The One Place blog series is a collection of art that highlights a certain part of this planet we all call home. Whether it’s a city, state, country or maybe entire continent, the objective is to showcase the place through images and art. So, even if you can’t ever travel there, at least you can enjoy the scenery as depicted by artists and photographers who have. This place:
Nestled away in the northwest region of the United States you will find the city of Portland in Oregon State. With its damp winters and hot summers, the city is akin to Seattle, Washington. Because it’s a coastal city, there are many beaches that line the shores. Sailboats can be found in the harbors and lighthouses keep a watchful eye over the Pacific Ocean. But this is no sleepy town and when the sun goes down, the city lights up. Commonly referred to as the City of Roses, Portland began as small town with a population of 800 in 1851. By 1879 that number grew to 17,500 and now it is home to approximately two million residents in the Portland metropolitan; the 23rd most populous in the US as of July 2006. Known as one of the “greenest” cities in the world, Portland was truly ahead of the times when it came to being environmentally friendly.
Portland is home to a diverse array of artists and arts organizations, and was named in 2006 by American Style magazine as the tenth best Big City Arts Destination in the U.S. It is also home to Imagekind’s production and framing facility. With the Portland Museum’s addition of the Modern and Contemporary Art wing, it became one the top 25 largest museums in the US. For artists and art lovers, this city is heaven as galleries proliferate downtown and in the Pearl District, as well as in the Alberta Arts District. The city is home to the second-largest hammered-copper statue in the U.S; second to the Statue of Liberty. Named Portlandia, the magnificent statue stands on the west side of the Portland Building.
As most large cities do, Portland has a range of cultural activities. Some of the best known institutions are Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Portland Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Opera. The city has also spawned some of the most popular music artists of all time including The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders as well as newer groups such as The Dandy Warhols, Everclear, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, The Decemberists, and the late Elliott Smith. The cities Satyricon nightclub is known as the club where the late frontman for Nirvana, Kurt Cobain met fellow musician and future wife, Courtney Love.
Portland is popular for its many microbrewery beer and is home to twenty-eight; the most in the country. If you prefer caffeine over hops, Portland is also a big coffee town; only second to Seattle and features Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Sports are another important past-time to residents of Portland and they cheer on the Trail Blazers basketball team and beginning next year the city will welcome their very own soccer team, the Portland Timbers. If you would rather participate than watch, nearby resorts on Mount Hood offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country.
Portland from the Eyes of our Artists