Thursday, August 16, 2007

Art Enables Show, Oct 11

Mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday October 11, 6-9 pm for a art show that my friend and fellow photographer Joni Kabana says "will rock your visual world!" The following are excerpts directly from Joni's PR email...

Art Enables (, is an arts-based training and employment placement program for persons with developmental disabilities sixteen years and older, has been enthusiastically working with a variety of participants to create very dynamic and vibrant paintings.

To spice it up a bit, I contacted 10 commercial photographers to permit the artist to self curate a selection of photographs from which a painting would be derived. The end result? A spirited showing of a collection of paintings and the photographs from which they are based. The show will be hosted and all framing donated by Katayama Framing ( in their beautiful NW gallery.

The photographers know which of their images were selected, but they will not see the paintings until the night of the show. Needless to say, we are all very excited for the unveiling! I have held a long time belief that "there is more to photography than reality", and I am excited to see how these paintings deconstruct and piece together a new perspective of the photographs.

The paintings and photographs will be for sale, and all proceeds will benefit the painter and Art Enables. Additionally, we intend to make a donation to two local organizations helping to promote the show: CCI Enterprises and Special Olympics Oregon.

Address for the show:
2219 NW Raleigh St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 224-3334

On a side note I have seen images of some of the paintings done by participants in the Art Enables program and they are truly amazing and unique. I can't wait to see what the paintings will look like, especially next to the original photograph. Here is the image that was selected from Adrian Klein Photography. It's called Color On The Water and is of Varenna on Lake Como in Italy.


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