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Walked 4.4 Miles – SE Art Walk

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 in Hawthorne, Hipstamatic, Ladd's Addition, Portland, SE Portland, Walks | 0 comments


The SE Art Walk is one of my favorite events. Now in its 10th year, this self guided tour of artists’ studios, taking place the first weekend in March, has more than 80 artists participating. This is the first year that Greg and I have walked the event. In years past, we’d drive to an area and walk from there. The art walk has grown so much and now there are enough folks participating close to home that we decided to walk. The map of the event is much larger than this section, but this is the area we walked. I’m dork and filled our route in with a dashed line. We ended up seeing 46 artists in all.


The day started off with street art. I found a new face that I hadn’t seen before. There are now at least 3 faces here at the corner of Poawell and Milwaukie. I was bummed to see the very cool face at Oaks Bottom has been removed.

Our first stop was at the very cool Ford Building. We got muffins at Ford Food + Drink, and then checked out the three artists located in the building.

I even  made a page. “I’m too fly not to fly” is one of my favorite lines by Saul Williams.

The signs and green balloons were so helpful. Artists were in stores, coffee shops, their own studios and houses or hosted in homes by friends. The boundary of the Art Walk is from 9th to 39th Ave from Hawthorne to Divison. I love walking in this area.

Yesterday was cloudy and kind of stormy. We were so lucky to have practically perfect weather for our walk.

I really like this fiber installation. So intricate. We saw so many different mediums along the walk.

One of the best things about the Art Walk is you get to go into some really cool houses. This house built in 1928 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Interior National Park Service.

A few churches were also involved and could house several artists. It felt like a craft fair at this church.


This totally caught my eye. The picture on the pole is a picture of the video mural in the background. I love a picture within a picture.

I couldn’t believe it when I found another outside of St. Jack’s at 21st and Clinton. Such a brilliant idea. I wish I would have thought of it first.

Art is everywhere.

We stopped for lunch at Gordito’s and topped off the day with a cider from Apex. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I ended up buying a few things. I love this print of downtown Portland from the Oaks Bottom Bluff. It’s one of my very favorite vistas. We refer to Portland as Oz when we see it from here. Now I need to figure out where to hang it.

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