Songs for My Child. Songs for Myself.

Paintings by Jolyn Fry

A series of large scale paintings created in relation to healing from post trauma dissociation.

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 29th
6 – 9 PM


Journal entry…on painting 2015

Songs to myself…another chapter of work. All paintings in progress. All writing in progress. The end is nowhere in sight. The fundamental organ. Can’t separate the organ from the bone. There is no story. Color, line movement are all without thought..I find you in everything. I write to myself and I am writing to you. Now I feel hunger. I am your second half, third , and fourth. There is no whole.” six rivers the ocean…”my only hope is that if I keep creating looser, bigger, more, that the understanding will reveal itself without interpretation. My painting will become more real, more full for its lack of interpretation.

Songs for my child. Songs for myself is a body of work created during the last 15 years as a study of self. When I started these paintings and stretched the first large canvases I wasn’t cognizant of what there was to uncover. It’s been an unexpected journey. I knew I was lost and I understood wanting to use my painting practice to build a deeper relationship with self. But what I didn’t realize was how seperated I was from my actual body. Repeated rape, torture, and abuse experiences as a small child had really left me divorced from myself physically and emotionally.

My painting practice required hours of daily meditation in order to find the willingness to show up. Nausea and migraines became daily studio routines. I’ve laid on the floor and tried to surrender to the feelings of grief, pain and betrayal at least hundreds maybe a thousand times.

And I’m still not finished. I’ve done much of this on my own, and I’ve had help along the way. Talented therapists, acupuncturists, and body workers have patiently tried to help me untie these knots. Loving friends and family have reached out and supported me when possible.

I share this work and my process, because it’s important.

Everyday I struggle. Each of us does in their own way. I’m grateful for the time, space, and courage to find myself. And if sharing my process helps even just one other person in the way that it has helped me, then the pain of sharing this experience was worth it. Being alive is beautiful. Part of being a painter is knowing when to stop. There is always more to say, and there’s other paintings to be made.There is blank canvas there to hold my space. I think of these paintings as my pretty monsters. They aren’t about being raped. They’re essentially about who I’m becoming and what I experienced after, and some days in the best of moments, I hope my painting describes the peace of one single lovely instance of being alive.

Journal entry…on being a girl child 2018

Here the air is warm and thick. I walk around and feel like a fissure. A not there. I know at any  moment someone could grab and press in to me. And the groups of people are always pressing.

-side note. To feel like a little girl is to be a walking vagina. To be pressed into. Grabbed at any moment and taken. But maybe that would be ok if I could be warm and loved. Not locked in this cold cellar feeling less than. Crumby, not clean, in dirty clothes and worn out shoes, and at least today I have my clothes. Even my bones are cracked because of this stupidness. The shame of knowing that I’m less than. Especially in my vagina…which is no longer the same…and despite my constitutional quiet. Everyone will know and see that something was very wrong. Not with what happened to me. But with who I truly am.


Jolyn Fry was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1996. Since moving to Portland, Oregon, the following year, she has exhibited her continually evolving body of work in many group and solo shows. Whether depicting literal, physical landscapes or abstractions of a more personal, emotional nature, Jolyn says, ‘Surrendering to my artistic process grants me the kindest perspective of myself and the life that moves around me.’ Jolyn is a mother, maker, teacher who works as an Art Educator at Radius Community Art Studio in SE Portland.

Journal entry-2004

On the day I was raped I was not alone. I became one with my sisters, my ancestors. I became nothing and whole at the same time. I became hate. In losing myself I became something I never was before. In losing myself in surrendering I became hate, I became animal, I became sex and rage in my very vulnerability I became humane. I was a child human. Human. Small and insignificant. And it wasn’t until today that I knew as I paint these paintings these pieces of myself, of women, these stories they become me and they become above and below and around me. It was yesterday that I was so sm…small so insignificant. as I am today, but I am all of these things at once small and big. Pain and joy. And I live. I will live. Everything up until this moment has been past. An unfathomable past and I live as life is meant to be for today for a moment with utter knowingness, and a trust that I have never understood before and today becomes a day just like any other day in any other lifetime and that is what makes me rise and fall. That is why I breathe and laugh and cry because of the insignificance of it all.

On view through October 24th

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Exquisite Corpse: A Collaborative Art Experiment

Featuring works by
Nanette Wallace, Karen Wippich, Benz & Chang

Saturday August 25th
6 – 9 PM

Exquisite corpse is a collaborative drawing approach first used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings. Each collaborator adds to a composition only being allowed to see the end points of what the previous artist contributed.

All 3 artists, Nanette, Karen and Benz, are inspired by vintage figurative photography. While their imagery choices can be very similar, their approach is quite varied. It’s as if they could be playing a game of exquisite corpse where one can see the connecting narrative in different stories.


Join us for a special closing night event at Ford Gallery!

Artists Nanette Wallace, Karen Wippich and Benz & Chang will be there to share their unique insights and answer questions about their processes and how they came to collaborate on this month’s intriguing show!

Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM – 9 PM


Nanette Wallace

Nanette’s work is gestural and energetic with a tendency toward emotive motion. A large component for the inspiration in her work is derived from vintage photographs from the early 1900s through the 1960s. While her work has a loose and lyrical quality to it, she is most interested in the viewer identifying their own story in her work.

Karen Wippich

Karen’s work is a compilation of vintage photos, acrylic paint and unknown origins. She works without thinking, channeling the art through her. The paintings tell their own story, often interpreted by the viewer. She believes that by the time someone is viewing the work it is no longer hers.

Benz & Chang

At first glance, the haunting paintings of Benz and Chang appear to be vintage sepia photographs. Upon closer examination, they reveal themselves to be walnut ink drawings rendered by hand on watercolor paper. The figurative paintings portray mysterious narratives that are largely left to the imagination of the viewer.

While the show primarily features each individual artists work, in the spirit of the title Exquisite Corpse, the artists have chosen to participate in their own version of the game. Each artist created work on a panel without knowing what the other artists had done; only the connection points between the panels were revealed to one another. Nanette, Karen and Benz have created a couple of Corpses for this show. The outcome is surprising and exquisite, and not to be missed.


On view through September 26th

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Wax Water Oil: New Works by Karl Kaiser & Justin Auld

Join us for a new show featuring the striking works of two Portland artists, each exploring the limits of their chosen medium: Karl Kaiser & Justin Auld.

Saturday July 28th
6 pm to 9 pm

Though Karl & Justin may work in different mediums, there is an unmistakable kinship in their striking use of color and dimensionality.  Both draw inspiration from the patterns and textures of nature, and push their medium to the limits in their unique explorations of perception and form.


Justin Auld

Artist Statement

noun – par·ei·do·lia \ˌper-ˌī-ˈdō-lē-ə, -ˈdōl-yə\

The tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.  The scientific explanation for some people is pareidolia, or the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness. Think of the Rorschach inkblot test.

My work explores the phenomenon of pareidolia. The link between what the eyes deliver and what the brain constructs is a loose connection; we perceive images, intent, and patterns where none exist. The brain’s ability to see what is not there yields a fundamental connection to the unknown, and touches the edge of what is possible in our perception. Pareidolia therefore raises doubts on all that we encounter visually. By emphasizing selected forms within random images, my work asks viewers to contend with the thin veil overlaying their understanding of what is real, and invites them to balance on the edge of where visual reality is formed by the mind.

“When you look at a wall spotted with stains, or with a mixture of stones … you may discover a resemblance to various landscapes … or, again, you may see battles and figures in action, or strange faces and costumes, or an endless variety of objects, which you could reduce to complete and well-drawn forms. And these appear on such walls promiscuously, like the sounds of bells in whose jangle you may find any name or word you choose to imagine.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

Karl W. Kaiser

Artist Statement

I consider encaustic to be my primary medium because of the unique depth and texture it brings to my subjects. I manipulate the wax through scraping, using impressions and smoothing techniques to evoke the complicated but perfect natural world around me that I find through my camera lens. My signature technique is carving into deep multi-colored layers bringing a richness and complexity to the work. It has been described as sculptural and I continue to push the boundaries in that direction. I am drawn to linear abstract themes and carving back through layers of color feeds that inspiration. During my early career, I created series of abstract leaves, petals, and trees using this technique. As my work shows, I am drawn to color (blues, oranges, yellows, reds). I use pigments to make my own paints encompassing the entire color spectrum.  

A new path I am taking with my encaustic is creating spherical abstracts. This came as a complete accident.  A client came to my studio and saw my working table top with colored wax spilled over it. It looked like one big spherical abstract painting and she wanted it for her home. This caused me to explore this idea more and has brought about a new direction for me that compliments my landscapes in color and organic form.

I am also creating a new collection of acrylic paintings that use the same premise of my encaustic technique of layering.

On view through August 22nd

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Papercut! – A group show of handcut paper art

Please join Ford Gallery for a group show presenting a stylistic variety of papercut work by several gifted Pacific Northwest artists.

Opening Reception
July 7th
6 – 9 PM

Long regarded a traditional, illustrative craft, papercutting is increasingly recognized by the fine art world as a technically impressive medium capable of conveying a wide range of concepts. The works in Papercut! range from expressions of ephemeral fragility, to subversive and nostalgic references to folklore, to emotionally intuitive abstract pieces.

Including works by these talented local artists:

Arrowyn Craban Lauer –
David Friedman –
Emily Brown –
Hannah Kohl –
Hazel Glass –
Mrrranda L. Tarrow –
Sine Morse –


Wild garden II (snake)
Emily Brown Hand Cut Paper 2018 $1,600

Our Fragrances Bottled
by Hazel Glass Hand Cut Paper 2017 $265

for the children
by Miranda L. Tarrow Hand Cut Paper 2016 $150

Fire Light
by David Friedman Hand Cut Paper 2017 $750

by Arrowyn Craban Lauer Hand Cut Paper 2016 $1,800

Red Riding Hood
by Sine Morse Hand Cut Painted Paper 2018 $750

The Summer Pavilion
by Hannah Kohl Hand Cut Paper 2013 $895


On view July 7th – 25th

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7th Annual Recycled Rain Show

Ford Gallery is proud to host the Recycled Rain Project’s 2018 Exhibition.

Opening Reception
June 2nd
6 PM – 9 PM

The Recycled Rain Project is a Pacific NW based invitational art show creating original works using rainwater to raise awareness of water issues. Since its founding in 2011, The Recycled Rain Project has been dedicated to its mission to increase awareness of local artists and to engage and educate the community on water issues.

A portion of the sale of all works from RR2018 will be donated to Columbia Riverkeeper. For 30 years, Columbia Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the water quality of the Columbia River and all life connected to it, from the headwaters to the Pacific Ocean.Our strategy for protecting the Columbia includes working in river communities and protecting the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the Columbia River.

Join us for food, drink & art works from a bevy of talented local artists, all created using recycled rain water!

Enjoy the RAINDROPS GALLERY painted by kids at Sellwood Community Center,
and make your own raindrop at our Recycled Rain Painting Station!

2018 Featured Artists

MaryAnn Puls
Marilyn Joyce
Kristy Kun
Kelly Nedig
Clare Carpenter

PLUS new works by our veteran Recycled Rain Artists!

Amy Ponteri, Candace Primack, Di Pinsonault, Jane Levy Campbell, Jennifer Feeny, Jesse Nearns, Jody Katopothis, Jon Wippich, Karen Wippich, Karl Kaiser, Kia Metzger, Kindra Crick, Kristen Hamilton, Laura Weigle, Nanette Wallis, Nate Ethington, Quin Sweetman, Rio Wrenn, Roberta Aylward, Sara Sjol, Shawn Demarest, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Zeratha Young


Visit the Recycled Rain Store online to view and purchase works from this year’s show!


On view at Ford Gallery
June 2nd – July 1st

Renée Hartig & Kelli MacConnell

The landscape of our beloved Pacific Northwest is as striking and varied as the work of these two gifted artists.  Exploring everything from stunning coastal vistas to lush native flora in intricate detail, both artists celebrate our beautiful landscape through their own unique talents and techniques.


Saturday April 28th
6 – 9 PM


Ford Gallery
2505 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Live music by the Pagan Jug Band


Renée Hartig

Contemporary Landscape Paintings

The land is a steady element in nature that can change both
instantly and can take thousands of years to evolve. I strive for my work to capture the land and sky as they are – moving and changing ceaselessly.

I feel that movement in the land is often lost in works of art, which by nature are fairly static and representative of a snapshot in time. The challenge of capturing this movement is what attracts me to impressionist painting.

Although many impressionist painters set out to capture a single moment, they were also able to infuse their work with a movement that makes the painting feel alive – you can feel their hand working on the painting and see each distinct decision they made through every brush stroke or mark. My goal is to capture that kind of a timeless element and movement – not only in the subject matter but to the application of the paint as well.

By nature, the act of landscape painting itself forces movement. Whether it is hiking to a location, driving across continents, visiting places in the world, or experiencing the new ways the land is formed and pieced together, it all demands physical movement by the artist.

Formally, my paintings are contemporary-impressionistic works. All of my work is done with oil paint on canvas. First I apply my orange tint to the surface. I then proceed with my under-painting and my final layers. My paintings are ala-prima (one session), so I am always working with wet-on-wet paint giving me freedom to move and manipulate the medium. Painting this way allows me to work in one layer, which helps to keep a fresh quality to my work. I also refer to my style of painting as gestural painting because l apply quick, broad brush strokes that gives my work a lot of movement.

My inspirations stretch from impressionist artists like Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, Manet, Monet and Pissarro to painters like Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper. I’m also very interested in printmaking techniques like woodcut prints and screen printing – the use of minimal colors, layering colors and keeping colors separated are all elements I utilize in my work.

Local artist inspirations: Walter Rane, Leiv Fagereng, Fran Kievet, James Shay, Dawn Emerson

Artist Bio

Since graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI, in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art Painting and studying at SACI in Florence Italy, Renee has been busy pursuing her career as an independent fine artist. She is represented at several galleries in Michigan and in Oregon. She now lives in SE Portland and has been painting full time for almost twelve years.

Kelli MacConnell

People ask, “Why a print, why not a painting?” On one hand, I enjoy the act of using tools to shape something, but much of the joy rests within the surprise factor—the mystery that unfolds while printing each piece. The many unpredictable factors involved with this art, and its spontaneous process that demands energy, improvisation, gesture, expressiveness, and directness, all contribute to my enduring love for this medium. My current body of work focuses on the expansive, diverse environment of the Pacific Northwest landscape. With the simple use of contrast and minimal color, as well as line manipulation, I strive to create exhilarating compositions inspired by the natural world.

Artist Bio

Captivated by the wilderness since early childhood, artist Kelli MacConnell embraces a unique relationship with nature that continuously sparks her imaginative work. Exploring landscapes with careful observation, she translates her natural surroundings into richly detailed prints. For MacConnell, printmaking serves as a key vehicle in fostering a relationship between humans and the natural world. Through her creations, she strives to show how one person can both exist in civilization and remain connected to nature.

Exploring the outdoors is in MacConnell’s blood. Her childhood road trips to the Smoky Mountains and Lake Michigan beaches were the inspiration for her extensive backpacking excursions as a young adult. While hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, she tuned into wilderness exploration as both an integral part in understanding the world and an endless fuel source for creativity.

In 2006, after hiking the AT, sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, and traveling the country, she left her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Once in Portland, she immersed herself in the vibrant Northwest artist community and Oregon wilderness. Soon after, at Portland State University, she found a love for printmaking, discovering the passion to share nature-driven experiences through artistic pieces. Currently, MacConnell is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of printmaking and creating original, introspective art in the hopes that it will speak beyond the frame, fostering a healthier relationship between humans and nature.

On view through May 23rd

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The Collective: Conversations with Nature

Conversations with Nature. Conversations with the creatures of Nature. These dialogues become important catalysts in the journey from Trauma to the new Process. An ongoing language which begins to form a story of a journey, quite possibly the most important of our lives. This is the story of the war we have won by carrying on, in our raw and new normal, discovering a new strength in service, remembrance and continuing. The Collective features work of two local artists and environmentalists and readings by two award winning authors. Each artist has a unique and dynamic history of working with and for nature while simultaneously serving their communities. The common thread is in their ongoing conversations with nature in their life paths of healing in the trauma process and helping others in this experience.

Join us for a celebration of the healing powers of nature through art & the written word.


Saturday March 31st
6 – 10 PM


Ford Gallery
2505 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

On view through April 25th



Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple heart Iraq War veteran, and winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays and articles have appeared in the Smoke, Human the Movie, and Ted Talk Books The Misfits Manifesto. Sean has fought in a revolution, a war, and helped save lives in New Orleans during Katrina. He’s a wild land firefighter during the summers. He has been a police officer, a bartender, an incident responder, a supernumerary in an opera, and currently teaches writing at Mt. Hood Community College and Clackamas Community College. Sean not only encourages communion with Nature, he dedicates life and limb to protect her. Each year you’ll find him bravely situated on the front lines of wildfires across the Pacific Northwest as one of Oregon’s most experienced and decorated firefighters. Sean’s love of Nature and of people is the lifeblood in his particular brand of philanthropy. Sean lives in rural Oregon with his talented wife Kelly Davis and their daughter.
Sean is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Within the Collective Sean offers his series of paintings surrounding trauma, survival and the interconnectedness with Nature.

Blue Pond Series by Sean Davis

Lidia Yuknavitch by Sean Davis

Blue Pond Series by Sean Davis

Jennifer Porter

 Jennifer Porter is a native of Portland and an artist and conservationist. Her early work and focus surrounded spacial theory, the built environment and architecture. She developed and curated ‘Centrifuge’ at Art Institute of Portland. Centrifuge was a study of the interconnectedness between the disciplines of art, art theory and architecture. Centrifuge featured master artist and GBD Architecture founder Chuck Gordon, two of Portland’s leading architecture firms and several of Portland’s local artists. She curated a series of shows in a massive artist run pop up gallery collective, Deep Field Gallery. She served four years on the planning committee of Portland’s largest art auction, The Annual CAP Art Auction, overseeing the installation and multimedia program. Jennifer’s interest began to take a more personal tone in recent years with focus on nature and conservation issues and most recently the process of finding the new normal in trauma recovery. Working alongside her family as habitat restoration specialists, reconstructing damaged habitats, she found an inherent similarity to the power of nature in its rejuvenation and restoration, and the healing we do from traumatic instances in our own lives. She is currently dedicated to assisting high risk youth find their voice and path to their self-empowered new normal.
Jennifer brings her sculpture work and a series of photographs of her underwater choreograph work captured by talented underwater photographer and artist Micah Reese. The photography series are of movements illustrating the dynamic of the depth of interpersonal darkness, the bondage of forced narratives designed to keep us in depths of trauma patterns. Finally, releasing bonds and surfacing to the new way of life and a new narrative.

by Jennifer Porter & Micah Reese

by Jennifer Porter

by Jennifer Porter & Micah Reese


Jude Brewer

Jude’s writing has appeared in Retreat West, New Millennium Writings, Fredericksburg Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Scintilla Press, Typishly, and Cultured Vultures. His nonfiction short was a finalist in the 2017 Montana Book Festival, and he was the winner of the 2017 Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize. He also produces and hosts the literary “radio theatre” podcast Storytellers Telling Stories. New episodes available Tuesdays on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, any podcast app, and on

Jason Arias

Jason Arias lives in Portland, OR. You can find some of his previous work in past issues of Oregon Humanities Magazine, Lidia Yuknavitch’s book The Misfit’s Manifesto, Perceptions Magazine, and Storytellers Telling Stories Podcast as well as other publications.

Ford Gallery Presents:
Return of the Love Show!

After a 6 year break, the Ford Gallery dusts off The Love Show!
A show about love! Not just the sappy Hallmark kind of love, but love in all its many forms: The good, the bad and yes, even the ugly!

Join us on February 3rd 2018 from 6 pm to 11 pm for our opening reception, featuring live music & performances, bar & pot-luck, and clothing drive for Transition Projects (See most needed items here:

The Portland Love show seeks to shine some light on the complicated disco ball that is love, dark facets and all. With the Hallmark/florist/jewelry/chocolate conspiracy focusing so much attention (and cash) on romance and sex every February, we aim to create a visual dialogue about love in its many incarnations and interpretations, be it self-love, sorrow, lust, confusion, hope, bitterness, gentleness, deception, romance, imagination, jealousy, true love, young love, love lost, parental, filial, adversarial love, the surrounding abundance of love or love as the unknown….

We invited over 200 artists to make ONE ARTWORK each that looks a little deeper into the mysteries of Love, beautiful and terrible, and explore and expose a little bit more of what love means to them.

Show runs February 3rd-March 12th, 2018

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Follow us at @portlandloveshow on Instagram for pics!



Evan Armstrong
John alex Arnold
Kevan Atteberry
Debra Barcus
Stephen Barker
Shelly Barnett
Brad Barnhurst
Laura Barstow
Carla Bartow
Lisa Bauso
Hannah Bearden
Andrew Beckham
Nicki Beiderman
Zack Blei
Carly Bodnar
Alea Bone
Krystal Booth
Madison Boscole
Arthur Braud
Rachel Brodkey
Lesley Burke
Erin Cadena
Kit Carlton
Richard Cawley
Shelley Chamberlin
Samae Chlebowski
Heather Colibrí
Dayna Collins
New Colony
Robin Corbo
Bridgette Costa
Carey Cramer
Kindra Crick
Joshua Crowell
Sarah Cruse
Larry Cwik
Rocky Darensbourg
Kevin Darras
Heide Davis
Jason Edward Davis
Jeremy Davis
Nancy Davis
Kathryn Delany
Shawn Demarest
Kate DeMellier
Matt diLeo
Shelly Donohoe
Kenya DuBois
Christina B Dynamite
Danny Ebru
Austin Eddy
Kara Edge
Denise Emmerling-Baker
Jaclyn Evalds
Gavin Eveland
Leah Faure
Jenn Feeney
Felicity Fenton
Michael Fields
Samantha Fisher
Dianna Fontes
Julie Forbes
Timothy Furlow
Gigi Gable
Kaemon Ze Gable
Tommy Gaffney
Susan Gallacher-Turner
Stephanie Garber
Alison Gayne
Jennifer Gleach
Dave Gonzo
Carrie Goolsby
Cindy Gordon
Sara “Sepia” Greer
Jennifer Griffo
Judy Haas
Chris Haberman
Deb Hart
Marlena Hatchel
Kathy Hawthorne
Susanna Hayler
Terence Healy
Gail Heymann
Lori Hicke
Elizabeth Higgins
Shawn Patrick Higgins
April Hoff
Jason Hoffman
Alia Hoffman
Lenny Hoffman
Claudia Hollister
Sarah Hooper
Sheridan Horning
The Weak In Review
Faith Jennings
Shannon Carlson + John Fisher
Lucia Johnson
Ari Joseph
Janet Julian
Lea K. Tawd
Clint Kaster
Geo Kendall
Andrew Kern
Kyle Kinsey
Susan Kipp
Sean Kirkpatrick
Jamie Klein
Alena Rose Kness
Trevor Koch
Louise Krampien
Gesine Kratzner
Amy Kuttab
Daniel Landolt-Hoene

Chris Lang
Suzy LaRuffa
Lisa Laser
Aren Lawler
Loly LeBlanc
Sheryl LeBlanc
Anjali LeBoeuf
Jeanne Levasseur
Alexandria Levin
Nicole Linde
Doug Lloyd
Sarah Lopez
Jessica Luera
Emily Lux
Nate Marcel
Barbara Martin
Marybel Martin
Elodie Massa
Lorena (M3AT) Matteucci
Desiree McCormick
Bethany McCraw
Melissa Mcghie
Amy McLain
Ean McNamara
Jennifer Mercede
Todd Molinari
Aimee Moody
Sienna Morris
Angela Morrow
Justin Mortzheim
Thérèse Murdza
Julz Nally
Jonas Nash + Sean Hathaway
April O’Connor
Sarah Owen
Valerie Pace-donley
Ania Palinska
Clementine Palinska
Liz Parker
Kelly Pergande
Robin Phillips Occhipinti
Anthony Pidgeon
Amy Ponteri
Nina Posdamer
Jason Rambo
Anabel Ramirez
Remedios Rapoport
Julie Ratcliff
Jo marie Ray
Peggy Pfenninger Reed
Krystle Rhines
Matt Richard
Shannon Richardson
Sara Rieber
Julianna Roberts
Melody Rockwell
Chelsea Rose
Kalika Rounds
Heather Rounds
Erika Ryn
Sandy Sampson
Melinda Santora
Linda Dalal Sawaya
Alan Scally
Wilder Schmaltz
Alicia Schultz
Carrie Scott
Dale Seachord
Erika Sears
Lucas Servera
Azita Shahgaldi
Katie Shrall
Suzette Shrider
Jenny Siegel
Katie Simpson
Maciej Skrzynski
Raven Skye
Jennifer Smith
Te Smith
Scot Smith
Amy Stoner
Mona Superhero
Quin Sweetman
Max Sympathy
Mia T-Rex
Mrrranda L. Tarrow
Eryn Tehan
Emy Thomson
Anna Todaro
Consu Tolosa
Shelzey Tuffias
Robin Urton
Autumn VanEsso
Sarah Vivoda
Lucia Volker
Finn Von Ragan
Jeffrey Von Ragan
Laurel Von Ragan
Liz Walker
Martha Wallulis
SL Walston
Dona White
Kelly Williams
Valerie Winterholler
Elaine Woehlert
Rio Wrenn
Leslie Yates
Casi Yost
Zeratha Young
Jim Zaleski
Sarah Zecchini
Maria Zorn
Jackie Zweck


Interested in being one of our fabulous Love Show Volunteers? It takes a LOT of hands to make this show happen, and we’d Love to have you on our team!


Thank you so much to our Sponsors:

Ford Food & Drink
Phoenix Media
Grixsen Brewing Company
Gigantic Brewing Company

And special thanks also to our hosts The Ford Building & Intrinsic Venture!

Ford Building Artists Show and Makers Fair


Show Opener and Makers Fair — Saturday, Dec 16. 4-9 pm
Ford Gallery. 2505 SE 11th Ave.

Ford Gallery celebrates our beloved Ford Building artists and makers this December. Join us Saturday, Dec 16th, for an opening celebration and Makers Fair in the gallery, featuring the following artists and makers who call Ford Building their home.

Ken Sellen
Thérèse Murdza
Kay Henning Danley
Annamieka Hopps-Davidson
Arletha Ryan
Alexandria Levin
Amy Ponteri
Ryan Weisenfeld
Janet Rothermel
Nicki Beiderman

This month our opening celebration an artists and makers fair and starts a bit early at 4 pm. Get original works, artist prints, and handmade goods from Ford Building artists and makers. These are cash & carry, so you’ll be able to pick up unique and locally-made holiday gifts for friends and family.

Joining the Ford artists are resident makers 

  • Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design
  • KinStitch—Digital Textile Print Studio.
  • Octopus Books, and
  • Helado Rosa
  • Leonine Designs Jewelry
  • BlaqPaks
  • The Wildfire Clinic

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We’re looking forward to seeing you!

– Ross Blanchard and Sara McCormick

The Love Show Returns!!!

Alas! The 2018 Love Show is all full, and we can no longer accept any more submissions.

Are you interested in being one of our fabulous Love Show Volunteers? It takes a LOT of hands to make this show happen, and we’d Love to have you on our team! It’s a great way to meet new people and to be a part of the show.

And, while the walls may be full, we are still accepting submissions for performance/time based artwork so get ready to show your stuff on opening night!




Hello friends of Ford Gallery!

After a six-year break, the Ford Gallery revives “The Love Show,” Portland’s answer to all the pink-themed greeting cards, heart-shaped chocolate boxes and candy hearts that every February brings with it– a place for YOU to make work about Love, and not the couple-focused, heterosexist shiny Valentine’s Day that gets shoved down our collective throats.

The reality is, love is complicated and messy, full of longing and sadness, full of confusion and hope, truth, lies, fakery, glee. Love can break you. So let’s explore love together- make work about loving your pet, lukewarm coffee, those new shoes, your sister, your spouse’s best friend, about not knowing how to love, or loving too much…  it’s up to you, and all work is welcome. Your piece should respond to love, but how it relates needs to be clear only to you. So, make your piece as personal or abstract as you want to.

We are honored to invite the first 200 artists who sign up to make work about Love and to share it with all of us in darkest winter night, and be warmed.


With Love,
Sara, Ross, Ben Pink & All of us at Ford Gallery