Located at 2305 SE 82nd and Division, the Southeast Center is a modern facility that was built with bonds approved by district residents in 2000. Thanks again to voters who supported another bond in 2008, PCC is expanding Southeast to transform into a full-service comprehensive campus. When you come to participate in the ArtBeat events - you will notice the major construction work underway!
Monday, May 6
Team Craw—Zine Discussion and Workshop
9am - 11am, Mt. Scott Hall 204
Zinesters Asher and Lillie Craw (Team Craw) discuss their work and creative process and lead participants in a collaborative zine writing workshop that is sure to spark your individual creativity.
Lillie Craw started her creative career as a zinester poet and is now a performance artist who still writes poetry and makes zines. In the vein of Henry Darger, who worked on one book with the same characters for the entirety of his life, her metier is the often-mistaken-for-fictional Glitterverse and its most prominent citizen a white tailed deer/retired runway model named Party Twink. "Meet Party Twink!: a speculative prose poem memoir" was their debut zine, which was the IPRC's Zine of the Month Club pick for October 2012.
Asher Craw is a comics artist who is currently focusing on alternative reality autobiography comics. His work is carried by Sparkplug Comics. Asher's opus is "Zebadiah," and he released part 1 in 2012. It has been widely regarded as one of the best mini-comics of that year.
Portland Soul All-Stars—Music Performance
11:30am - 12:30 noon, Mt. Tabor Great Hall
The critically-acclaimed Portland Soul All-Stars brings the classic sounds of 60s and 70s soul to PCC. Truly an all-star band made up of the top soul and blues musicians in the Northwest, this show is not to be missed. They will have audiences grooving and singing along! For Art Beat, a scaled down version of the All-Stars includes "King Louie" Pain, keyboards; LaRhonda Steele, vocals; Edwin Coleman III, drums; and Renato Caranto, saxophone.
Louis "King Louie" Pain has been dubbed "Portland's Boss of the B-3" by The Oregonian because of his key role in the local resurgence of the organ group sound. Louis has worked with most of Portland's top blues, soul, and jazz artists, including Curtis Salgado, the late Paul deLay, Mel Brown, Linda Hornbuckle, Lloyd Jones, Thara Memory, and Soul Vaccination, as well as with many visiting national artists, including Bo Diddley, Martha Reeves, and Solomon Burke. He performs every Thursday night at Jimmy Mak's with the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group.
LaRhonda Steele is arguably Portland's best-kept secret, but the secret is getting out. She is simply one of the finest soul singers anywhere. LaRhonda began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma, singing her first solo in church at the age of thirteen. Since moving to Portland, she has worked with many local and national artists, including Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. Performing at the Lincoln Center with Obo Addy in 2005 and at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival annually are just two of the highlights of LaRhonda's career. More highlights are certain to follow!
Renato Caranto used to be Portland's best-kept secret, but no more. For the past year, Renato has been featured with Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding on tour, and he's getting lots of international attention as a result! Hailing from the Philippines, Renato is a founding member (along with Louis Pain) of the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group, which has been playing Thursday nights at Jimmy Mak's for seventeen years now. Renato also plays in Brown's Tuesday night band at Jimmy Mak's, as well as free-lancing with most of the top blues, soul, and jazz groups in the area as well as with many visiting national artists.
Edwin Coleman III is best known as the funky drummer with Portland's 12-piece powerhouse Soul Vaccination. But he's actually an extremely versatile musician who has played with groups of various styles over the years, including gospel, Afro-Cuban, reggae, blues, jazz, and rock. He also studied piano for four years and cello for twelve! This isn't surprising considering the family Edwin comes from. His father is a bassist who has worked with Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, and many others. His brother is also a professional bassist. His mother sang on Gene Kelly's radio show as well as with Lionel Hampton. Edwin even has an aunt who sings opera professionally! So it's little wonder that Edwin is accomplished and at home in so many styles of music.
Tuesday, May 7
Southeast Center Reception with Horatio Law—Art Beat 2013 Featured Artist
12 noon - 1pm, Administration Building Community Hall
Art Beat's featured artist of 2013 speaks on the topic art and community—specifically how we can enrich our cultural fabric by weaving art into everyday life. He will touch on his experience making collaborative work with the Sisters Of The Road and Planned Parenthood communities as well as his latest work created especially for PCC using three PCC students.
Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland based artist who works in installation and public art. He creates collaborative work with diverse communities to connect with the regular folks, and to explore the current human conditions. He is a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.
3pm - 4:30pm, Mt. Tabor Hall 138
Join as talented Southeast Center faculty and students present their original works.
Meredith Cole—Literary Reading, Discussion and Workshop
6pm - 8pm, Mt. Tabor 138
Award-winning Seattle poet Meredith Cole reads from her book, Miniatures (Marsh Hawk Press, 2012), discusses her creative process, and leads the audience in a short exercise. Tony Hoagland describes Cole's poems as "constructs of transience and delicacy from a quasi-Asian tradition—but these values are also challenged and debunked by the wit and pragmatism of a highly American speaker."
Wednesday, May 8
Multi-Disciplinary Demo Fair Featuring Daniela Repas, Mylan Rakich, Pauline Tait and Petra Sairanen
11am - 1pm, Mt. Tabor Great Hall
Four talented visual artists from a variety of disciplines demonstrate their process in an informal fair in the Great Hall. Come ask questions, chat with the artists or just watch them do their thing.
Petra Sairanen demonstrates her egg tempura painting technique.
Pauline Tait guides participants to create a their own mosaic piece. She has taught a wildly popular Mosaic Art Workshop for PCC's Community Education for the last 17 years. Come learn to cut and arrange glass, tile and dishes, and let your creativity free! Tait states, "I've been teaching Mosaic Art Workshops at PCC since 1999 throughout Portland. In that time, I've witnessed the renaissance of this ancient art as many people continue to discover its enduring beauty & quality. The wide assortment of materials and resources available to create one is what makes it easy to be enjoyed by all ages."
2007 PCC Art beat featured artist Mylan Rakich provides a demonstration of stone carving techniques with natural and casted stone. For the last six years Mylan's sculptures have been a regular presence at Butters Gallery in Portland, OR, while most recently his work can be seen in Lake Oswego's 2011 Gallery Without Walls outdoor exhibition. In addition to his work as a sculptor, Rakich also teaches art and welding courses at Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, and University of Portland.
Mixed-media artist Daniela Repas demonstrates her animation process. Born in Bosnia, Daniela spent the first two decades of her life in now ex-Yugoslavia. As a war refugee, she lived in multiple cities in Western Europe and USA, where she learned about cultures and people of the whole world. Her first exhibition, a series of drawings, was successively held in two Geneva locations in 2000. Since then she has had multiple exhibitions in Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon.
Thursday, May 9
Russell Bruner and Noelle Reese—Social Dance Demonstration
11:30am - 12:30 noon, Mt. Tabor Great Hall
While the Woolies do their thing, swing dancer extraordinaire Russell Bruner and Noelle Reese give an improvisational swing dance performance. Check out their ultra cool moves!
Shanghai Woolies—Music Performance
11:30am - 12:30 noon, Mt. Tabor Great Hall
In the winter of '99, Gavin began birthing Shanghai Woolies, a new band that would include some of his favorite musician/friends. Early on, they booked prestigious shows for the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater and Cycle Oregon, and quickly became favorites at Portland night clubs and ballrooms.
In 2004, the band released their debut CD, Jungle Nights, to an enthusiastic house at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon. When National Public Radio put the third track, "Concerto for Trumpet" (written by Harry James) on their Open Mic website, it received one of the highest public ratings ever.
The Shanghai Woolies' sound swims in the romance of Louis Armstrong, the mystery of Duke Ellington, the whimsy of Paul Whiteman, and the swing of Benny Goodman. They use a respectful, slightly unorthodox approach, inspired by the colorful liberation of the original.
Stephen Slappe—Video Screening and Discussion
4pm - 6pm, Tabor 146
Portland artist Stephen Slappe gives a multimedia presentation of his work, weaving together a video screening and a lecture. Slappe's videos and projects blend humor with anxiety in order to reflect upon ideas of place, transience, and psychological escape.
Stephen Slappe (b. Charleston, WV) is an artist and educator based in Portland, Oregon. Slappe's work has exhibited and screened internationally in venues such as Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's TBA Festival, The Horse Hospital (London), The Sarai Media Lab (New Delhi), Consolidated Works (Seattle), Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), and Artists' Television Access (San Francisco). His projects have been funded by multiple grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Slappe is Chair of Video & Sound at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is an active curator and organizer of video and film exhibitions including New Mutants at Worksound Gallery (Portland) and Out of the Great Northwest at The Horse Hospital (London). Slappe is an amateur film archivist and has presented several programs of archival 16mm films including Rolling Deep: Skateboarding Films 1965-1980 and Static Age: The Culture of Early Television.