Day 4: Portland
Weather: Cold, rain, sunny, cool, rain, sunny
Quote of the Day: Are you lost? Can I help you?
Department of Medical Announcements: THB's blood work came back normal for the first time since November 20, 2016. Next up: cutting prednisone down from 15mg to nada.
Today is mostly in pictures (again):
|THB's fave, the Pearl Bakery|
|To go, enjoyed at Mammoth|
Up and on the bus and serendipity strikes: DB and SA sit together and THB gets Dylan Beck, one of the two locals (along with Brett) coordinating the local NCECA effort for the last three years and a teacher at OCAC (Oregon College of Art and Design). Insider info on NCECA in the next seat.
|(pic shown out of sequence): Dylan, DB, Paul from Haystack (a 2016 NCECA bus tour guide)|
|OCAD on-campus show|
|Elliott Kayser, "Black Holstein Shigaraki"|
|Shauna Fahley, "Survived By"|
|Our group is filling up the gallery|
|Dylan and Paul; Paul has been invited to work with the students|
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Then THB got lost, wandering from the kiln demo to the photography department and chatting up the head of the department. Why? THB cannot explain it. A very nice young co-ed comes to the rescue, delivering THB to the "school house" where a buying opportunity awaits.
|Paul Beasecker carrier and cups, $1200|
|SA also buys a Beasecker plate|
|Mudshark Studios work at OCAC (recognize the "mold"?)|
Our next step on the bus is less than 5 minutes from OCAD! It's a K-12 school...and the highlight of the day. A wandering artist pairs up with a teacher at the school for an NCECA installation and their application is accepted. What does that get them: a free space, otherwise all the other expenses are theirs.
|Two to Love I|
|Two to Love II|
Back on the bus to head downtown. Of course, since we're in a west coast city, a drive of 10 miles or so takes close to 40 minutes mid-da. Buffet lunch next door hosted by the LH project.
|LH Project is hosting a lunch right next door at Clyde Common: the Collectors Tour and lots of local and visiting artists|
|Not our menu|
|Very few vegetarians in this crowd|
Next store to Clyde Common is the LH Project, a pop-up inside an empty dry cleaners. THB gets to chat up a number of artists including Kat, a CCA student that DB and THB co-sponsored for a residency at Watershed. She has a piece in the LH Project and also helped them set up the show.
|Brett Binford of (where else) Mudshark: "Out of Control"|
|Brett Binford: "Ambitions"|
|Coms Check: "Jill Allen"|
|Daniel Donovan: " Wave It Hard"|
|Kat Payne with Watershed co-sponsors (with EW and JW)|
|Kathleen Payne: "Between You and Me"|
|Esther Shimazu: "Monkey 2 Rooster"|
|Stephen Braun; THB and DB have a large piece called "All Eyes" in E-ville|
|"Choices" (wall piece)|
|Michael Sherrill: "Chief Joseph Series"|
|Christine explaining Meissen work (humorous takes, sponsored and sold by Meissen)|
|Shalene Valenzuela: "Make America Grate Again"|
A quick stroll brings us to the VO Gallery:
|At the Adams and Ollman Gallery: Magdalena Suares Frimkess. These "rough" form cups go for $1800 each|
Back to the bus, more discussions with Dylan, and out we pop at LA Mesa, one of NCECA's more famous moments from Santa Fe Clay. A longgggggg table set with many place settings, and a feeding frenzy as buyers circulate around trying to find just the right items for their home place settings. The ultimate butt-brush factor! Even standing five feet back, THB is bumping into people.
|The owner of Santa Fe Clay explaining how to negotiate the madness|
THB, DB and SA are hitting the wall and decide to walk back to the condo, around a mile. In the midst of the walk, we encounter several other NCECA exhibits in local galleries and, damn, one more fine bakery for coffee and treats!
|Craig Barlow: "Creation Coyote"|
|Daniel Anderson: "Friday Harbor Water Tank"|
|Almost a lamp: there's a plug and then a light in the tank|
|Double choc cookie and lemon poppyseed cake|
|Now THB is drinking coffee in the late afternoon|
Finally, we struggle back to the 19th floor, meet-up with DA, converse over the highlights of the day, order Thai food to be delivered, have a drink, and sink into the oblivion of sleep.