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ICELAND- EXPOSURE FIVEOn view January 8th – February 4th
Opening reception TBA

Envision an Icelandic winter. It is dark, vast, gritty and tempestuous. With as much as 20 hours of darkness a day, you lose your sense of time during the long nights. The total absence of light is especially evident in remote northern towns, like Skagaströnd, where the surrounding mountains and fjords block even the slimmest sliver of sun on the horizon. Life seems to slow down during the long hours of solitude. This body of work, ARTEMIS, has its roots in the internal disorientation Ali Gradisher experienced during January and February 2013 at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

It is not uncommon to find large animal bones strewn about Iceland’s rugged terrain or washed up on the beach. For Ali, the bones seemed to be symbolic of a particularly guttural and keenly alive part of life that is characteristic to Iceland. She chose to magnify and play with bone motifs to express her impressions of Iceland’s wildly elemental and exposed landscape.

The cyanotypes in ARTEMIS commemorate a season of making, process and storytelling. Each of these cyanotypes were created in reaction to the one made before it. Because Ali abandoned traditional cyanotype processes and chose instead to paint, not print, with the chemicals, these pieces are evidence of both external and internal landscapes. What you see in this work is symbolic of place, remoteness, darkness and wild grit. As a result of the experimental processes harnessed to create each piece, this work questions the basic constitution of a cyanotype.

ARTEMIS was funded in part by a 2013 Professional Development Grant through the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, OR.

We’re beyond excited for our friends over at Ace Hotel opening the doors of their latest outpost in LA in the coming days. We also can hardly wait for the rebirth of the United Artists Theater, a noble building with a storied past. For the theater’s opening on Valentine’s Day, well-loved space rock band Spiritualized will perform its critically acclaimed album Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space in its entirety, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir. (For the record, when the Artists Theater originally opened in 1927, it debuted with My Best Girl starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.)

The hotel cafe and restaurant LA Chapter will serve up Stumptown coffee, if you need yet another reason to get there as soon as doors open to the public January 13.

Ace_Hotel_5Photo by @ladyconnie Ace_Hotel_4 Photo by @lachapterca Ace_Hotel_3Photo by @sambrano Ace_hotel_2 Photo by @katlynhasinstagram afterlight (6) 

NMcK.dillard.webOn view December 15, 2013 – January 20, 2014
Reception Sunday, December 15 (5-7p.m.)

For Legends of the Game, Nathan Mckee’s new work on basketball, the artist has visited some of his favorite moments in the NBA. Using just an X-Acto knife and paper, McKee hopes to reproduce the excitement of the game and to share his admiration for the court’s already established legends, as much as for the young up-and-comers.

Nathan McKee lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His illustrations and paper cutouts utilize simple lines and flat color, and are inspired by comics, sports, music, and other elements of popular culture. His works have been included in the Adidas Dikembe Mutombo campaign, as well as exhibitions in Portland, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Boston, and Switzerland. McKee has studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and currently runs the website www.fakeyrowndeath.com.

More of his work can be seen on www.nathan-mckee.tumblr.com

For more information and images, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com

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Jenny Simmons_PCOn view December 2nd – January 6th
Opening Reception 4 – 6pm Sunday, December 15th


My first camera was a cheap little point and shoot given to me by my uncle. I was 8 years old and on my first trip to Taiwan, the birth place of my mother. Receiving this gift while visiting a new and foreign land sparked an early compulsion to document my explorations through photographs.

Having traveled the world I decided to spend this past year focusing on places closer to home. States with which I have a personal and spiritual connection. Documenting them through the eye of the camera much the way I have with my travels since early childhood. I took a second look at landscapes I thought I knew. This journey has brought me closer to what I already cherished and what I consider “My Coast.”

The concept of a nature study is dear to me as it focuses on the beauty and appreciation of one’s surroundings rather than the scientific formalities. I liken this to my methods of photo taking – the technical side being less important than the composition of the subject and the connection I feel whilst taking photos. I choose to be informal and uninhibited by rules. It is more about an idea and an art rather than a science, keeping it free and unrestrained, right where I like it.

- Jenny Simmons

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On view December 3rd - January 2nd
Opening reception 4 – 6 pm Sunday, December 8th
with music performed by Cary Novotny and Seamus Egan

“I entered a county fair art contest when I was  5 or 6  years old. My Grandmother had helped me with the watercolor painting. It was a hillside and a meadow with an old oak tree and a bunny rabbit. There were a few flowers and a little sign that said “bunny trail” and behind them was the big, round sun. The oak tree had a large hole in its trunk and looked as if the tree had once been cut to a tall stump and then had started growing again. There was a snail off to the side of the painting that was almost as big as the rabbit. The flowers were big and not in proportion with the rest of the painting. The bunny rabbit, however, was so damn good. It looked like a real rabbit sitting up in a meadow. The detail stood out against the other objects in the painting, almost as if it had been drawn and painted by another person. Oh yeah, someone else did draw it. It was my Grandmother who had helped me with the difficult task of drawing a rabbit. The picture received a second place ribbon for my age group and I always kinda felt like I didn’t really deserve it  because I hadn’t painted the entire picture alone. Somehow though, years later I take images that usually aren’t mine and turn them into my art for which I feel 100% proud of.  

This show is mostly a reflection of my younger years when the world felt wide open and experimenting with mind altering substances was fairly commonplace. When my rebellious attitude was coupled with freedom to take off with a one way ticket and $500 in my pocket to forget about things and to absorb what the open road had to offer me.”

– Tim Wenzel

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HQ1_web HQ2_webHQ4_webStarting next Wednesday, December 4, we are opening up our home here at Stumptown HQ in Portland’s SE industrial district for public tours.

Want to see how our coffee roastery operates? Check out our training lab, roastery floor, green coffee QC lab and more. Tours will be offered on Wednesdays at 1 pm, limit 10 per tour, first come, first served. The tours will last about 45 minutes to an hour and will include a 1/2 lb bag of coffee roasted before your very eyes.

Tours will be FREE at our Stumptown HQ until the end of the year. Email tours@stumptowncoffee.com to sign up.