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Robin Olsen and Lorraine Jones of the Portland Art Collective will be my guests on Art Focus this coming Tuesday. There’s more than one art world. Portland especially has an art community that goes way before the formal gallery system. I was kind of surprised at how many creatives were in this single, loosely defined community alone, but I shouldn’t be.
The Collective is an eclectic group of 30 women artists who have been meeting at Multnomah Arts Center for eight years, sharing work and opportunities. They work in a variety of mediums including jewelry, fiber, glass, collage, painting, and printmaking.
For the past five years, they have held their annual "Open Doors" show the first weekend in Dec. at Multnomah Arts Center. Instead of purchasing panels to display their art, the group gathered and repurposed 60 old doors, and use those as the focal point of the show.