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I enjoyed a great party last night at the 24th annual Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS. CAP’s Art Auction is the social event of the year in Portland. There was great food, wine, music, dancing, and art. Some 250 artworks were juried into the live and silent auctions, including one of my paintings pictured here, called Watching Light Leave.

Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!

Carolyn Butters, Andrea Schwartz-Feit (with her painting lower left) and Kris Butters of Butters Gallery are always fun to hang with.

Janet Amundson Splidsboel

Easily the funniest event of the night was when I saw some crazy woman running her hands all over Janet Amundson Splidsboel’s beautiful encaustic painting. Up went my hackles and I stormed over ready to tackle her! I got there about the same time as security only to discover it was the artist herself, buffing her painting with the palm of her hand. In the bright light she had noticed a spot on the surface that was driving her nuts. We all had a good laugh and I told Janet it was a great publicity stunt. She suggested to the security guard that they meet up and do it again later. Well done!

I had a similar experience once too. I once sold a painting while fixing a chip that went unnoticed until the opening. The gallery set me up for an impromptu demo as I was fixing the work and it sold before the wax was cool. Art marketers, take note!

Enjoying a great time with (me), Jane Pagliarulo, Kindra Crick and Karl Kaiser


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A New Day, 2007, Encaustic and Mixed media, 12" x 12"

A New Day, 2007, Encaustic and Mixed media, 12" x 12"

Look for my work in the Cascade AIDS Project’s 20th Annual Art Evening & Auction tomorrow. This event draws out the very best of the Northwest: the most captivating art, most delicious food, and most fascinating people. Last year, guests — from artists to socialites to politicians to drag queens — put on their partying best to help stem the tide of HIV/AIDS. Created by the arts community who still remain the backbone of this event, this is the largest contemporary art auction in Portland.

The evening will include a silent and live auction of over 200 juried artworks, live entertainment, exquisite food from the Northwest’s premier chef’s and libations.  2009 Guest Curator, Rock Hushka, is the Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at the Tacoma Art Museum and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington.

April 18, 2009
20th Annual Art Evening & Auction Cascade AIDS Project
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

Tickets are available online

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