Saturday night was the opening reception for the 3rd in a continuing series of semi-annual Portola Art Gallery Pop-Up nights. This time around the event was called “Portola Art Fest” and unlike past events, this one runs all week.
The opening party Saturday night was attended by over 100 guests, there were performances by four bands (Louie Myles, Coastal Strangers, Bum Wagler, Los Peregrinos Cosmicos) and featured the work of 14 local artists. Every wall of the studio was packed with art but the owners of the space got creative and expanded to the outside courtyard by the bar – where everyone seemed to congregate anyway. The garage/stage, turned glowing red oddly patriotic musical bordello, seemed to be the hit of the night. The musical mixture of everything from Cuban style Salsa to Blue Grass slowed traffic to a crawl on Silliman and even pulled neighbors from their houses to come join the growing party. The lights finally shut off around 10 pm to my own personal dismay at the time (I may have had one too many).
The Portola Neighborhood Association co-sponsored the event with FrameArt Studio & Arthur Koch Photography. Given the success of this event, plans are already in the works to make the event more annual rather than semi-annual. In the meantime though, the art created by your Portola neighbors will be on display through Saturday 4/30 (yes, tomorrow. Better late than never on this post I guess) at Frame Art Gallery, 150 Silliman Street. Hours are 11-5.
Bonus Video of Los Peregrinos Cosmicos: