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July First Thursday Erotic Art Shows

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 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

Club 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 July 5th, 2018 Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of a unique and talented Artist.

M. Martinez has always been fascinated by photography. She began her exploration into the art world when digital cameras emerged. She found herself around people who had access to what was considered cutting edge technology from Canon, and the enthusiasm they had for the technical aspects of photography was simply contagious. Unable to afford a formal education in the art or even equipment of her own, she took a job taking school portraits. That experience taught her the basics of photography, lighting, distance, posing, and she learned it all on film! She looks back on that invaluable time in her career and realizes how much that job shaped her knowledge for what she does today. As time went on and her career progressed, she wanted her photography to be more about telling a story and emotion. She wanted to empower everyday people and contribute to the imagery that shapes how people view themselves and others.  

In 2014 she started her first photo project, “The Perception of Age”. It was a study to inquire what people think age looks like and why. She was just beginning to branch out on her own and this was her first attempt at something outside of traditional portrait photography. The project inspired her to produce a number of other series that ranged in subject matter and intended audience. The following year her first erotic series, ‘Littles in the Dungeon’ premiered in a small dungeon space called The Office. This was also her first photography exhibition. The show included 6 framed pieces that were captured in the space before it opened and the models in the series are friends of hers who identified as Littles in the Portland kink community. The assistants for the shoot were a couple of their Daddys at the time so it made for an unforgettable experience and some really dynamic images.

Less than a year later every photographer’s nightmare became her reality, her hard drive containing all of her work malfunctioned and she lost nearly everything, including the original images from “Littles in the Dungeon”; the single prints that were shown at The Office is all that remains of that project. Devastated by this loss it took over a year to want to create again. But she’s an artist and for her, art is life so here she is, creating & showing. Doing what she can to shape how people view themselves and others through her art. She likes to think of herself as a story-driven photographer. She believes in the power of imagery and what it says to us, how we take it in, and the feelings it can stir. Her projects are created with intention and rooted in subtlety, while driven by a desire to diversify the imagery that she sees in the world. So, when the opportunity to exhibit her work at Club Privata came about, she wanted to push herself to create something new.

El Mundo Jaspeado is a fine art series that she started working on in October of last year. It was inspired by a desire to share some of the beauty that she sees in people. The series is intended to grant a glimpse into her perspective of the artistry of the human form. The show features five unique individuals and two couples who each share their strength, grace, and spirit with you through her lens.

“I’m sure you’re wondering why I didn’t choose to just call it ‘A Variegated World’. And of all the words to describe the beauty that I see in people, why did I pick the word ‘variegated’? How does that connect with these images?

“We live in a world mixed with culture and marbled with color. I wanted to reflect that in this series through people. I chose people who are more than what they seem and swathed them with color, light, & shadow to highlight moments that moved me and often leave the viewer wanting more.”

The show on July 5th at Club Privata will include first edition limited prints from each set, as well as several mixed media collages. The collages bring together Ms Martinez’ long time love to paint and craft with her passion for photography. They’re a combination of mounted prints mixed with paper, paint, and other materials to create one of a kind pieces that she believes can only be seen. She feels like this show is a combination of her professional art, M.Martinez Photo and aspects of her abstract art from her alter ego Paintergrl. The collages are something completely new for her to produce and to display. She’s really excited to be able to include more than just prints in the show.

If you would like to see more of her projects or to simply support her work, you can visit her website

Club Privata will be hosting a Public art opening of Ms Martinez’ fine work, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday July 5, 2018. Come view the art, talk with the artists, and sample some of the tasty beverages from local breweries, wineries and distillers.

Club Privata

824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR

Thurs – 8pm-2am

Fri and Sat – 9pm-4am


Sanctuary Club

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.

Kiki LeMiau is a life-long west coast resident. Born in LA, she escaped the California heat for college at  Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Film and Photography. Since then she has called Portland home and is deeply involved in the queer and performing arts communities. A consummate creative, her work spans film, dance, costume design and photography. Aesthetically Pleasing is her first solo photo exhibition.

Aesthetically Pleasing is a hallucinatory exploration of the id of the performer. The models shown comprise musicians, strippers, DJs,  actresses, and circus folk. Shot by one of their own in private, intimate settings, the show endeavors to reveal a psychedelic take on self-expression through the female gaze and to crystallize the abstraction of the performer to something both concrete and surreal.

Follow her on Instagram @aestheticallyplsng for a sneak peek of what’s in store.

First Thursday Opening at Sanctuary is on  Thursday July 5th, at 6pm;
No membership or door fee required before 9pm


The Sanctuary Club
33 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Above Splash Bar (enter on 9th)

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