When my mother died she left behind a lifetime’s worth of possessions. I kept what I could fit into a couple of suitcases and boxes; I felt that if I could somehow fit these pieces of her together in just the right way, I could somehow become closer to her by gaining a better understanding of who she was. But it’s been three years, and she’s still a mystery to me.
I made a bouquet of things my mother left behind; things that were precious to her before she lost her past to Alzheimer’s disease. Each “flower” consists of a couple of her paintbrushes, a floral watercolor sketch (painted when she was in high school in Argentina), a vintage photo (taken in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, or Colorado), and unanswered questions.
I’ll be giving these away on Friday at our opening celebration for Garden of Grief, Rebecca Reeves’ new installation in our Little Free Library gallery.
On Friday, May 25 we’ll be celebrating the opening of Garden of Grief, Rebecca Reeves’ new installation in our Little Free Library Gallery. Her ongoing themes of loss and mourning—intertwined with the compulsion to protect the relics left behind by the dead—resonate with me on a deeply personal level, and it’s such an honor to be hosting her work in our tiny gallery.
Rebecca will be here in person to talk about her work, plus we’ll have two additional guests for a special “Porch Salon” conversation about grief as it relates to the themes of Rebecca’s art: Megan Devine, author of It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand and Coleman Stevenson, creator of the Dark Exact Tarot and author of Breakfast: 43 Poems. Megan will be talking about the importance of sharing our stories of loss, and Coleman will be reading a poem inspired by Rebecca’s work.
We hope you’ll join us from 7-9pm! Our Little Free Library Gallery may be found near 600 N. Mason St. in Portland, Oregon.
LEPORIPHOBIA: Hutch of Darkness features art by the winners of our 2018 Diabolical Egg Hunt, based on drawing prompts found in each hidden “egg.” These new works by Hanna Morchant (“Rabbit death metal band,” Salt Lake City), Jess Swazey (“Vampire rabbit,” Salem, MA), Nicholas Cordel Orr (“Rabbit in mourning,” Portland), Trista Metz (“Rabbit seance,” Los Angeles), and Syd Bee (“Giant rabbit fighting a giant slug,” Seattle)—are on view through May 23 in our Little Free Library gallery in North Portland.
Thank you to our coast-to-coast diabolical bunny helpers for making our first national egg hunt a success: Albatross Records, Black Veil Tattoo, The Mystic Museum, and Creatura House.
Our Haunted Menagerie exhibition—a celebration of spirit familiars and ghostly pets—is on view now in our Little Free Library gallery in North Portland. The show features new original artwork by Diane Irvine Armitage, Stephanie Buscema, Jenny Fontana, Darla Jackson, Gretchen Lewis, Dena Seiferling, and Joe Vollan.
THE SHOW IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT—CONGRATULATIONS ARTISTS!
Artwork purchases will be shipped after the exhibition closes on March 15.
Diane Irvine Armitage, “Lover’s Eye”
Diane is donating all proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Scott Wainner Pixie Care Clinic, which provides affordable veterinary care to the pets of homeless and low income Portland residents.
Oil painting in antique frame, 3.5 x 3.5 inches including frame
Price: $85 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://paintingsfromtheparlor.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Buscema, “The Baum Rabbit”
Steph is donating all proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Included on the grounds is Sheltervale Pet Cemetery, which has been the final resting place for companion animals for more than 89 years.
Gouache on Stonehenge paper, 4.5 x.4.5 inches including frame
Price: $225 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://www.stephaniebuscema.com/
Jenny Fontana, “Ghostly Baroos Haunt Me at Twilight”
Jenny is donating all proceeds from the sale of this painting to One Tail at a Time, an all-breed, no-kill dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.
Acrylic on mounted bristol, 3.25 x 3.25 inches including frame
Price: $55 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://www.morbidmerrygoround.com/
Darla Jackson, “What dies inside us...”
Darla is donating all proceeds from the sale of this piece to Underdog Rescue, who provide shelter, food, medical attention, and love to homeless pets.
Epoxy resin with raw graphite finish, approximately 3.25 inches long x 2 inches wide x .75 inches tall
Price: $200 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: https://www.darlajacksonsculpture.com/
Gretchen Lewis, “Love me forever”
Gretchen is donating all proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Coral Reef Alliance, an organization working to protect our most valuable and threatened ecosystem.
Oil and gold acrylic on wooden trinket box, 3.5 x 2 x 1 inches
Price: $200 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://www.gretchenlewisart.com/
Dena Seiferling, “Cat’s in the Cradle”
Dena is donating all proceeds from the sale of this piece to the Raincoast Conservation Foundation Save the Great Bears fund to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Wool (needle-felted), glass beads, wood, vintage cradle, acrylic and milk paint, hand dyed wool and linen fabric, approximately 4.25 inches long x 2.25 inches wide (at base) x 3.5 inches tall
Price: $230 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://www.pickleandfrancois.com/
Joe Vollan, “Tiptoe over the poppies”
Joe is donating all proceeds from the sale of this painting to Awesome Paws Rescue, an all breed dog rescue whose focus is rescuing shelter dogs at risk of euthanasia simply due to overcrowding.
Oil on birch panel in resin frame, 3 x 2.75 inches
Price: $100 [SOLD]
Artist’s web site: http://www.joevollan.com/
What better way to bring together our loves of art and books than with a collection of special bookplates? This self-adhesive “exhibition” will be part of our upcoming Haunted Menagerie release, and will feature original work by some of our favorite artists: Canvas Menagerie, Benjamin Dewey, Christa Dippel, Amy Earles, Hidden Velvet, Marybel Martin, Becky Munich, Pantovola, Alexander Reisfar, and our own Layla Sullivan.
We’ll be donating 25% of all sales of our Haunted Menagerie bookplate set to the Portland Audubon Society in support of everything they do to help animals and inspire humans to love and protect nature. Any remaining profits will be used to help fund future nonprofit Creeping Museum projects.
Our Haunted Menagerie release includes a miniature group show in our Little Free Library gallery featuring original work by Diane Irvine Armitage, Stephanie Buscema, Jenny Fontana, Darla Jackson, Gretchen Lewis, Dena Seiferling, and Joe Vollan. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm at our Little Free Library gallery in North Portland.
Through our nonprofit collaborations, exhibitions, auctions and other projects, The Creeping Museum helped our contributing artists raise a total of $4,113 for an array of civil rights, animal welfare, health and human services, disaster relief, environmental, and educational causes in 2017.
2017 fundraising initiatives
Our art collaborations and gallery sales raised $2,840 in 2017, with art contributions from Stephanie Buscema, Anaïs Chareyre, Emily Winfield Martin, Becky Munich, Danielle Schlunegger-Warner, Sugar and Spite Bathery, and our own Layla Sullivan.
Civil and human rights: $1,454
Animal welfare: $439
Disaster relief: $430
Health and human services: $344
Creeping Auction for disaster relief in Puerto Rico
The Creeping Auction on Instagram raised an additional $1,273 to support Hurricane Maria disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, thanks to the efforts of the participating artists:
This week The Creeping Museum and friends paid a visit to Bunnies in Baskets, a Portland nonprofit organization that trains therapy rabbits to share the magic of bunny love with the elderly, ill, disadvantaged, and lonely in the Portland community. Our very first Rabbit Rx event included rabbit therapy (a must for the stressful holiday season), life drawing with bunny models, and special bunny badges made with love for attendees by Layla.
We hope to bring you more events with Bunnies in Baskets in the new year!
Mother Nature collaborated with our Gallery artists to create a magical Yuletide display at our Little Free Library today.
This can be a difficult time of year for many of us, for lots of reasons. If you need a dose of Rabbit Rejuvenation, please join us for tea and therapy bunnies at Bunnies in Baskets in North Portland. Bring your sketchbook and enjoy life drawing with bunny models! $10 per person includes tea, cocoa, wine, snacks, and all-you-can-pet BUNNIES. 100% of this fee helps @bunniesinbaskets share the magic of bunny love with the elderly, ill, disadvantaged, and lonely in the Portland community.
Location: Bunnies in Baskets, 201 N. Alberta St., Portland, OR
Cost: $10 per person
There’s no need to buy tickets in advance, but if you could give us a heads-up if you plan to join us (comment on our Instagram post or send an email) it will help us plan for snacks.
Bunnies in Baskets is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that gives people positive emotional/physical experiences through visits with highly socialized, “human curious,” and affectionate rabbits (see below).