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On view December 3, 2014 – January 13, 2015

For the month of December, Stumptown’s Downtown gallery is pleased to present Michigan-based photographer Debbie Carlos. Born in Los Angeles, Carlos grew up in Manila, Philippines. She has since studied psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts and photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited all over the US, Europe and Asia, and featured on such publications as Time Out Chicago, Anthology Mag, Frankie Magazine, Design for Mankind, Food & Wine Magazine, Design Love Fest, Refinery 29, and Buzzfeed.

Her photos attempt to capture objects at their moments of greatest clarity: In certain light, at a certain time of day, in a certain place. The method is to wander and notice. Moments of quiet strangeness, patterns of light and shadow, minute-by-minute surprises, changes that don’t happen, something askew, something exactly in place, natural and artificial phenomena, are all sources of inspiration, and the subjects for her work.

About the black and white posters which will be on view at Stumptown, Carlos says:

I have always loved the Eames mantra of “Create the best for the most for the least.” Good, beautiful things should be available to everyone. During my time in art school, I began to use the plotters in the architecture department to make quick, large, and affordable prints for class. I loved the rough and textural aesthetic of the black-and-white, half-tone images. Reappropriating for fine art a printing method usually reserved for architectural drawings allowed me to produce striking pieces that were casual, but also bold.

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We have big love for Guatemala Finca El Injerto – perhaps made obvious by the fact that we have been partners with this six-time Cup of Excellence winning farm for 11 years. (The Cup of Excellence is a competition which brings top quality coffee and producers to the forefront of the global coffee community, and this farm is the cream of the crop.)

Finca El Injerto is tucked away in Huehuetenango at the top of the mountain in a deep, lush canyon looking out over Chiapas in the distance. It represents best in practice and is an incredible business model for “vertical integration” in coffee; in other words, they control everything, and they do it to the highest of standards. It’s also worth noting, that they opened a successful roastery and cafe in Guatemala City called El Injerto Cafe Coffeeshop that has produced a national barista champion.injerto-(8)pacamara-9

The Pacamara variety entered the broader coffee scene with fanfare in 2008 when Injerto placed 1st at Cup of Excellence with a mind boggling cupping score of 93.68, and a record auction price of $80.20/LB green. Of the last 9 COE auctions, Injerto placed 1st six times.

Three years ago, a hail storm swept through Huehuetenango and devastated half of the Aguirre’s Pacamara plants. These plants can take years to recover from such a thing. That year, Stumptown increased the price per pound we pay to Injerto to help compensate for the storm damage. Happily, this year, their production finally reached full volume.pacamara-4injerto-(1)

After three long years, we celebrate the return of Injerto’s Pacamara to our menu. This year, the Aguirre family sold this lot of Pacamara directly to Stumptown, rather than auctioning it all off on their private auction and we’re honored to serve it again.

Pacamara, a hybrid seed variety of the Pacas and Maragogype seed strains, retains the large size of Maragogype and presents an intricate, lush cup. Flavor wise, the Pacamara consistently displays intricate, transparent and nuanced flavors spanning from sweet to savory.

Guatemala Finca El Injerto Pacamara’s intensity of flavor, complexity and acidity would balance well with the rich and diverse flavors on a holiday table. It offers enough weight and body to act as a counterpoint to sweetness. And it tastes great with savory dishes, too. We hope you’ll enjoy this variety as much as we do.  Learn more about Guatemala Finca El Injerto Pacamara here.injerto

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On view December 3rd – January 5th
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, December 7th

“I begin a painting with an idea of how I want it to translate in atmospheric qualities and liminality–working from a space of transitory nature. My mark-making often appears organic and elemental with the use of thin layered washes of pigment. Improvisation plays a large role in my studio practice allowing a certain fluidity to remain present within the work. I pull from the experience of living in a city closely surrounded by wilderness and the space that is created from its duality. I desire the work to be evocative of a psychological space without direct specificity– working from a lyrical perspective rather then a literal one. I often use Postminimalism as an aesthetic referencing point along with themes of phenomenological occurrences, pollution, the sublime and esotericism.

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During this past year I shifted my focus from large oil paintings to works on paper. I wanted to explore ways of translating the organic and elemental surfaces I see in my paintings to a smaller scale while adding representational imagery that would not impose on its atmospheric qualities. I made the work for Aeriform Vat while accompanying my partner at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and then while on an extended trip through the Canadian Rockies and down to New Mexico. These works on paper are primarily watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite and pastel, however, a few of the pieces have the photographic process gum bichromate.”

- Amie LeGette

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