'When art seems trivial is when it's most necessary,' says Portland coffee shop art show if it's no longer in pre-pandemic lifestyle

'When art seems trivial is when it's most necessary,' says Portland coffee shop art show if it's no  ...

The coronavirus epidemic failed to fulfill the intention to transform traditional art to people in the most casual of locations, like coffee shops.

She just had to be patient.

In March 2020, an artist and art seller returned to Portland, reducing the spread of COVID-19. As doors closed, art was left out in the cold.

"There was such a lot of uncertainty, and regulations were constantly changing," Freshley said. "Understandably, having an art show going didn't really make sense and certainly wasn't a priority."

Portland eateries were soon established, providing artists with the opportunity to sell their artwork for free. Despite the constant surface sanitizing, walls were stripped and shelves were stripped clean.

With and, everyday joys, like coffee shop art, are resurrected slowly in Portland.

On the walls of Northeast Portland's Sabin neighborhood, a show entitled "Love Letter to the Bay."

The coffee shop, which had only offered takeout, was fully reopened in March, encompassing art and everything.

It all sembled like before, said the owner of Capitola Coffee. Art brings a lot to our daily life.

Capitola Coffee in Northeast Portland has returned art.Tom Leineweber

The first event of the epidemic, a reception for Freshley this past Thursday, brought art enthusiasts, interior designers, and neighbors to the business' small seating area with tables for two parties exposed against seafoam-green walls.

During her freshman year at Portland's Lincoln High School, Freshley felt the need to be part of a community.

During the 12 years Leineweber served as a US Air Force pilot, the couple decided to settle down and purchase their first home in Portland.

The spread of the epidemic stayed on the coop for 20 months after returning to Portland.

Due of the epidemic, Leineweber, now 35, was denied the post-military employment. Freshley's income selling art and teaching online painting lessons reacted like the ultimate choice for people who were concerned about COVID-19 and trying to limit their expenditure.

Freshley, now 34, listened when people confirmed what she already knew: Art is important, and it gives us a sense of joy and peace, insbesondere in difficult times.

"When art appears trivial, it's when it's most necessary," she said.

Freshley, who opened a show at a Spokane, Washington, restaurant in 2011, found that people who casually encounter a piece of art, such as when they're enjoying a dinner or a coffee, don't feel pressured to purchase art or explain why they like it.

She said that they can just react to it.

In November 2021, she and her spouse moved into their first home. The next morning, they discovered their neighbor's coffee shop, Capitola Coffee.

Freshley sat down with Johnson and then created six paintings inspired by Willapa Bay, an unusual location.

Johnson said art encourages people to join, connects them to the creative process, and gives them an unexpected breakthrough in artistic beauty. Physical exhibits also are more inviting than seeing their works displayed on a screen, he added.

"Catherine's paintings of one particular place from different angles and times of day, as well as being shown in many layers of color and texture, leave a lot to consider," says the author.

Fans of Freshley's paintings may purchase fine art prints at Capitola Coffee, which cost $30 for an 8-inch-by-10-inch print, and $50 for an 11-inch-by-14-inch print.

The price of original maple frames is $2,900 per piece. Two of the six paintings have been sold.

The epidemic is not over, but things are returning to normal, Freshley said. An art show is a small thing, but it's a sign of good living and goodwill.

A Portland landscape painting show, "Love Letter to the Bay" commenced on March 1 and will last until April 30 at Capitola Coffee, 1465 N.E. Prescott St. Suite B in Portland. It's open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072


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