Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Art & the City

When the going gets familiar, the familiar explore new territory...

Luckily, every month I have a chance to see my city in a new light. That all rests on the shoulders of First Thursday where Galleries of all kinds swing their doors wide-open and let the art-curious (amateur or seasoned) explore the nooks and crannies of their eclectic world.

{Above: Me looking at the urban-inspired art in Compound September 1rst, more information below}

As this is a city-wide monthly venture that my art-ridden, artistic community fully embraces, there are so many different venues to pillage and one would be hard-pressed to ever be bored at one. The walk is always a new route, the nibbles and drinks are always served differently and the aesthetics you witness widely vary with each turn of a doorknob.

From contemporary to classic to rural to urban... there's eye candy for everyone from all walks of life. And our new walk on September 1rst suited us just fine...

We first visited a college to see how students express themselves under the watchful eye of a professor a PNCA:
Above: the showroom at Pacific Northwest College of Art Below: Me, Miranda and Tracy take in the students' exhibits
Subsequently, we explored a gallery which housed not only a scrumptious amount of art displays but also served as the private home in a decadent, two-story urban loft.
{Tracy, The Boy and Danica in the Loft/Art studio which I have no idea of its name... Loft Upstairs and Gallery below.. which can kinda be perceived as the "Mullet" joke - Business downstairs, Party Upstairs! Anyone, anyone?}

Followed by a whimsy exploration into the world which fuses Art and Electronics at Attic Gallery
Above & Below: Greeted with brew samples, crackers and a decadent amount of visual effects... we explored attic gallery with ease.
And finally, we made it to Compound which is one of my favorite places to waste time as it's full of the most random, amazing items and houses a modest gallery upstairs which always has thought-provoking street art. Love. (My first image in this post is from Compound).
{View of Compound Gallery, see The Boy??}

And, I really didn't want to post this picture as I look like a cracked-out mess, but hey, hey, I had to visit my favorite little salt and pepper shakers from this post.
{your local crazy...}

How many days until October's First Thursday???


| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I love the way you write!
We have first Friday here in Phoenix, sadly I never been. However, I am so sure Portland does it better. I love the last photo, you don't look "cracked-out", trust me, I work at smoke shop. & I totally remember those adorable salt & pepper shakers.

(I don't wanna say this, but I think I may have a crush on your boy.)


Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! I have been *dying* to visit a museum and Dallas has a ton of them!

Anonymous said...

Whoops, also...I love your outfit!

erika sorocco said...

We have no museums or other 'art locales' located anywhere in the vicinity of me. I need to find one STAT! :)

Slamdunk said...

I had to follow you link after hearing your description of the Compound.

You all have so much fun together.

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

Lovely post and images! I love the art days in Portland, it's been so long since I've been.


Mandee said...

I love first thursday:) sadly I think this was the last one for the season...isn't it only from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend? I hope I'm wrong....otherwise, can't wait til next year!

Dirt On The Rocks said...

This is awesome! I'm actually excited because I'm hoping that for my birthday my bf and I can explore L.A's art district. It's awesome when you get to explore your city's creative side. I love art and I also can appreciate the different ways people showcase it :)

Gracey Williams said...

Exploring art is always a fun thing to do! We used to go on art walks during art class last year since we lives so close to a bunch of them. I really enjoyed it!

happy hour 24/7 said...

aren't you glad you moved to town?! on my side of town, it's called last thursdays :)

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Damn, Caitlin, stop making me want to visit your city!!!!!!!! :) It's pricey for me to fly there and getting a visa is the pain in the ass, so the less I want it the better :P

Anonymous said...

gosh this is why i loved being in portland for the short amount of time i was there! a city full of art...whether it is displayed in the fashion, the food, the canvas...it was just incredible!