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First Thursday wrap up – Feb 08

February 8, 2008

hey bloggers – Vincent again with another night out on the art scene in old town for a First Thursday art walk. but wait – no camera – what to do… so Cassie and I stop by the Gilt Club one of our favorite hangouts, for a little pre-scene libations and snack-a-thon. and maybe, just maybe the owner Jamie will let us borrow his camera – BINGO! of course, we are really going for the food and to see our favorite bartender Jason – one of the best in portland some might say.

I gotta say, we really do like eating here – the food is just great and the people even better. here’s a shot of our first course – butterleaf salad with meyer lemons and avocado dressing, and fritters… although the fritters got eaten before the camera came out…. yummers!


anyway, after those and other tasty delights we decided to head on over to Compound Gallery to check out Kendra Binney’s new opening – we had no idea she was having a solo show this month AND contributing to our little group show in St Johns (insert plug here). she has definitely progressed since the first time we showed her work back in Feb of 06 – seems like she’s really honing in on her craft – and we couldn’t be happier for her! so we roll in and who do we see? none other than mr. martin ontiveros and his son felix – man this guy’s everywhere! so of course we have to throw down some satan hands and snap off a couple pics for the blog…


but i digress.. finally we get to see Kendra and having not seen her for two years, i think there was this moment of “is that Kendra?” and her being ” who is this strange couple talking to me as if they know me?” but that all got resolved once we started talking about the show in st. johns (oh snap, another shameless plug). anyway, she was beaming from her show and we thought that was well suited for her cause the work looked great. and that made us even more excited about what she’ll be showing with us!


after that, we headed down the block to Upper Playground . the place was packed – as always. but that didn’t stop us from getting to check out the show. i gotta say, i love this place and what they bring to the table. they really raise the bar with the shows they bring to town and i have nothing but respect for them. i personally wasn’t super into the work, but i did kinda like the portraits with the creepy parts painted on them – hey kinda reminds me of the art ghost stuff from last week… except this stuff was less cute and a little more disturbing.


nonetheless, we enjoyed our visit there for sure – even getting a a chance to talk with Malia – one of the owners who also works with Taow productions , a local marketing agency and one of my design clients. Malia has always been a big supporter of what i’ve been up too design-wise as well as the gallery… awe shucks.


next on our list – the Everett Station. ahh, so many memories… it still feels strange to be on the other side of the walk after hosting events there for 5 years and never missing a month. anyway, we head on over to Tilt Gallery for a little installation work by Lauren Clay entitled “Decked Out in Delight”. hey, what’s that she’s holding.. why it’s a show card for our event – what a cowinkydink!


I personally think that Tilt is still the best gallery on the block – happy to see that they are still around. and although i don’t always “get it” (like last night) i always appreciate how professional and together they present themselves. keep up the good work!

ok, out the door and what do we see – a 15 foot U-haul truck parked on the street outside with the words “art & cheese” on the outside.. of course we looked in – who wouldn’t! and what do you know – it was my old neighbor from Sky & Boat and she’s holding the cheese… say cheese!


around the corner past the Gilt Club (resist the urge to drink more) we stop in and chat with Val & Jeremy over at Ogle. they are such nice people. Val is always challenging us with new and innovative showings – plus they have that awesome space to show some really big pieces which is great since there just aren’t many people out there willing to do that. plus, they have some of the best eye glass frames out on the market. in fact i bought my last pair from them. and when they weren’t going to be ready for my wedding last June, they gave me a loaner pair – and they even matched my tie… sounds like fate to me.. woo-hoo!

we then headed out the door, only to run into Kaebel Hashitani, owner of Sequential Art Gallery. the man, my lovely readers, knows how to dress.


is that? could it be? yes it is – it’s a tiny toons vest and matching tie! which is even more cool cause our two crazy cats are named Pinky & the Brain. i think we’ll be seeing more of Kaebel and his antics in the future – perhaps a showing here at Genuine imitation?? hmmm?? could be? anyway, we didn’t make it in – there was an intimidating guy dressed in a dinosaur costume that was sort of blocking the way – ok, he wasn’t blocking the way, but he definitely made me think twice about going inside. he kind of reminded me of what a 4th grader might look like if he had made the costume himself – and i actually mean that in a good way!

anyway, we rounded the corner and got distracted by all the hipsters at Rake watching some sort of alien language-fest set to musical instruments and eventually were just to damn cold and called it a night! and that was it… back home with a freshly made oatmeal cookie and a little Colbert Report and ready for bed shortly thereafter.

so, that’s all for now – we’ll be back with some post-opening pics and stories to tell next week and remember, if you’re in the area Saturday the 9th from 5-9 stop on by and say hello – or just say “Authentic!”


first friday wrap up

February 2, 2008

Hello, Vincent here – the other half of Genuine Imitation with a First Friday wrap up. Well, it was another rainy day here in the city of puddles – and cold too – which is never good for art shows. But a couple galleries were open for those brave enough to fair the weather.

At Redux was Seattle’s Art Ghost. I got to talk with Eric and Liz for a few minutes and found out that they had just arrived from a nice rainy 3 hour drive down south for their first ever show in Portland. Seems odd to me that more Seattle folks don’t come down to Portland to show their works – and vice versa for that matter. Maybe after a successful showing here, they’ll be excited to do it again.


Regardless, the art that was up was wonderfully delightful – from robots and space ships to magical beasts. They start with previously painted works – I’m guessing that they pick them up from thrift stores and yard sales. They then take these pieces and add their own little part to it – it is almost as if the original painter had drawn the background for them to tell their story on. In some ways, I feel bad for the people who originally painted the pieces – they obviously put their heart into it and for whatever reason, it just wasn’t what the world wanted. But what’s nice is that the lovely folks of Art Ghost saw a story in that piece and wanted to tell it – lifting it from it’s dusty grave and giving it a new life.

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Anyway, we chatted for a few minutes about robots and unicorns and all things magical and eventually the conversation veered from art into a discussion about my strange fascination with magic. What can I say, I like seeing it – but I hate when someone approaches me and tries their witchery on me.. like when you’re eating! What’s up with that?! I mean, I’ve got a mouthful of food and you want me to pick a card? Uh uh… the funny truth is, I’ve never had a magician do that – but I have seen it on TV and that is enough to make me feel uncomfortable. Regardless, I think we all agreed that people who performed for others while they are dining are just kinda strange. Anyone else remember that guy at Cafe Lena who would play accordion on Sundays.. *shivers*

Go check out Art Ghost at Redux before they disappear…

The only other show that i got to see was over at Grass Hut with Martin Ontiveros – Rock and Roll Fantasy.


As usual, Martin did not disappoint. There were some great paintings, hand made plush monsters and the release of the Ojo Rojo toys by Gargamel & Friends. Martin told me that this show really celebrated the two things he loves most in this world – metal and mystical monsters – and to that I say … that’s awesome!

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check out the full line-up of goodies on Grass Hut’s blog

Anyway, that’s all from me. We will be heading down to our old stomping grounds Old Town this Thursday for another fun night of art and mayhem… and don’t forget our next show “Lost & Found” this Saturday the 9th in St. Johns – until then my friends, enjoy the snow!