Art In The Pearl Blog

Oregon Art Beat Meet & Greet

Oregon Art Beat will be at Art In The Pearl, Portland’s annual fine arts and crafts community festival, on Labor Day weekend.

Oregon Art Beat will be leading an informational Q&A with featured artist Grayson Malone, show producers, and videographers. Attendees will learn what it is like to be featured on Oregon Art Beat, Grayson’s cast stone, concrete and metal mixed media sculptures, and what’s in store for the upcoming season of Oregon Art Beat.

Join Oregon Art Beat at the start of Art In The Pearl on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at NW 8th Avenue … Continue reading →

Stage Schedule is now UP!

Our schedule for our all-new Art In The Pearl Stage is now posted online. Here is the link. We are very excited about presenting a great line-up of Singer-Songwriters performing original work this year. This should be a special year at our stage and we look forward to getting your feedback about the new format.… Continue reading →

Rockin’ out in the Park!

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Every year the AIP line-up for the World Music Stage is richer and more wonderful, to the point that as many visitors come for the music as for the visual art.

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Music from Japan to Africa, Brazil to India, there’s a sound for everyone.  Returning this year is Al-Andalus, a world –renowned group creating an andalusian style that is a mix of music from the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
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Also on stage will be Hank Araki who is a master of all things flute, Japanese and Celtic. Check the schedule and plan on enjoying the … Continue reading →

It’s all Kid’s Play!

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Newly named the Hands On Art Pavilion, four tents will feature activities for kids and kids at heart this year.  See great art and talk to the artists, but also MAKE some yourself!  Free that inner child (and the kid at your side who wants to mess with stuff)!  Here are some choices (or do it ALL!)

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PAN offers a colorful printmaking experience with their popular fish printing program.
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The Right Brain Initiative
The Right Brain’s button making program is a crowd pleaser enjoyed by people of all ages.
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Trick Out Your Home!

Not just another outdoor art fair, Art in the Pearl is listed in the top 10 in the nation’s art festivals and has THE WAY to fill everyone’s home with the best of handmade things. 

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 Natalie Warrens’ exquisite ceramics enliven every meal (even if you can’t cook).

Best of all, each artist is present to explain their process or inspiration so that when the treasured object goes home it brings with it a personal connection to the maker. 

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 Drying dishes never looked so good with Beth Poirier’s handwoven towels.

 Well past the hippie days or even today’s DIY, Art … Continue reading →

On The Road Again

Everyone assumes that artists are passionate about their work and have a compelling need to make it.  But then what?  Some of the best of the best, not unlike musicians (or bull riders!), take to the road.  Portland is home to quite a few travel -experienced professionals.  Gail Pendergrass, a local potter and Melissa Stiles, jeweler, have mastered not only art, but also the art of shipping, display, selling, bookkeeping, and travel.  And they maintain a vigorous schedule, covering the US at sometimes-weekly intervals.

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Art In The Pearl is put on by an all volunteer artist board that … Continue reading →

Art In The Pearl By The Numbers

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AUGUST 31, 2013, 10:00 am

That is the date and time that is the focus of 20 hard working artists–the AIP Board of Directors. What do these 20 people bring to the festival to make it one of the top shows in the country?   Consider the following stats, and maybe you will have an answer:

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15 ​… Number of artists on the first AIP Board, each throwing $100 into the pot and going forward, without a doubt.

17 Years Art In The Pearl has existed.

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 3 …  Number of founding members still on the AIP Board.

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Don’t Miss This Year’s Best of Show Winners!

Kina Crow will return to Pearl this year after completing some of the biggest best shows in the country this spring and summer.  Describing herself as “self-taught, self indulgent, self-absorbed and self-depreciating,” Kina's humor and insight infuses clay and mixed media sculptures that blew Pearl's visitors’ socks off last summer (and she nearly sold out).  Crow’s little characters exude big notions and no doubt meeting with her would be as funny and engaging as her work. Guaranteed cool!

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 Arunas Oslapas will also return after a summer of shows with an entirely different visual story to tell.  Anyone who has ever … Continue reading →

Attention Artists!

Application Deadline: TOMORROW – February 15, 2013 Midnight Pacific DST

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Jurors for our 2013 Show

Every year the Art In The Pearl Festival artist are chosen by a volunteer jury. Each year there is a new panel of jurors.

Jurors for our 2013 show are:

  • Stephen Dixon – Jewelry, Metal
  • Raquel Edwards – 2D mixed media, Photography
  • Sheila Evans – Painting, Drawing
  • Joshua Rodine – Glass
  • Cheryl Snow – Executive Director of Clackamas County Arts Alliance

A very hefty thanks to these talented people for volunteering for this very important weekend.

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Our 2014 show is August 30-31 and September 1, 2014!

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