Community Drawing Auction
“Drawing on our Community”
Sunday, February 13th, 6-10 pm
6- 8 pm Live Entertainment
8-10 pm Live Auction emceed by La Sergio
Switchyard Studios presents ‘Drawing on our Community’, an auction fundraiser with the goal of improving the Switchyard Community Gallery.
Over the course of January and February member artists and allies are collaborating on drawings themed on the loving and interdependent relationship vital to an arts community and its members.
Sunday February 13th in the Switchyard Gallery collaborative and individual pieces will be sold in a silent and live auction and given away in a drawing. Entertainment and refreshments will abound. La Sergio will preside as Master of Ceremonies. Performances by Billy Von Raven and others.
Proceeds will fund the extension of the Switchyard Gallery walls and the laying of an earthen floor in the Switchyard Gallery and Community space.
Participant member artists (The trains in our yard): Aiden Koch, Amelia Pillow, Amira Mednick, Casey Burkhart, Courtney Keene, Curtis Williams of North Star Bags, Damon Ayers, David Knox, Emily Jones, Emily Nachison, Gabe Weiss, Heather MacKenzie, Jaik Faulk, Jeremy Davis, Johanna Robinson, Joshua Klyber, Kati Green, Katie Simpson Spain, Katie Todd, Lindsay DeArmond, Michelle Erickson, Michele Maule Molly Jochem, Natalie Jenkins, Nicholas Bottman, Paul Maziar, Rachael Sabin, Rebecca Shelly, River Darensbourg, RJ Beus, Rochelle Koivunen, Ruth Hoffheimer, Sarah Hendrickson, Sarah Mikenis, Sarah K Small, Susan Sullivan, Virginia Driscoll.
Community Collaborators: Emily Nachison, Esther Yan, Michael Endo, River Darensbourg, and YOU!
Portland artist Rochelle Koivunen founded the Switchyard Studios Community in November 2008 and has since provided over 70 artists with centrally located affordable arts community work and exhibition space. Switchyard is housed in a 10,000 square foot warehouse by the railroad tracks and for two years has been home to the studios of over forty artists at a time and now the member- and community-run Switchyard Gallery.
The mission of Switchyard Gallery is to be a community space providing exhibition and event space, education, and mentoring to artists of all levels of experience, philosophies, walks of life, abilities, and identities. The Gallery, once completed, will send out a call to Portland-area curators to collaborate on an exhibition roster balancing the political, emotional, theoretical, and critical needs of the greater Portland community with a focus on consciousness-raising and community-building installations, events and workshops. The Switchyard Gallery will be based on collective business and decision-making models and will share with artists both an increase in collaborative participation in the mounting of exhibits and an increase in the percentage of proceeds from the work. The long-term vision for the Switchyard Studios Community is to also share with non-member artists and groups space for events and a possibly a photography studio at extremely accessible rates.
Switchyard n a railroad yard or terminal in which railroad cars are moved between tracks and trains are assembled and disassembled.
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