CRAFT PDX: A Block Party

Sunday in the Park With Portland Open Studios Artists
At CRAFT PDX: A Block Party

By Susan Gallacher-Turner

Above, Robin Bown (left) and Joni Mitchell, at Craft PDX.

The sun was shining. The music was playing. And artists were sculpting stone, metal and clay. Painting. Making prints. Weaving. Carving wood. Basket making. Drawing on eggs and crocheting with wire. It was all part of the second annual Craft PDX block party put on by the Museum of Contemporary Crafts.

In the Portland Open Studios Tour tent, there were many talented artists at work. Bonnie Meltzer worked on her wire crochet. Kelly Neidig and Lisa Parsons were painting. Gwen Jones stenciled and Jan Von Bergen did monoprinting. Tracy Taylor was weaving with beautiful blue fibers. Joni Mitchell was sculpting a stone frog, and Robin Bown painted tiny, delicate eggs. Marjin Wall turned wood into bowls while I pushed on my copper repousse’.

There was so much to see and do. In addition to the Portland Open Studios tent, there were many wonderful demonstrations from the city’s local art guilds. You could even make your own art. Whether you were a grown-up or still growing, you could make your own raku pot or play with clay.

It was a wonderful day. If you weren’t there, here are some pictures I took for you to enjoy. If you see some art that you want to know more about, mark your calendars for October 11, 12, 18 & 19 for the Portland Open Studios Tour. And come watch artists at work. You can buy the Tour Guide from participating artist, Art Media, New Seasons or on the Portland Open Studios website.

Below, Tracy Taylor at work on her loom.

Above, Bonnie Meltzer working on a wire crochet piece.

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