...that Art and Soccer could meld together into one super exciting evening?! Well, it happened here in Portland just the other day. The Portland Timbers wanted to do something a bit different this year as they unveiled their new Kits for the season. They contacted the Art on Alberta peeps and Green and Gold: a Tribute to the Portland Timbers was hatched. Set to unfold at one of NE Alberta St's Last Thursday events, and with artistic rockstar Chris Haberman curating, the buzz and excitement grew. NOW, the totally exciting part of this for me was when Eve Connell from AoA contacted me and Peggy Pfenninger and wanted to know if we wanted to do an Installation in the mobile art gallery, Red Rover. We thought it sounded fun and so we agreed. The situation was perfect for my longtime dream of putting a forest INSIDE a camper. I mean, who gets to do that?! The timing was perfect for us as well, as there were plenty of live Christmas trees available. We set to work in the camper and made our Timber's Forest come together. We actually had to sign a non disclosure agreement that we would not leak info about what the new Kits were like. Whoa...secrets and all.
The night of the event was nothing short of amazing. The crowd that came out for this event was an interesting blend of soccer fan and art lover...some were both! The art in the galleries was awesome, and our Red Rover installation was parked right out front on the street. All the Timber's Brass was there and the hoopla surrounding the unveiling was electric. Music blaring, lights dimmed except where they were focused on the mini stage, and news cameras clicking away. I personally have never been in such a crowded opening, so that was exciting in itself. The greatest news (to me) of the evening: the Timber's Peeps loved the installation so much, they are going to haul the trailer down to the stadium next week and show it there for next weekend's game. Yeah! (High Five, Peggy!!!)
Anyway, here are some pics of the process of making the installation and also some pics of the event. The pics of the night of the actual event are photos that KATU news took, I was too busy to bother with my camera!
SO, yeah. It was pretty cool to be a part of it all. The Gallery shows will hang till March 25 if you want to get over to the Talisman Gallery and have a look see. The Red Rover will be parked there to see as well, until sometime at the end of the next week when the Timbers are going to haul it across the river to the Stadium! Yeay!
NOW on a totally different note...all the Timber's excitement should not make me neglect to tell you about other awesome things I am currently involved in. One being that the Love of Portland show is still hanging and waiting for your eyes to look upon it's awesomeness. I have a piece in that show and it's at the People's Art Gallery, 700 SW 5th ave, third floor. It's a great show filled with images that remind us of just how awesome our fair city is.
Secondly, last night a show opened at Lane Gallery called "The Farm". I have a painting in this show and I am very excited about hanging in this gallery. The Opening reception was very nice and the works of the other artists are beautiful. If you are in the neighborhood of Lane Gallery, I suggest you stop in and check it out. It's at 2627 SE Clinton St., and the show will hang through April.
Mundane musings from a modern Mnemosyne