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Portland Belmont barista and artist Tim Root has been a Stumptown institution for as long as most of us can remember. He was a member of the “original 10” hired by Duane 12 years ago, and he’s the artist behind the hilarious notorious Stumptown ads, often featuring snaggle-toothed old guys with twisted skinny limbs contorted at the mercy of their own bodies, riding skateboards and pounding french press. “Living out near Foster gives me good subject matter about real living,” he says.

Whether you catch him riding around town thrifting at the Bins for weird toys, playing music with his two daughters in his chartreuse green and hot pink house, or listening to records and drawing in his backyard studio, one thing is very clear–Root’s visionary life is the embodiment of his art.

We took a look inside his hallucinatory studio, hung out with him being a rad Dad at home, and were lucky enough to poke around inside that infamous van.

Root’s camo-painted dayglo Toyota van overflows with rubber snakes, doll heads, fake fur, slasher masks and distorted action figures–on one side, he’s spray painted one of his goofy and lovably grotesque characters, lounging in a Playboy repose, hair whipping in the wind.

Growing up shuffling between the South Florida wetlands, riding swamp buggies with his Dad, and living in New England with his Mom, where he discovered skateboarding and rock and roll music, must have influenced his rambling spirit–he almost moved to India on a whim before he met his wife Mya in Athens, Georgia, and decided instead to pack up their two dogs and drive around the country in his Ford Econoline van, flipping a coin to decide which direction to go.  They stopped in San Francisco, stayed in Chicago for a year, and eventually headed West to Portland, where they lived in a trailer on the land of a survivalist commune, leaving after being advised to shoot their dogs to prepare for Y2k. (more…)

Hey everyone, we wanted to write to thank you, for all of your kind thoughts and messages of support over the last few days. Most importantly, all of our NYC employees are safe. In addition to the outpouring of love we’ve received, we would like to extend our thoughts to everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.

As many of you know, the Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn, home to our NYC roasting operations, was among the hardest hit in New York. The roastery was indeed impacted, but everyone on our NYC staff is hard at work, doing everything possible to support all of our wholesale customers that are currently open, and helping others to resume coffee service as soon as possible. In addition, the Manhattan Cafe at the Ace Hotel is open for business, currently operating at limited 9-5 hours.

The Red Hook community and the many amazing businesses that call it home are banding together, supporting each other in every way possible. Without this, efforts in the neighborhood would not be happening as quickly as they currently are.

Our Stumptown family in Portland has been indispensable in offering much-needed roasting and production support from the west coast. The level of teamwork happening right now is truly awesome!

We will know a lot more over the coming week and promise to be in touch. In the meantime, warmest wishes and best regards.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Brent Wick is a Portland, OR based illustrator who is influenced by animals and patterns. He works mostly in pen and ink but is known to create a collage or two. He draws inspiration from skateboarding, motorcycling and hikes in the Cascade Range.

On view October 30th – November 29th, 2012

You can see more of his work here.
For more information, please contact the curator.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-7pm / S-S: 7am-7pm

No Title

For No Title, his first solo exhibition at Stumptown’s Downtown location, John David Knight has made paintings with materials such as vegetable oil, Fred Meyer Bacon and Red Baron pizza. These economically purchased consumables emerge as raw materials accompanying painting. They are readied, cheap and self-preserving, appearing here as ornamentation, decoration and patterning on surface.

The works in No Title mirror, mimic, and look the part of a limitless amount of branded artworks. They desire the .jpeg image of art available online via the art blog. Seemingly patterned and spilled, they are both in reference to large abstractions and Ikea textiles. In such, No Title stands for landscape painting, sofa painting, expressionist painting, blue chip painting, abject painting, and whatever else painting. In the image of “contemporary” and “current” art, these pieces are prepared and mechanically readied like so-called gourmet frozen meals found at mega grocers. For immediate consumption.

John David Knight currently attends Pacific Northwest College of Art’s master’s class in visual studies. He has recently exhibited in Portland at Disjecta, ΜΕΣ(s)Α Project Space, and Lodge Gallery at Allied Works and in Cincinnati at Third Party Gallery.

On view November 4 – November 30, 2012
Opening reception 5-7pm Sunday November 4

Contact May Barruel: may@stumptowncoffee.com

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-7pm/S-S: 7am-7pm

Figurations of the Inexorable

These intaglio prints utilize the idea of apocalypse as a lens through which a multitude of subjects are examined. These include the void, perceptions of time, a linear view of historical narrative and the process by which the real becomes contextualized by recorded history.

On view October 29th – December 3rd, 2012

For more information, please contact the curator.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3356 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-9pm / S-S: 7am-9pm


In dealing with the illusion of time I’m focusing on its genesis, the past, the future and the present. The past is made of memories and can only be remembered. It can only be observed in this present moment. The future is a mental construct made of hopes and dreams. It can only be observed when it becomes the present moment, the EVER CHANGING PRESENT MOMENT.

In an attempt to record the ever changing present moment, I have realized that change tends to move towards greater disorder or ENTROPY. In this body of work I have begun to explore the entropy of a graphite line on paper. I decided to keep the way in which I construct each composition similar to the next, working my way from left to right and top to bottom.
- Bruce Collin Paulson

On view October 2nd – October 30th, 2012
Opening reception 6-8 pm Sunday, October 14th

For more information, please contact the curator.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3356 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-9pm / S-S: 7am-9pm