Velveteria discovered by Portland Mercury

Velvet panther at Velveteria

Velvet panther at Velveteria

December 15, 2005 – Chas Bowie, Portland Mercury, wrote the article, “Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings“, here are some things he had to say:

A visit to the Velveteria is a far richer experience than you might imagine, given its overtly campy nature. The back room is dedicated to black velvet’s dominant genre—buxom lasses. Painting on velvet (paint is applied either by brush or air gun, or frequently a combination of the two) results in a unique luminosity when done well, and skin tones highlight this quality best. Pigtails, arched backs, and coy faces are the order of the day in this study of divergent styles.

The main gallery is a smorgasbord of subjects. Along with the requisite tropical landscapes (the second-favorite subject matte of velvet painters), the Vel­veteria boasts a tremendous, meticulous rendering of Yoda in a fantastic treescape, Alice Cooper prowling an arena stage, and Jesus protectively lording over an 18-wheeler. There is a section devoted to black-light paintings, and another strictly for banditos. Some of the most charming examples of the genre are patently amateur, including one canvas of two unicorns, horns intertwined, over which the artist has painted the words “I love you” in childish cursive script.

Yes, the Velveteria is a kitschy haven, but more than that, it’s an oddly refreshing examination of a multi-cultural form of art that’s more varied and impassioned than you might expect.

Read full article by Chas Bowie on the Portland Mercury website: “Velveteria Museum of Velvet Paintings


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