Hundreds of artists formerly featured on Art Beat showcase their work April 19-June 15
OPB’s long-running local TV production, Oregon Art Beat, and The Peoples Art of Portland are presenting a special art exhibition celebrating the work of hundreds of Northwest artists who have all appeared on Art Beat over the last 15 years.
The event, “Oregon Art Beat Exhibition: Celebrating 15 Years of Creativity on OPB” is free and open to the public, and runs from April 19, 2014 through June 15, 2014. It will take place on the third floor atrium of Pioneer Place Mall at The Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, the Mark Woolley Gallery and the Art Beat Main Stage Gallery. Hours for this exhibition are 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and all ages are welcome.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with Peoples Art of Portland to create what must surely be a one-of-a-kind retrospective.” said Jessica Martin, executive producer, Oregon Art Beat. “These works, when seen all together in one exhibition, create a breathtaking portrait of the creativity in Oregon. It gives a clear sense of how our arts landscape has evolved over the last decade-and-a-half.”
“At Peoples Art of Portland, we strive to make art accessible to as many people in our community as possible,” said Chris Haberman, co-curator and co-owner, Peoples Art of Portland. “Oregon Art Beat is a great partner for this exhibit as they also offer one of the most accessible windows into the region’s artistic community.”
The exhibition will feature a curated collection of work from local artists, bringing together paintings, metal work, sculpture, calligraphy, animation, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, performance art, music and much more. Some of the featured artists include Lucinda Parker, Catherine Newell, Brenna Tyler, Don Bailey, Jack Portland, Chester Armstrong, Eunice Parsons, Jean Wells, Lillian Pitt, Jeffrey Hull, Ken Standhardt and many more.
The exhibition also provides a robust schedule of events including special guided tours.
The Art Beat Main Stage Gallery will host live performances by musical, dance and spoken word artists who have also all formerly appeared on Art Beat. There will be two weekly performance events on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Featured artists include musicians Lori Henriques, Gary Ogan, Edward Parente, Gideon Freudmann, Tony Furtado, Thad Beckman, Stephanie Schneiderman and spoken word artist Desmond Spann and many more.
OPB is launching a dedicated event app for the exhibition, which will include general show information, biographies of all of the presenting artists, links to each artists’ Art Beat story, schedule of live performances and more. The app will be available for download on both iOS and Android devices on April 11. More information is available at the OPB web site.
Peoples Art of Portland will be hosting two public opening events celebrating the exhibit—on Saturday, April 19 from 2-9 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 2-9 p.m. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Pioneer Place Galleries are located at 700 Southwest Fifth Avenue (at Yamhill Street) in Portland, across the street from H&M Clothing and the Regal Cinemas. The galleries are on the third floor of the Atrium building, above the Apple Store. The best mall entrance for attendees to use is located at Starbucks on Southwest Fifth and Morrison Street.
For more information about the event, please visit opb.org/artexhibit
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About Oregon Art Beat
Since 2000, OPB’s award-winning Oregon Art Beat has served as a powerhouse of arts reporting—profiling artists, musicians, and artisans from around the state and beyond. Now in its 15th season, show producers and crew have traveled extensively to capture the eclectic mix of creative talent in the Northwest. The program airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays and repeats at 7 p.m. on Sundays. This program is supported in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, the Kinsman Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, The Jackson Foundation and The Roundhouse Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat.
About The Peoples Art of Portland
The People’s Art of Portland was created in late 2010 and is known for its accessibility to anyone the open market place allows. Art doesn’t have to be hard to see, or backed by white walls, it can be simple in its beauty and cultural appeal – it’s as easy as walking into a mall. The gallery is co-curated and co-owned by Chris Haberman and Jason Brown. For more information, visit www.peoplesartofportland.com.