- Damien Webb
- Damien Webb, who designed the Timbers Army crest, submitted this crowd scene for tonight's "What the Timbers Saw" group art show at The Bitter End.
Two of Portland's burgeoning tribes will meet tonight in the name of soccer. And art. And beer. Oh, and charity!
Portland's art and football culture will combine their powers this very evening for "What The Timbers Saw", a group art show co-curated by local artists Susannah Kelly and Neil Perry and presented by the 107ist Timbers Army supporters.
"This is a time when everything's building and everyone's excited, and we wanted to try to pull those two communities together a little bit," said Perry, a UK native who hadn't heard of Portland until the Timbers (and lots of Timbers-Army folk) traveled across the pond in 2006 to take on his favorite club, Sunderland. "It's kind of a dual purpose that the pieces in this show are both artwork and memorabilia."
More than just art inspired by the beautiful game, many of the pieces give a nod to those in the stands.
"The Timbers Army is such a close-knit and buoyant community, that I think it inspires a lot of art from people who submitted," Kelly said. "Soccer is one of those games that's really focused on community. The fans here in Portland have a really special energy."
More than 35 Timbers-inspired pieces from local art-stars Jolby, Amy Ruppel and Chris Haberman, along with Timbers Army dignitaries Damien Webb, James M. Harrison, Daniel Gerhardstein and Timber Jim Serrill will line the walls of The Bitter End pub starting at 7:01 p.m. tonight.
More deets, quotes and photos of the art after the jump.
Photography, sculpture, painting, mixed media, digital prints and hand-bound books will be on sale, and rare Timbers memorabilia will be on display at the spiritual home of the Timbers Army, The Bitter End.
Kelly and Perry, both redheads, Northeast Portlanders and artists themselves, say they enjoy seeing art in unexpected places.
"I've never been to an opening at a pub before, but that's kind of what I like about this show," Kelly said. "It's deviating from the norm of an art show. And I think Neil and I enjoy really inclusive art and making our art accessible. And having a whole community of people who wouldn't necessarily be keyed in to the whole First Thursday crowd."
"We wanted to put it somewhere that was comfortable for the crowd and was somewhere they might otherwise be," Perry said. "And the fact that there's beer readily available is always good."
Prices range from $15 for digital prints to $600 for a giant Jackie Avery oil painting (check it out below), and 30 percent of sales will be donated to Operation Pitch Invasion, a 107ist-affiliated non-profit that seeks to repair and maintain soccer pitches around town.
"We wanted to help particularly because (Operation Pitch Invasion) is just getting off the ground," Perry said, noting the local pitch he plays on rotates between "a quagmire and a desert."
The pair put the show together over the last month and are hoping to make it an annual affair that'll eventually have a submission process. They're also hoping to catch the team's home opener, a week from tonight, though their original tickets fell through.
Not a problem, according to Perry.
"We might just lock the doors at The Bitter End and say, 'Nobody leaves until Susannah and I get tickets to the opener,'" Perry quipped. "'We know there are important people here!'"
- Jackie Avery
- Jackie Avery's oil painting on wood depicts a Pioneer woman way ahead of her time in terms of her love for the Timbers.
- Amy Ruppel
- Amy Ruppel, who designed a room at the Ace Hotel, offers this piece featuring smiling axes that makes me happy.
- Susannah Kelly
- Co-curator Susannah Kelly's 18x24 oil painting was inspired by the passion of the crowd and the woodsy motif the Timbers are all about.