Who says going to school on the weekend isn’t fun? On December 1 and 2, da Vinci Arts Middle School will open its doors for the eighth annual da Vinci Arts Fair, featuring boutique arts and crafts by more than 70 local artists. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. The event takes place at da Vinci Arts Middle School, 2508 NE Everett St. Admission is free.
One of the more popular holiday fairs in Portland, the da Vinci Arts Fair offers the ideal shopping venue for out of the ordinary gifts, including jewelry, stoneware, ceramics, exotic clocks, sculptures, metal work, paintings, photos, and wearable art. There is also live music, hands-on activities, food, and a selection of student artwork for sale.
Local artist Hadley Hutton has donated an original painting titled “PDX Mona” to the school, which will be raffled on December 2 at 3 p.m. Raffle tickets are $5 each and are available at the school; only 500 tickets will be sold. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Hutton’s interpretation gives Mona a nose ring, painted nails and dyed hair. Her purse – well, she put a bird on it! The piece is fitting for da Vinci’s motto of “Keep da Vinci Weird.”
“This is truly a family event that directly supports local artists and arts education,” said Fred Locke, principal of da Vinci Arts Middle School. “Artists are carefully selected to offer an intriguing variety of superbly crafted items, and our students have the chance to experience what it means to be a real working artist.”
da Vinci Arts Middle School is a special focus school in the Portland Public School system. Founded in 1996 on the belief that the arts are essential to human development, da Vinci Arts Middle School seeks to serve a culturally, ethnically and economically diverse group of arts-focused learners in grades 6 through 8. Its goal is to create a rich arts-filled learning environment for students, staff and families. For more information, visit www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/davinci.