Spring has sprung out here in Oregon, the leaves are budding, the flowers are blooming, and the whole community is waking up from our winter sleep. What goes with spring in Portland? Tons and tons of art openings! Portland is one of the most vibrant cities on the West Coast, and is known for its very versatile art scene. You can see it and feel it in the air as you walk through the streets. I’m very excited about an upcoming event in South East Portland at a little venue called Future Shock. This First Friday opening show May 4th is very near and dear to my heart. Three very influential ladies in the art scene are joining up to take their art to the next level. Myself and all of us here at Dive In are very passionate about supporting our lady artists, of all kinds, and this show is very high on our radar.

The show is called “The Best Coast Opening,” and is featuring three artists connected by art from miles and miles away. We have two ladies who went to school in Washington State, one local to Portland and one in Indianapolis, Indiana, and another well known artist originally from Indianapolis. The best part, they are three female artists who support one another to get their art together at the Future Shock record store. This isn’t your typical wine and cheese art show, not only is the art intriguing, but it comes with a full night experience. There will be a DJ set from local Portland DJ Travis McFadden, and local Indianapolis band Indyca. All set in a cozy record store in Southeast Portland. This show is a First Friday opening, so you can come hang out for a while or wander in on your First Friday adventures May 4th, but you should not miss this event.

 

As I mentioned before, these artists are very close to my heart, and do very good and hard work. It is a struggle in this current political/social climate to not only succeed as an artist, but scream that you are an artist. These ladies do just that, they live, eat, and breath art. I do not know any other ladies that I could say are more talented and passionate about what they do. I took the time to speak with these artists about what it means to them to be a woman in art in this world today, and about how they came to be an artist. I’d like to share with you some of our conversation and a little background on each of these artists. Also, look for links on where to find their art and how to help support these artists.


Check out the Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

Her work and style really blossomed in the tight knit art scene of Indianapolis. She has a one-of-a-kind style, that to me merges the West Coast color palette with the outspoken messages of the plight of women in the Midwest. Her creations are bold, and colorful with some references to pop culture and graffiti. Much of her art features a female muse, and that has made it more and more relevant as time passes and the feminist movement is becoming current again. These empowering female portraits speak to being a loud and proud feminine voice in society.

MINDIE GUM-GRIVELL

Mindie is a self taught artist, which to me, is almost more speaking to an artist than one who has a degree. All of her skills are self-taught, and learned through trial and error. I think this speaks miles for Mindie’s character. She is one of the most determined artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She puts her mind and effort into something, and expects a result. Her creative drive pushes her, but I think it’s her business world background that has helped form the artist we see today. She knows how to put all of her ducks into a row so to say, she is organized and precise in her efforts, which are qualities not every artist possess. Her background in business has provided her with the necessary skills to not only create her art but how to turn it into her career. It is also the business world that really pushed her to creating art.

 

For her, creativity was in her heart, but practicality was in her mind. She spent years after graduating high school in Vancouver, Washington working in an office, and creating on the side while working her way up her career path. It wasn’t until she and her spouse had the courage to move across the country, that she was able to fully throw herself into art. Sometimes, it takes a big change in life to reorganize your priorities.

She also has another series of work that is called the “Creatch” series. She uses these cute monster creations for much of her merchandise art as well as full scale paintings and family portraits of all of the little monsters she creates. One of the unique things about Mindie as an artist is her unique ability to market herself and her art. The “Creatch” series is easily marketable to all age groups and the variety of products, such as watches, that she puts the images on makes it very consumable.

 

She has a creative style that carries through in all of her products and throughout her website that gives her a very clear voice in the art world. She has a message to spread, and it is one of passion and color. She has new work that she will be releasing in Oregon and Washington, and is looking forward to creating more work on her journey back home to the West Coast. She is still currently seeking bookings in Oregon and Washington for the month of May.  I can’t wait to see what art comes out of the journey across this beautiful country.

 

You can check out all of her artwork on her beautiful website, www.ariesartnw.com.   

MIRANDA THOMAS

Miranda is a well known artist in the Indianapolis art community. She has spent her life in the open skies and fields of Indiana. A formerly educated artist, proud to have studied at Herron School of Art, she has a wide array of skills and mediums that she works in, but recently has stumbled into a new medium that is going to rock the West Coast. Painting was her first love, and many of her paintings feature a nature theme, which I think led her to her newest series of work, natural wood burned creations.

 

Miranda has always known that art was her calling, she however as most artists do, set out with a different path in mind, practicality over creativity, but as most times, the art won that battle. She grew up with art all around her, her parents and influential figures in her life bred the creativity into her. Painting called her name, and soon she followed. The rest, as they say is history, and Miranda is doing constructive things in the thriving art community of Indianapolis. She currently works at one of the most visited museums in the city, The Children’s Museum. She spends her time not only creating, but inspiring the younger generation to create like she has. I find this very inspiring, Miranda had so many influential teachers in her life that pushed her to be the best and follow your heart, I think she feels called to give back in a likewise way.

This show will be the first time Miranda Thomas has shown her art on this side of the country, but many of her works feature themes that speak to the West Coast, carvings of wide open skies and tall, tall trees are features of many of her works of art. I can’t wait to see what a trip out here does to inspire her style. She plans to stay on a little property in Washington with Mindie and they will be creating together through the month of May.


Check out more of Miranda’s art on Instagram or Facebook

KATIE COSTA

Katie Costa is a new artist to me, but one I’m coming to love very much. She is the unifying puzzle piece of this three lady art show. Unlike our other two ladies, she is born and bread on the West Coast. She spent her childhood growing up the safe and cozy suburbs of Vancouver, Washington. It’s here that she met Mindie, many years ago, and is our degree of connection between the Midwest and Portland. Currently she is living in Portland and is working and attending college at Portland State University College of Arts to finish up her B.F.A. She is currently working as an interior designer and painter with a student assistant, truly a living the life of an artist.

 

Just like our other ladies, and I feel many artists, she didn’t set out to make art her life. Like many, she thought that art was just a hobby, something she turned to when life got tough and she needed a creative outlet. Her path to art was inspired by witnessing a tragic event where another person lost their life. She thought, she couldn’t waste another minute not pursuing her passion, life is short and temporary, and she witnessed that first-hand and was inspired to launch herself into creating full time.

PREVIEW

Best Coast Opening at Future Shock in Portland OR 

Preview by Cassidy Maley

Spring has sprung out here in Oregon, the leaves are budding, the flowers are blooming, and the whole community is waking up from our winter sleep. What goes with spring in Portland? Tons and tons of art openings! Portland is one of the most vibrant cities on the West Coast, and is known for its very versatile art scene. You can see it and feel it in the air as you walk through the streets. I’m very excited about an upcoming event in South East Portland at a little venue called Future Shock. This First Friday opening show May 4th is very near and dear to my heart. Three very influential ladies in the art scene are joining up to take their art to the next level. Myself and all of us here at Dive In are very passionate about supporting our lady artists, of all kinds, and this show is very high on our radar.

The show is called “The Best Coast Opening,” and is featuring three artists connected by art from miles and miles away. We have two ladies who went to school in Washington State, one local to Portland and one in Indianapolis, Indiana, and another well known artist originally from Indianapolis. The best part, they are three female artists who support one another to get their art together at the Future Shock record store. This isn’t your typical wine and cheese art show, not only is the art intriguing, but it comes with a full night experience. There will be a DJ set from local Portland DJ Travis McFadden, and local Indianapolis band Indyca. All set in a cozy record store in Southeast Portland. This show is a First Friday opening, so you can come hang out for a while or wander in on your First Friday adventures May 4th, but you should not miss this event.

 

As I mentioned before, these artists are very close to my heart, and do very good and hard work. It is a struggle in this current political/social climate to not only succeed as an artist, but scream that you are an artist. These ladies do just that, they live, eat, and breath art. I do not know any other ladies that I could say are more talented and passionate about what they do. I took the time to speak with these artists about what it means to them to be a woman in art in this world today, and about how they came to be an artist. I’d like to share with you some of our conversation and a little background on each of these artists. Also, look for links on where to find their art and how to help support these artists.


Check out the Facebook event and let us know you’re coming!

MINDIE GUM-GRIVELL

Mindie is a self taught artist, which to me, is almost more speaking to an artist than one who has a degree. All of her skills are self-taught, and learned through trial and error. I think this speaks miles for Mindie’s character. She is one of the most determined artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She puts her mind and effort into something, and expects a result. Her creative drive pushes her, but I think it’s her business world background that has helped form the artist we see today. She knows how to put all of her ducks into a row so to say, she is organized and precise in her efforts, which are qualities not every artist possess. Her background in business has provided her with the necessary skills to not only create her art but how to turn it into her career. It is also the business world that really pushed her to creating art.

 

For her, creativity was in her heart, but practicality was in her mind. She spent years after graduating high school in Vancouver, Washington working in an office, and creating on the side while working her way up her career path. It wasn’t until she and her spouse had the courage to move across the country, that she was able to fully throw herself into art. Sometimes, it takes a big change in life to reorganize your priorities.

Her work and style really blossomed in the tight knit art scene of Indianapolis. She has a one-of-a-kind style, that to me merges the West Coast color palette with the outspoken messages of the plight of women in the Midwest. Her creations are bold, and colorful with some references to pop culture and graffiti. Much of her art features a female muse, and that has made it more and more relevant as time passes and the feminist movement is becoming current again. These empowering female portraits speak to being a loud and proud feminine voice in society.

She also has another series of work that is called the “Creatch” series. She uses these cute monster creations for much of her merchandise art as well as full scale paintings and family portraits of all of the little monsters she creates. One of the unique things about Mindie as an artist is her unique ability to market herself and her art. The “Creatch” series is easily marketable to all age groups and the variety of products, such as watches, that she puts the images on makes it very consumable.

 

She has a creative style that carries through in all of her products and throughout her website that gives her a very clear voice in the art world. She has a message to spread, and it is one of passion and color. She has new work that she will be releasing in Oregon and Washington, and is looking forward to creating more work on her journey back home to the West Coast. She is still currently seeking bookings in Oregon and Washington for the month of May.  I can’t wait to see what art comes out of the journey across this beautiful country.

 

You can check out all of her artwork on her beautiful website, www.ariesartnw.com.   

MIRANDA THOMAS

Miranda is a well known artist in the Indianapolis art community. She has spent her life in the open skies and fields of Indiana. A formerly educated artist, proud to have studied at Herron School of Art, she has a wide array of skills and mediums that she works in, but recently has stumbled into a new medium that is going to rock the West Coast. Painting was her first love, and many of her paintings feature a nature theme, which I think led her to her newest series of work, natural wood burned creations.

 

Miranda has always known that art was her calling, she however as most artists do, set out with a different path in mind, practicality over creativity, but as most times, the art won that battle. She grew up with art all around her, her parents and influential figures in her life bred the creativity into her. Painting called her name, and soon she followed. The rest, as they say is history, and Miranda is doing constructive things in the thriving art community of Indianapolis. She currently works at one of the most visited museums in the city, The Children’s Museum. She spends her time not only creating, but inspiring the younger generation to create like she has. I find this very inspiring, Miranda had so many influential teachers in her life that pushed her to be the best and follow your heart, I think she feels called to give back in a likewise way.

This show will be the first time Miranda Thomas has shown her art on this side of the country, but many of her works feature themes that speak to the West Coast, carvings of wide open skies and tall, tall trees are features of many of her works of art. I can’t wait to see what a trip out here does to inspire her style. She plans to stay on a little property in Washington with Mindie and they will be creating together through the month of May.


Check out more of Miranda’s art on Instagram or Facebook

KATIE COSTA

Katie Costa is a new artist to me, but one I’m coming to love very much. She is the unifying puzzle piece of this three lady art show. Unlike our other two ladies, she is born and bread on the West Coast. She spent her childhood growing up the safe and cozy suburbs of Vancouver, Washington. It’s here that she met Mindie, many years ago, and is our degree of connection between the Midwest and Portland. Currently she is living in Portland and is working and attending college at Portland State University College of Arts to finish up her B.F.A. She is currently working as an interior designer and painter with a student assistant, truly a living the life of an artist. 

 

Just like our other ladies, and I feel many artists, she didn’t set out to make art her life. Like many, she thought that art was just a hobby, something she turned to when life got tough and she needed a creative outlet. Her path to art was inspired by witnessing a tragic event where another person lost their life. She thought, she couldn’t waste another minute not pursuing her passion, life is short and temporary, and she witnessed that first-hand and was inspired to launch herself into creating full time.

Katie has done very well making herself a very consumable artist. She can redecorate your home, paint you a mural, make you a bed set, or draw a portrait of your cat, and create beautiful paintings to decorate your walls. But what truly inspires me about her as an artist is her aspirations. Katie is hoping to break back into the Portland art scene by creating a group space for other artists to live, work, and create together. She’s tired of the separation and competition that comes with a lot of art and is striving to create a community of like-minded people who are there to support, critique, and love each other. I hope to be able to follow her on this journey, an art collective is just what the city of Portland needs, a group of people united under art, not competing with their art. Stay tuned as Katie continues her art education, and comes out with new exciting takes on what being a loud and proud female artist can be.

 

Check out her brand new Website: www.katlincosta.com

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