A big thanks to Chris Haberman and and Jason Brown for inviting me to be in The Big 500 Art Show again this year. After the galleries at Pioneer Place shut down last year we were afraid that might be the end of this wonderful fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank, but (very) thankfully the Ford Gallery stepped up to host the event!
Invited artists — 500 of us — are each given 10 or more wood panels and let loose to create whatever we like, knowing that all 8 x 8 inch panels will sell for just $40 each. Do that math…that’s at least 5,000 paintings! I usually make 10 but managed to get to 15 paintings this year! No only is this a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank but it’s also a great way to allow just about anyone to afford an original piece of art. They make great gifts too.
This is an exciting show because when the art is hung there are no names included with the work which evens the playing field. Art from a very well known artist may be sitting right next to that of someone in their first art show, but all you need to care about is DO YOU LIKE THE WORK? I love this idea.
The Ford Gallery
2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR
December 11 – 23, 2016. 9am-6pm daily