Since PORT has been up and running for over a week, I suppose it's time I introduced
myself. This online arts journal was an idea I had last year after being inspired
by the other regional art blogs popping up around the country, especially the
fine folks at art.blogging.la
I had mentioned the idea to Jeff on a couple of occasions and at the beginning
of the year, he pressed me to pursue the idea more seriously so I enlisted him
as a collaborator. Six months and three additional staff writers later, viola!
The vision of this online arts journal is to catalyze critical discussion and
disseminate information about art as lensed through Portland, Oregon. Using
weblog functionality we are able to deliver you up-to-the-minute news, reviews
and events. User comments are encouraged and easy to post (commenting requires
a simple one-time registration, allowing us to weed out spammers and maintain
transparency). You are invited to join in the discussion and interject your
own supporting or dissenting ideas. Portland has a thriving art community which
can only be strengthened by critical and sometimes firey discussion. So, play
fair and don't be shy!
As this endeavor unfolds I'm sure there will be changes, revisions and improvements.
If you notice any technical problems, please email
and we'll fix it. I will be handling the announcements of openings and
events and the calls for artists. These will be centered around events in the
Portland-metro area or exhibitions of Portland-based artists in other locales.
To be considered for our calendar, please visit the Contact
page for more information.
My day job consists of running Motel
a gallery in Portland's Chinatown showcasing up-and-coming artists and independent
designers from around the country. I also work occasionally as a freelance graphic
and web designer. Stop by and say hello if you're in Chinatown (we're on Northwest
Couch between 5th & 6th). For more about me and the rest of the contributors,
visit the About PORT
Thanks and welcome!