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    Portland Open Studios Oct 20 to Oct 21

Today’s Events

  • Sep 5
    Amy Stephens Sep 05 to Oct 27 @Upfor Gallery
  • Sep 5
    Grocery Sep 05 to Oct 28 @Wolff Gallery
  • Sep 6
    Conversation: Aluminum, Oil, Rubber Sep 06 to Oct 26 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Sep 27
    Day of the Dead show Sep 27 to Oct 21 @Guardino Gallery
  • Oct 1
    Land | Reland [Portland] Oct 01 to Oct 27 @Upfor Gallery
  • Oct 1
    Ted Katz and Fred Holcomb Oct 01 to Oct 27 @Butters Gallery
  • Oct 3
    All that I can see from here Oct 03 to Oct 27 @PDX Contemporary Art
  • Oct 3
    Pamela Green – I Am Nature Oct 03 to Oct 27 @Augen Gallery
  • Oct 4
    Raymond Meeks: halfstory halflife Oct 04 to Oct 28 @Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
  • Oct 4
    Laurie Danial - The Back of Beyond Oct 04 to Oct 27 @Froelick Gallery


Helvi Smith, Painter

I use reclaimed latex paint ( house paint) and acrylic paint in my art
Website helvismith
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Practically all the paint I use is leftover house paint from garage sales, thrift stores and my local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store store. I grew up going to garage sales and thrift stores and second-hand is second nature to me. I use many different tools when I am painting. I use antique wood graining tools, bamboo skewers, pencil erasers, ketchup and mustard squirt bottles, screwdrivers and whatever else is within reach. I buy ugly painting and repaint them. I paint intuitively and with abandon. Because my color choices are generally what someone else did not use up, the fun for me is the challenge of putting colors, shapes and textures together in a pleasing way.