Updated December 17, 2013 Published December 17, 2013
KICKSTART MY ART: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art is wading into territory more often frequented by at-home lithographers and ukulele musicians. Oregonâs leading avant-garde art organization last week launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 by Jan. 2 for the annual Time-Based Art Festival. Relatively speaking, thatâs small change for PICA, a 17-year-old organization that brings in more than $1 million annually in grants and donations. But executive director Victoria Frey says other arts organizations of PICAâs size have also turned to crowdfunding. She says this campaign is just one arm of PICAâs year-end fundraising push, which also includes a major-donor campaign and a New Yearâs Eve fundraiser. âWe have to fundraise 80 percent of our budget, so weâre using every vehicle we can,â Frey says. âI donât send this out to major donors, but Kickstarter is a language that a lot of our participants understand.â And what does the Kickstarter campaign say about PICAâs overall finances? Asked if PICA will end the year in the black, Frey answered: âIf we succeed in all of these plans, yes. Thereâs a perception that weâre swimming in money, but we have to piece it together in a lot of different places.â
BANNED AT BELMONT: Portlandâs most persnickety bottle shop and bar, Belmont Station, will no longer fill the bulbous swing-top glass growlers favored by Astoriaâs Fort George Brewery and Californiaâs Russian River Brewing. According to a Belmont bartender, that style of growler is âextremely wastefulâ as it tends to foam up, wasting beer. âWe donât have a problem with the 64-ounce swing-top growlers here,â says Fort George spokesman Brad Blaser.
BRINGING HOME THE BACON: The most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction will soon be hanging on the walls of the Portland Art Museumâfor a few months, at least. Starting Saturday, Dec. 21, PAM will exhibit Francis Baconâs Three Studies of Lucian Freud, which sold last month for $142.4 million at Christieâs in New York. The huge triptych from 1969 depicts Freud, a fellow painter who was both friend and rival to Bacon, sitting in different positions on a wooden chair. The work will be on display until March 30, when it will return to the private collection of the anonymous buyer.
PAY, PAL, OR DONâT: A group of restaurant workers plans to start a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can restaurant called Ne Siâka at 9216 SE Ramona St. in Lents. James Layton, head prep cook at Southland Whiskey Kitchen in Northwest Portland, got the idea from Jon Bon Joviâs Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., a donations-only restaurant with no prices listed on the menu. A Dec. 12 fundraiser at the Eagle Eye Tavern in Lents raised $1,200 for Ne Siâka. âThisâll be an actual sit-down restaurant that anyone will want to go to,â Layton says. âItâs for everyone, not just people with food-insecurity issues.â