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Art In The Pearl 082017

Aug 15, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNIE MEYER, LOCAL ARTIST AND BOARD MEMBER WITH ART IN THE PEARL ABOUT THE ART FESTIVAL IN PORTLAND ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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This is a microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm your blocks in every major Labor Day weekend plans to you Christina talent you definitely you wanna check out part in the pearl. I'm mad just go this time I would like to welcome any minor Kenny is a longtime board member with art in the pearl theatre any. There so are the girls coming up very soon tell us about art in the pearl. Well hard enough superlatives parlance normally. Art festival of this magnitude and this is our 21 year worth celebrating the festival we're unique. And that's where an artist from festival and so rather than not corporations putting on the show it's twenty. Who are artists that volunteer their time and so. It's a pretty massive undertaking and it's such as successful fund commercial shall have fun we can't. That's happening Labor Day we can correct. It's always Labor Day weekend and it's always in the same spot Bernard Parks. Pro district. Okay so are temporal and make sense it's an answered yeah. That's clear we're probably before most of the pearl. Into the opposite let's. There wasn't much happening in that area towns started. Yeah things have changed quite a bit all over Portland and especially in the broke the strict. Yeah as salad out for other reasons professor also popular is that this. City has grown up around the stuff festival and so it makes it a really attractive tourist camp destination. You know perfect weekend to get people in town. So you say this is the 21 year for art in the pearl do you can you tell some of the history we're to come from. Well I don't know people that. It looked in Portland before 21 years ago probably. Knew about her attended our crew. Creek festival which was so I'll also be heard fear in downtown Portland and it fell apart it was it had received a lot of cities funding. And sponsorship better for recession and it just lost all it's sending an old that and that. It's very it was fifteen local artists produce the finished first start in the process of always teach put him fifty dollars. And put this show together. And it's blossomed into one of the ten top art festivals and nation. And they're just so proud helped out of people it's about a 100000 people attended. It's usually great whether it's just that good into the summer celebration. Started from some very humble beginnings. Yet that he I have a lot of that what the artists flock has to do we try to keep that vision of its. There and our profits for arts and education glee. A lot of the artists there including myself the reason we were able to. In addition ourselves as an artist was going to someplace like iridescent child or young adults. And seeing I have heard is making work and selling or. And so that's a lot of our. Paul great inner soul is to encourage. People you can. You couldn't make peace two can I appease some hurt tell its citizens are really I still exciting environment. And. How long have you been part of our liberal and are there any of the original artists to participating. Yeah yeah they found. Get active and made the incorrect as basically a full report and crystals that are original but it should maybe too early in the morning to get. That correctly this but how I've been part. And the test so I was and. We have the local. Ceramic and class just different craft guilds that are represented at the festival and so I was part of ceramic guilt America and that just made me even more so a lot of participate in the show so I've been up the board. Since the fourteen year but the shelves now. A good long time yeah yeah. So it's actually officially called art in the pearl fine arts crafts and arts and crafts festival so all kinds of stuff tell us about some of the are free to see how deep the show. Well I've always different. There at the palace differences. We open up the show for. National cherry it. And we get about between 800000. Applicants. At a well as have five different juror Paula you're a different group of people decided it was going to be undetectable. They do have different classifications. For the festival quite Pete king. Ceramics. Trying to explain her class jewelry. Metal but come to kill people. It changes every year or so other artists that come they come from across the country at camp about I think this here we have a couple from Florida. He usually has somebody from Canada. You know just sits at. It's interesting because of starlet hit changes every year who get kids or show little plus additional well. As makes every year unique. Yeah they are I people that. They'd get the popular shows to apply to for artists in the northwest because they don't have to travel far. And it's. It's a great audience to very good it's good sir. Exposure. Is that yeah. So to me more about the jury process how how does that whole process work. Is in terms of well. They spend. Two days looking through vast slides they hold it down 210. There's a 120 artists to get to. Be it Shelley cheer. Seoul and that they outs they basically took the quest to himself for two days and look at all the flights they go through them I think it's three times. To the top just decided they they all vote on each one. And the artists. It's applied to these shows there. They doing it for their living and both their professional artists and they know how to present their work and talk about. What they're doing and their patience at work so it ends up with a pretty high quality. You know just her work presidential. Well it's wonderful that so many people apply to be part of the show. Yet the very population. So a lot of artists. That are on the board up not myself at this point. Make their living doing these shows and so they trouble around the country and I'll just. In the wintertime locals solve. Summertime it'll go across the country and to be and these different there. A very interesting. I'll vote to seat like can't. You know people yeah true artists yeah it is leading the artist's life. Released the the fantasy I have a book balanced lives. I mean I look at my friends just really proud of us because they. We you know the average looking at something it was a dream for myself. Do. So how did art in the pro becomes too well known in prestigious show. I think it's just. I think I think it's. A great location. In. It's the he can't beat Portland summer what if you go and travel and other cities where there. If thunderstorms and who else. It's positive you know just be they get married yes it's a really great show for an artist to be out in terms of where the location of this show. And the way out there at that time of the year. And I think the people just based started coming and they took it just predicament so it's got a very good reputation. To some of the artists come back year after year. I guess the don't on the jury right. Well if you anticipate target or most of the artists will apply again you know it's a problem most terrorists to carry it well Pasha. It's great. Like you say you can't beat Portland in the summer. Yeah era and a first say that it's sort of you know for myself this. Sort of poignant time of the summer because it's about to kind. It's starlet to assist. And that's wonderful that's fish some tickets have great a couple of Beers but in general it's a great time this stay in town tipped the festival. And with a track record to weather wise so far the summer so probably contract to be of a beautiful weekend and hopefully not as hard as it was a few weeks ago. Yeah. Yeah. I didn't let it straight evidence surprise it's Hewlett its reign always have a high attendance is people are very loyal to push off. Which is great. Tell me about how you feel about how important is forum held Portland really supports the arts how important is that to an arts. All. It but I think that. There's no way. I could be where I may have a I have Circuit Court. To say a lot of that too. Big cart community as a lot of art and so they artists support the community to a group we're the ones who are presenting this. And but I think people in Portland. Appreciate it hurts because pain love buying something from local Kurdish. And people that travels to Portland. Because a lot of tourists come for the show. Com are looking for something unique that they know that they can get department and a. That's so great PR Portland has really supportive of the arts and all forms. Yeah yeah it's true. Yeah. And the show has a lot of of of visual arts and also music is represented the officials are correct. Yeah I'll play all week we have one of the board members who local efficient herself. Can't defend achieved. We've heard about was just having. People. Playing music and. Where as fast as that neighborhood built up since some of the neighbors said they didn't want to hear you know they didn't want it. We are restricted in particular incident could have I could could help. Something with a lot of no way. Certainly we've built a world music festival hall. And then we start better restrictions from and I chairman of the name but it's when he could join Harry Epstein writes for songs that are original. So at this point six feet just made it all original art and I hope it's all original work. And most citizens local artists. It's really a special. Presentation. A lot of the areas that are playing into what our senate. And they have large following and so that is six stage has stopped its own application separate from the official hurt. And that six the past couple very special. Yeah and it's just it's an. Clinic and it came from the pole sort of details first the neighbors think we rely. Microphones and realizing wow we're gonna have to tea drinks see if we. If we're playing music that wasn't tolerates at all and then just. You know if it rather than having that be a punishment instead turning that into something that they've dispatched the festival special. That's nice. Heart. We're talking today with any Meir she's a board member with the art in the pearl which is coming up liberty weekend Saturday Sunday Monday of liberty weekend in the pro district north park blocks is that correct. That's set up it's the festival's freed the public it's very popular about a 100000 people at attendant there's food music. It's a family of camps that you could bring children to the festival and they can not only meet an artist to amuse yourself to that you can go to the education area and watch somebody make a competent play was to play and make a cup itself. Take it home court. Protect the cup from somebody one of the participants are still so it's. It's got alternate dimensional way too. Just immerse yourself in the World Cup from art. That's really Greg's you can go look at art and you can attempt to make someone your until we more about the and that pavilion. Well another thing that's really great about the affiliate and as saying earlier had a lot of local. I can craft guild participate every year festival so for instance security ceramics. There's. There at the festival every year and they have potters. Demonstrating how to make a bowl or the pops. But then they also have a section where children can come and play with clay and mix high end adults too and make something. And they they can sign up for courses at Georgie if you can do you basically meet the people on the businesses that can help you become an artist's. And so I think it's like a gateway to something that. Really create ethanol so aides say it's an inspiration. They have. And number you want the web sites combo ever really great web site and we'll just tell you the general information of they're different arm he gets that are going have a huge stage in terms of hands son hurt. Or the music and also it was contributing artists two sides fear a collapse site. That's great you can dip your toe in the art school in in May be decided to go through and deep dive slim. Yeah I have to say as part quick event for me you know I was just I was. At that time just the fledgling ceramic tile making and I came in Tucson these people telling their work. And people buying into the hands. You know. Just guess that they had the same food as we do also worry it could. Needed organizations trying to take class senator from you know I just get really. It's just keep it improved access inspiration. And tell me about her are what kind of work you do. I think vault through the air strikes I consider myself a teacher but I do these some. Landscapes and dignity of work. After the Islamic court but there are the places that I traveled the landscape there com. France easterners or again eleventh belly. Perhaps come candidate Dick collar appeal but their landscapes and I also do that you would take care it is constant high school. You can do little closed up with. Who and I thought yeah. Can you talk about what kind of impact this has on the community art in the pearl of an economic impact in a community impact. Well. Weird. Are great for the economy. Just because. Where some place where a lot of people are coming and spending a leisure weekend in part on which. So both tourists and visitors. Visitors. You know somebody comes in some visit my family applicant comes start in the probe an awful lot of people to stay atomic go to our approach. Domestic. Association's all the businesses from the pearl stay open and do it takes sidewalks so that we can pan to stop. It's mostly you know. I think it's spending money into account spending money on curt can I count thank you can go to. There's too many places where you go there's beautiful ceramics but it's mate in another country. And it's up to famous by accepting from some of that base and so. You really can get in there and and feel and touch it and in. Give into the art. Yeah you can't talk to the artists and I think people really like. What did you think tank I do I had up to meet the person BP's board. And ask how about a lot of people. Look me up after the festival it comes to my studio Eric had come into the cesspool of polluted. And you know Amy buys something from me that a lot of but he gave former relationship with me that I don't even know that I have experiment mailing lists and social up. Double figure to me and they're particularly as stopped the through special. Well after myself I feel honored. Can you talk about some of the stuff that's new with this your show. Well arms or face facts weekly health basically the same format post here. But. We. The potential for all of a little bit different hands so. One thing. That we have we have some new emerging artists fifty years ago we decided that we. After we are getting old but lately or run to be able to encourage Kurdistan doesn't show like terrorists to be able to. Do it it's pretty daunting things felt. Plea at encouraged Curtis says Tom. Are. Held enough work that they can present themselves well supplied our show and we picked to lead cheered to be part of the show. Our this year we have. It's alternative materials jewelry artist called Emmerich per acre. And we also have a woman that is lineup could make curtail all profits packed it's part of the show. It didn't say that go on our web site and we'll come up to look at their work but for them it's very exciting to be part of Kelly we helped them to their tent together and just. Sort of smothered them through the festival and I think it's really. What's she doing things independents are so scared to do it from place. We have some new artists come that parish showing Gonzales the local artists see the people that haven't been implicated in the first of these four. Byrd just moved to town or just decided to apply a one has people don't artist Dennis miners since the ceramic or seventies. He's and you are if at first order of beautiful. Jewelry artist chains. I can't quite hear directly to go travel and heard delivery of exquisite so I'd fixated selective because so. He says there's over a 120 artist being represented that aren't in the pearl how many of those people are local. Well they usually gets about half enhance our to profile organs people persist people from across the country and. It. If we do it here we have to Curtis from 25 different states. Com this far away as Florida. We have two from camp at all. As they say that's pretty popular for organ is just because they don't have patrols are to be. Are there artists. Straight to come department. Be a special access to take themselves so they they we get a wide range of people applied to you should. And people from all over the Pacific northwest probably in general than perhaps from all over the country come to town just to experience the. Definitely yeah yeah it's it's so well it's a reason to come to proposed. There's Labor Day weekend and. Besides all the arts in the music of what else can we expect to the show is is is it family friendly. It's really family from may have come victory and that's that's part of our mission has. To. Be encouraging. At all. Can the same way that does all kids can go into position and should be area. Median artists and bingo play and make a print. The parent can too. And that ten you know it and it's it's psychic key plays not a truck that is sliced a double aid to get a just figure out ways to make something yourself. And now. As Tom. Has a very economic friendly car. Festival both the music the food. You know they have artists that are selling their work heard adults telling press it's I think for children very inspiring to. And that they can come in and didn't get to see stuff perhaps they've never seen before. You are great great you know and secure didn't help anything I can tell. So I I think it's. It's just wonderful to be able to go someplace in C Hertz and I think. Taylor had somebody like Allen has seventeen tentative statement artists. It's a career moderately hurt I think. It's very inspiring. So this is so they aren't part in the pro has been a really large festival house that was it funded. Wait that's the beauty of the festival. Is. Please keep her extensive series. To barrel we're has very little. So the artists applying that this boots fear factor too extensive because they aren't opt for show. Really just try to keep appearing not commercial I have my personal job bomb. Ford is sponsorship and so I have. To explore right. Range communities. Local businesses and even individuals. That. Give something to make her first people have to hand to console. From talk radio. Two local businesses to give us. Bagels here's donuts for years are volunteers and Harry is too it's really. Community. Content antley. We try to keep apparently it's not about to people's egos it's about helping. Support it occurred event to Paris city. That's really great some last minute or so we have here any give us all the specific details about art in the Perle. Could all of the bulls bucks we need to know as a listener. I asked. Kate so the art in the pro festival. It's great and it's Labor Day weekend. So where 120 artists there will be presenting their work it is spy is just gonna look at. Are you can go and watch people meeting occurred in the education area as you can make characters tells you can buy food you can listen to music. And just have findings and have beautiful bounce commercial environments. Labor Day weekend September 2 third and forests. The north part blocked free that the public. Saturday and Sundays from ten to six Monday from ten to five. And it saw its stock our legislators. Are that's a pearl. Go look at that and you can. Figure out what Kennedy Center heard it's like Tennessee especially. And it's. Big part of any you could volunteer. With the fast forward looking for volunteers. They can go out I would say it and trying to stand up and just to have fun and Portland's Major League camp sentence in China this summer that we lost its. He and congratulations 121 year. Thank you so much Arabs are a waste so much appreciate the support of local businesses helping us. Peter bishop and a and it actually wonderful cast. We've been talking today with Annie Meyers is a long time board member with art in the pearl any extreme on the show today. I think it's from my sparring patent. Yeah and Sarajevo this thing come up to the first. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with a nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Visit microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website handsome richer information there. Thanks for listening to microscope and enjoy the rest of your weekend.