Green + Gold: Salute the Timbers on Alberta Street

The Portland Timbers, in conjunction with Alberta Main Street and Art on Alberta, will unveil their new 2013 primary and secondary jerseys on Last Thursday, February 28, 2013. The unveiling will feature an art exhibition, with Timbers inspired art at Alberta Street galleries.

There are plenty of other related antics happening on the street that night. Check out our main blog page, and Facebook for more deets. See you at Last Thursday!

Alberta Street Fair + AoA Papercut Craft Table- August 11th

11 AM to 7 PM — Join Art on Alberta at the Alberta Street Fair! There will be over 250 vendors, as well as a beer garden and several stages with whole slew of entertainment options. Yes, that means belly dancers. Hosted by Alberta Main Street, this event is going on it’s 15th year and is expected to blow the minds of young and old folk alike. RED ROVER will be there with a new installation by Abigail McNamara, PLUS our very own board members will be hosting a family-friendly table for papercut craft projects— so make sure to drop on by!

Suggested donation is $2. More information at: For information on how to volunteer for this event, go HERE.


Alberta Street’s Last Thursday – July 26th

6 PM to 10 PM — Come on out for July’s Last Thursday on NE Albert Street! RED ROVER will be featuring a new installation by Abigail McNamara that has been personally designed and executed for the unique space of our gallery! It will be sure to knock your socks off!

Alberta Street’s Last Thursday – June 28th

6 PM to 10 PM — Yep, it’s that time again! If you haven’t already taken a gander, RED ROVER will be at 19th & Alberta featuring an installation by Jackie Avery. It’ll be a gas!

Alberta Street’s Last Thursday – May 31st

6 PM to 10 PM — Kicking off RED ROVER’s NEW home at 19th & Alberta and June 2012’s installation by Jackie Avery. This event will take place at the Vagabond’s Theatre, hosted by Rose City Vaudeville.

Sunday Parkways – May 13th

11 AM to 4 PM RED ROVER will be making a special appearance for the NE Portland Sunday Parkways. This series of free community events promotes active transporation (walking, biking, rolling), and allows residents and visitors to enjoy a traffic-free loop of streets connecting parks and schools that is filled with activities, music, and vendors. This Sunday Parkways will be an eight-mile route through the Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill neighborhoods.

This event is happening RAIN or SHINE, and is FREE and open to the public.

Alberta Street’s Last Thursday – April 26th

6 PM to 10 PM — Yep, that’s right! RED ROVER is coming on down to Alberta Street for the monthly Last Thursday festivities. Featuring our current installation by Alice McLean, made ENTIRELY of re-used materials. Come on down and check it out!

Earth Day Cleanup – April 21

10 AM TO 2 PM — Come celebrate Earth Day with Art on Alberta, Alberta Main Street, and the rest of the Alberta Arts community! RED ROVER will be making a special appearance with an Earth Day-themed exhibit hosted by Alice McLean. Check in is at 4941 NE 17th Ave., and after the Clean Up we’ll celebrate our accomplishments at the Golden Garbage Awards, complete with prizes.

Volunteers can sign up on Alberta Main Street’s website:

This event is FREE, and happening RAIN OR SHINE from, so bring your gloves and a friend, and let’s make Portland beautiful!!

2012 State of the Arts Address – March 21

Every year RACC presents a “State of the Arts” report to Portland City Council, and we need help filling council chambers to remind our elected officials how strong and passionate and talented the local arts community is. This year’s State of the Arts report will be a bit different – and shorter – than past presentations. We will show a few highlights from our annual report. We will focus on one of our most critical unmet needs in this community, arts education. We will ask Council to recognize the value and importance of increasing our investments in arts and culture. And we will lay the groundwork for City Council to refer the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN)plan to the ballot later this summer.

CAN’s plan will transform the way we fund arts organizations and arts education in the City of Portland. If the ballot measure is approved in November, it will mean millions more for the arts in our community, including arts specialists in every Portland grade school and significant funding increases for arts and culture organizations throughout the city. A strong turnout at the State of the Arts presentation is a critical step in this process; we must remind City Council how strong and organized we are, and how much we bring to the community.

Please join us at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, on March 21st from 9:30-10:30AM – and bring your friends and coworkers too! RSVP to

Elly Baldwin Hosts RED ROVER’s January Installation: Self-Portraits, No. 1-105

Join Art on Albertain viewing its mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, for the month of January on Northeast Alberta Street from December 29th, 2011 to January 19th, 2012. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artist, Elly Baldwin will be showcasing Self Portraits, No. 1 – 105— an installation in this unique space that will be on public display through January.

Eleanor Baldwin received her B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, where she was awarded the Barbara Bartholomew Scholarship at the recommendation of her department. Elly will be presenting a collection of self-portraits painted consecutively over a period of 125 days. By utilizing the mirror as a space for self-reflection, she used her works to meditate on the ever-shifting nature of identity and the ways in which we choose the aspects of ourselves to be seen by the world. In addition to revealing Elly’s daily self-interpretation, this series also explores the medium of painting itself by experimenting with the application of material, from acrylic and oil paint to coffee grounds and plastic bubble wrap.

The RED ROVER gallery may be seen on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 through January 19th, 2012 on Northeast 21st Avenue between Sumner and Emerson Streets

AoA at Live Wire! Radio Show

Join Art on Alberta at the Live Wire! Radio performance at the Alberta Rose Theater on Friday, December 2, 2011. Our mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, will make a festive appearance at this event as well, so come on down and check out this month’s look!

Live Wire is a weekly radio variety show recorded in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon and airing in Oregon and on stations throughout the country. Featuring live music, illuminating conversations and original sketch comedy, Live Wire delivers old school variety with a modern twist to you, wherever you may roam. This show will feature:

TOM KENNY – the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants

CHRIS GUILLEBEAU – entrepreneur, world traveler and author of The Art of Non-Comformity. Chris’ mission and the mission of his book is to help people live unconventional lives, make their own choices and change the world. Chris is currently on a 5 year personal quest to visit every country in the world.

JOHN de GRAAF – author, speaker and national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, a US/Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine. John recently co-authored What’s the Economy For, Anyway? Why it’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.

ROLLIN SOLES – Award-winning chief winemaker for Argyle Wines

Muscial guests:

VIVA VOCE – A special performance with only the duo of Kevin and Anita Robinson. Their latest recording with their full band is entitled The Future Will Destroy You.

TELEKINESIS- band with roots in Seattle, Portland and Chicago with their most recent CD 12 Desperate Straight Lines

Doors open at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit

Hope to see you there!

CAN: An Artful Evening of Appreciation

We support the Creative Advocacy Network! Do you? Join CAN and the CAN Action Fund in celebrating their amazing accomplishments in 2011 and the success that your support has made possible! There will be wine and chocolate, and a special presentation from CAN’s Executive Director, Jessica Jarratt Miller. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Armory Mezzanine (128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, Oregon). For an invitation to the event, click on the festive can logo to the left!

Opening Night Festivities at Tannenbaum Madness!

Every year, families and art lovers are invited to celebrate the season with their favorite Alberta Street merchants. Northeast Alberta Street will again be alive and bustling with festive lights, gallery openings, and plenty of restaurants serving some of the best food in town. Tannenbaum Madness happens from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Art on Alberta will be collaborating with Alberta Main Street— a local organization dedicated to developing Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community. We will be hosting a decorating table at Alberta Main Street’s office at 1722 Northeast Alberta Street, where ornament-making materials will be provided for kids and adults to decorate Alberta’s DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Tree on display in the front window of Alberta Main Street. There will be plenty of materials to create ornaments to take home, too! Special thanks to SCRAP for helping us provide materials for this event!

Our mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, will be festively transformed into an enormous ornament for the occasion. This trailer is used as an installation space, a gallery, a tool for art education, and a vehicle for bringing art to the community in an unconventional way. The gallery may be seen in front of Alberta Main Street on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Thereafter, it will be located on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets until December 28th.

For more information about Tannenbaum Madness, visit:

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY’s Art & Culture Program: Artists Reception for Variable, Visual, Variety

This event features the works of eleven talented artists from Painters Showcase: Jan Hardenburger, Kay Allenbaugh, Laurene Coleman, Evelyn Fritz, Shirley Moore, Richard Durden, Royce Kugler, Linda Baker, Jan Youngman, Dee Rommel, and Donna Breathhouwer. The reception will be held on the 2nd floor balcony of the F.W.J. Sylwester Library in the George R. White Library & Learning Center on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 6 – 8pm. Proceeds of the art sales will benefit the future art and culture programs. More information is available HERE.

ART SPARK: Create Plenty @ Vie de Boheme

This Thursday, November 15th at 5-7pm, Art Spark will be celebrating Create Plenty’s International Plastic Quilt Project (IPQP)– an effort to find alternatives to single-use disposable plastic by collecting it and creating quirky and elaborate quilt squares. Come out to Vie de Boheme, listen to some live jazz, and check out these amazing works of art! More info at:

Kellee Beaudry’s Gods of Frolic Premeire at October’s Last Thursday!

Join Art on Alberta in viewing its mobile art gallery, Red Rover, during Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street on October 27, 2011. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artist, Kellee Beaudry, will showcase a three-dimensional installation in this unique space on public display through November.

Inspired by Henry Ward Beecher’s quote, “The dog is the god of frolic,” Kellee Beaudry will present a collection of works that capture the dynamism and unique personality of our animal companions. Beaudry paints alla prima, using a broken color technique that renders clean, high chroma color. Utilizing impressionistic and bold brushwork to evoke the liveliness, playfulness, and humor of her subjects, Beaudry’s work speaks to the connection we have with our animal companions.

The gallery may be seen on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at 2224 Northeast Alberta Street in front of Healthy Pets Northwest. Thereafter, the exhibit may be seen through November 23 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

Furry friends welcome!


We CAN for the Arts: A Benefit for the Creative Advocacy Network

Join Art on Alberta as we support CAN (Creative Advocacy Network)!

Like CAN, we believe that the arts are not a luxury, but a necessity to life in Portland. CAN’s mission is to establish a dedicated public fund for the arts by 2012, to increase access to arts and culture for every resident, make free arts and music experiences available to every school-age child in their classrooms and communities and strengthen our highest-quality arts and cultural institutions allowing Portland to finally reach our true creative and cultural capacity.

Presented by the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, this night will include:

Art Sale from local artists.

Live Music by Sneaking Out and Ashleigh Flynn

Finishing the night up will be Sister Spinna DiVinyl DJ-ing a mean set. So feel free to hang out and dance, eat, drink and be merry.

$5 cover

“This fundraiser is a way to bridge the gap to a part of the community that hasn’t had much interaction with us,” says Guard Lance Boyles of the Portland Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “It is obvious that Portland is a wonderful art hub. We need to nurture the budding artists of our community so Portland can continue with its legacy and culture of creative expression. This event would help support that.”

Come support and help nurture the future artists of Portland. We pride ourselves on our Arts; so let’s help feed this cause.

RED ROVER + Susannah Kelly + Neil M. Perry = Sept Last Thursday Installation Extraordinaire!

Join Art on Alberta in viewing its mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, during Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street this Thursday, September 29, 2011. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artists, Susannah Kelly and Neil M. Perry, will showcase a three-dimensional installation in this unique space on public display through October.

  • WHO: Susannah Kelly and Neil M. Perry
  • WHAT: Stilted Ambitions
  • WHEN: Last Thursday
    September 29, 2011, 5pm to 9pm
  • WHERE: Art on Alberta’s RED ROVER, a mobile art gallery
    Salt & Straw Ice Cream
  • 2035 Northeast Alberta Street 
  • Portland, OR 97211

After Last Thursday, the exhibit may be seen through October 26 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

About the artists:

Susannah Kelly and Neil M. Perry are an artistic duo currently practicing in Portland, Oregon. They have collaborated on murals, paintings, and now installations. This is the first 3D exhibit the pair has constructed and, although the process was not without difficulty, both artists feel they have learned a lot about their own skills and their working relationship. They hope we enjoy the installation. We know we will – and we’ll surely keep an eye out for their future collaborations around Stumptown.

About the installation:

Expectations about modern lifestyles are strongly ingrained but weakly supported. Even though we live in a world experiencing the repercussions of overwhelming debt and financial decay, notions of success have not shifted. What was once attainable is now beyond most people and the many are made to feel inadequate, due to the failings of the few. Owning a family home is the quintessential symbol of contemporary success, and we are made to want it, even if it is unsupportable. Living beyond one’s means has become the norm, and people struggle to support the tenuous systems they were made to believe were sustainable. Rather than return to building our lives on stronger foundations of a more realistic lifestyle we seem content to use taller, less sturdy stilts which are ever more likely to collapse.

CLICK HERE to view the press release in a new window or tab.

RED ROVER’s next installation by Colleen Flanigan debuts at Last Thursday August 25th on Alberta Street


Join Art on Alberta in viewing its mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, during Last Thursday on Northeast Alberta Street this Thursday, August 25, 2011. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artist, Colleen Flanigan, will showcase an installation simulating a Biorock® reef ecosystem in the unique space on public display through September.

    • WHO: Colleen Flanigan
    • WHAT: Living Sea Sculpture: Contemporary Art as Coral Refuge
    • WHEN: Last Thursday
      August 25, 2011, 5pm to 9pm
    • WHERE: Art on Alberta’s RED ROVER, a mobile art gallery
      “Art Square” sponsored by Radio Room
    • 1130 Northeast Alberta Street (across the street from Radio Room) Portland, OR 97211

With the help of artists from Gossamer Fiber Arts, Ms. Flanigan crocheted corals and felted fish to create art as ecology. Also on exhibit is a 1:12” scale model of the Living Sea Sculpture built for the Museo Subacautico de Arte in Cancun. This installation in the RED ROVER roving gallery space may be viewed during Last Thursday (5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) at 1130 Northeast Alberta Street.

On September 20th RED ROVER will make its way to the Mission Theater & Pub at 1624 NW Glisan Street for OMSI’s Science Pub where Colleen will present Living Sea Sculpture: Contemporary Art as Coral Refuge. Thereafter, the exhibit may be seen through September 26 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

Artist Statement

How can art play a central role in solving our ecological problems? By moving the paradigm from “art about ecology” to “art as ecology,” and giving voice and form to science and solutions.  With Biorock® mineral accretion, scientific inquiry and engineering meet with emotion, compassion, and composition to provide coral life support, shore protection, and marine habitat.  Years of jewelry and mixed-media sculpture making, plus a exploration with electroforming and gardening, led Flanigan to discover this creative niche.  In this installation, Flanigan simulates a Biorock® reef ecosystem.  The crocheted corals and felted fish are by artists and crafters throughGossamer Fiber Arts.  Also in the exhibit is Flanigan’s 1:12″ scale model of the Living Sea Sculpture built for the Museo Subacautico de Arte (MUSA) in Cancun.  You can see a video of her process and work here.

Colleen Flanigan

Visual, performing, and environmental artist

Currently living in Portland, Oregon, and raised along the Monterey Peninsula in California, Colleen Flanigan has been listening to the ocean tide for much of her life.  Her background is in design, jewelry, steel sculptures, conceptual and interactive mixed media, and ball-and-socket armatures for stop-motion animation (including for the LAIKA feature movie, “Coraline.”) Through her socio-ecological alter egos, Miss Snail Pail and Amphitrite, Flanigan has joined the voices defending our natural resources as an interventionist artist. The documentary, “On the Trail with Miss Snail Pail” has been screened at four environmental film festivals since 2009. As Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, Flanigan leads coral restoration re-enactments. Working with an international team in Cancun this summer, she built a steel sculpture inspired by DNA for the underwater Museo Subacuático de Arte (MUSA). Colleen is in the first class of TED Senior Fellows.

CLICK HERE to view the press release in a new window or tab.

RED ROVER’s next installation by Rosalynn and Adam Rothstein debuts Saturday August 13th at the Alberta Street Fair


Join Art on Alberta in viewing its mobile art gallery, RED ROVER, during Alberta Street Fair on Northeast Alberta Street this Saturday, August 13, 2011. Each month the trailer presents artwork from local artists. This month’s featured artists, Rosalynn and Adam Rothstein, will showcase a moving fabric installation in the unique space on public display through August.

  • WHO: Rosalynn and Adam Rothstein
  • WHAT: Moving fabric installation
  • WHEN: Alberta Street Fair
    August 13, 2011, 11am to 7pm
  • WHERE: Art on Alberta’s RED ROVER, a mobile art gallery
    Alberta Main Street
    1722 Northeast Alberta Street
    Portland, OR 97211

The Rothsteins constructed fabric tunnels from the gallery windows to view an interior installation powered by atomic clocks and made of re-purposed materials. This unique installation in the RED ROVER roving gallery space may be viewed during Alberta Street Fair(11:00 am to 7:00 pm) at 1722 Northeast Alberta Street. Later that evening, the gallery will then move to Yakuza Lounge located at 5411 Northeast 30th Avenue. Thereafter, the exhibit may be seen at Multnomah Arts Center on August 20, and finally through August 30 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

Artists’ Statement

This installation is made of entirely reused materials except for the fasteners (duct tape and zip ties) and batteries. Both artists place a high degree of importance on using re-used or re-purposed materials in their artworks. The artists seek to inspire a high degree of interactivity from the viewer with their pieces, whether that interactivity is tactile or conceptual. As such, they both believe in the importance of utilizing re-used or found materials in order to heighten the degree to which the audience can engage in the discussion of resource management.

Rosalynn Rothstein lives in Portland and grew up in New York. Her father worked at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and one of her first memories is drawing cats and flowers in a Pratt studio. She studied at the Parsons School for Art and Design during high school and continued her study of art at Grinnell College where she earned a B.A. in comparative literature. She supplements her current work for the city of Portland with hobbies, including rebuilding smashed objects in Jello, crocheting, knitting and baking, for which she received several blue ribbons at the Oregon State Fair. Recently her study of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana and volunteering at SCRAP has been a strong influence and developing force on her paintings and sculpture.

Adam Rothstein is involved in production, the space and time of which is certainly having some brutal times. Those who involve themselves in the enjoyment of making things are feeling pressure from the quarters of those who cannot spare energies, material and monies for such futile pursuits as production. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon and enjoys drawing trees.

CLICK HERE to view the press release in a new window or tab.

RED ROVER Debuts with Artist Lauren Grube

Join Art on Alberta in welcoming its mobile art gallery, a 1960s teardrop trailer dubbed RED ROVER, during June’s Last Thursday event on Northeast Alberta Street. Each month the trailer will present works from local artists. This month’s featured artist, Lauren Grube, will showcase photographs and a nature installation in the unique space on public display through July.

  • WHO: Lauren Grube
  • WHAT: photographs and nature installation
  • WHEN: Last Thursday on Alberta (June 30, 2011, 5 – 9pm)
  • WHERE: Art on Alberta’s Red Rover near Binks Bar @ 2715 Northeast Alberta Street

Looking through the gallery windows at her installation, Ms. Grube hopes you will examine your ongoing interaction with nature, yet momentarily within the confines of a metal trailer. The gallery may be seen on Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00pm at 2715 Northeast Alberta Street in front of Binks Bar. Thereafter, the exhibit may be seen through July 26 on Northeast 19th Avenue between Going and Wygant Streets.

Artist Statement
Nature is wondrously alive. Across the planet we are all sustained and surrounded by its magic, whether or not we realize it or even see it. It envelops, protects and sustains everyone regardless of age, race or religion. It can comfort and solace. It imbues us with the wisdom of its ancient ways, simply by its being. I’ve always been intrigued with the power of this silent world and look for opportunities to capture its spirituality through photography. We may find it in a spectacular scenic vista or in the intricate design of a single leaf. The inner beauty of this mysterious world resonates with meaning and unity, if we only stop to notice. How does this silent world then feel inside a trailer? Does that metal barrier make us feel differently about what we see?


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