Onda Arte Latina: A colorful look at contemporary Latin art
On bustling Alberta Street, Onda Arte Latina holds its own among a vast array of great art galleries and street art. With a variety of Latin art from paintings, ceramics, and tapestry, the gallery also serves as an important cultural experience. Visitors can leave with a special item from their expansive gift shop.
Currently on display is Materials Old and New, which features a number of beautiful collages and sculptures. The art reflects a nice balance between traditional and contemporary Latin art, while the gallery itself displays a Pacific Northwest influence. Each month, the gallery features a new show that will expand your understanding of art. During the last Thursday of each month, you can stop in the gallery during the Alberta Street Fair.
The gallery has a relaxed feeling, and its fantastic natural light hits you as you first walk in. Unlike similar galleries, it feels more spacious than it actually is. With a knowledgeable staff, you can learn more in depth about each piece by just asking a few questions.
One of the best parts of the gallery is its gift shop. With a wide range of price points, you can find everything from a timeless piece of art to a small keepsake to remind you of your journey to Portland.
The gallery also doubles as a sculpture school, offering classes for all skill levels. This can a fun and educational gift whether it is discovering a new craft or rekindling a love for art. Taught by Carol Murphy, many of her students also show their art in the gallery. If you are unsure about where to take lessons, Murphy's talents as a teacher are on display when you walk through the gallery.
The Alberta Arts District is fittingly full of galleries. From traditional galleries to street art, you can get a glimpse at the skill and sheer variety of local art on display. Onda Art Latina adds to the Alberta Arts District experience by offering a studied perspective on contemporary Latin Art. Their beautiful gallery is one way to spend a weekend afternoon exploring one of Portland’s most talked about neighborhoods.
HelloPortland Tip: Need a refreshment after visiting the gallery? Across the street are a number of delicious food carts.
Posted on August 3, 2011 by William Crane