Tag Archives: Portland Art

The Pleasure of Working with Local and Regional Artists

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.

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April is Portland Photo Month!

This month’s post was contributed by 23 Sandy Gallery.

Venture out, learn about, and celebrate Portland’s citywide focus on photography!

Please join us to celebrate Portland Photo Month. Across the city art galleries and other arts venues and  organizations will celebrate the art, history and practice of photography during the second annual Portland Photo Month. Throughout the month of April,  join us for the many events that will dot our great city.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THEN.HERE.NOW

THEN. NOW. HERE. is a celebration of photography as a unique medium and tool that can help us explore and examine who, and where, we are. The premise is simple: folks from all across town answered a call for entries for photographs of Portland and its people, THEN or NOW. We invited a guest juror, Raymond Meeks, to curate a slideshow from these images. This slideshow will then be projected at various outdoor spaces in different quadrants of Portland as a public art event.

Confirmed dates/times for THEN.NOW.HERE. projections are listed below. All slideshows will run in a loop for at least one hour, beginning at sunset (roughly 8-9 pm)

Friday, April 6th: Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th

Friday, April 20th: “The Meadow” at Beam and Anchor, 2710 N. Interstate Ave. (rain or shine)

Continuous projection will also run throughout the month in the window television at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th.

More screenings to be added at the web site as they’re confirmed. Check event dates, times and locations on the Then.Now.Here website.

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The Art of Compromise

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.
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Answering a PADA FAQ: Getting Your Art Noticed- How To Get Your Work Into Art Galleries

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.

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Changes are Afoot

If you’ve visited the PADA Blog in the past you might notice that things look a little different around here. PADA is thrilled to announce that their updated branding coincides with a newly expanded alliance with Portland Art Focus! The most tangible impact of this will be the monthly Portland Art publication, which contains a comprehensive exhibition guide-map featuring the most dynamic museums, nonprofits, and commercial and academic galleries in Portland.Portland Art May 2011

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Hello, World!

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.


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