Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First Friday

Hi everyone! Sorry this post is a little late, but this upcoming Friday is the First Friday for the SE side which means that the galleries stay open later and host receptions usually with food, drinks, and sometimes music. This will be the first time I'm participating as an artist and I'm super excited! The gallery my work is in, the Love Art! gallery, will be having their First Friday reception from 6pm - 8pm and there will be live music performed by Gary Kimmel. A portion of the proceeds that night will go to aid in Japan, so you can buy art for a good cause! Feel free to come by, and don't feel that you have to stay for the whole time. If you're interested you can bounce to the other galleries near by that are hosting First Friday events as well. Hope to see some people there!

Peace! Chantel

Here is the address for the gallery:

Love Art! Gallery
8036 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I've been pretty busy with life lately, but thought I should post an update on what I've been up to. First off, I dropped my work at the Love Art! gallery so it should be up by now if anyone wanted to stop by and take a look at all the awesome art they have. I believe that April 1st is the First Friday they will be celebrating and I'll send out more details when I know for sure. In the meantime you can check out this First Friday gallery guide for other galleries to check out on the East side that day and make it a day of art (Love Art! isn't on the guide).

The other project I've been busy with this month is creating a painting that can double as my mom's birthday present, and a possible entry into an art show (see above). When I found out that the Froelick gallery was hosting an open call for artists for a juried show entitled "Equine" I knew I had to apply. I was already planning on creating a painting of my sister's fat little red pony, Allie, and thought that I could use the painting for dual purposes. Of course if I happen to get into the show (which is a long shot), the painting would have to be for sale and thus I'd have to paint something else for my mom if it sold. Really though, I'm not expecting to get into the show but I wanted the experience of applying, and I thought I would kick myself forever if I didn't even try. I'll know by March 26th if I got into the show or not, so if you don't see an excited blog post about the Froelick around the end of March you'll know what the outcome was.

In other news, I bought my domain name and website!! I put it off for as long as I could, but there is only so much I can do with this free blog, and I would have to pay for a professional website anyway so I thought "why not make it myself?" I of course will be regretting this decision the minute I start trying to fiddle with code and am swearing at my laptop, but I'm also kinda excited. The website is:
but there is nothing on it yet, just a generic Wordpress homepage. I'll make the grand announcement when the thing is finally up and running, so in the meantime just bookmark the website and keep checking here for updates. I'm not sure if I'll create a new blog on my website, move all these posts over to the new website, or just link to this blog so that the address for this one won't change. What would you guys prefer?

Anyway, those are my updates so far but I'll be writing another post soon about a hard decision I've made recently that's related to my art and the future. Stay tuned!