‘Google offers’ vs. groupon.

Today’s ‘google offer’ is a $8/goods for $4 coupon at Goldrush Coffee Bar, 2601 NE MLK.  Snap it up while you can! Do a web search on ‘google offers portland’ and you’ll come to the page for the coupon purchase. Goldrush is a lovely place, and far & away my favorite coffee shop on the boulevard.




Meanwhile, in the face of the gathering storm about groupon and its effect on small businesses, one of the owners of Wayne’s Chicago Red Hots has a letter to the editor in the current Willamette Week, excoriating groupon for drawing customers to the shop who appreciated neither the restaurant nor the neighborhood (Wayne’s is at 3901 NE MLK).

Notable is this quote from Randy Sanders, of Wayne’s:

[M]ost of our real vustomers are working kids that live in the same Northeast neighborhood where we’re located, along with contractors, UPS drivers, cops from the precinct down the street, the outside sales guys having a working lunch with their laptops, the old guys that hobble in for a Polish and a beer, the grade-school who shows up every other day to buy a basket of fries (“make sure they’re hot and crispy”0 for his grandma, etc.




Eleanor Ray & Eleanor Williams show at SCRAP’s Re:Vision Gallery

Hello and welcome to summer! Boy, I let this entry slide. The Two Eleanors show closes this Friday, but I couldn’t let these photos go to waste. Let’s jump right to it, and you can read a bit about the show below the snapshots…



Eleanor Ray:  Ladder Day

Eleanor Williams:  Paper & Bones

May 6th – June 24th

Opening Reception at SCRAP, Friday, May 6,4:30-6:00pm

March 15, 2011 – Re:Vision Gallery is pleased to present the mixed media work of Eleanor Williams and an installation by Eleanor Ray.

Eleanor Williams’ and Eleanor Ray’s joint show at Re:Vision Gallery explores themes of personal and group storytelling in a wider cultural context.  Their visual language goes up, under and through our aesthetic expectations, resulting in thoughtful, engaging work that combines references to deep cultural symbols with unexpected twists that pop.

Eleanor Ray’s Ladder Day, a video co-directed by Benjamin Rhiger accompanied by a sculptural installation, began with an investigation into the moral authority invested in a person in a very large dress. The work combines complex elements of mirroring and story-telling, pseudo-historical reenactment and cultural-religious symbology.  Inspired by the religious-educational dioramas and videos at theMormonTemple inSalt Lake City,Utah, her work explores the convergence of myth-making, folklore, costume play and popular culture.  The “evidence” on display will include a ten foot knitted ladder made of paper, a haunting video work, works on paper, and a costume from the video displayed in a diorama of the anachronistic American frontier.

Eleanor Williams’ mixed-media sculpture and collage is an experiment in craft. Her work explores all of the personal and collective memories stored in the act of making.  Quilts, books and baskets, all traditional craft forms, are distorted and perhaps perverted, pushing them to the boundary where lines between art and craft cannot be distinguished.

Both artists explore the authority and symbology in objects, often with the craft itself the center of focus.  They are playing with the myth that is built on the act of re-telling, concluding not in the jumbled results achieved in a game of telephone, but something much more intelligent, asking the big questions about how we define ourselves in the act of creation.


Location:           Re:Vision Gallery, SCRAP Creative Reuse Center, 2915 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Hours:               Daily10am-6pm

More info:          http://scrapaction.org/creative-reuse-center/art-gallery/