My dear friend Kimberly and I met in art school. For two years we ripped ourselves open and let it all flow out onto the page/into the silver halide crystals/into the platinum palladium. We talked about the most intimate experiences of our lives and spent many hundreds of hours in the darkroom together.
Ten years have passed since our first class together and we both have new creative endeavors – I’ve got my manlet and this wee biz and Kimberly and her husband, Stan, have opened a quite successful restaurant here in Portland serving delicious Polish food and drink.
Bar Dobre opened last fall and has garnered rave reviews from numerous folks in town who know about such things. Besides Stan’s melt-in-your-mouth pierogis and divinely delicious truffle fries, Kimberly’s hand is everywhere in the place – a large emotional photograph of hers hangs on a main wall and the space is incredibly cozy with a wall of vintage mirrors reflecting the candle light and long, cushioned benches to hold your bum for the hours you will surely spend there. All of this is pure Kimberly.
When she offered her back gallery walls, I couldn’t resist! I’ve hung work that hasn’t seen the light of day since their creation and it’s exciting and motivating to make more work. And really, just to make.
And so, please join us for a little gallery opening of sorts to kick off Dobre’s happy hour on Tuesday, May 28th from 5pm to 7pm. Eat some nibblies, drink some yumminess, take a look-see at my photos and have fun! (Happy Hour at Bar Dobre is 5pm to 6pm.)
Here’s a map of Bar Dobre’s location.
Here are a few selections from the show: