Esque Studio is a small glass blowing studio based out of St. Johns, Portland. Started by Andi Kovel and Justin Parker, the studio uses glassblowing techniques to create works of art that are modern, functional and aimed at the design industry.
OPB wants to hear from Mexican and Latinx Pacific Northwesterners who observe Día de los Muertos: What's on your mind this year as the holiday approaches? We're interested in stories shared in both English and Spanish.
Through what’s known as the Mt. Whitney Blocks Project, 16 local artists painted the walls of the World Pac. Inc building. “For many people, they don’t actively seek out visual arts," said first-time muralist Victor Bizar Gomez. "The walls that you see on their streets that are ornamented are their museum."
Kickstart the week with three new songs hand-picked for your playlist. We listen to a shockingly underrated singer, a musician who sings a dark and vulnerable confession, and a well-known collaborator sharing her talents as a solo artist.
Nataki Garrett took on her new role as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's artistic director in 2019. Within months the coronavirus shuttered all of her theatres for more than a year. Now the Festival is reopening, and Garrett is excited to announce a full season of shows for 2022.
Jesus Torralba has been painting since he was a child, when friends introduced him to the art of graffiti. Today his colorful commissioned murals can be seen throughout Portland, each capped with his “Heysus” signature. Torralba’s designs draw on his indigenous roots in Oaxaca, and on his love of cartoons, creating a distinctive style.
For many BIPOC and LGBTQ artists, it may be difficult to get their work into mainstream galleries if they aren’t well-known enough. A gallery in Portland is hoping to give those emerging artists a home to show their art and potentially jumpstart their career.
Amelia Bjesse-Puffin was tired of the oppression she was seeing in the world of skating. So, two years ago she launched Smash the Skatriarchy, a submission-focused zine that aims to lower barriers to skating. For her latest issue, she met up with Indigenous roller derby stars for a day of skating, interviews and photos sessions. These Indigenous skaters are working to decolonize the world of derby — a mission that Bjesse-Puffin wants to elevate in her zine.