This upcoming First Friday East Side Art Walk for Feb. 4th, I am to be Designing Women’s featured artist.
First Friday East Portland Galleries and Venues are open every First Friday evening of the month from 6pm to 9pm. Most include new exhibits and artist’s receptions each month. Some include live entertainment and other special events open to the public.
The guides are published quarterly and can be picked up at locations all over Portland, including coffee shops, hotels, stores and galleries.
Here’s an excerpt from their blog:
We are pleased to share this article that you may have already seen in some of your neighborhood papers. If you were wondering how First Friday got its start, read on. Be sure to check back over the next weeks and months for profiles of our First Friday galleries.
First Friday-Getting Better All the Time
It started as an annual event—the Brooklyn Art Walk. A small group of artists from the Brooklyn neighborhood wanting to gain a little more exposure (and have some fun at the same time) decided to open their studios to the public. Over the next several years, the event gathered momentum and gained popularity. Realizing a small presence was good, but a bigger presence would be better, the Brooklyn artists joined forces with nearby Sellwood neighborhood artists and galleries, and together they published the first, First Friday Guide. With the addition three years ago of several Central Eastside galleries, and a decade behind them, that small group of 15 galleries and artists, has grown to well over 50. First Friday has become a vibrant consortium of artists and gallery owners committed to supporting and showcasing the very best regional art, Portland-style.
Hundreds of Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and fellow art lovers religiously come out every First Friday to experience an abundance of original visual arts. Paintings, photography, book arts, sculpture, and jewelry are just a sampling of what you might find as you explore Portland’s Eastside Galleries. Most galleries host an artist’s reception providing a unique opportunity to meet local artists and learn more about their work. Combine that with refreshments, and maybe some live entertainment and you’ve got a pretty great night on the town—for FREE!
This past year Portland’s Eastside Galleries (thanks to donations and a RACC grant) published the Eastside Portland Visual Arts Guide—a map that makes it easier than ever to find your way to over 100 galleries, shops, and eating establishments that participate in, and contribute to, the success of First Friday.
The First Friday Guide and the Visual Arts Guide are available for free at locations throughout the Portland metro area. For up to the minute news about what’s happening, and about to happen, visit our website and blog at http://firstfridayguide.com/.
Portland art walks: A guided tour
Published: Friday, August 28, 2009, 4:46 AM Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 2:51 PM
“Where & when: Throughout Portland’s central eastside. First Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. year round; some spaces open much later. Look for the quarterly First Friday East Portland Gallery Guide.
On the scene: Scattered as far north as Northeast Broadway, and south to Sellwood, its clusters of activity connected tenuously by geography, First Friday represents a “third way” between First Thursday and Last Thursday: equal parts scavenger hunt, community building and Friday night on the town.
First Friday began in earnest about five years ago, the strongest of various eastside art walks that have also included the Brooklyn and Sellwood areas.
At 10 p.m. on a recent First Friday, Worksound (820 S.E. Alder St.) attracted those in the know from other shows. This night’s group show included an installation by Laura Foxman and Shawn Maximo of dialysis fluid bags suspended, slide projectors and light beaming through. A band prepares. Beers are being sold. Fog oozes from a machine. It feels like the hippest thing happening at this exact moment in Portland.
What First Friday lacks in proximity and regularity (not all venues are open each month), it makes up for in communal verve, fun and a little adventure.
In the frame: A handful of studios clump just south of Southeast Holgate Boulevard, along busy Southeast Milwaukie Avenue.
In one, Color on Tap (4540 S.E. Milwaukie Blvd.) partners Trina Hesson and Steve Eschen readied for a First Friday event. The studio is “our own private ReBuilding Center” Eschen jokes; indeed, it’s not entirely clear at first glance where art supplies end and the mixed media begins. Not for sale: a curtain, sewn from the wrinkled pages of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books and trimmed in corrugated cardboard. For sale: Hesson’s “Blush,” sculpted from pieces of red plastic found at Goodwill: toy monkeys, thermos caps, bird whistles, a swim flipper.
For the pair and many others like them, First Fridays are an open studio night, a chance to see friends and sell some art.
There’s fun, and then there’s edginess. The Ford Building’s galleryHOMELAND (2505 S.E. 11th Ave., #136) presents sometimes difficult expressions of ideas; the sprawling hallway space — and a free-flowing keg — gives visitors space to consider notions like “the architectural and philosophical concept of the fold and the art of folding.”
A few blocks away, Pushdot Studio (1021 S.E. Caruthers St.) creates a homeland for works in the digital medium.
Newspace Center for Photography (1632 S.E. 10th. Ave.) serves as a creative hub for shutterbugs. New American Art Union (922 S.E. Ankeny St.) doesn’t shy away from new media and the very contemporary. Launch Pad Gallery (534 S.E. Oak St.) gives a lift to local emerging artists; Fourteen30 Contemporary (1430 S.E. Third Ave.) exhibits those already aloft.
If First Friday has a main artery, it runs right down East Burnside Street. Breeze Block Gallery (Northeast 19th Avenue and East Burnside Street) celebrates urban art forms, and not just spray paint. Look for beer, a DJ and a cat named Awesome.
Across the street, retail space The Destroy Store (1712 E. Burnside St.) hosts exhibits.
Farther down, Grass Hut (811 E. Burnside St.) draws much love and a regular crowd to its shows and collections of prints and toys, as do the adjoining shops. Even clothing stores get in on the action: witness Frank James (729 E. Burnside St.).”
Here’s the Gallery Guide: http://firstfridayguide.com/involved.html
I’m to be Designing Woman’s featured artist at on the Feb 4th First Friday Art Walk. Stop by and say Hi.
8237 SE 17th Av