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  • Jul 5
    First Thursday Street Gallery Jul 05 @NW Portland
  • Oct 13
    Portland Open Studios Oct 13 to Oct 14
  • Oct 20
    Portland Open Studios Oct 20 to Oct 21

Today’s Events

  • Aug 3
    Heartbreak City Aug 03 to Sep 30 @Redux Gallery
  • Aug 28
    Gabriel Liston and Kevin Kadar Aug 28 to Sep 29 @Froelick Gallery
  • Sep 2
    30th Anniversary Exhibition September Edition Sep 02 to Sep 29 @Butters Gallery
  • Sep 4
    Hands in Water Sep 04 to Sep 30 @Waterstone Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Lisa Jarrett, Melanie Stevens Sep 05 to Sep 29 @Russo Lee Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Encounters Sep 05 to Sep 30 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • Sep 5
    Ford Smith Sep 05 to Sep 30 @Schafer Fine Art Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Amy Stephens Sep 05 to Oct 27 @Upfor Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Grocery Sep 05 to Oct 28 @Wolff Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Summer's End Showcase Sep 05 to Sep 30 @Gallery 903

What's New in 2014

There’s not much the Urban Art Network can do about the economy, but it might be able to lessen the wind problems that have plagued the street gallery in recent years. In the last couple of years, several unfortunate wind events have sent artists’ work flying down NW 13th. That’s why this year brings a slightly different configuration to the event. We’ll have a few other changes as well.

New Configuration

In its earliest days, the Street Gallery was more nomadic. But for the last eight years, it’s consistently stayed put. Going into the Street Gallery’s fourteenth season, UAN president Jennifer Kapnek and the group's Coordinators have decided to tweak things. “Now we see some advantages to being a little more fluid,” said Jennifer. “So this year we’re going to try something new.”

Instead of spreading out over three blocks, the Street Gallery will condense to the two blocks from Irving to Kearny for all but its busiest summer months. This means the block between Hoyt and Irving – long considered by artists to be the windiest section – will only be used by the Street Gallery during July, August and September. This way, Jennifer said, “We’ll use the block considered the windiest on the least windy months.”

Please read about preparing your setup for windy conditions.

Shortened Season

This year, the Street Gallery will run from April to October. The month of November has been cut since it’s often so dark, cold and rainy that neither artists nor shoppers feel like braving the elements.

New Pricing

As always, artists can choose to buy a space one month at a time or for the whole season. A space for the months of April, May, June, July and October will cost $40. August and September cost $50. Artists who prepay for the entire season can reserve their space for $250, a $50 savings off the a la carte price.

Registration

Advance registration will be March 14. You can sign up then, or show up at the Street Gallery for a walk-in space. The first Street Gallery of the year will be on Thursday, April 3. Sign-up for walk-ins is at NW 13th and Irving.

Cross Promotion

Promoting your participation helps you, the UAN and all your fellow artists. So please send an email to your mailing list, post to Facebook, tweet, skywrite, release carrier pigeons, send smoke signals or however you like to get the word out. We all appreciate any cross-promotion efforts.

—by Teresa Bergen www.teresabergen.com