New Mural Installation on Block 15!

by Bettie de Witt via Klutch himself

Over the course of the next 3 months Portland artist Klutch and his team will be creating a temporary 130 ft mural at Block 15. He initially planned to do a Kickstarter fundraiser to pay for his supplies but instead took advantage of the nice weather to begin work on Feb. 20. With 3 clear days and donated funds Klutch and his crew have already transformed a bare plywood wall into an very colorful vision of things to come.

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch says that his vision for this wall is to create a mural that will continuously evolve over its temporary lifespan. Aesthetically the mural’s content will be a mixture of abstract backgrounds and brightly-colored organically-influenced surreal characters. Feathers, plants, clouds, and bubbles are all frequent elements that appear in his work.

Photo: Klutch

Photo: Klutch

This is one dedicated team so expect to see them working anytime it’s not raining. These guys are truly in love with painting murals and the hundreds of hours of their time they are donating to this project is clear evidence of this. In addition, they are also self-funding all of their paint and supplies. Any day now Klutch will be launching a Kickstarter fundraiser to recoup his costs and I will share that link as soon as it becomes live. They are all friendly and articulate guys so feel free to approach them and inquire about the mural.

Klutch and team

Photo: Doug Shapiro

Klutch has been creating visual mischief for three decades and his work had appeared on walls, galleries, and magazines around the world. In 2005 the suite that he painted for San Francisco’s Hotel Des Arts was featured in Time magazine’s annual Best Of issue.

We appreciate all that Klutch and his crew are doing to add to the exciting visual aesthetic of the North Pearl. Can’t wait to see the final result!

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Empire Plastics – Christmas at the Streetcar Lofts

by Bettie DeWitt

Chris' Santas

How great are these? Chris Willis, Collector Extraordinaire and Chief Illuminator, has once again lightened up the Pearl and our hearts with part of his collection of holiday characters, these vintage Empire Plastic blowmolds. This year he’s showcasing Santa and his Friends and Colleagues at 1019 NW 11th between Seres on the corner and Flairwalk. If you remember, Chris did another installation at the FLOR space in Tanner Place a few years ago (before it was occupied by FLOR) which contained enough Santas to come down the chimneys of greater Portland all at the same time. To see better photos than mine please visit here. Chris’s posted sign is below so you can appreciate all the details.

Photo: Chris Willis

Photo: Chris Willis

Chris' Poster

Please stop by to see. The figures light up at noon and continue until you’re home fast asleep. Or watching NCIS or Downton Abbey. And they’ll be there until January. Enjoy!!

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Experience Design at Christopher David

by Bettie DeWitt

CD Signage

What’s been missing in our neighborhood, in my opinion, is a really great place for home decor for yourself or for a gift – sorry, but neither Jonathan Adler nor Bella Casa do it for me. With the recent opening of Christopher David, my prayers have been answered. Chock full of delightful items to freshen up your space or the home of the very lucky host/ess who sent you an invitation to tonight’s cocktail party, Chris Giovarelli offers up goods at all price points.

The window displays alone make you eager to get inside and the variety and quality of the items keep you thinking about them long after you’ve had to leave the store to get back to work.

Design Anchor

But gifts are not the only thing at CD! There are three distinct parts to the space – one end is anchored with owner Chris’ full service design studio and the other by Cosmin Bisorca’s floral area. The center is anchored by the coffee bar.

        Cosmin's Florals       CD Coffee       At NW 10th Entrance  Pendant Fixture over Floral Area

In floral, on offer are gorgeous fresh flowers to purchase by the stem or bouquet, terrariums of succulents and air plants and a variety of vases. Cosmin provides full floral service for special events and occassions and workshops on flower arranging and terrarium building. 

For the caffeine-needy, Kevin Nichols is Barista Extraordinaire. He offers, among other things, Water Avenue coffee and those mouth-watering Nuvrei pastries (to me the BEST croissant this side of the Seine). Their location at the head of Jamison Park is a natural for sitting and sipping (with any luck you’ll see me there with a glass of wine very soon).

Let’s see….latte or cap, croissant or pain du raisin?

 But as I said, it’s the contents of the shop that keep me coming back. A nice mixture of new and old – repurposed and antique and fresh-off-the-trending list, Chris’ choices in furniture, lighting and accessories are just right. Cosmin’s flowers add the right touch of life to the space and Kevin’s patrons of the coffee bar help to keep the energy up.

  Candles and More!Centerpiece Showcase

So no matter what you’re in the mood for, Christopher David can supply. If you need it, their address is 901 NW Tenth Avenue at NW Kearney Street (503)-206-8226. Stop by soon, if you haven’t already!

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Labor Day weekend – Free Movies and Art in the Pearl!!

by Bettie DeWitt

The Portland Film Festival will be hosting three free film screenings this weekend in The Fields Park. There will be live music (which starts at 5) and food will be available! All movies start at sunset. Start the popcorn!!!

Mon Ami One SheetOn Friday, the film is Mon Ami. Two friends try executing their ‘get rich quick’ plan by kidnapping their boss’ daughter but when the plan falls apart they must scramble to fix the situation and repair their friendship.*

Forev filmSaturday’s film is Forev. Sophie and Pete get engaged on their first date, which is a 6-hour drive through the desert. And then nothing goes wrong… nothing at all.*

On Sunday, it’s the world premiere of Growing Cities. This is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.* 

Art in the Pearl logoAnd don’t forget Art in the Pearl, our fine arts and crafts extravaganza, held each year on labor Day weekend in the North Park blocks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country and the event fills the site with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.

So get out and have fun! After Monday, no white…..remember!

*Story lines and photos courtesy of IMDB.

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Hosmer Chiropractic – Now OPEN in a New Location

by Bettie DeWitt

Hosmer Chiropractic at the Met

Hosmer Chiropractic Health has moved from its previous location in the Lexis to the Metropolitan (1030 NW Marshall Street at the corner of NW 11th, 503-227-2279).

After a HUGE build-out in a previously naked space, Dr. Seth Hosmer and Dr. Phil DeVasto, along with their group of hard-working health professionals, opened their doors Monday without a breath of space between closing in one location last Friday and opening in another on Monday. Whew! We need a massage just thinking about it!!

Speaking of massages, they put in a second floor for the masseurs/masseuses. What a big change!

What hasn’t changed is their dedication to restoring your health and relieving your pain. Besides chiropractic services (relieving pain from sports, accidents, whiplash, back and neck pain and headaches), they offer coaching for endurance athletes (cyclists and triathaletes) and offer bike fittings to minimize or eliminate the pain caused from cycling with an ill-fitting bike.

Several types of massage are on their menu and all sound relaxing – deep tissue, sports, pin and stretch, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Call or just walk in without an appointment. They can help!

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Ovation Café at the Encore! Encore!!

by Bettie DeWitt

Ovation Cafe at the Encore

Very soon now this heretofore empty retail location in the Encore will be filled with a bustling Ovation Café, a contemporary coffee, tea and snack shop with a menu of hot and cold beverages and various snacks chosen to befit their unique location. Not only will the residents and guests of the Pearl District benefit from having another tasty food and bev option but visitors to the Fields Park will as well!

The owners are experienced restauranteurs with a successful and popular 5-star restaurant in the suburbs of Wilsonville. Their plan is to offer local Flying Bean coffee, innovative espresso beverages (Salted Caramel Latte! Dark Chocolate and Bean Blender! served with flavored whipped cream – yum!) and Moroccan Mint Green tea. Light snacks will include cold sandwiches and hot paninis and the sweets will include giant cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and scones. Pastries will be fresh baked daily.

But we’re told it’s consistent, superior service that sets them apart from the rest. That’s a lot to live up to, but we have the highest of hopes! 

The TI build-out will start soon and we are hoping eventually there will be seating on the sidewalk so we can not only sip on our Vanilla Latte Bean Blender but enjoy the Fields Park in all its splendor. 

Later on in the summer let’s plan to stop by and introduce ourselves to Dee and her family and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Isobel’s Garden

by Bettie DeWitt

Look what those little hands over at Zimmerman Community Center’s Isobel’s Garden have done!! With the guidance of bigger people, the students and pre-schoolers (clearly all with very green thumbs) have created an oasis of flowers, vegetables and herbs over on one of our undeveloped blocks on NW Raleigh and 14th. We’ve donated the use of the space as we did previously on our Block 15, across from the Fields Park, because it’s a great organization to support – they do a lot for the community.

What a lovely way for the children to learn about nature and connect with where their food comes from. Please go see – not just the beautiful garden, but the Zimmerman Community Center as well!!

ZCC garden h

All photos are courtesy of Kris Moore of the Center.

ZCC garden mZCC garden gZZC Garden ZCC garden kDo you think they’ll go home and say “What shall we do with all this zucchini?”

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