Art trip to Portland Oregon

After having posted 3 paintings (one below) to SopaFineArts Gallery in Kelowna for their annual U8 show, I drove down to Portland Oregon for 5 days with my family. Luckily they let me squeeze in some art-time!

Capturing moments 18x36
Capturing Moments 18×36, watercolor pencils and acrylic on canvas

We walked through the streets for an hour to get oriented and landed in Powell’s City of Books. If you have never been, GO!  It is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. They carry an extensive collection of out of print rare, and technical titles as well as many other new and used books in every field, have daily discussions and presentation by authors, and delicious coffee…an amazing experience!! I picked up second-hand books on Matisse, Hans Hoffman, and Willem de Kooning, as well as travel books for my upcoming trip to Italy…all for under $50!!

Next stop was the Portland Art Museum to see their permanent collection which includes these three works which caught my eye, as well as an incredible photography exhibition of 3 decades work Carrie Mae Weems.

The huge Saturday Market at the Waterfront Park was another hit, as well as Voodoo Donuts, the rows of delectable food carts and a WHL hockey game!

Last but not least I found two spacious galleries in the Pearl District:

Gallery 903 where I was enthralled by the mixed media work of Korey Guilbrandson and the beautiful sculptures by Jane Burton.

And not far away, Butters Gallery, where Deborah Gillis is currently on exhibit alongside Jane Burton’s sister E. Tyler Burton‘s incredible sculptures.

All in all, a great trip…when will you visit Portland?


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