Velveteria on Newsweek.com

Velveteria in Newsweek, photo by Alan Borrud

Velveteria in Newsweek, photo by Alan Borrud


Black Velvet, If You Please
Kitsch or Art? Museum Fuzzes the Line
Some black velvet paintings are worth upward of $10,000, and some just pull down a few bucks at a garage sale. There are abundant Elvises and poker dogs that reinforce the stereotypes about this tacky, black-light-friendly medium, but there are also delicate portraits and detailed tropical scenes that defy a viewer’s expectations.

About 350 black velvet paintings can be found in the Velveteria Museum, a Portland, Ore., gallery run by Carl Baldwin and Caren Anderson, whose new book, “Black Velvet Masterpieces,” describes them as “the world’s leading authorities on this underappreciated art.”

Join us on a tour, narrated by Baldwin and Anderson of some of the highlights of the Velveteria.


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