and receive feedback, are just the tip of the iceberg. Galleries all over the city are exhibiting photography this month- maybe you saw some on First Thursday! The PADA galleries are offering an incredible array of landscapes, portraits, documentaries, narratives, and processes. Take a look:
The short answer is YES. While individual gallery policies vary, most will work with you to realize your dream. Below, Jamie Truppi of Bullseye shows some examples of the myriad possibilities for collaborations between client, artist, and gallery.
There are many artists, in all mediums, who will take commissions for fine art to fit the parameters of your home or business. Feeling inspired? Consult with your favorite PADA member gallery to see what you can make a reality.
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.