Gallery Hopping in Portland, Oregon

(Last Updated On: May 2, 2019)

Tonight’s activity seems tailor-made for me – a mini gallery tour in the Pearl District, complete with fancy food and local wines!

Along the way we stop at Tanner Springs Park, a fabulous urban oasis.

four people by a pool

Then it is off to the galleries in search of food and beverages. (And art.)

My favorite stops:

Bullseye Gallery
, featuring a stunning exhibit of glass by Jeffery Sarmiento and sushi rolls.

glass art

Encyclopedia v.14, enameled and cast glass by Jeffrey Sarmiento, photo from the Bullseye Gallery

The Museum of Contemporary Craft with a great Manuf®actured exhibit featuring everyday objects that have been transformed into art in unexpected and intriguing ways.

I’m particularly fond of the work of Livia Marin, one piece of which is made up of 2214 different sculpted lipsticks;

tubes of lipstick as art

Livia Marin – Ficciones de un uso – Museum of Contemporary Craft

the work of Cat Chow, which consists of fabulous clothing made of nothing but zippers;

evening gown made of zippers

dress by Cat Chow – Museum of Contemporary Craft

and that of Harriet Estel Berman, who makes elaborate teacups and other forms out of pieces of old metal dollhouses.

button art

Harriet Estel Berman – Consuming Conversation – Museum of Contemporary Craft

The museum also has some old friends on display, in the form of a fabulous exhibit of ceramics by Gertrude and Otto Natzler

I’ve had the great treat of seeing the Natzlers’ work a few times in the past and I’m pleased to be able to enjoy these elegant pieces once again.

Waterstone Gallery is showing watercolors by Scott C Johnson. His work is unbelievably wistful and dreamy.


At the Froelick Gallery I discover exquisite jewel-like birds by Rene Rickabaugh.

Amazingly, these detailed sculptures are created from epoxy, resin, paper, wood, watercolor, and varnish!
Having had our fill of art for the evening, we head over to join a larger group of our colleagues at the Deschutes Brew Pub before moving on to Henry’s Tavern.

There are a lot more enticing night spots in the Pearl District, but it’s long past my bedtime. Time to call it a night.

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