Archive for January, 2008

ashley armbruster

January 31, 2008


ashley is showing in our next show, lost + found.

ashley’s artist statement for lost + found:
From the creatures you meet, to the things that you eat, from the loves that you’ve lost, to the treasures you’ve found, what good is love without a little loss? My work emphasizes the importance of things we hold dear like our hearts, our trinkets and our friends, both human and not.


trish grantham’s house

January 28, 2008


trish grantham, one of our favorite artists, has a sneak peek of her house on one of my favorite sites, design sponge, today!

i thought i’d share some of the gorgeous photos with all of you.



click here for the full post and more photos at design sponge. you should check it out. it’s worth it!!

kara burke

January 26, 2008


kara burke is one of the artists showing in our next show, lost + found, in two weeks.

from her bio:

“My young days were great. Riding mattresses down the staircase, constructing my very own pterodactyl costume out of green felt, getting to be the “block” in my elementary school’s christmas performance and of course being pulled in a sled in the middle of the summer (thank you Louie). It’s the small moments throughout life that really mean something big. Those are the memories that will always remain stuck.

I grew up in the suburban midwest, where the best pop is known as Vernors and the lakes really are great. I later moved east, to a small town just outside of Boston. By small, I mean tiny. Daily activities involved braking for wild turkeys, roller-skating on gravel and waiting for those very consistent snow days.

As soon as high-school ended, I decided to venture west, the bay area is what we like to call it. I received my BA & BFA in illustration from the University of San Francisco & California College of the Arts. This is where I stopped drawing from just real life and began creating images derived from my childhood. I admit it, some of them were dreams.

I find enjoyment in unveiling the simple moments in life. You could also say that this is my way of holding onto my youth. In that case, I don’t think I’ll ever age, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.”

st john’s social recap

January 25, 2008

we had a great time last saturday evening at the st john’s social.


we got to meet some new people and get to know the people of st john’s a bit better.


right to left: jamie from atomic daylight, thomas from the neighborhood assoc., ian, the guy who clued us into this whole event, and a little bit of me.

paper milk opening party!

January 19, 2008


last night we went to opening of the paper milk offices in the historic olympic mills building.

paper milk is the joint venture of local artist trish grantham and greg klaus, owner of the fantastic greg’s on se hawthorne and right here in st john’s on n lombard, just up the street from us! we have some of trish’s postcards and paintings right now and we’ve always been fans of her work. it was really great to check out the new offices. so great! it was full of wonderful little touches.

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the lovely trish grantham


trish with friends, artist michael paulus on the end

it was a fun evening…

also, a big thanks to rachel for letting us use her camera. you’re the best!

cardboy sneakers, series one

January 19, 2008


we have another series in from Cardboy:

CardBoy Sneaker Series One
Blind Box

CardBoy is a unique mini figure that when opened, the packaging transforms into the head of the character. The design pays homage to classic sneaker boxes from the modern era. This series features eight characters, each one comes with accessories, and packaged in blind boxes, with one limited chase figure.

Details: All 8 figures wrapped in a 200% card sneakers figure.
Produced by: Playbeast.
Artist: Mark James
$79.99 set – 2 sets left!!


kimmie hutchins

January 19, 2008

hi! today i’m going to tell you a bit about kimmie hutchins, a talented artist that is participating in our next show!


Kimmie Hutchins, an Oregon native, moved to Portland in 2001 and after the success of curating a small gallery decided to venture out on her own. Her work is both sad and playful. Each image is simple yet sometimes disturbing. Currently a full time artist, Kimmie has steadily been building her body of work and her name.

As a self taught artist Kimmie had many influences growing up and has always been drawn towards pop-culture and the ever expanding low brow art movement. Her work incorporates simple graphic scenes where sad girls and curious animals invite you in to take a look. In her previous works, dark-eyed characters lounged amidst huge fantasy flowers, rooms were wallpapered with adhesive alphabets, and robots and giant bees conducted mysterious transactions with a semi-autobiographical heroine in striped socks. She has spent the last several years perfecting her precise, linear style and playful imagery.

Kimmie hopes to continue painting and growing as an artist. With constantly evolving work, she has a bright future ahead.

show flier

January 18, 2008

hey everyone!

here’s the flier for our next show, lost + found.



we’re excited to be showing so many talented people!

st. john’s second annual new years social

January 18, 2008

tomorrow night is st. john’s second annual new years social!


This Saturday January 19, 5-8pm
St. Johns Community Center, 8427 North Center Street

Bring the whole family!
Meet up with friends, neighbors, and our local business community in our second annual community event featuring:
FREE FOOD from many local restaurants & cafes
LIVE MUSIC brought to you by PROPER EATS
Puppet show from MUDEYE PUPPET Co.
Children’s reading by ST. JOHNS BOOKSELLERS
Great RAFFLE packages from many great local businesses

we are donating two packages of prints to be raffled off.

after we close the shop at 6 tomorrow night we’ll head over there, so if you’re around come check it out!

hope to see you all there!

lost + found – a show about love

January 17, 2008


we are pleased to announce our next show, Lost + Found, opening feb 9th at 5pm.

over the next few weeks i’ll be writing about some of the artists that will be showing with us.

today i’m beginning with kendra binney. this will be her second time showing with us and we’re very happy to have her back!


from her bio:

“Kendra Binney was raised in a small mountain town with no shoe stores. Most of her time was spent barefoot treading through the miniscule world of spiders, snakes and all things hiding in the grass. She transfers this closeness with the small and obscure into her paintings. Through scenes of dripping landscapes and insecure, vulnerable characters, she illustrates a world draped in memories, remorse, and fragile realities. Seen through pastel washes and shiny candy coatings of resins, her works evoke both nostalgia and contempt. They are at once gentle and cruel, sweet and unsettling.Kendra currently lives in Portland Oregon. She spends her days all alone in a small studio with no windows. Here she paints, daydreams, and paints some more.”

and on a completely different subject: it’s SNOWING!!

i don’t know how many of you are in portland, but it hardly snows here and it’s really exciting when it does, even though it almost never sticks…

i’ll be back with more tomorrow!