The Big 500 Show is back in Portland this December for its 10th anniversary, and I have five pieces submitted that you should check out!
For those not familiar, Big 500 is the brainchild of Chris Haberman (named Portland's Rock Star Artist) and friends, as well as a number of helpful grade school kids on a field trip at Olympic Mills Gallery, back when show #1 was being hung. The resulting serendipitous display = 100's of 8 x 8" plywood panels, each made into a unique piece of artwork by the invited creators especially for the show. It's a show by artists, for artists and the wider Portland, OR community.
The show has grown into over 5000 panels from 500 artists (hence the name), and a number of Portland's most sought-after artists routinely participate each year. BUT if you're trying to treasure hunt for that special piece, get ready to look at EVERY wall, because all you see is the art- no names or descriptions are displayed except on the back of each piece. You'll run across many more stunning pieces as you go, and it won't be any less than spectacular this year!
Each of the panels sells for $40, cash & carry directly from the show. Free admission with a donation of non-perishable food for Oregon Food Bank.
Big 500 opens this year at Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland, promptly at 2pm on Saturday, December 9th. Get there a few minutes early to see a parade to the gallery- you'll know it by the sound of the echoing bagpipes!
The show will run from 2nd weekend in December through Christmas, for all of your holiday shopping needs.