Chris Willis really, really digs Santa Claus. In fact, the Southwest Portland artist is so taken with St. Nick heâs collected 150 vintage light up effigies of the jolly old elf, specifically blow molds from Empire Plastics Corp., a ânow defunct Tarboro, NC-based company that produced the joyful figures from 1968-1985.â (Heâs also got a ton of snowmen, angels, reindeer and elves.) Bask in the electric glow of his obsession starting this Friday night at bSIDE6, where his epic âSanta armyâ will be on display 5 pm-midnight through Jan. 1.
Willisâ press release is charming and slightly menacingâ¦kinda like the Claus himself:
Ever wonder how many vintage illuminating Santas can be collected in one yearâs time? Come by 528 E. Burnside (in the bSIDE6 building) the month of December to find out just how far one personâs obsession with lighted Christmas figures can go. Reception Friday, December 10th, 6pm to 10pm. Dress warm.