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.
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.
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.
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?)
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 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.
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.
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
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