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

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

 

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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

Siren Nation Art Show at Olympic Mills

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The 3rd Annual Siren Nation Festival is November 5-8, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.

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:

Broken in the Fall artist: JParadisi

Broken in the Fall on exhibit @ Olympic Mills artist: JParadisi

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 www.mollyjochem.blogspot.com.

The Manor of Art: Julianna Paradisi in Room 360

   My summer hiatus after installing two gallery exhibitions last month proved to be short-lived. I am now planning a new installation that goes up next week (watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat).  I am one of “100 artists and exhbitions” participating in The Manor of Art at Milepost 5,  900 NE 81st Ave., Portland, Oregon 97213, August 14-23.

   I have room 360 on the creepy third floor(which is perfect for my installation) of  The Manor,  formerly The Baptist Manor Retirement Home,  established in 1915. The 10 day festival of exhibits, live music and performance is housed on three floors of the soon to be renovated building.  The renovation of the building into artist studios signifies phase 2 of the Milepost 5 art campus/community.

   Follow this link:

http://portlandcityart.org/2009/06/26/the-manor-of-art/

for the complete schedule and information about The Manor of Art.

M.C. Pasinski Chair Part of This Year’s Chair Affair

Artist Spotlight: M.C. Pasinski

By Julianna Paradisi

                 (This interview was originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Oldtown Chinatown Crier)

Morgan Pasinksi's Chair for the Chair Affair 2009(photo coutesty of M.C.Pasinski)

Morgan Pasinksi's Chair for the Chair Affair 2009 (photo courtesty of M.C.Pasinski)

 

Morgan Cole Pasinski’s paintings have an elegant simplicity that belies their creation. Worked in oil, wax and pencil, her surfaces vary from transparent and glass-like, to so textural, they almost invite touch. Morgan acknowledges this observation: “I spend the majority of my time on the backgrounds by adding paint and scraping it off until it looks like nothing I could have done intentionally.” She finds inspiration in the yin/ yang of old walls and sidewalks, ugly and beautiful with their patinas of passing time. Finishing the background, Morgan then sits and stares at it until an image takes shape. Rendered in simple lines, sea creatures, figures, and familiar household items overlie the background surfaces of her paintings.

Morgan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Washington University in 2000. Transplanted from Bellingham, Washington, her studio is in the Goldsmith Blocks Building in Old Town and is open to the public each First Thursday. In April, she is a participating artist in The Chair Affair, an art auction benefitting Portland’s Community Warehouse. Visit Morgan’s website  http://mcpasinski.com/ to learn more about her work.

 Morgan contibuted a chair for the 2009 Community Warehouse Chair Affair auction April 23 at the Staver Locomotive in NW Portland. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Community Warehouse by calling 503.274.4750 or on their website:                          

 http://www.communitywarehouse.org/chairaffair/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The Buzz by Brian Brings You Portland

 

I hope everyone is checking out my friend Brian’s blog,

http://www.thebuzzbybrian.blogspot.com/

He has all kinds of information on what’s happening around Portland, and

TheBuzzByBrian.com

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really, I wouldn’t have a clue if I didn’t check it daily.