What should an art event have to be deemed The Best Art Event in Portland? Well, it should:
- Sweep you away in all the excitement happening around you.
- Make you feel like you're in on a secret or something very rare and special.
- Give you something unique that you didn't expect and that keeps you asking for more.
The "Monster Drawing Rally" at the Portland Art Museum is that art event. 2017 is the 3rd time that the museum will put on this strange and magical event. There are 100 artists participating who donate their time and talent to raise funds for the museum's children's art programs. In 3 one-hour shifts, artists from Portland draw or paint for 1 hour, creating as many works of art as they can in that short time. When the art is done, it's put up on a wall to behold and to be sold for only $35.00.
Right before your eyes, artists materialize beautiful, strange or funny art like a magician pulling fantastic creatures from his top hat. With all the music pumping around you, so many different artists creating beautiful art each hour, and delicious food scents filling the air, you cannot help but be swept away in the non-stop fun and excitement. Amazing sights, sounds, scents, tastes and touches thrill all 5 of your senses. If you don't like the art move on to watch the next art being created. If you weren't able to buy the art that you wanted, there's bound to be another artist creating another magical artwork for you. As the artists form their creations, you're let in on the secret of how it's done. You get to witness what's usually done behind the closed studio doors. You have no idea what each artist will create. It's a surprise. Each artwork is unique and you just want the magic to keep going on and on. Encore. More please. But it only lasts for 3 hours. Hopefully, by the time the last artist stops drawing or painting, you've gotten your very own piece of strange magic from the "Monster Drawing Rally".
This will be my 2nd year to participate as one of the 100 artists donating my time and talent. I cannot describe how thrilled I am to be a part of the Best Art Event in Portland. It will be Friday, July 14th 6-9pm at the Portland Art Museum. Would you want to come and have the time of your life? Or do you need to wash your hair that night? Come with dirty hair. No one will care.