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“little art/BIG CAUSE”

“little art / Big Cause” is a group art show benefiting the Cascade AIDS Project, on display at Scandals in downtown Portland through the end of May (or until all art is sold).

Curated by Scandals’ art director Munro, the show launched with over 300 pieces of artwork by 49 different local artists.  The requirement of the show is that each piece of art must be a handmade original executed on an 8”x8” block of wood as its starting point.  All pieces are available for purchase for $40, a portion of every sale going to the Cascade AIDS Project, a locally-based charitable organization dedicated to “support[ing] all people with or affected by HIV… [from the CAP website]”

According to Munro, over half of the artwork submitted this year has sold in the first week of the show; potential patrons are encouraged to check it out while it lasts!

This edition marks the eleventh iteration of “little art / Big Cause,” which Munro originally dreamed up along with local curator Chris Haberman.  Munro is proud to also point out that this year’s show is taking place in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of Scandals itself (celebrated earlier this year) and the 15th anniversary of their Pride Party which is coming up next month, along with the broader community’s 50th observance of the Stonewall anniversary.

The Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) was founded in 1983 (incorporated in ‘85) to provide “HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington.”  It is the oldest and largest organization of its type with a staff of 75 and a budget of over $10 million. Learn more about CAP at .

Scandals PDX is a Portland Gay Bar that is often compared to Cheers — a great fun lounge to meet friends, have drinks, enjoy local art, play games or just sit on the patio. Scandals has been in business for over 35 years and continues to provide a great place for regulars and welcome newcomers to enjoy some quality time with live entertainment, tasty drinks, and a friendly vibe.  Scandals’ website is at .

As the organizer for “little art / Big Cause,” and for Scandals’ monthly featured artist shows as well, Munro scours the local community by word-of-mouth to locate interested artists.  Pricing for artwork at Scandals is very much in keeping with the casual nature of the establishment, not a gallery setting! Artists who may be interested in being considered for next year’s group show or having a solo show are encouraged to contact Munro at and include sample art or gallery links in their message.

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