Local artists combine forces to support Street Roots in new art show VALUE
Local artists Sora Shodo, Buckley, Rob Lewis, Bijan Berahimi and Eric W Mast have all produced limited edition works in support of Street Roots, Portland’s weekly newspaper sold by low-income and homeless individuals as a way to earn an income.
The artists’ works originally appeared as back-page ads in the Street Roots newspaper during November and December as part of the organization’s wintertime fundraising efforts. The advertisements were turned into t-shirts, totes and sweatshirts by local agency Kamp Grizzly, with 100% of the sales benefiting Street Roots.
The 5 artists are now combining forces with Kamp yet again for VALUE, a group show at One Grand Gallery on Friday, March 6 from 6-10pm. Each artist will have original artwork for sale with a percentage benefiting Street Roots, in addition to the merchandise listed above. Pabst Blue Ribbon, Underwood/Union Wine Company and Brew Dr. Kombucha will provide beverages and refreshments to guests. Music will be curated throughout the night by DJ Lamar LeRoy, and there will be a special live calligraphy performance with Sora Shodo featuring musical accompaniment by Neill Von Tally.
“There’s something so beautiful about these five local artists joining forces to support Street Roots through artistic expression. Each artist has a different take, a different style, yet it all coalesces around supporting our city’s unhoused population. And we’re so lucky to have an organization like Kamp that can bring all of these artists – and the broader community – together,” says Kaia Sand, Street Roots’ Executive Director.
Show opening on Friday, March 6 from 6pm-10pm
VALUE runs through Sunday, March 8 2020
Street Roots creates income opportunities for individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change. Find out more at news.streetroots.org.