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We at Rutz are excited to let you know about two solo exhibits. Details soon:

Jupiter Gallery: What Isn’t Staged

Opening Aug. 5; closing Oct. 4, 2016

800 E Burnside, Portland, Oregon

 

Gay Street Gallery: New Paintings

Opening Oct. 22, 2016; closing Jan. 2, 2017

337 Gay Street, Washington, Virginia

Enjoy a look at my newest gallery affiliation here. The Road Gallery is a New York based business with a great online presence. I’m thrilled to be a part of their latest venture, “The 500 Project.” Everything in said Project is priced below $500. Nice.

Thanks to curator Neil Jacobs for taking me on!

More pictures and an essay on my painting practice are coming soon to the site. So check back…

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If you think this photo shows a lame attempt at festivity, you’re right. But starting tomorrow at 4 pm, this space gets fabulous: A full-on Cabaret with some of our city’s best painters’ paintings lining these walls. (I’m told there’s a Cabaret lesson in there. Someone tell me what that means!)

Look for all this goodness upstairs at the Portland Night Market this weekend.

Portland Night Market: 12 and 13 Feb.

100 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon

Parking is terrible there! (Be warned.)

At this event’s first gasp, last November, 15,000 people enjoyed it. Don’t miss out!

Here’s a little piece on our models’ takeaways one year after posing for their portraits. Thanks to the editors at On Patrol: The Magazine of the USO for publishing what I think is an important and little noticed debate among military veterans: What’s our responsibility to our community after we return?

(If the link above doesn’t work, click here and then go to the “Digital Edition” link to the right. You’re looking for pages 12-13.)

In other news: Sadly, my three-year collaborative relationship with sculptor Christopher Wagner is coming to an end. He and his wife have sold their Portland house and are hitting the road on a year-long adventure. Follow that comedy here.

Read my latest piece on striking a balance between popularizing and protecting the incredible Underground Cities of World War I in northeastern France. Thanks to photographer Jeff Gusky for his time and energy during two long interviews for this story.

As I’ve said here before, I consider it my duty to be writing about this important archeological project. Time is running out to properly preserve these sensitive sites. Vandalism and decay are accelerating down there.

One of the models for the new show, The Tattooed, takes in some of the paintings at the opening, Thursday, Aug. 27. Thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to Guardino Gallery to celebrate with me and my esteemed colleague, sculptor Christopher Wagner. We had a great time!

Join us here, at Alberta Street’s venerable Guardino Gallery, for a sweet mix of painting and sculpture about tattooed people. As usual, I worked with live models, and I worked with sculptor Christopher Wagner, to make a two-media portrait project. The snacks and revelry will be in full effect at the last Thursday goodness that is Alberta Street in the summer. Carnival!

Also, Chris and I will be talking about the work on Saturday, Sep. 19, at 2pm. Eloquently.

Guardino Gallery, 2939 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon

Take a look at our unfolding photo essay on Instagram, available here, about how we at Rutz painting in Oregon recycle the broken bass pipes at Rutz Pipe Organ in Minnesota (my father’s company) into stretcher bars to support oil paintings. These pipes, made of perfect century-old fir, hold tension in a canvas wonderfully.

Sometimes I get to write on a topic really close to my heart.

Did you know under the artillery roar and mud of the Great War’s trenches, thousands of people built underground cities that have laid undisturbed for a century? Many are secret, for now, but unprotected. Check out this article I coauthored on the effort to both promote and protect them.

It’s just a privilege to be a part of this effort, especially on Memorial Day weekend.

Thanks to the editors of PDX Magazine for their support. I wrote an article for their latest edition citing three of the books that have most influenced my thinking about what painting is, chief among them… What Painting Is, by James Elkins. It’s about materials. And bodies. Find the piece here, and let me know what you think in the comments.