Goldsmith Gala

What a great night! First Thursday, 5th and
Couch. A balmy spring evening and hoardes of art enthusiasts. Live music and the Church of Elvis? Icing on the cake.
The gods are smiling on Morgan Pasinski, a motivating force behind the Goldsmith Art Collective, and she who so kindly invited me to show as a guest. The show came off without a hitch, the enormous ex-Portland Art Center space filled to the rim with a variety of work and talent. Morgan's textured paintings looked super fine and sold well. Matt Condron's large and colorful oil paintings of vintage chairs commanded one side of the room, and Juliana Paradisi's beautiful Police Horse series was impressive. The lovely and talented Misty Ray joined me as a guest artist and her layered vintage collages also did a lively business.
The evening was graced with all kinds of visitors, from posh Pearl bon vivants to underfed hipsters to several Super Villains, dressed in masks and capes. One such villain, Dr. Nebulus, may have looked dangerous from the front with his red eye mask and dastardly expression, but whose refined and more practical aspects were revealed in his dainty sipping of red wine, and the wearing of a back pack under his sparkle cape. "Even Villains have to carry their stuff" he explained.

Outside the show I was delighted to find the legendary 24-Hour Church of Elvis back in operation. This was a coin-operated chapel where for a mere quarter you could get your fortune told, or marry your sweetheart. Greg and I were first married there.

Even though the bottom floor of the Goldsmith building will eventually be rented out as a headquaters for the Clinton campaign, it is certain that the Art Collective will keep showing somewhere in the building. The lobby is spacious and would be a fine alternative, and there are always their beautiful studios upstairs with the amazing views. Stop by 5th and Couch any First Thursday and check them out!


Morgan P said…
Great post, Diane! And not just because of the glowing compliments. Thanks for being a part of this. We all had a fabulous time. MP