Art in the Pearl

This past weekend was the annual Art in the Pearl-in, you guessed it-the Pearl District in downtown Portland. Each year artists pitch tents in the North Park Blocks and showcase their best works. It is always a treat to see what local artists are producing, so I had to go! Here is a small sample of the stuff I saw. The day was perfectly Portland: chilly and rainy, and some of the pictures aren't my best (I just took my little digital, not the Nikon). Click here to see a full list and links to artist's websites and work.

These cool prints were exciting to look through.

Loved these sculptural wall pieces using mixed media by artist Yoshi Aoki. There were also great nested pieces with wrapped wire. I can picture these in a salon/spa. Check out his website to see his awesome work.

I was delighted to see these delicately sculpted light fixtures that could instantly bring a room to another dimension. The shapes are inspired from nature like shells and flowers.

Mel Stiles is the mastermind behind her the line Stubborn Design Works. Her pieces were ultra-modern and are crafted of resin in metal. The jewelry's organic shapes would complement a structured outfit (by Leanne from Project Runway perhaps?) and are surprisingly feather-light.

Glass chinese lanterns!

What is a day outside in Portland without seeing owners showing off their dogs? These St. Bernards were HUGE.

These artists, in collaboration with the Oregon School of Art and Craft were forging metals, so cool!

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