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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Big 400 #7- Mary

Happy Monday! I had such a busy weekend and am actually looking forward to the routine of the work week. I know sounds crazy- a person looking forward to Monday but sometimes the weekend just get to full.  Over the weekend I helped and went to the PNW Holiday Brunch Meet up.  I was in charge of organizing the goodie bag which is obviously my favorite part since I love prizes.  If there is a prize involved I'm totally in.  The goodie bag was pretty great and some of my favorites included sunglasses from Sunglass Warehouse, goodies from Land of Nod and lots of craft supplies which means a lot of DIY things in the near future.  Don't worry I'll share them as they happen. It was this amazing space called Union and Pine which is located in SE Portland which is very old warehouse vibe and there were bloody mary's, mimosas, baked treats and of course there was a photo booth.

This painting is of Mary's Club which is a gentleman's club but it's a place that has been around Portland for a really long time- since 1954 and the sign predates because it was the previous owner's piano's bar who's name was Mary.  Mary eventually agreed to sell her piano bar but they still kept the sign and kept her name. You know me, I love old stuff- and hope the sign will always stay up. I think my favorite part is the sparkling stars.

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? :)    

Oil Painting on 8X8 wood board.
  
Want to see previous work for this show? Big400/Big 300/Big 200/Big 100

Details About the Art Show:
Date: December 14th- 2 p.m. and runs until January 21st.
Location:  Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor) People's is Suite 4005, Portland, Oregon
There are over 400 artists participating in the 6th Annual Big 400 Show and all art is $50.  It is a cash a carry show- which means you purchase the painting right then and there and you go home with the work.!

13 comments

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

That painting is really cool and the club sounds like it has such an interesting history. My weekend was pretty low key. Chilly weather has arrived in NYC. Happy Monday Erika!

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To The River said...

If I'm only that motivated for doing some things I love. I like that painting so far the most. Beautiful work! xx

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

Wow, gorgeous - your paintings always look like photographs, they're go good! Hope you had a great Monday, Erika!

Sian said...

Soooo good! How long does it take you to do a painting like this?

Erin said...

So I wasn't the only one at a little blogger meet-up this weekend! Sure, mine was just me & another friend and there weren't goodie bags, but she DID bring me British chocolate, so that counts :) Beautiful painting and I love the story behind it! xo

YeamieWaffles said...

So lovely Erika, adore it so much!

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Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

ha! mary's you certainly capture all the timeless portland spots. i remember when i was little my aunts declared that marys (and yorgos) had the BEST burgers.

Mary Jo said...

Love your painting, and what great history behind it!
Your party sounds really fun, wish I'd been there :)

Mary Jo

Trude said...

Love that they kept the sign! Awesome painting, really love the composition. I did a historic home tour on Sunday in a nearby town that was super fun, I love seeing (and smelling) old homes. :) Thanks for your sweet comment!

Sarah Mc. said...

Sounds like so much fun! Your painting is amazing.

Jane said...

goodie bag sounds amazing! and lovely painting. love the stars~

Miss Maple said...

Love that painting. It's really cool.

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