Last Friday Congress St. was abustle with Portland’s vibrant arts community. Since 2000 the Portland Art Walk has provided students and locals alike with a place to showcase original works and take part in this city’s growing subculture.
The annual self-guided tour has become a time honored and loved tradition, especially because “it’s such a great way to get exposer,” says Art Ed student, local painter and art walk seller, Hannah Shultz. This may be especially true as other opportunities to display and sell artwork can be expensive due to fees.
It is also a great avenue for young student artists from USM, UNE, and MECA to mingle and support each other’s art. Student sellers often barter and trade pieces to each other. Hannah suggests for anyone hoping to join in the art walk arrive at least an hour early to set up and procure their desired spot.
The art walk contributions go far beyond the traditional fare of painting prints and pottery. USM student and first-time art walk goer, Laura Chavoustie, says that it is a prime place to pick up unique and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. Laura says, “It was so much fun, I got so much stuff”. From a young gentleman selling his self-produced cassette tapes, to novelty earrings made from mini mustard bottles and spice jars, to handmade bunny-rabbit magnets, to a man playing the dulcimer and handing out his business card, Laura says the art walk is an amazing place to experience Portland’s great art culture.
For anyone looking for more information on the Portland Art Walk or is eager to take part.