“The Love Show is a little ol’ place where, we can get together …”

And people are doing just that.  On Saturday night, hundreds of attendees flowed through the doors at the 6th Annual Portland Love Show Opening Party to view the work, eat, mingle, imbibe and talk about art while being serenaded by the sweet sounds of a local DJ.

The opening and closing parties of the Portland Love Show, one of the largest exhibitions in Portland Oregon, offer not only music, food and inexpensive beer and wine, it also offers food for the visual palette.

Entrance to the 2011 Portland Love Show. Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR. Center: Puppy Love by Alexandra Petersen.

Over three hundred works by as many artists grace the walls of this year’s Portland Love Show.  An exhibition open to all skill levels, there is a variety of price ranges, subject matter and quality within the works.  The one thing they have in common is the theme … they all have something to do with one or more aspects of love.

2011 Portland Love Show attendee admiring some of the over 300 works of art on exhibit. Top right: Bill by Robert Morrissey.

When people think of love as a theme, they may think of hearts, flowers and butterfly kisses.  But the artists at the Portland Love show offer so much more!  Their interpretations of love range from joy, commitment, passion and sensuality to pain, lust, longing, and so much more.  The Love Sh0w offers a look at all aspects of love:  the good, bad, ugly … and beyond.

Young viewer looking at my piece "Wasp in the Lotus". Top Left: Pornography by Larry Christensen. Top right: Get Dead by John Gajowski.

I am happy to say I am among this year’s participating artists.  Far less formal than many of the exhibitions I participate in, I appreciate the Love Show for keeping the art viewing process friendly for all ages.  Not only do I have a whole new audience viewing my work, I have the satisfaction of knowing that attendees really engage in the work and have a good time while they are there.  I have fun watching people at this event, especially the littlest viewers getting into the work.  (Perhaps a new crop of young artists, who knows?)

Detail of one of the cool artworks at the 2011 Portland Love show with crowd view.

Some well-known Portland-area artists are participating in this year’s Love Show.  Chris Haberman, the artist who seems to be everywhere, is not only participating, he is one of the organizers!  Others you might recognize are Kindra Crick from this year’s Portland Open Studios, Ben Pink of Launch Pad Gallery (Portland Love Show’s founder), Adrienne Fritze of Working Artists Network, Beth Ann Short of the 100th Monkey Studio and Remedios Rapoport, whose piece entitled “To Feel Love” inspired the new Portland Love Show logo.

The 2011 Portland Love Show - truly an all-ages exhibition!

The 6th Annual Portland Love show is open through February 26th, 2011 at Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building,2505 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202.  There are two levels of art – don’t miss what’s in the basement!  The piece in the picture above is down there, and my photo as well as some other great pieces.

2011 Portland Love Show attendee contemplating some works on the upper level of the exhibition. Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR. Bottom left: Untitled by Madeline Starner. Bottom second from left: The Garden of Pomegranates by Jaclyn Evalds. Top -third from right: Blue Rabbit Love by Brett Superstar.

Please bring a can of food for the Oregon Food Bank when you come to the show.  If you prefer to participate when there is a buzz and lots of people, the Closing Party (kind of like “The Return of the Opening Party”) happens on February 26th from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Would you like to earn a free drink while being a part of the show?  Find out how to volunteer two hours of your time for the Closing Party at the Portland Love Show website.  Whether you choose to volunteer or not, please go, see the exhibition and enjoy!  I’d love to hear what you think of the show.

The installation downstairs at "The Big Bar". 2011 Portland Love Show.

I wanted to leave you with a little poem I tripped upon while researching possible quotes for this article.   To me, it reflects some of the various stages of love.  Apropos, don’t you think?

“He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever:  I was wrong.” –
W. H. Auden

Coming Wednesday, February 16th:  Part Three of “Why Does Art Cost So Much?” series. You can read part one here and part two here.

© 2011 Amy Buchheit All Rights Reserved

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About Amy Buchheit

I am a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters and an Ambassador for Artist Trust. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marylhurst University and have exhibited on regional, national and international levels since 2000. I am committed to connecting with the viewer through my work - stirring buried emotions to the surface for further inspection and introspection. The inspiration for my art comes from direct observations, research of subjects I am passionate about and personal experiences. For more information about my art, workshops and exhibitions, visit my website at http://www.amybuchheit.com. My blog "Fantastic Voyage" can be found at http://www.amybuchheit.wordpress.com, and I can be found on Facebook under Amy Buchheit Art and on Twitter as @AmyBuchheit.
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8 Responses to “The Love Show is a little ol’ place where, we can get together …”

  1. Hi just read the love show blog, pictures were enticing! It made me want to drop by when I’m in Portland next week. Thanks!

    • amybuchheit says:

      Oh good, I’m glad the pictures were enticing! 🙂 That was what I was hoping for. I want people to get a sense of the show so they are hopefully drawn to seeing the works in person. Thank you for the great feedback! 🙂

  2. kathe w says:

    hey Amy- thanks for emailing me this- hadn’t heard about it- so will go take a look at the show before it comes down- thanks again Kathe W
    http://katheworsley.blogspot.com and http://kathewsnapaday.blogspot.com

  3. Alea says:

    Nice post about the show. It was an exhilarating opening, but I want to go back to see more of the work and less of the crowds. It’s a short run, so I hope everyone get’s to experience it. There are some amazing pieces in this show, I am so thrilled to be a part of it!
    ~Alea

    • amybuchheit says:

      I get sensory overload at the opening party, for sure! So much art to look at, so much happening – great people watching, music, food, drink. I can only handle being there for about 2 hours by myself during the parties. I think going back to see the show during a quiet time is a great idea. 🙂

  4. Lisa Laser says:

    That’s my daughter, Lilah, in your 3rd photo with the red dress and braids.
    Nice article.

  5. Amy Buchheit says:

    Oh fun! Thank you for letting me know, Lisa. She was such fun to observe looking at the art. She seems very inquisitive.

    I just love when the little ones get exposed to art! 🙂 Thank you for bringing her.

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