First Thursday, Portland, Oregon – One Hour Stalk: Everett Station Galleries

6 Jan

Art Galleries, Portland, OR:  First Thursday, January 05, 2012

What:  A one hour stalk of art galleries in Portland, Oregon on the 1st Thursday of the month (when they are are all open late),  centered on the Everett Station Galleries (Between Broadway & 6th/ Everett & Flanders)

FotoEffect  Gallery consistently delivers….a semi-permanent exhibit with new work added every month.

Always a “must see”.  .  Artists Vilem and Kristina each have a wall and mix it up in the middle.  This place is a staple of the First Thursday / Everett Station scene and a mandatory visit.

Affordable to moderate prices.

Website:  (http://www.fotoeffect.com/)

Werks / Cris and Sweet P. Cole anchor the Everett Station Galleries Block at the corner of Everett and 6th.  There is a lot of serious talent with what looks like an occasional  Kim Fowley style mentoring relationship with art students.  Next door to the Pony Club, it is a mandatory visit on First Thursdays.

Pony Club Gallery- Pony Club always has something for everyone. A really good permanent exhibit with new things every month.  Affordable to moderate pricing, it is another mandatory visit on First Thursdays.

SoHiTek– R.S. Delucco Poster work on display this month:  11 x 17.  A good selection of tabloid and a few “plus” sizes.  This gallery is only a few months old, but the electricity of the creative energy combined with state of the art music there is obvious.

Nearby, the

Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis, 2nd Floor (There is an elevator, but the stairs are cooler) – This month’s exhibit:  Carolyn Cole and David Geisler.

My first time at Butters, it is now on the mandatory visit list. Big, high end/New York City/Madison Ave look, they make you feel comfortable.  A good place to see what the people with a lot of money are buying.  A lot of it looks like it should be in a museum.

  • Carolyn Cole has a good command of color and some really good paintings behind the wall around the first corner.  Three paintings, Blue, Green and Orange are hard to stop looking at.
  • David Geisler has mixed media work in the other half of Butters.  Mr. Geisler brings street cred from his San Francisco days in the 60’s-70’s underground comix scene.  This show is geared more toward the people with the need to do something with the walls in the really big rooms of their really big houses (that they are never in because they have too many houses and are jetting around the world visiting other people’s really big houses, etc.).

No hard feelings, really- if I had a few of those houses I know I would have to have some of this.

Butters is a good, high end gallery with a good show this month.  Also, everything was reasonably priced (i.e. under 6 figures).

Good website for info:  (http://www.buttersgallery.com/)

Backspace, 115 NW 5th Ave.  – A large restaurant/café/gallery combination with a stage and a really good layout that provides lots of room to move around.

Sample Backspace Program

The website  (http://www.backspace.bz/ ) says they are an “active music venue” and there is certainly enough information on there to support the claim.  This is a destination place;  I want to go back and see more.  Located  just to the right of “Compound”.

Poets Slug it out at Backspace

Compound, (http://www.compoundgallery.com/) , on the corner of 5th and Couch – Very Cool store/gallery.  Retail art plus gallery plus clothing makes this the first place to go when you need to purchase a present for someone that needs to be cool and tasteful.  I’ve never seen anything like this place before.

The website says that their mission statement is to combine Japanese art scene with American art “collectors” – sounds a little hokey,  like business plan lingo.  It’s a cool store, regardless.

First Prize:

Abstract Idea Motion / Larry Shuput :  Everett Station Galleries, Broadway between Everett & Flanders

Larry Shuput did it again, but this time with a can of purple paint.

Larry cranks out a lot of paintings each month and always uses spray paint (cans).  He does things with them that the inventor of spray paint would never have imagined.  You cannot tell it was spray paint.  The way he works the can with his collection of universal shape sifters, edges and scrapers is remarkable.

This month, however, he parked the spray cans.  Everything was purple latex.  Some of the paintings were painted over other paintings.  The bleed through was just right, along with the speculation of  when the day comes to peel away the whole layer of latex.

The group of 4 paintings on the wall facing the street is the most powerful.  Anyone with a lazy third eye would immediately be drawn in to them with a loud splat from hitting the mental flypaper.  It was the classic witch’s window effect;  you know you can’t fly though it but can’t resist.

There was also a look of another planet to them.

That’s all I could handle.

nhd

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