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

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.

Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery Show – June 22nd

My etching work got accepted into this wonderful gallery associated with the Portland Art Museum. The artwork they show is available to rent or to purchase and all the art is produced by Northwest artists. The New Artist Member Show is this Friday, June 22nd from 5-8pm. It is located at 1237 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR. I will have five pieces showing. It would be great to see you there!

New Letterpress Cards, Bookmarks & Etchings for Crafty Wonderland Fair

Crafty Wonderland is a big spring bash of handmade goodness! (and a perfect place for finding your Mother a last minute Mother’s Day gift.)

New Cards: I will have four new postcards I just designed and will have my “Portlandmark” note card on chipboard which was just printed a couple months ago.

Bookmarks: I couldn’t resist, there was room on the press and they were so fun to design. I will have two designs available for the show.

New Prints: I have been getting requests for more etchings of key landmarks in Portland…so I will have some fun single prints of Voodoo Doughnuts, the Hollywood theater and a number of others.

I will also have my tee-shirts there (some at a reduced price) and…if things go extremely well, I will have some fun tote bags available. Much of the products will be available on Etsy after the show.

Here are the details:

Saturday, May 12th at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D

11:00 am to 6:00 pm
All Ages * Free Admission
* Goodie Bags for the early shoppers *

Three New Print Pieces

Beth Kerschen - three new etchings

I am excited to account three new pieces I have created in the last 3-4 months. The bridge piece, “Crossing the Willamette” and the Alberta piece, “Captured by Alberta” took a considerable amount of time. I really wanted the Bridge piece to give you that feeling when you drive over the 405 Bridge and you get an amazing view of multiple bridges with the Portland Skyline all at once. It took some work. Then, I just love the Alberta District and there is so much to pack into one scene. It was a challenge to get this much in, much less put in everything I wanted to.

Well, they look much better in person and they can be viewed at the Guardino Gallery until April 24th!

A New Exhibit & A New Store

Ohh…I have been busy. I thought I could rest this winter! But, I can’t complain at all….

First of all my little postcards are in a fancy-shmanzy museum display! They are part of a series from Portland Open Studio artists, and I just love everything that is on display. The work is in The Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in the Pearl District in Portland. It is a joint project with PNCA, where A number of the artists will be doing demos every Saturday through April 28th.

Also, my cards and tee-shirts are now at Tender Loving Empire. This über cool store in downtown Portland that carries all local, handmade goods. It is also a silkscreen shop where they make their own great designs and they sell music from local bands. They are on SW 10th and Stark….check it out!

Coming up…my show at Guardino Gallery on Alberta Street – the opening is Last Thursday in March.

Postcard for the Historic Balch Hotel

Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon

Many of you have heard me talking about it already…I am excited to be working on a postcard for the lovely Historic Balch Hotel. It is a gorgeous hotel in sunny Dufur, Oregon that is just over 100 years old. It feels like hidden get-a-way and it is also in the middle of all sorts of wonderfulness…not far from the Columbia Gorge, Mt Hood, and Maupin where there is some amazing rafting on the Deshutes River. It is a perfect wedding spot as well, it is open, pretty, quaint, has an classy, cosy inmate feeling that is just right for such a family event. Well…I am tasked with trying to pack all this (at least the essence of it) into one postcard. Love it! Ironically, when I take photos of a place for my artwork, the practicality of what I need often overrides my desire to take compositionally interesting single photographs. But, a few nice ones can pop up, so I thought I would share this one that I liked.

Happy New Year

"Bridge to the Past" etching print

This has been an amazing year. I want to thank all friends, family and colleagues for being so supportive, helpful, and inspiring. This year I worked the hardest I ever had in my life, but it made me realize that you can’t do anything with significance alone. I have received so much crucial help from so many people – I am extremely thankful.  At this year’s end, I am reflecting on the success and lessons of the past year, how my past was an important bridge built to take me to the present, and where I’d like to go into the future. I can’t wait for 2012!Thanks again and I wish you all the best in the coming year.

In Willamette Week’s Holiday Gift Guide

My Holiday Card in Willamette Weekly Gift Guide

I am proud to be in this years Willamette Week’s Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide! You can also see it online >. The whole guide is really well done with amazing, locally made products. I recognize a number of the Printed products from artists that were at the Portland Bazaar organized by DesignSponge, which makes me even more flattered to be in the mix. For those of you still shopping, Sunday the 18th I will be at the Formal Holiday Artisans Fair on Alberta with cards, shirts and prints (more info>). Also my cards and shirts are on Etsy >. Those of you in Portland, it only takes a day to deliver a package to you! So, you last minute shoppers can make it happen!