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!

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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 *

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Selling at Two Holiday Fairs

Selling at 2 holiday fairs

Tis the season for Holiday Fairs!! There are so many going on, I can’t keep track of them all. But, I am going to be a two of them!

December 11th (11am-5pm): Crafty Underdog Sale at the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan). They are going to have tons of great artisans, live music, cocktails, beer, movies…it is going to be a blast. Here is more info: http://thecraftyunderdog.com/2011/11/23/the-sound-line-up-is-on-for-dec-11th/

December 18th (11am-5pm): Formal Holiday Artisans Fair at the Acadian Ballroom (1829 NE Alberta St.). It is going to be an elegant affair with live classical music, holiday cocktails, wonderful handmade gifts….and I will be dressed up cocktail style. A rare sight indeed! (I still have to figure out what to wear). Here is the info: http://www.handmadenw.com/events/index.php

At these events I will have my Portland etchings, letterpress cards and silkscreen tee-shirts (with PDX Icons, Alberta and Hawthorne scenes).

All Free Admission!

Hope to see you there!

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My Cards and Tees at Powell’s Bookstore!

Beth Kerschen's tee-shirts and cards at Powell's

Well, so much has happened since Portland Open Studios, I have been too busy to post all that is happening. Portland Open Studios was a great event. I had fun opening up my studio, I met a lot of great people and made some great connections. Two of which have generated leads for custom postcard designs for two Hotels. The details are still in the works, but I will write more about this soon because these are really exciting projects.

Then, I contacted Powell’s Bookstore here in Portland to see if they would be interested in selling my cards and….placed an order and wanted them right away! So, they are carrying all three of my postcards and the holiday card. I am also in the process of getting tee-shirts printed with the same designs and they were interested in selling a set of those as well! So, as of today, Powell’s has my tee-shirts available at the Pearl District Location in the Orange Room in the Gift corner and they have my Post Cards in the big card section on the “Portland/Oregon” themed rack. I believe the holiday cards will be set up soon on a Holiday Themed rack in the same card section. This is just so exciting! I am printing other tee-shirt designs and they will be ready soon, so I will post more later about them and their availability. In the meantime, head to Powell’s!

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