First Thursday’s 25th Anniversary

Next week marks the 25th anniversary of “First Thursday” gallery walk, a monthly invitation to visit art galleries in and around the downtown area and the Pearl District. This is an opportunity to see new artwork , often with a chance to meet the artist, or hear some good music, or maybe even drink some wine. Galleries are usually open from around 6pm to 9pm for this event. Visit the Portland Art Dealers Association website for gallery information. Go here for a map.

An interesting side-note is that one of the founders of this tradition was a gallery owner named William Jamison.  He was important in the development of the Pearl District and Jamison Square, a wonderful community gathering place at 11th and Johnson, was named in his honor.

Art in the Pearl

Well, it’s taken longer to get back to this than I had anticipated. It has been so long since my last vacation that I forgot how to end it. But now I’m back and recharged just in time for the 15th annual “Art in the Pearl” festival.

This event starts tomorrow and goes through Labor Day in the North Park blocks between NW Couch and NW Flanders. There will be around 130 artists showing and selling their work, a World Music Stage with artists performing world or roots music, and there will be lots of delicious food available.  The weather will be sunny and warm while the beautiful trees of the North Park blocks provide plenty of shade so that you can fully enjoy the day. All events are free, and the festival goes from 10am to 6pm (5pm on Monday).

Portland Fashion Week

I was unfamiliar with the Art Institute of Portland until a friend moved here from California specifically to study fashion design there. It’s located in the Pearl at 1122 NW Davis St.  To be honest, I have been very happy ignoring fashion for most of my life, but I recognize its importance in the lives of many. Just recently, “Fashion Week” occurred in New York City, and that’s a big deal every year. Next week, The Art Institute of Portland kicks off Portland Fashion Week. Check out the article in the Oregonian for details. Local businesses are supporting the event.