Permanent Art: Portland

Another double dip from my takeover, another amazing road trip, another amazing  find. Our day at the Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon was near the tail end of a 17 day trip that took us from hiking canyons and national parks to strolling San Francisco and Seattle.

img_8345The market was a wonderful collection of the strange and unusual. I had yet to find anything like it in Columbus. I didn’t know about Craftin’ Outlaws yet.

  • Artist: Sarah Bolerjack @bolerjackintaglioworks
  • Title/year: Grace’s Dream 1997, Morning Mist 1997, The Bird Watcher 1998 purchased 2003
  • Materials: intaglio print, ink, paper

September20191 When we found Sarah Bolerjack’s booth we all admired her work, and I believe, all walked away with some. It had tiny details, moons, stars, twisty trees, and , of course, cats. All the elements that can potentially draw me in. This would have been one of those times in life when I had to choose wisely and operate within my means as far as art purchases. I don’t remember exactly how it went down. I imagine that I had been verbally debating which print and whether or not I could afford multiple prints when Sarah intervened. She offered to trade her prints for the earrings I was wearing. They were my favorite at the time. I had made them out of carved bone butterflies and peach aventurine. There was some hesitation on my part, but not much.

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Sarah’s pieces are special to me because of the trade, and the road trip with friends. As one of the fun side effects of the takeover, Sarah saw my  post and said she still has the earrings.

Ultimately “Grace’s Dream” was adapted into a very permanent art installation by tattoo artist Kat Moya in 2010, featuring my first “all mine” pet Bella Luna.

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