One of the most amazing things about Portland is our love of art and all things creative. In our non-monogamous lifestyle we combine our love of art, along with our love of sex and we have several venues that host erotic art galleries. The following is a listing of those places, information about their galleries, and when and how you can view them. We will also talk a bit about the artists who are featured there when the information is available.
Gallery Privata is well known for all things stylish and posh, but their art gallery is one of the featured aspects of the establishment. On Thursday March 7, 2019 Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of two unique but distinctly different artists.
Terra Lynn Anderson
Terra Lyn Anderson has always been enamored by the visceral experience of witnessing beauty: the feeling of inner expansion, of fullness, of being overwhelmed by pleasure, such that whatever boundary separates your body from the rest of the world somehow becomes more permeable to the fullness of life. Anderson has spent much of their time pursuing this feeling – in nature, in music, and in human connection. When they uncovered their love for painting in 2009, they realized that the experience of witnessing beauty need not only come from the outside in, but rather could be invoked from the inside out as well. Anderson has always been an intuitive painter. Without any formal art training, painting is guided instead by an inner sense of integrity, trusting that each brush stroke will reflect their innermost truth. Even after a decade of painting, Anderson still regularly finds themself in awe of what happens on canvas.
Anderson has often been asked why they almost exclusively paint people, or rather some iteration of, “You really like boobs, don’t you?” While the short answer to that question is yes, the real answer is much more illusive. Painting has become a kind of self-seduction for Anderson – a way to be deeply in contact with their own pleasure. Thus, Anderson’s artwork becomes a window into a very vulnerable and personal process in which color expresses their eroticism. With their face hovering only inches away from the canvas as they paint the naked body, Anderson spends the kind of quality time with human form that they only dream of spending loving themselves or another – inch by inch, in shadow and light, and in all the vitality of vibrant color.
Anderson’s artistic career has taken them all over the United States. They grew up in southwest Colorado, however didn’t put brush to canvas until attending college in San Diego, California. Anderson took their canvases on the road from 2011 to 2014 as they traveled the country solo in a 1986 Ford van named Janet the Planet. Anderson finally landed in New Orleans, igniting their passion for brass music and a long-standing wet-hot love affair with the Crescent City. Graduate school brought Anderson back to Colorado where they painted the majority of the canvases on display at Club Privata. After graduate school Portland stole their heart, of course, and they now reside and paint here in the city
This show is a ten-year celebration of erotic artistry with works dated from 2009, when Terra Lyn Anderson started painting, through 2019. The pieces on display span a full decade of the erotic excavation of self, of passion, of beauty and of bliss.
Anderson selected each canvas for its ability to evoke pleasure, centering on the things that arouse the greatest pleasure in the artist – nature, color, music, and the body. Anderson’s paintings aim to capture the sensory experience of beauty and how the human form embodies ecstasy. The two shared themes in every painting: color and nude form, are meant to arouse vitality in their audience. Anderson’s hope is that in viewing their art, you feel your body altered in some visceral way. May the beauty of human form painted in all its vibrancy evoke some sense of expansion in your own body. May you breathe more deeply and feel a heightened capacity for pleasure. May you become more permeable to the beauty in the world both around
and within you. And may you witness from that pinnacle place where vulnerability
becomes power – for that is where you are most alive, most yourself, and most able
to experience pleasure.
Club Privata will be hosting a public art opening of these artists’ fine work, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Come view the art, talk with the artists, and sample some of the tasty beverages from local breweries, wineries and distillers.
824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR
Thurs – 8pm-2am
Fri and Sat – 9pm-4am
The Sanctuary Club is a an upscale and elegant event space and nightclub. Sanctuary provides a gathering space for a large and diverse sex-positive community. Sanctuary welcomes all gender identities and relationship configurations, LGBTQ+, poly, swing, kink, POC, and all curious, like-minded, happy people. Their venue is ADA accessible.
Sanctuary offers a full bar, lounge seating, dance floor, open play areas, dungeon furniture, ample sanitary supplies, and a fun, convivial atmosphere.
The idea for Vagina Interrupted came about after Kimberly was commissioned to create a seven-foot plush vagina [Regina] for Eleanor O’Brien’s sex positive film festival, Come Inside. Eager to keep the creative momentum going Kimberly decided to put together a group show solely about exploring vaginas. The main theme was to have a show that was less about sex and more about showing love and respect for nature’s pocket without being whimsical and or just gratuitous. Another important aspect of the show was to showcase more than just pretty pictures of hairless pink bits, but to put a spotlight on the vaginas that sport long hair, short hair, big lips, small lips, long and short, black, brown spotted, and all things in between. With the help and talent of several fellow artist and friends, a cohesive show began to take shape with everyone involved being free to showcase their own style and aesthetics without being micromanaged or censored. The show was renamed Vagina Interrupted after getting some rather unfortunate news that she would be losing her housing, because… Portland. For a moment Kimberly thought about canceling the two shows, but quickly decided against it. What artist hasn’t had to act quickly and adapt to an unfavorable situation with short notice? Going forth with most of her original idea the first opening was a success despite setbacks here and there. With one show down, she is hoping to be as successful with the second opening and is considering growing Vagina Interrupted into a bigger, better, and smarter annual event. And yes, she knows that technically it is “vulva” and not “vagina”.
First Thursday Opening is on Thursday, March 7th at 7pm;
No membership or door fee required before 9pm
The Sanctuary Club
33 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Above Splash Bar enter on 9th
Redux Boutique & Gallery
Redux Boutique & Gallery specializes in handmade, local and indie designer jewelry, accessories, and art. Our aesthetic is rooted in a crafty, edgy, clever sensibility, featuring artists and artisans who utilize unusual design, re-purposed objects and recycled materials. We also proudly feature regular gallery shows in our retail-facing exhibition space, and host First Friday events and artist openings, including for our current group show, Botanical Burlesque.
Botanical Burlesque is a First Friday, group show featuring Northwest artists who focus on the common theme of florals, the female form, and portraiture. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Botanical Burlesque explores concepts of divine femininity, the natural world, flower symbolism, self-love, and romantic ideals, dressing and un-dressing as self-care, performance, and embodied representation. Presenting a variety of perspectives and media, from photography to collage, the show will run through the end of March 2019.
Redux Boutique & Gallery participates in Eastside Portland’s monthly, First Friday art walk. For more information, visit http://firstfridaypdx.org/ .
Redux Boutique & Gallery Opening: Friday, March 1st 6pm-9pm
We want to promote ALL erotic art First Thursday shows. If you are a curator for an Erotic Art Gallery and wish to have your Art Show featured in our monthly article, you’re invited to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.