Partially Mary, one of my paintings on display at the Yeon Building. Acrylic on 30 x 40 stretched canvas
Q. What do you get when you mix a bad recession with the downtown commercial real estate bust? A. A lot of empty storefronts. Enter Glen Larsen, a man who works with Portland Developer John Beardsley.
Larsen has been an artist all of his life and recognized an opportunity in the empty downtown places. Says Larsen: “An empty storefront brings us down, but art lifts us up.”
Such endeavors are not going to solve the retail real estate glut. Only a realignment of supply and demand for long-term leases will do that. But in the short term, getting creative with commercial space keeps storefronts filled, makes the buildings look good and keeps our community spirit intact.
Larsen is very grateful to Portland Developer John Beardsley for allowing “Project Expose Yourself” to go forward. There is another installation at SW 3rd and Stark.
-----------------------------Seven of my large paintings are located in the historic Yeon building on the transit mall side (5th and Alder) and will be up through December. Expose Yourself is ongoing with the express permission of owner/developer Beardsley. If you have an interest in showing your work in Expose Yourself, contact Glen Larsen, ghl1369(at)gmail.com.