This week's blog was written by Visual Artist, Lea K. Tawd.
Every city has its ups and downs. If you live in Portland, you've been hearing a lot of downs lately as housing costs rise, homelessness increases, and our country in general struggles. But when I was 21 years old, I moved here sight unseen and I have never looked back! I love being an artist, and Portland is a great place to be one. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
One thing that Portland is not lacking is artists! There's a fantastic art community here, and I have found most people to be very friendly and generous with sharing their skills and resources. This is not the cutthroat art world that you hear of in some of the bigger cities.
Everyone complains about it, but what better weather is there to hunker down in and make some art?
Whatever you think about that show (personally, I'm not really a fan), Portland IS still pretty weird. There is such a youthful, creative vibe in this city that can fill you with inspiration.
Need to get a hit of nature to reinvigorate yourself? In a mere 20 minutes you can be at a campground, the ocean is only an hour and a half away, Multnomah Falls, Seattle, tons of hiking, skiing, and more are all only a short distance away. Not to mention the city itself is full of beautiful parks and nature areas.
5. Artistic Portland
Okay, so I am admittedly biased about this one! But whether you are downtown at our shop, or at one of the many other beautiful galleries and shops in Portland, you are sure to find art and inspiration wherever you look.