The opening of the Windows Into the Community exhibit at KMAC on March 16th was such a great experience. Being able to see all of the hard work Danny Seim put into the 40 portraits and to be among some of the people featured in the portraits, people who have been doing the hard work to improve our city and inspire others was one of my favorite events I've attended in a long time.
We want to thank Danny Seim for the amazing portrait work and the Portland Museum for the collaboration. Also want to thank KMAC for hosting the exhibit and providing refreshments along with Gill Holland. We especially want to thank all the nominees who were featured in the portraits as they have done the heavy lifting of raising up our community and inspiring others to do the same.
The process began with Danny illustrating the portraits. We are in the process of blowing up the portraits and, using recycled lath from old buildings in Portland, creating frames to hang these in storefronts downtown. The first portrait up was Ed Whites at the Portland Museum and now at KMAC. We are working to get as many portraits up in windows downtown as we can over the next few weeks as we work with storefront owners to allow us to hang the portraits in their windows and create a streetscape gallery.
Thanks to everyone who attended the exhibit opening, especially those featured in the portraits.
Portraits of Branden Klayko and Elmer Lucille Allen were built and can now be found hanging at Louisville Public Media on 4th Street. Thanks to Stephen George and LPM for participating in the streetscape gallery. Looking forward to getting more of these out into downtown!