PORTLAND, Ore. - A local gallery that highlights the artistic talents of the elderly in our community has opened up shop in the Pearl District.
"It's really exciting being down here," said Amy Henderson, Owner/Curator of Geezer Gallery, who recently moved her gallery from Multnomah Village in Southwest Portland to a new space at 600 N.W. Naito Parkway.
It was a bit of a tough decision to pick up and move stakes, Henderson admitted, because she really loves Multnomah Village. But she felt it was time to make a fresh start in a new part of town that could offer the gallery more exposure.
"I liked the area (Multnomah Village) because I actually made a lot of community friends - and I moved there," she said. "But we were kind of hidden - very hidden."
Henderson said she's seeing more foot traffic in the Pearl District and is also excited to become a part of the First Thursday art scene in the downtown area.
The Gallery's Grand Opening
First Thursday is this week and Henderson is putting the finishing touches on her gallery for a big grand opening celebration that night (from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
Those who stop in will be able to meet artist Karen Story. Her exhibit, The Shipscapes of Captain Bob, is a mesmerizing series of pieces that at first glance appear to be colorful landscape paintings. The magic comes once you learn what you are actually looking at - photographs of the sides of a rusted WWII Navy tugboat that sat in the Multnomah Channel for years.
The work is an example of the beauty that can be found where you least expect it.
If you do visit Geezer Gallery on First Thursday, be sure to stop by the other participating art galleries throughout the Pearl District and in downtown Portland.
About Geezer Gallery
The story behind Geezer Gallery is one of struggle, ambition and a desire to create strong bonds in the community to benefit our aging population.
The gallery is more than just a room full of art - it's an effort to break down the walls of ageism and showcase artistic talents that have been developed over an entire lifetime.
We featured the gallery last year and you can learn more of the back story here: