March 29: Last Thursday Art Opening @ Goodfoot Lounge | Brent Wick, M@ Leavitt, Michael Costello & Nick Orr

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Last Thursday Art Opening
Brent Wick, M@ Leavitt, Michael Costello & Nick Orr
March 29, 2012 | 5PM-Midnight

Goodfoot Lounge
2845 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-9292 | thegoodfoot.com

Brent Wick is a northwest native, currently living in portland oregon. a self taught artist that find inspiration in skateboarding, motorcycle trips, camping and all the critters that fill the landscape of the cascade range. he has spent various amounts of time working in many other media, but has spent the last 8 years working mostly in brush and india ink. he has recently shown at together gallery, grass hut and the goodfoot

M@ Leavitt was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering, he moved to Portland in 2006. He quickly determined that engineering was not his life’s work, and left the engineering field to spend a year in residency at a nearby Zen monastery. Since then he has worked as an artist in Portland. Currently, M@ is working toward an MFA in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He say’s “These tree-themed drawings are the continuation of a series of drawings I did in 2011. Each drawing begins with a broad brush stroke which I interpret as a setting that will somehow involve trees. Sometimes the stroke becomes the sky, sometimes a land mass, sometimes both. The challenge and the fun of this exercise is to work with what occurs in the initial spontaneous brush stroke, over which I have very little control. The result may be dark and serene, energetic, whimsical, whatever. I work in a wide range of media, but with all of my work I find pleasure in absorption in minute details. That is especially true with this tree work.”

Michael Costello has been a professional artist for twenty years and has been residing in the Pacific Northwest for the last ten. He graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA in painting in 2006. While attending PNCA he was the first recipient of the Global Studios Scholarship, sponsored by Nike, to the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Today he works out of his studio in SE Portland, primarily creating realist drawings with soft pastels. His work features cross-sections of vintage hotel and restaurant neon signage, in their current states of decay. Costello applies his work to his passion for ¬Å“the preservation of a past not so far away,¬Â he says. ¬Å“To me the neon's represent the preservation of past memories not so far away, slowly becoming less vivid yet still recognizable, rusting away in the catalogs of our minds.¬Â

When Nicholas Orr started college he began to understand why he loved art as much as he did; He could use his skills to tell stories and convey emotions for people to live in. He majored in Illustration and got his BFA in 2002. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles, California where he went on to become a freelance Graphic Designer and Artist. He spent his time fine-tuning his craft and figuring out what story he wanted to tell with it. After five years of shows and design work Nicholas decided to make another big change and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2007. He is now starting to gather up his knowledge and experience to make a new life for himself.

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February 23: Last Thursday Art Opening @ The Goodfoot | FREE, andyvanoverberghe, Faith Brown, Peach Momoko and Yo Mutsu

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last thursday febLast Thursday Art Opening w/ andyvanoverberghe, Faith Brown, Peach Momoko, Yo Mutsu
Thursday, February 23
5 p.m. | FREE | 21+
Show runs through March 27

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street
More Info: thegoodfoot.com

andyvanoverberghe: I am a puppet of my subconscious. I look at a given texture. I listen. I see what I see, and I begin to draw. Medium manipulates style. I have had a decade of silence with this medium. Introducing myself to wood and stone as a canvas has reawakened a style of drawing from years past. Combined with my modern hand a new direction is formed. This collision of timelines of the living universe presents my current artwork. Ink, stone, colored pencil, wood, and time all converge in a balance of design; dictated by my subconscious and translated into recognizable language.

Faith Brown‘s madness creeps into the world and we should all feel better for it happening. Her views are her own but they provide glimpses inside us all.” -GUY BURWELL

Peach MoMoKo was born and raised in Japan. She was born in the time era called ‘Showa’ period (the 80s). It is the Japanese time period where Japan had it’s own unique smell and feel. Almost a sepia toned time period. Unlike today, where Japan is a mixture of many culture.. Peach’s paintings are of the soul reflection of that ‘Showa’ time period. She loves the ‘Showa’ period, and loves Japan. That is her vision and inspiration in her art.

Yo Mutsu Works with the images of the Japanese school girl with the current (and sometimes past) social problems with kids. Such as abnormal desire for sexual intercourse, the need for self injury, the social pressure that leads to suicide, the ecstasy of seeing fellow classmates getting tortured… Yo uses these images and ideas and paints with the Shunga (a traditional Japanese form of art but more focused in eroticism and/or grotesqueism) style to express his art form.

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January 26: Portland Last Thursday Art Show @ The Goodfoot | FREE, Four Artists, Drinks

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Thursday, January 26
5 p.m. | FREE | 21+

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street
More Info: thegoodfoot.com

The Goodfoot will have an art opening Thurs, Jan 26th from 5-12. the show will be up until Feb. 20. The artists this month are Allison Bruns, Melissa Dow, Scott Chase and Zak Gere.

Allison Bruns earned her Bachelor of Arts in Illustration from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007. She received the 2007 Creativity Annual Student Award for News and Editorial Illustration for her thesis illustrations on the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. While Bruns’s illustration work is figurative and at times satirical, her fine art is interpretive, focusing more on expression and contemplation.

Melissa Dow is an illustrator and character designer living in Portland, OR. She graduated with honors from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007 with a BFA in Illustration.

Scott Chase was born in San Francisco, but raised in the Pacific Northwest. He is new to painting, but has been drawing his whole life. Inspired by pop culture, film and history, Scott's portraits create dramatic contrasts from familiar iconic subjects. Scott's free-hand interpretations of photos and images capture a ¬Å“likeness¬Â in positive/negative space, while creating a painterly high contrast.

Zak Gere was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1978. As a self-taught artist, he has been independently showing and selling art since 1999. Zaks paintings vary greatly in subject and style from photo realistic portraits to highly stylized figures and landscapes. Zak also sculpts with a variety of materials but has focused on wire sculpture which he builds in to incredibly detailed solid forms.

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January 26: Curiouser and Curiouser! Art Show @ Black Cat Cafe | FREE, Portland Last Thursday, Wine, Cheese

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From press release:

Curiouser and Curiouser!
Thursday, January 26
6-9 p.m. | FREE | All Ages
@ Black Cat Cafe, 1203 NE Alberta

Come join Marika Paz and Leda Zawacki at their collective art show at the Black Cat Cafe on Alberta St, in Portland OR! The show will be up from January 14th to February 11th

Join us for the Opening Reception. Meet the artists. Have some wine, eat some cheese and enjoy the art!

Featuring Art by:

Leda Zawacki

Marika Paz

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October 27: Last Thursday @ The Goodfoot | FREE, Art, Cocktails

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Last Thursday Art Opening
Thursday, October 27
5 p.m. | FREE | 21+

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street
thegoodfoot.com

I am, therefore I think 5″ at The Goodfoot. It’s part illustrative memoir, part social commentary. The work displays imagery any were from praying to beer to genetic engineering. There are around s 100 artists with over 300 works, and a varied of mediums (etching, painting, mixed media, photography, etc). Opens Last Thursday, Oct 27th from 5-12 pm, show up until Nov 29th. Ryan Organ, Carrier, Sunday Grip

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August 25: Last Thursday Art Opening @ The Goodfoot | FREE, Music, Drinks

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From press release:

Last Thursday Art Opening
Thursday, August 25
5 p.m. – Midnight | FREE | 21+

The Goodfoot Lounge

2845 SE Stark Street
thegoodfoot.com

The Goodfoot will have an art opening this Thurs Aug. 25 from 5-12pm, this months artists are andyvanoverberghe, Brenda Dunn, Erin Nations & Tony Morgan. The show will be up until Sept. 26th. Future Beat DJ’s will be spinnin’ music through the night.

andyvanoverberghe (an-dee van o-ver-berg)
Drawing is my own personal meditation. It is a documentation of my own personal therapy and evolutionary catalog of growth and adaptation. The act of drawing is meditation. The entirety of my being is a study and practice of spiritual and philosophical ideals. My art is a reflection of these studies.

It is a collection of different elements working toward the same purpose even if contrasting. The balance of contrasting patterns. The harmony between two extremes. The beauty of gray. My work is created in a space void of thought and emotion yet it's sole curse is to forever evoke exactly that. This paradox will forever be unfathomably beautiful.

Brenda Dunn is a illustrator based out of Portland, OR. Her specialty is pinup illustration. Brenda also freelances in Fashion Illustration & personal pinups. All of her work is drawn with ink and colored pencil. The textile designs and wallpapers in the background of her work that show up from time to time are all designed digitally working with her floral illustrations, etc.  Brenda is very inspired by the Vintage glamour, fashion, Jessica Rabbit, art nouveau, comic book art, tropical plants, flowers, & beautiful women.

Erin Nations was born in the summer of ’82, in St. Louis, Missouri. At the age of eight, she acquired an interest in art, primarily in cartoons and illustration. Today, her influences include a combination of design, hand drawn typography, alternative comics, and underground contemporary art and illustration. Her work, which has been described as cute and charming, often depicts youthful characters and simple and stylized imagery.

Tony Morgan is a painter, print maker, metalworker and sculptor. His artwork has been featured on everything from album covers and show posters to murals and custom motorcycles. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels The Chicken Leg Bone Boy and ParanoiaCritical 33, illustrator of the short story collection Throwing Bones (written by Anthony Alvarado), and a regular illustrator and cover artist for a number of independent comics.

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July 28-29: March Fourth Marching Band Summer Youth Camp Performances | FREE, Last Thursday, Laurelhurst Whole Foods

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From press release:

March Fourth Marching Band Summer Youth Camp Performances
Thursday, July 28 @ Alberta Street Last Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 29 @ Laurelhurst Whole Foods,2825 E. Burnside Street, 3 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

The student marching band will parade down Alberta Street for Last Thursday, starting at NE 28th & Alberta at 6:30pm and marching to the corner of NE 20th & Alberta where they will perform 4 songs.

Students will have a final reception and public performance at the Laurelhurst Whole Foods, 2825 E. Burnside St, beginning at 3pm.

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June 30: Last Thursday Art Opening @ The Goodfoot | FREE, Three Artists, Music

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Goodfoot Last Thursday JuneLast Thursday Art Opening
Thursday, June 30
5 p.m.-Midnight | FREE | 21+

The Goodfoot
2845 SE Stark Street
thegoodfoot.com

The Goodfoot will have an art opening, Last Thurs, June 30th from 5-12. The show will be up until July 26th . The artists this month are Brin Levinson, Chuck Bloom, Yo Mutsu. Ryan Organ, Carrier & Sunday Grip will be DJ’in the opening.

Brin Levinson: An unfinished dream is something you can become obsessed with. I attempt to create an open-endedness to the stories in my paintings. There is a luring mystery in a moment recorded by only one picture. My artwork is largely inspired by industrial areas, architecture and the strange beauty that I see all around. By altering our recognizable world, I attempt to create a heightened reality instilled with nostalgia and deja vu. I find the juxtaposition of urban landscapes and nature much more interesting than either one element on it's own. These days there is a clear divide between the natural world and the human one. As we destroy nature at a staggering pace on this planet, nature slowly tries to reclaim everything and eventually it will.

The proof of that is the cracks in the pavement. My current works are acrylic and oil paintings on canvas. What I love about painting is the ability to build a visual image completely from scratch. I combine fragments of realism and imagination in my compositions to create a world balanced on the edge of familiar and foreign.

Chuck Bloom: Before the painting is finished, the vision is already fading to memory. I can only hope that I've understood enough of the message to help me further along this tiresome trek. Most of the time these ¬Å“visions¬Â are not complete just bits and pieces of things, like symbols. The paintings themselves are very organic in nature. They all stem from my established visual vocabulary, but evolve in ways that are not premeditated or even foreseeable. In this way I work very closely to André Breton's notion of automatism, which he believed must be present in works of art or writing in order for it to remain in the sphere of Surrealism. It is mandatory as a Surrealist that artwork explore a mental space outside the field of normal awareness, in a place where consciousness, unconsciousness and all things possible and impossible exist as one.

At the nexus of my work is a concern and philosophy about the environment and man's place in it. Global warming, overpopulation and the breakdown of basic human communication and the resulting ¬Å“fractured humanity¬Â we endure are at the forefront of my concerns; however, elements beyond my conscious knowing seep in. Many elements in my paintings are of the seemingly familiar or mundane, but evade a total accessibility and a clearly defined meaning.

Yo Mutsu works with the images of the Japanese school girl with the current (and sometimes past) social problems with kids. Such as abnormal desire for sexual intercourse, the need for self injury, the social pressure that leads to suicide, the ecstasy of seeing fellow classmates getting tortured. Yo uses these images and ideas and paints with the Shunga (a traditional Japanese form of art but more focused in eroticism and/or grotesqueism) style to express his art form. Sometimes in each of his paintings, Yo paints in his wife as one of the girls (either background or sometimes the main person) and paints himself in as well in this dark and sad but living world.

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June 30: KPSU Presents Pigeons, Like A Villain @ Alberta Last Thursday | Electro, Hip Hop

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From press release:

KPSU Presents Pigeon
w/ Like A Villain, KPSU DJs
Thursday, June 30
8 p.m.- Midnight | FREE | All Ages

Across the street from Radio Room
1101 NE Alberta Street

The second in a series of events presented by KPSU and The Radio Room! Featuring KPSU DJs: DeAngelo Raines (Hip Hop/Electro), Dangerous Doug (The Jam Session,Afro Beat/Electronic) and DJ Cheango (Live Friday, Glitch/Downtempo).

About Pigeons (From the Portland Mercury):

The Talking Wire from Portland band Pigeons is easily one of the best local debuts in recent memory. The young groupbased around the nucleus of guitarist/vocalist Justin Ready, violinist Angie Kuzma, and keyboardist Luke Matterhas been together for a couple years, but the album, recorded with the help of Mike Coykendall and Skyler Norwood, exhibits a confidence that far more experienced bands never attain.

Listen to how the rollicking “Valiant Down, River Wide” boils in a frenzy, then simmers to an eye-in-the-storm calm before letting loose again. Or the stately gait of “A Thousand Miles,” which makes fine use of Ready’s slightly Isaac Brock-like howl. Or the slow burn of “Cinderella,” in which the band sifts through angry wreckage to find a hopeful sound. Or opening track “Autumn Sound,” which is as fine an introductory fanfare as a band could hope for. Packaged in unique, handmade sleeves for its vinyl release, The Talking Wire is an album brimming with highlights, and indicates that Pigeons is a great, graceful, exciting band, worthy of all the acclaim that is undoubtedly going to be heaped on them.

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April 28: Last Thursday Art Opening @ Goodfoot Lounge | 'Wild World' w/ Chris Haberman, Jason Brown

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w/ Chris Haberman, Jason Brown, Sam Arneson and Matt Schlosky
Thursday, April 28
5 p.m.-12 a.m. | FREE | 21+

The Goodfoot Lounge
2845 SE Stark Street
thegoodfoot.com

The Goodfoot will have an art opening, Last Thurs, April 28th from 5-12. The show will be up until May 24th. The show this month is titled ” Wild World” artists are Chris Haberman, Jason Brown, Sam Arneson and Matt Schlosky.

WILD:

1. Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed.
2. Uncivilized or barbarous; savage.Lacking supervision or restraint; Disorderly; unruly:
3. Full of, marked by, or suggestive of strong, uncontrolled emotion.
4. Extravagant; fantastic: a wild idea. Furiously disturbed or turbulent.
5. Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded: wild accusations.
6. Deviating greatly from an intended course; erratic.

WORLD:

1. The earth.The universe.The earth with its inhabitants, the human race.
2. People as a whole; the public: a specified part of the earth:
3. A realm or domain: the animal world; the world of imagination.
4. A sphere of human activity or interest or aclass or group of people with common characteristics or pursuits.
5. A particular way of life: the world of the homeless.
6. All that relates to or affects the life of a person.

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