...Elroy Artspace presents a January First Thursday opening reception and two-month exhibition of GNOME inspired fine art in "Gnomeland: the Evolution of Gnomus sapiens". Opening Reception on Jan. 5th at 300 SW 6th Ave. in Downtown PDX, 5-8pm.
In this group exhibition of art inspired by the imagery and tradition of the fabled Garden Gnome, we examine the ongoing evolution of the most gifted and beloved of the Elvish races.
Today’s garden gnomes as we know them spawned out of 19th century Europe, where their forefather “Gartenzwergs” originated in Thuringia, Germany. Thriving throughout Mid-century America in the decades following WWII, they have protected and assisted their human-keepers’ plots as night watchmen and nocturnal gardeners, secretly lending their hands at some lawn tending and weeding.
“Gnomeland | the Evolution of Gnomus sapiens” group exhibition will feature the original fine art of local and national artists Claudia Porter, Brooke Weston, Carolina Seth, Tripper Dungan, John Mulder142, Ashley Costa, Britton Walters, Jonathon Hill-Jacquard, Candy Weil, Chrissie Hart and others inspiriting the continued evolution and perpetuation of these fine little fellows.
Elroy Artspace Gallery resides within the walls of The Original, Portland's downtown destination for all-day dining, renews the spirit of diners and supper clubs from the 1950s and 60s by serving up playful variations on the era's standards of food, art and design. So come and enjoy an evening of colorful, roadside-history art and that much deserved First Thursday nightcap. Settle into a spacious booth for a night of conversation and a cocktail, or stretch out in our plush retro-luxe banquette for an elegant dinner. With an innovative and colorful menu of classic favorites in an atmosphere that's stylish, sophisticated and cool, The Original honors the past as it listens in on the pulse of Portland's adventurous and evolving tastes.
The Original: Eat. Drink. Gather.
300 SW 6th Ave. (at Oak), Portland, OR, 97204