Interpretations of Portland – An Artist’s Trifecta!

Art: Shawn Demarest, Beth Kerschen & Bill SharpOil, Ink and Water: Artistic Interpretations of the Built Environment

I  am proud to be showing my work with Shawn Demarest (shawndemarest.com) and Bill Sharp (billsharp.wordpress.com). Each artist has an individual take on Portland. Bill Sharp is an oil painter and watercolor sketch artist who works from observation and in the studio. The show has given him a rare opportunity to show his watercolor sketch books – I cannot properly describe how fabulous they are. Shawn Demarest is an oil painter who focuses on Portland streets. Her realist work makes you feel you have jumped back outside and directly experiencing the streets of Portland – her paintings are amazing. I also will have a rare chance to display my photogravure plates which show my printing process. Come see our unique visions of Portland! Here is the info:

AIA Portland
The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Avenue  Portland, Oregon 97209
Open Weekdays 9am-5pm

Opening: Thursday, February 7th, 2013
5:30pm-8:30pm

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Last Fair of the Holiday Season

Handmade NW Formal Holiday Artisan Fair 2012Okay! This is the last fair I am attending! This one is a nice fair with a little more formal flair. And is a Food Bank donation site. It is at The Leftbank Annex at 101 North Weidler St. and it is from 11am-5pm on December 16th. Here is more info>> The etchings mounted on panels were such a hit, I will bring some more to this event.

Also, I will be setting up a pop-up show at Rejuvenation this coming weekend, so my product will be available there until January 18th, 2013.

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Next Holiday Event! Dec 8th and 9th!

Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland! From 11:00am-6:00pm on the 8th and 9th at the Oregon Convention Center in Hall C. It is a seriously large fair all with amazing local work. If you can’t find a gift here then…you will never find a gift! 🙂 I will be sporting an exclusive new Crafty Wonderland product – ready to hang, wood mounted photographic etchings – and they are one of a kind. I hope to see you there, I will be at Booth 134! Here is more info>>

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Rejuvenation Artist’s Fair: Saturday 11/17, 10am-5pm

Rejuvenation is a gorgeous store in SE Portland and they are hosting a art fair. Rejuvenation and the participating artists are giving 10% of sales to p:ear, which serves homeless youth in Portland. I will be there with other amazing artists with my prints and cards. Here is some great, quick articles about the event:

The Mercury >>

Portland Monthly >>

Here is the details:
Time: November 17, 10am-5pm
Location: Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

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Holiday Fair Schedule!

Yes, the holiday is starting already…

Believe it or not, the events are already coming up…really soon. I thought I would let you know which events I will be participating in for November and December. Also, I will be launching a new notecard, “Marquees of Portland” highlighting some of the most well known signs of Portland. When I first moved to Portland, I immediately noticed all the great retro marquees they have here…I had show them off! 

Okay…here is the list of events:

REJUVENATION ARTISAN FAIR (SATURDAY)!
Time: November 17, 10am-5pm

Location: Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

The Deal: First of all, this is a gorgeous store of lighting and home decor, gorgeous. Then a select group of amazing artists will be there selling their handcrafted goods. After seeing the list of artists, I am even more flattered that I was asked to participate. Rejuvinaiton and the artists will be giving 10% of their sales will be donated to p:ear which serves homeless youth in Portland.


25TH ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE AT PORTLAND CENTER STAGE (SUNDAY)!
Time: November 18, 10am-5pm

Location: Portland Center Stage,128 NW 11 Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209

The Deal: The free event will include live entertainment, warm beverages and desserts, a craft market, and a photo booth featuring real costumes used on stage at PCS! How cool! And some more amazing craft work by many talented artsians.


OHSU Heart Research Center 2012 Holiday Bazaar!
Time: Wednesday, November 28,10am-5:30pm (the entire event is the 27th-29th)

Location: Center for Health & Healing at OHSU’s South Waterfront District, 3303 SW Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239

The Deal: In its fifth year, this event takes place at the beautiful OHSU Center for Health & Healing Atrium in the South Waterfront District. The three-day event rotates artisans from each day, offering shoppers unique items throughout. 10% of proceeds will go to the Heart Research Center


CRAFTY WONDERLAND SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE
Time: SATURDAY + SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 & 9 from 11am – 6pm

Location: Oregon Convention Center – HALL C 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd in Portland

The Deal: Over 250 artists and crafters selling amazing handmade goods! What might you find at this mega wonderland??? ART, ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING, JEWELRY, BODY CARE, HOME GOODS, PAPER GOODS + PRINTS, TERRARIUMS, SWEETS, DISTILLED SPIRITS, PLUSH, KIDS STUFF…AND MORE!. Follow all the updates on the event page on Facebook


Formal Holiday Artisans Fair 2012!
Time: Sunday, December 16, 2012

Location: Leftbank Annex, 101 North Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97209

The Deal: An elegant holiday shopping experience with local handcrafted wares in a stunning ballroom! Over 90 local artisans! Live classical music, gift wrapping table and more!

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Outrageous October Continues!

Video stills of Beth Kerschen

First Interview for Portland Open Studios
Last Saturday, after a day of demonstrating my work for Portland Open Studios, two journalism students, Kathryn Boyd-Batsone and Tommy Pittenger, from the University of Oregon came to my studio and filmed me working on my artwork and conducted an interview. The interview will be used by Portland Open Studios and *might* go up onto OregonLive (The Oregonian’s website). I think as college students trying to figure out how to best navgiate the world, they were interested in my story and how I got an art degree, got side tracked doing graphic design (no regrets though), and came back to doing artwork which is my real passion. So, that is the focus of the interview. I am so impressed with the quality of work done in a very short time frame utilizing one crappy light we have at the studio with a nice effect (I don’t normally work under such dramatic lighting!). So, enjoy the video: vimeo.com/51556441

Event Reminders…

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS
REMINDER FOR THE LAST WEEKEND (TOMORROW)!
Time: October 20, 21, 10am-5pm
Location: Bite Studio, 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

I’m participating in Portland Open Studios 2012 and showing my process at Bite Studio (where I print my larger work) along with the amazing Tara Murino-Brault.

While you don’t need a tour guide to see me and my work, there are over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area participating.  This is a great opportunity to see the private spaces where artists work, view demonstrations, and learn more about the creative process – from the inside! To discover other artists’ studios in your neighborhood and experience the full range of artists at work, pick up a Tour Guide.  The $15 Tour Guide is a ticket for two adults (children under 18 are free) and includes images of the artists’ work, a fold-out map, and a 2013 datebook. On a budget?  We’ve also got a $5 Map Only ticket, also good for two adults, all four days.

Tour Guides can be purchased from me directly (we will have some at Bite Studio), online at www.portlandopenstudios.com, or are available at all New Seasons, and Muse, Collage, I’ve Been Framed, and Columbia Art. To find your closest retail location, see http://www.portlandopenstudios.com/tourguide/tour-guide-retailers/  If you would rather navigate the tour from your smart phone, then the Portland Open Studios iPhone app is your best ticket option.  The app includes studio navigation via Google Map, the ability to add notes for future reference and search artist by name or media. Go to the app store to get yours for only $9.99.

OPENING TONIGHT!
Portland Art Museum Rental and Sales Gallery: Two more pieces of my work were accepted into the gallery and will be up at the Fall Show.
Opening: Friday October 19, 5:00 – 8:00 PM Oct.
Location: 1237 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR

Beaverton Arts Commission’s 30th Annual Visual Arts Showcase: Okay, technically this one is in November, but it is an October deadline for me and it is coming soon!
Opening: Saturday, November 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 3 – November 11, 2012
Location: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton, OR

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Suprise at the Alberta Rose Theatre

My artwork at the Alberta Rose Theater seeing Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst

I have to share!! Last night I went to see my most favorite musicians of all time, Peter Mulvey and Kris Delmhorst play together at the Alberta Rose Theater on NE Alberta Street here in Portland. I have been following them for years in Boston and I see them whenever they come out to the NW. Well…to my surprise, two pieces of my artwork were hanging in the foyer. I donated them for a Last Thursday fundraiser and little did I know, they were bought by the Theater. I have to confess it was quite a moment for me when I was listening to them play thinking, they could have played at any venue in the city, but they played here where my artwork was! Quite the amazing night.

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Outrageous October

A tower of events piled up for October! Here is the list:

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS…The Biggest and Most Interactive Event of the month:
Time: October 13, 14, and 20, 21, 10am-5pm
Location: Bite Studio, 2000 SE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

I’m participating in Portland Open Studios 2012 and showing my process at Bite Studio (where I print my larger work) along with the amazing Tara Murino-Brault.

While you don’t need a tour guide to see me and my work, there are over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area participating. This is a great opportunity to see the private spaces where artists work, view demonstrations, and learn more about the creative process – from the inside! To discover other artists’ studios in your neighborhood and experience the full range of artists at work, pick up a Tour Guide. The $15 Tour Guide is a ticket for two adults (children under 18 are free) and includes images of the artists’ work, a fold-out map, and a 2013 datebook. On a budget? We’ve also got a $5 Map Only ticket, also good for two adults, all four days.

Tour Guides can be purchased from me directly (we will have some at Bite Studio), online at www.portlandopenstudios.com, or are available at all New Seasons, and Muse, Collage, I’ve Been Framed, and Columbia Art. To find your closest retail location, see www.portlandopenstudios.com/tourguide/tour-guide-retailers/ If you would rather navigate the tour from your smart phone, then the Portland Open Studios iPhone app is your best ticket option. The app includes studio navigation via Google Map, the ability to add notes for future reference and search artist by name or media. Go to the app store to get yours for only $9.99.

Hope to see you on the tour!

10th Around Oregon Annual at The Art Center:
Opening: Thursday, October 11, 5:30 – 7:30 PM Oct.
Exhibition Dates: October 4 – November 17, 2012
Location: 700 SW Madison Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97333

Portland International Airport: The Portland Airport has some amazing display areas for artwork and loves to promote local talent. I was invited to be in a printmaking display in Concourse A. So you are taking any Northwest regional flights to and from Portland you will see the exhbit!
Exhibition dates: October 16 – Mid-February 2013

Portland Art Museum Rental and Sales Gallery: Two more pieces of my work were accepted into the gallery and will be up at the Fall Show.
Opening: Friday October 19, 5:00 – 8:00 PM Oct.
Location: 1237 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR

Beaverton Arts Commission’s 30th Annual Visual Arts Showcase: Okay, technically this one is in November, but it is an October deadline for me and it is coming soon!
Opening: Saturday, November 3, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: November 3 – November 11, 2012
Location: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Ave., Beaverton, OR

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Fall Update…

Ounce of Power - Compound Gallery

I have been plugging away this summer! I did some photographing and market research in NYC thinking about what cities to build work for next. I created some new prints, and pounded the streets to get into some more stores here in Portland. Also coming up are a few exciting events!

Compound Gallery: I am honored to be invited to do a piece for a show at Compound Gallery in the Pearl District. The theme is “Ounce of Power” – exploring ideas of how we all still do have some power despite the current discord (political and economic) in our society. It gave me an idea to create a vertical piece of Portland – a completely different format for me. I love how people do have the power to build their own community by the businesses that are created, what historical buildings they decide to keep and restore, and the support of the community propels it forward. There is a collective creativity through this process. So, I wanted to to convey a sense of how Portland has creatively built a unique community. This hits on really why I am inspired to do the scenes I create. The opening is September 6th from 7pm-10pm and will be up for the month. This print will also be available at Guardino Gallery on Alberta Street in a couple weeks.

 

Portland Open Studios: I was selected again this year to Participate in Portland Open Studios. I will be showing my work and my process again but at my member studio, Bite Studios in SE Portland with a very talented artist, Tara Murino-Brault. We will both have presses running. This time I will be able to better demo the larger pieces I create. It will be a good time. It is the second and third weekend in October. Here is more info about the event: portlandopenstudios.com

 

New Stores: You can find my work in more places now! I have an updated store listing on my website.

 

New Print: In addition to the new vertical print for the Compound Gallery show, I have a new print I made in the style of my cards. I pitched it to a store in Downtown Portland and they liked it and have already placed another order! So, I thought I should make it available to more people online. Here I had fun with a bit more color. This print is a signed archival pigment print.
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