Eclectic NW LLC opens at UpSalem location
We’re excited about the new gallery/extreme exercise space opening next month in the former UpSalem Social Innovation Center site at 365 Ferry St. Pop Up art gallery provided storefront art there until early 2014, when the new tenant, Eclectic NW LLC, began to negotiate a lease with the City of Salem. The property has been without a tenant for 5 years.
Our excitement comes from a few places. Storefront art continues to attract new businesses (the fourth since 2011) and this time it’s a gallery/extreme exercise combo – the exact model provided by Salem Creative Network at the 365 Ferry St location. Aerial silk, parkour, sword fencing and breakdancing augmented local artist exhibitions, musical performances and fashion shows during the four months at the space. Now this innovation will be tested in the market.
More organizations are realizing the value of pop up art exhibits in downtown revitalization. The City of Salem’s Urban Development Department deserves recognition for encouraging experiments like this and allowing nonprofits to take risks in social innovation. Now that the program has proven its effectiveness, the Pop Up idea is spreading to other organizations. There’s plenty of room for expanding the idea and we’re glad to be part of the solution.
From Eclectic NW website:
Eclectic NW is the premier destination for custom and locally-made items for your wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, holiday party, housewarming, or corporate event. In addition, our store carries quality furniture, clothing, bath & body products, home decor, childrens/infants products, fine art, outdoor home and garden, and we have a beautiful cafe serving local drip coffee, organic teas, and fine edibles.
Get in on the Eclectic NW pre-grand opening party May 30 at 365 Ferry St. We’ll see you there.
Conexiones Latinas exhibits talents of Efrain Diaz-Horna
Oregon artist and poet Efrain Diaz-Horna grew up in Peru and moved north on a scholarship to Mt. Angel College, where he fell in love with a local and the landscape. After a 25 year working for the State, Efrain gave it up to spend more time on drawing, painting and writing poetry. The results are on exhibit through May at Pop Up art gallery, 260 Liberty St NE.
At present Efrain does consulting work and gives presentations on a variety of subjects, ranging from Hispanic issues to magical realism in Latin American literature. Efrain has been drawing, painting, and writing since he was a child. He has exhibited his art in Oregon, Mexico, Russia, and Peru.
His poetry has been published in Expreso, The Oregonian, The Hispanic News, The National Catholic Reporter, and several newsletters. He is the author of the following poetry books The Many Faces of Love (1983), Aire, agua y cenizas (2011), Cuatro poemas (2011), The Anvil of God (2011) and The Life of Oceans (2014). Efrain has been a member of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon United Nations Association, the Salem Art Association, the Gordon House Conservancy, the Shalom Prayer Center Board and has chaired the Oregon Hispanic Commission.
The exhibition is part of Conexiones Latinas: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, a heritage event with tours and tastings held May 7 in downtown Salem. The walking tour is free and starts at 6:00 p.m.