Equine Group Show at The Froelick Gallery for June First Thursday

Last night was the opening reception for the Froelick Gallery group show, Equine. I am fortune that my painting Twenty-Oneis included among the work of many accomplished artists. Tonight is First Thursday, and there is a reception for the show from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The show runs all of June, through July 16, 2011.

The Froelick Gallery is located at 714 NW Davis Street, Portland Oregon, 97209.

Artist Statement for Twenty-One

The painting Twenty-One is inspired by the prehistoric drawings found on the walls of the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in France. These drawings, made before humans possessed written language, are the earliest known record of primordial expression, and they are images of horses. Later, humans learned to use symbols instead of pictures to create words. Inspired by the transition of pictorial language into words, the repetitive form of grazing horses in Twenty-One suggests ancient cuneiform. Impressed by stylus into clay tablets, cuneiform script marks the abstraction of pictorial expression into symbolic characters. It is the precursor of the modern  alphabet.

Twenty-One by jparadisi

“Resonance-Extended” Anka Gallery First Thursday

Tonight is the First Thursday Art Walk in Portland, Oregon. I have a couple paintings in a group show at Anka Gallery. The show runs January 1, 2011 until January 28, 2011.



This January The Anka Gallery is proud to extend the Resonance exhibit with additional new works by 25 local artist and designers.
First Thursday Opening
January 6th, 2011
6:00 to 10:00

From Cradle to Grave: The Color White Opens Oct 7 at The Anka Gallery

Sometimes My Surgical Mask Feels Like a Gag 2010 by JParadisi

If you’re in Portland, Oregon this week stop by the Anka Gallery and see my new series of paintings From Cradle to Grave: The Color White, and the work of three other featured artists.  The spacious Anka Gallery is located in the Old Town neighborhood’s Everett Station Lofts.  The opening reception is First Thursday, October 7, 6pm-10pm.

Art Exhibiton Mentioned in Off the Charts Post

From Cradle to Grave: The Color White

Thank you to American Journal of Nursing art editor, Sylvia Foley for mentioning my October show, From Cradle to Grave: The Color White in yesterday’s post on the AJN blog Off the Charts.

The link to Portland’s Anka Gallery is also appreciated!

Snobbery, Andy Warhol, and Healthcare Reform

White Tower (2004) oil on canvas From the Greetings from Slabtown Series. artist: JParadisi

     Last First Thursday, I was at  Anka Gallery .  The group show, which runs until January, is a benefit for P:ear and Outside In. The  opening was well attended, despite competition from the historic Civil War match in Eugene.   I meant to visit Tribute Gallery , but  became distracted by Olaf Gambini. Then, two separate and intense conversations with two not so different people kept me at Anka.   

     A conversation is intense when the persons speaking start looking around the room, wondering if  they’re being overheard, and if so, what the fallout might be.  

     I met an activist who is still advocating for single payer Healthcare Reform.  I have to admit my disappointment in Healthcare Reform, as the plan I read about becomes increasingly confusing while serving only a part of the uninsured population, for an increasingly incomprehensible amount of money.  The activist has not given up on single payer Healthcare Reform, and I felt hopeful again, even if it’s just my idealism showing. 

     I met an artist earning his living outside of his fine arts career.  I’m intrigued with how other artists pay the bills while staying true to their artistic integrity. It’s a touchy subject for some of us. While accepting commissions for art is considered “acceptable”, working as a nurse, or even in a totally art related field such as graphic art, is sometimes looked at with condescension.  

     Andy Warhol withstood this type of snobbery while trying to break into New York’s art scene.  A successful magazine illustrator, Warhol’s fine arts peers negatively labelled him  a “commercial” artist.  However, the outsider Pop Artist  proved himself a master of marketing, possessing an uncanny insight of American consumerism, by creating The Factory. It became the exclusive hotspot for everyone who was anyone.  You needed an invitation to get in.  Suddenly,  Andy Warhol became an icon and decided who was hot and what was art.   

     Snobbery crosses all societal lines, whether it’s deciding who’s a “real” artist, or who deserves healthcare.

JParadisi in Anka Gallery Benefit Show First Thursday December 3, 2009

NW 13th & Marshall (2003) by JParadisi oil on canvas

Ravens (2005) by JParadisi oil on canvas

     I’ve contributed two oil paintings to the December group show at Anka Gallery. Anka Gallery is located in the Everett Street Lofts in Portland’s Old Town Neighborhood. Portions of the sales proceeds will be donated to P:ear and Outside In.

     Ravens (on the Eastbank Esplanade) was featured in the spring 2007 continuing education Pacific Northwest College of Art catalog. NW 13th & Marshall is part of the Greetings from Slabtown series mentioned in a spring 2009 blog post by Sylvia Foley.

     Come by Anka on First Thursday, listen to music, celebrate the holidays, and purchase some great art to help homeless youth in Portland.

First Thursday Opening 

December 3rd 2009
6 – 10pm
Show will run through first of January.
Anka Gallery
325 NW 6-th Ave
Portland, Or 97209


Siren Nation Women Music & Arts Festival Kicks Off at Olympic Mills Tonight



Thursday, November 5th The Siren Nation Women Music and Arts Festival kicks off with a huge all-women art show at the Olympic Mills Building (107 Se Washington St.). This art opening will feature the DJ talents of DJ Safi and DJ Tender. “The Journey” is Siren Nation’s annual fine arts exhibition. Through a variety of media “The Journey” expresses, both the overall journey of women and the personal journey of over 50 Portland Artists. This event is all ages. 6-10pm. Free.

Artists in the exhibit include: Cate Anevski, Julie Blackman, Liz Borowski, Jen Bracy, Anna M Campbell, Gracie Campbell, Cathy Camper, December Carson, Ashley Costa, Kindra Crick, Maria Del Castillo, Shawn Demarest, Rebecca Fassler Clark, Aimee Lynn Fahey, Jessica Fetko, Jennifer Finn, Chelsea Fletcher, Drea Frost, Kristin Fritz, LeeAnn Gauthier, Angela Gay, julie gragg, Sarah Graves, Gigi Grinstad, Agnes Hamilton, Annie Heisey, Julie Jetton, bonnie jones, Lea Keohane, Suzy Kitman, Jeanne Levasseur, Nicole Linde, luna, Stephanie Manton, Genevieve Mercatante, Beth Myrick, Erin Nations, Michelle L. Nguyen, Julianna Paradisi, Nance Paternoster, Alyson Provax, Michelle Purvis, Cassie Ridgway, kerosene rose, Beth Ann Short, S.I.D Need, Amy Stoner, Elissa Tree, Katie Veeninga, Kelly Williams, and heidi elise wirz.

The Olympic Mills Building is open between 9am & 5pm, Monday through Friday. “The Journey” will be on display throughout the months of October and November 2009.

About the Curator: Molly Jochem is a curator and professional artist, working and living in Portland. She has organized fine art shows for Siren Nation, Quart Art Collective, her arty friends, and herself. Her artwork may be viewed at http://www.mollyjochem.com and http://www.mollyjochem.blogspot.com.

More events at The Siren Nation Women’s Music and Arts Festival!

Friday, November 6th: The Someday Lounge: Grey Anne, Star Anna, Emily Wells and Lovers.

Saturday: November 7th The Someday Lounge: The I’s, Y La Bamba, Tender Forever, Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside.

Saturday, November 7th A day of documentaries about Four Female Pioneers in Politics, Performance, Poetry and Partisanship at the Hollywood Theater.

Sunday November 8th And the festival wraps up with a huge art and craft sale featuring 40 women artists and free workshops for women and girls at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School.

Tickets: Festival passes are $25 and available October 1st at Brown Paper Tickets – and are good for entry into all events at the Siren Nation Festival! Tickets to individual shows are also available at the door. $12/$15 for shows at The Someday Lounge

J.Paradisi Interviews Tamara English for pdxArtscene

   I ask artist Tamara English questions about her work and inclusion in Mark Woolley’s group show in October at Anka Gallery. Follow this link http://www.pdxartscene.com/  to read the interview.

"When Grapes Turn to Wine, They're Wanting This" (detail) by Tamara English
“When Grapes Turn to Wine, They’re Wanting This” by Tamara English

The Acorn Contains the Tree At PNCA and “One more than four” at Anka Gallery Thru July 30th

Icarus oil on unstretched canvas 2009 by J.Paradisi

Icarus oil on unstretched canvas 2009 by J.Paradisi

Installation by J.Paradisi, The Acorn Contains the Tree 2009
Installation by J.Paradisi, The Acorn Contains the Tree 2009 at PNCA

   Yesterday’s warm weather had swarms of people walking the the streets of Portland for First Thursday. I had two openings of my own work to attend, which made for an enjoyably busy evening. My apologies to guests I may have missed at Pacific Northwest College of Art’s 214 Gallery (upstairs), after I left for a brief appearance at Anka Gallery in Oldtown. Thank you to all of my friends and visitors at both shows, especially Rhoda London, who lent so much of her time and energy to The Acorn Contains the Tree.

J.Paradisi in “One more than four” at Anka Gallery July 2nd-30th

Lung Ta   mixed media on vellum by J.Paradisi

Lung Ta mixed media on vellum by J.Paradisi

Anka Gallery, 325 NW 6th Ave. Portland, Oregon, 97209

   Anka Gallery exhibits a group show in July featuring digital art by Nance Patemoster, sculpture by James Proctor, glass art by DonnaLaPlante, and paintings by Sarah Cosman and Julianna Paradisi. First Thursday Reception July 2nd 6pm-9pm.The show runs through July 30th.

   Julianna’s paintings in this exhibit explore the boundary between figurative and conceptual imagery by abbreviating her subject into ambiguous and sometimes dissolving forms. She asks the viewer, how much information is required for understanding? Painted on vellum, the translucency of the paper creates layers, which contribute to the metaphor of comprehension.