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How They do It in Portland, a Photo Essay

August 30 & 31, 2014 - Portland, OR - Art in the Pearl

Opening the show in the Pearl District

Everything is "Green" in Portland - ready for the crowds

Loving this festive tent

Art in the Pearl is a volunteer run show - for artists by artists

This is Randy Sedlak, his wife Lynn Sedlak-Ford, is an artist but on the committee. I never caught her in the booth. Together they keep this show running.

Another artist on the committee is potter Natalie Warrens. I've seen her in Ann Arbor dressed to match her colorful pots. This time I was the one dressed to match the pots.

Great to see watercolor painter, Patrick Clark, formerly of Hutchinson, KS, but now a resident of the Northwest. We were both surprised to see each other.

and Lisa Burge of New Mexico who I last saw in Ann Arbor, MI

I'm used to attending shows where there are artists from a wide swath of the U.S., many states represented. Here I'd guess it was 80% Oregon, Washington, Idaho. A very regional show, that is not to denigrate the quality though.

AFI members Marty and Patty Hulsebos making the sale

A fine double booth -- on a platform! Talk about labor intensive for setting up.

Another nice double belonging to photographer Chris Dahlquist. Pristine setup.

Shelley Martin and her "minimal modern utilitarian ceramics". Such a clean and attractive display. Shelley says her main marketplace is on Etsy.

This shot is especially for jewelers, see all the different display levels. This was a very interesting to look at. I spent a long time here looking at the work, a wide range of price points. As a shopper do you see the appeal of this booth? The work is by Susan Frerichs.

Gia Whitlock gets extra points for dressing to match her mixed media work.

Amazingly beautiful enamel bowls from Jody Stone of El Cerrito, CA

Jewel-toned Glass bowls by Patty Roberts of Marysville, WA

Shoppers carrying out the goods (did anyone say "garbage bags?")

Show directors Liz Rundorff and Kerry Murphy of Artisphere in Greenville, SC, and Sara Shambarger of the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph, MI

Look at this! Just what we were recently preaching in our podcast on email marketing. Chicago photographer Xavier Nuez's email sign up notice.

Worth a post in itself -- doing all of it right.

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Comment by lulu moonwood murakami on October 4, 2014 at 5:38am
Darn that spell check! Jill Mayberg .
Comment by lulu moonwood murakami on October 1, 2014 at 9:46am
Thanks from showing off Art in the Pearl, Connie! That festive tent belongs to Jill May very, one of my favorite artists.

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