Located in the thoroughfare through Bakery Office One from Bakery Square Boulevard to East Liberty Boulevard, The Portal Art Gallery is a space dedicated to showcasing captivating, local artwork. The inaugural exhibition features pieces crafted by members of the Bakery Square family: Nellie Lou Slagle, Susie Perelman and Danielle Perelman. The program is set to grow further in 2024, fostering ongoing collaboration with the community and showcasing an array of talented, local artists.
The exhibits are changed throughout the year and all of the art in the galleries is for sale. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Larimer Consensus Group.
The gallery is expected to open soon! Stay tuned for an official opening date.
This show is both a collaboration and an individual expression of the self and the world as I see it expressed through the visual language of abstraction. The crash of colors and markings define my work. This process allows me to conceal yet reveal selectively that which can’t easily be expressed any other way. Painting out loud takes courage. My voice is here.
In all of my work and reflected in the Connections exhibit, inspiration and destruction are constantly battling together to create a push and pull between the uplifting magic and immense weight of the world. In the artistic process, lightness is created when one has freedom from literalness, despite at times focusing on heavy subject matter. This show, like all of my work, invites viewers to interact with the art and contemplate life, evoking reaction and connection.
The photographs in this exhibit spotlight two seemingly opposite worlds. The first, animals living in the plains of the Serengeti. The second, protestors in community marches throughout Pittsburgh and Providence. And yet, what ties them together are questions of character and provocation, as viewers are forced to confront their own identity as outsiders looking in to these disparate worlds. The role of the photographer is voyeuristic in nature, and yet bearing witness is essential in documenting the world in which we inhabit. The photographs in this show aim to capture something both intimate and grand, and allow viewers to question their own roles as both the spectators and participants in life.