Saturday, December 1, 2012

Art Scout's new and approved website

Happy Holidays from Art Scout.  It has been a great year, full of amazing art and great connections. Last month I put together a project with professional photographer Andrew Ferguson that highlights how fine art can enhance it's environment. Please follow the link to the new and improved website and make sure to check out the photos from my latest project on the portfolio page

A beautiful Alberta Art District home gets an Art Scout makeover

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Behind the scenes of Portlandia

Local artists create  “bad art” for Season 2 of Portlandia

Results to be auctioned to benefit local charities.  

Portland, OR- January 19, 2012
Portlandia Season 2, Episode 5, “Cops Redesigned”,  aired on February 3rd. It featured a sketch called “Good Walls Bad Art” spoofing the cliche art that is often shown in coffee shops and other such public venues.  Featuring themes like flying coffee cups, and kitties hanging from tree branches, this is the type of work that many arts connoisseurs love to hate.  

Portlandia Production Designer, Tyler Robinson, enlisted the help of local art consultant, Bridget Larrabee, aka “Art Scout,” to organize a task force of local artists and challenge them to create “bad art” to share on national TV. The experience proved both challenging and rewarding for professional painters and photographers that were involved: Anna Magruder, Shawn Demarest, Andrew Ferguson and Rebecca Shapario, Jolie Guillebeau, Jenn Feeney, Nicole Daughters, Erica Lee Sears.

Once filming was complete, a few original works were autographed by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, and guest star, Sean Hayes. Fred and Carrie, who are large supporters of the Humane Society, requested that one of the cat-inspired pieces be donated to the Humane Society Auction “This piece of art gifted to us will go a long way towards saving many homeless pets in our community” - Barbara Baugnon. Another piece has been promised to KZME 107.1, a local arts-focused radio station. There are a few more works that are still available for donation. Please contact Bridget Larrabee for further information.
 Here is a selection of some of the 70+ paintings we came up with for the "bad art good walls" sketch for Season 2 of Portlandia

Here are 2 of the 5 pieces that were signed by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and guest star Sean Hayes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Radio interview today with 107.1 KMZE

Art Scout talks to Lauren Oujiri on KZME about Pop Ups and Portlandia

107.1 ArtclecticPDX starts at 5 pm
Art Scout is the second interview

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

End of the season

Downtown Artistry was a huge success this year with a 300% raise in total sales as well as a huge amount of artists participation.

Thank you to all the that supported us: the growing group of artists, our loyal customers, first time visitors to the shop, the city employees who made the project happen, and all who support local art and the Pop-Up revolution.  

Stay tuned to see what is in store for 2012

Downtown Artistry is back for another season

 Downtown Artistry a place for artful gifts

Open 11-7 Tues-Sunday 

Located at 940 SW Morrison

Organized by Art Scout, Art Consultant, Bridget Larrabee featuring work by the Oregon Potters Association, Oregon Glass Guild, Made Craft Boutique, and local individual artists.

A collection of local talented artists, with gifts ranging from artistic holiday cards to original paintings
Pop-up shop partners include downtown’s Clean & Safe District, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, Downtown Retail Advocate, Downtown Marketing Initiative, City of Portland, Vizwerks, Stevens-Ness, and Bill Naito Company.

Tyler Robinson shouts out to Art Scout on a Design Sponge interview

Tyler Robinson the Production Designer for Portlandia did an interview with my favorite blogger Design Sponge.  He mentioned Art Scout and he talks a little about the project I helped out with.  Here is the link to Tyler's interview

I will be able to share more details with you once my episode airs.  But keep an eye out you might see me as an extra on other episodes.