Welcome to the Preslar Gallery, part of the Limeadestand ArtWorks programs of Limeadestand Works. Our mission is to showcase and create opportunities for the emerging artists of the Pacific Northwest, while expanding the Portland area art scenes outwards to the exurbs.
It is with a bit of sadness that I announce today that the Preslar Gallery will be suspending its operations at the end of July 2019. For the last couple of months, I have been considering whether to discontinue the gallery due to less-than-desirable level of traffic and low sales figures. This season, two shows had to be also cancelled. While the gallery was able to operate at cost thanks to administrative fees assessed on the artists, this situation has become indefensible, and it has not been entirely fair to the artists, either.
It has also come to my attention recently that Estancia Serenova Retreat Center, Inc., which currently hosts the gallery in one of its buildings, is now seeking a new location that is more manageable and closer to Portland. This also means it is likely that the retreat center will go on a hiatus for a period of time, thus I cannot guarantee anything past the end of July.
For these two reasons, I have determined to suspend the gallery programs until further notice, upon the conclusion of the July 2019 exhibit and programming. While it is part of my plan to reopen the gallery at Estancia Serenova’s new location, I am also exploring other opportunities for curation and bringing artists together, maybe in partnership with coffee houses or bookstores.
On a different note, during the past one and a half years of running the gallery, the work of curating the gallery really took me away from creating my own art. Unfortunately, as much as I loved putting together the exhibits and hosting events, art became something I dread, just another “work” to make a little bit of money to get by, repositioning my artistic career as if that’s just part of my other business endeavors. It has not been healthy for me, and it has not been fair for me, either.
If you are one of the artists scheduled to exhibit later this year, I will be contacting you in the next week or so when I have more details. The call for artists for the June exhibit remains open as scheduled (deadline is May 22), and the second annual Queer Art Party will be held as scheduled (June 14–16).
Thank you all for your support so far, it has been a pleasure for me to bring such a diverse and talented pool of emerging artists from as far out as Edmonds, Washington to this humble place. I’ve enjoyed meeting each and all of them.
Edit (May 21, 2019): Earlier version of this story stated that the gallery will suspend its operations effective June 30. It looks like the retreat center will remain open until mid-August. We will be having the July exhibit, featuring April Mitchell.
We're taking a break.
We are taking a break for the month of May. There will be no events at the gallery.
Call for art: Outlaw Identities (for June 2019; deadline May 11, 2019)
The Preslar Gallery at Estancia Serenova, in the woods near Saint Helens, Oregon, will again host the second annual LGBTQ+ Pride and History Month art exhibit and associated events during the month of June (Saturday, June 1 through Sunday, June 30, 2019).
This year’s theme, “Outlaw Identities,” is in response to this past year’s events in politics and in our local communities, in particular, the present U.S. government’s attempts at invalidating and erasing the non-cisheteronormative human existences, an increase in censorship by corporate social media giants, and the resurgence of violent hate crimes in Portland. The theme of this exhibit aims at exploring various ways in which members of the LGBTQ+ communities assert their rights to self-determination, express their personal power, and survive in the contemporary social climate.
June: Second Annual Queer Art Party and Campout (preliminary info)
Due to scheduling conflicts, this event is now scheduled for Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15, just before the Portland Pride Parade. Please note that there will be no regular First Saturday activities for June.
Years ago, the Pride weekend unofficially opened with a big picnic at Overlook Park in North Portland. Unfortunately, that no longer happens any more. It was a nice, low-key, low-stress event in contrast with the big crowd and noises of Saturday and Sunday in downtown Portland.
Last year, the Preslar Gallery hosted a queer-centric and queer-only weekend to coincide with its first annual LGBTQ+ community art show. It was well-attended and was well received. We are located inside a secluded, private retreat center, which makes it possible for us to have a safe(r) space amidst nature.
We plan on having a variety of unstructured, fun, art-oriented activities Friday afternoon and evening complete with a potluck picnic and outdoor movie night, open shoot area for photographers, queer figure drawing, (and much more if you can think of other activities!), and you are welcome to camp out Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy a time away from urban noises. We are only 50 minutes away by car from the North Park Blocks where Dyke March, Trans* Pride, and Portland Pride Parade will start. The primary intention behind this event is to celebrate local queer artists of all mediums and to network for future collaborations.
Welcome to the 2019 season of the Preslar Gallery and Limeadestand ArtWorks!
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About the Preslar Gallery
Our little gallery takes up residence inside the Alice Tarbell Cultural Space at Estancia Serenova. The gallery showcases the emerging artists of the Pacific Northwest in a natural setting of the foothills of the Oregon Coastal Range, and is organized and managed by a professional curator who has over a decade of experience as an exhibited fine artist who has shown in many juried shows and spent one year as a curatorial assistant for an art gallery.
The Preslar Gallery is a program of Limeadestand ArtWorks.
The missions of the Preslar Gallery are:
- to create opportunities, platform, economic power, and educational experiences for the emerging and yet-to-be-discovered artists in Columbia County, Oregon, and its vicinity;
- to foster, develop, and enrich the Columbia County arts and cultural scene by bringing in quality emerging artists, artwork, and educational experiences from the Portland metropolitan area and beyond.
Gallery location and hours:
Where: Alice Tarbell Cultural Space 410 (first floor), Estancia Serenova, 32180 Pittsburg Road, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051-9147
Hours: First Saturday of each month; rest of the month by appointment only. Subscribe to the newsletter for additional open hours. Please note: First Saturdays may be preempted or rescheduled due to other scheduled events at Estancia Serenova. Please consult the Preslar Gallery Twitter for updates.
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Location: 32180 Pittsburg Road, Saint Helens, Oregon 97051-9147 (What3words: removed.glues.waxing)
Phone: +1 503-825-2891
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