Friday, March 14, 2014

Portland Parlor Meeting March 19, 2014

Our next Portland SAQA meeting will be on Wednesday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 midday. Please note the change of venue: we will meet at the Beaverton Public Library, located at 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005 (between SW Hall Blvd and SW Tucker Ave). The library has a parking lot, and there is street parking. Enter the lobby and turn left. Our meeting room will be straight ahead of you. 

We have plenty to talk about! This is what I have on the agenda so far; please email Elizabeth Bamberger if you would like to add anything.

- Artist Statements. This will be our second session working on our Statements - remember, they are always works in progress, so don't agonize about whether your Statement is "perfect", just bring your most recent version and we'll tap into each others' ideas and inspirations. If you haven't yet written a Statement, just come and listen and get ideas. Last November we talked about both your Artist Statement (this describes who you are as an artist) and Gallery Tags (a "sound bite" of 25 to 50 words about a specific piece of work.) This time around, we'll revisit both of these, breaking up into small groups so we can each give and get plenty of feedback. There are plenty of articles out there to help us think about this process - google "Artist Statements". Here are just a couple:
"What to say in your artist statement" by Leni Levenson Wiener; SAQA Journal, Fall 2011, p16. On the SAQA website in the Members section, if you no longer have that issue.
Search for statements at: and

- Reporting back from the Oregon SAQA Conference in Newberg.

- Creating closer connections with our other Oregon parlor groups - Central Oregon and Valley South. Bring your ideas about what we might share, joint projects we might create, and how we can set about doing this.

- News, announcements, brags, show and tell. I think show and tell is one of the most inspiring parts of our meetings; bring a finished piece or a work in progress, and let's have fun.

We don't have facilities for providing drinks or snacks at the library, but feel free to bring your own. See you there!


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