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A photography group show featuring the recent works of Jake Arcularius, Olivia Bee, Ashby Lee Collinson, Nicole Mark, Sarah Meadows, Missy Prince, Anna Shelton, Jenny Simmons, Rebecca Thom, John Voves, Kersti Jan Werdal, and Dan Wilson.

With strong ties to the Pacific Northwest, these twelve photographers convey in their quiet, day to day practice, the capricious feelings which often result from experiencing the regionʼs atmospheric changes. Whether they abandon themselves to the creative darkness of its famously long, rainy winters or joyfully relish our fleeting, euphoric summers, they have all come to accept that they wouldnʼt want it any other way. —May Barruel, curator of the exhibition

“In New York City, there is a tree from the Olympic Rain Forest inside a glass cage in the basement of the Museum of Natural History, as frozen as a stuffed moose head. I remember seeing the trunk of that tree, and a little stuffed deer nearby, and some salal bushes and grass and ferns and other plants from the forest inside this window display. In the explanatory museum text, they got it just about right: the story of a single drop of rain that comes from the Pacific wind that feeds on the moisture of the warm sea, sweeps into the land, is forced up the mountains, then falls and becomes part of the ice or snow that will eventually return to earth. Itʼs a fine story, as nature tales go. Lots of conflict and resolution. But Iʼd hate to learn about this place from a glass cage.”
—Timothy Egan, The Good Rain

Image © Ashby Lee Collinson
Contact May Barruel: may@stumptowncoffee.com

October 4th – October 30th, 2012
Opening reception5 pm – 7 pm Sunday, October 7th

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

Matters of Life and Death

I make my work on steel for many reasons. The durability, reflective quality and psychological energy it carries are just a few. Steel is raw and elemental. It conveys strength, permanence and history. The images of architecture and nature I create are meant to connect to those qualities of steel directly. The process of making my work is also connected to the imagery in its industrial nature.

My images come from both the built and the natural environment around us. My eye is attracted to the strictly ordered lines and angles of industrial architecture, as well as the chaotic balance of lines found in nature. The two disparate landscapes connect with the steel medium in different ways. The industrial architecture has a very direct connection, as the structures I etch into steel are usually made of steel themselves. The tree images are organic shapes, and when they are caustically rendered into the surface of the inorganic steel, they have a strong dichotomous connection. Conceptually, I see the two themes working together to represent balance, strength and a power in duality.

The process I use to make my work is a multi-layered combination of new and old techniques, involving photography, silkscreen and acid etching. This process relates to the conceptual ideas of balanced duality, with it’s combining of tools and techniques that are both modern and archaic. I use my creative instincts and design skills along side my power tools and nitric acid. It is both refined and delicate, and at the same time raw and powerful.

On view October 1st – October 29th, 2012

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

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
4525 SE Division Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-7pm / S-S: 7am-7pm

As a founding supporter of 2012 Feast Portland, we are eagerly anticipating the kick-off to this four-day dynamic exchange of ideas, inspiration and dialogue with food enthusiasts from Oregon, across the U.S. and around the globe.

We will be showcasing a multitude of coffee brewing methods, espresso drinks, and Cold Brew throughout the four days. Be sure to follow us on twitter for the latest event updates.

To view the full event schedule and buy tickets for Feast Portland, click here.

Since they’re fans of ours and we’re fans of theirs, we’re giving away 2 pair of tickets to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros  show at the Marymoore Ampitheater, in Seattle on September 15th.

Tickets will be awarded to the first 2 fans to show up to the 1115 12th Avenue
Café, SEA with a copy of their new record, Here (digital or physical) on Thursday, September 13th.

Be sure to follow us on twitter @stumptowncoffee for more details.



Strands of Energy

The theme of Eileen’s water media paintings has to do with energy and movement that transform ordinary buildings, boats, planes and trains into dynamic forceful images with slashes of linear patterns. Layering of transparent colors adds to the 3-dimensional quality so that the viewer keeps seeing forms behind and inside other ones endlessly. Her goal is to show the viewer another way of looking, imagining and enjoying what they see.

On view September 4th – September 4th, 2012
Opening reception 6-8 pm Sunday, October 2nd

For more information, please contact the curator.

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