Voice of America, VOA News, visits Velveteria

VOA News visits Velveteria

VOA News visits Velveteria

Velvet fabric is often seen as a sign of luxury. As a canvas for art, however, velvet is considered by many to illustrate poor taste. Velvet art is considered “kitsch”, a gaudy, cheap style of art rarely displayed in art galleries or museums. But this hallmark of thrift shops and flea markets is embraced as fine art at Portland, Oregon’s Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings.

The Velveteria in Portland, Oregon is out to change that. This small museum is dedicated solely to velvet paintings. VOA’s Yi Suli takes us for a tour of the Velveteria: Museum of Velvet Paintings. Elaine Lu narrates a shortened version in English. See longer version in Chinese.

5 Responses to “Voice of America, VOA News, visits Velveteria”

  • 1 Margaret W. Says:

    I purchased a piece of art on velvet, painted by L Mendez and even though I can not find him I will just keep looking, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of a country place. I think it is really cool to see art on velvet and I remember we used to paint on velvet when I was a teen.
    Keep up the good work and never give up.

  • 2 Misty Says:

    I have three pieces of L. Mendez`s work. My grandmother bought them several years ago and I inherited them. They are beautiful. I wish that I could find info about the artist as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • 3 admin Says:

    I’m sorry but we do not have any info on L. Mendez, but we will keep our ears open. Thanks.

  • 4 Cole Says:

    I have a velvet original of an L. Mendez as well. It’s a portrait of what appears to be a Spanish Queen. Sweet art, wish I had some more info on it!

  • 5 JP Says:

    I also have a piece that I inherited from my grandmother (circa 1980) It is a bull fighter and bull – and signed “L Mendez”

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