Rachael Zur at The Joinery SW

I came across Rachael’s work during the PSA exhibition and Sexual Assault Resource Center fundraiser, curated by Lindsay Oldani, at the Ford Gallery a few years back.  We both had donated work to the show, and I was immediately drawn to Rachael’s because of her stunning use of color and unconventional materials.  I hesitate to call her work “playful,” a term that may be misinterpreted as non-committal; there is nothing whimisical or haphazard about it. Rachael makes strong, confidant marks in bright colors in unique combinations, pushing the (sometimes unexpected) materials to their limits.  There is something so poetic - maybe a little dangerous, vulnerable - about these decisions.  I always appreciate when artists - specifically those working in traditional mediums like painting, drawing, and printmaking - take steps to push the boundaries of their craft, and cause the viewer to continue to look, and wonder. +

Please stop by The Joinery’s downtown showroom this month to see a collection of Rachael’s works.  Showing through early January.  922 SW Yamhill St.  

Artist Statement:

 “Optimism - not of a naïve nature, but of remembering when, with a needle and thread, we mended ourselves after being torn apart - is at the heart of my work.  Scars become, not just evidence of past trauma, but of a stitching back together, deciding to move forward.  Geneologically, my work is connected to the ancient practice of painting, a medium that is currently being renegotiated in terms of ideology and materials, due to an abundance of information and sources.  My work is a hybrid of traditional and non-art materials, as well as unorthodox applications of paint.  Graffiti-like marks conjure feelings of rebellion and resilience. Through a preoccupation with written language, and my subjectivity as someone with dyslexia, my work speaks to themes of disconnect in communication, as well as tenacity.  My work is the evidence of my drive to keep going; through its imagery I hope that you locate something in yourself that is both fierce and beautiful.”  

 https://www.rachaelzur.com/

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Disruptions, on display with the exquisite, solid wood furniture + accessories, finely crafted by our friends at The Joinery

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Disruptions | 36x48” | Acrylic + resin on canvas | $730

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Enjoy Being Distracted | 36x24” | Acrylic on metal screen | $700

  More Than Just a Number   | 30x40” | Acrylic + resin on canvas over panel | $720

More Than Just a Number  | 30x40” | Acrylic + resin on canvas over panel | $720

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Not a Numeral  | 36x36” | Acrylic on canvas w/ holes | $700

Harry Schneider @ Red Fox Bar!

Harry’s recent work extracts everyday objects - familiar shapes - a box, a takeout container, a soup can - from their regular context and places them in “unfamiliar visual space to explore how we interact, recognize and understand them.”  The environments are brightly-colored stratifications  that blend into one fluid atmosphere, that surround the floating object, allowing it to hover in the center of the picture plane, seemingly weightless, separate from its definition, it’s usefulness, it’s purpose.  

Come hang at Red Fox bar THIS SUNDAY, 11/18, 6-8pm, and chat about his current art practice and what lies ahead. +++

 

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Spring Open Studios!

Please join us for an afternoon of art, music and good conversation at our Alberta Street workspace!  We’ve converted Studio 3 into a white box gallery for a one-day group exhibition, featuring prints, drawings, paintings and more!   Special pricing for guests who choose to purchase directly from the artists.  Check out some rare and vintage pieces, and get a sneak-peak of current projects in-process.

Refreshments provided by Trust Collective.  Free & All Ages!

 

 

 Roger Peet. Pictured:  Polysemy.  Block print on Panel, 36x36."  toosphexy.com

Roger Peet. Pictured: Polysemy. Block print on Panel, 36x36." toosphexy.com

 Ka’ila Farrell-Smith. Pictured:  Un-erasing NDN.  Acrylic, aerosol, graphite, charcoal and oil paints on birch wood panel. 30x24”, 2016.   kailafarrellsmith.com

Ka’ila Farrell-Smith. Pictured: Un-erasing NDN. Acrylic, aerosol, graphite, charcoal and oil paints on birch wood panel. 30x24”, 2016.  kailafarrellsmith.com

 Epochal Void. Pictured:  Untitled.  Ink, aquarelle crayon, acrylic paint & collage on wood panel. 16x20”, 2016.  

Epochal Void. Pictured: Untitled. Ink, aquarelle crayon, acrylic paint & collage on wood panel. 16x20”, 2016.  

A moment of pause.

This fall, I will be taking a break to restructure and plan for 2018.  I've been developing some exciting ideas for workshops and exhibitions with friend and collaborator Coleman Stevenson,  which will take place in new spaces and involve new communities of artists, writers, healers and performers.  To stay informed of these developments, please join our mailing list.  As we look forward to the upcoming winter, the future remains bright!  Thank you for your continued attention and support.

Be well,

Noelle S. Barce

 

DRAW SPACE IV

Tonight! Join us for North Portland's monthly drink-n-draw in the Wild & Free Room at Backyard Social Bar!  Bring a sketchbook or project to work on, and I will bring some drawing supplies, collage materials & reference books.

As usual, you'll receive one raffle ticket with each bar purchase. This month I'm giving away a small pad of cold pressed, cotton rag watercolor paper by Fluid, and a set of aquarelle art crayons by Marabu (a personal favorite)! Runner-up gets a $10 gift certificate to SCRAP.

Hope to see you! 

- Noelle

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Scene from last month's event, with Brian, Jesse & Tirso. ✨ 

IMAGE+TEXT

Trust Collective is proud to present a two-part show celebrating the work of recent graduates of the Image & Text certification program at the Independent Punlishing Resource Center! Join us FIRST THURSDAY, JUNE 1st, from 6-11 pm, for the second annual visual art exhibition exploring intersections between image and text, featuring the work of Patricia Dresler, Shawn Furst, Mimi Loughney, Izzy Leslie & Emily Montagno.  Mediums to be presented include textiles, printmaking, video, book arts and collage.

This event is FREE and open to the public. FREE BEER for those 21+, compliments of BREAKSIDE BREWING, and vegan mini-cakes generously donated by RAWDACIOUS DESSERTS. 

Co-curated by Coleman Stevenson and Noelle Suzanne Barce.

 

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Please join us MONDAY, JUNE 12th for part two of this event, a special artist talk and poetry reading, featuring the artists listed above, plus graduates of the poetry program at the IPRC. Details to come!

DRAW SPACE!

Trust Art Collective presents... DRAW SPACE, a sketchbook social.  Every THIRD TUESDAY, beginning February 21st, from 7-11 pm, in the Wild & Free Room at Backyard Social!  Bring a sketchbook to work in, meet other artists, share ideas, and enter to win raffle prizes with any purchase from the bar!  This is an informal event - you may show up any time after 7 pm, but be there in time for the raffle drawing at 10 pm sharp!  21+ only.  Hosted by Noelle, aka Epochal Void.  

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Fighting the good fight.

TRUST will be CLOSED for First Thursday in January in order to plan, gather resources and to prepare for the one of the greatest demonstrations of civil disobedience in history.  Join us on January 20th, for a march against corporate oligarchy and American fascism in the streets of our beloved city. Let's do this, Portland.

 Portland marches against Trump | post-election, November 10, 2016.  Pictured:  Artist Catherine Ross and TRUST director Noelle Barce, aka Epochal Void.

Portland marches against Trump | post-election, November 10, 2016.  Pictured:  Artist Catherine Ross and TRUST director Noelle Barce, aka Epochal Void.

 Protester marches down Interstate 84, waving the Cascadian flag.   https://www.cascadianow.org

Protester marches down Interstate 84, waving the Cascadian flag.  https://www.cascadianow.org

Welcome to TRUST.

We are thrilled to be launching this site concurrently with the November exhibition, STATES OF GRACE: three celebrations of contemporary craft, featuring paintings by MONIKA KRALICEK, weavings by CARDINAL POINT, and special live performance by BRIAN MICHAEL LEVIN.  We couldn't have asked for a better reception, with First Thursday crowds packing the space from beginning 'til end.  Many thanks to PUBLIC COAST BREWING, of Cannon Beach, for donating two kegs of their Oswald IPA, and to RAWDACIOUS Desserts for supplying us with their amazing craft mini-cakes for not one, but three opening receptions this fall.  

Come say hello!  If you missed the opening, you can view this show during open gallery hours ~ Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturday, 2-5 pm, or by appointment.  To make an appointment, and for all other inquiries, please email me directly at trust.art.collective@gmail.com.  +++ Noelle

 Promotional show cards for November exhibition @ TRUST.  Designed by Noelle Barce.  Printed by CEDAR HOUSE MEDIA, in Beaverton, OR. 

Promotional show cards for November exhibition @ TRUST.  Designed by Noelle Barce.  Printed by CEDAR HOUSE MEDIA, in Beaverton, OR. 

 First Thursday crowd at the opening reception on November 3, 2016.  A great mix of old friends & new, family, and visitors who came back after enjoying the opening reception last month.  Thanks for your support! +

First Thursday crowd at the opening reception on November 3, 2016.  A great mix of old friends & new, family, and visitors who came back after enjoying the opening reception last month.  Thanks for your support! +

 Incredible solo performance by local musician & primitive guitarist BRIAN MICHAEL LEVIN at the opening reception.  This is a rare treat, and an honor to have been able to share this experience with so many people!

Incredible solo performance by local musician & primitive guitarist BRIAN MICHAEL LEVIN at the opening reception.  This is a rare treat, and an honor to have been able to share this experience with so many people!

 Painter MONIKA KRALICEK and I with her stunning work, for a post-opening photo shoot.   

Painter MONIKA KRALICEK and I with her stunning work, for a post-opening photo shoot.   

 The exquisite weavings of CARDINAL POINT, aka Samantha Lamont.  If you know Sam, you know these pieces carry with them her distinctively jubilant creative energy... 

The exquisite weavings of CARDINAL POINT, aka Samantha Lamont.  If you know Sam, you know these pieces carry with them her distinctively jubilant creative energy... 

 BRIAN MICHAEL LEVIN and myself, basking in post-opening glory.  Thank you, again, to all who helped make this night possible.  Until next time, Portland! ✌🏽️ 

BRIAN MICHAEL LEVIN and myself, basking in post-opening glory.  Thank you, again, to all who helped make this night possible.  Until next time, Portland! ✌🏽️