Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sunday Figure Drawing

Our second figure drawing session will be this Sunday. Our new model for this week is Jeanette.
Cost: $5
When: Sundays 1 pm - 3 pm (doors open at 12:45)
Where: 134 SE Taylor (entrance on 2nd, natch)

Print by Julia Gfrorer

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Drink Tea and Play Go

Wednesday night is Go night! Local wei ch'i masters play in our teahouse every Wednesday night from 7 - 10 pm. Come by and play or have some tea and watch.

This brutal Portland heatwave has spurred us on to add a few iced teas to our expanding tea menu. We have iced green, oolong and green jasmine tea. Right now our most popular tea is Chrysanthemum and Chinese Wolfberry iced tea - an earthy flavored and antioxidant rich combination. Chrysanthemum works well as a cooling herb and is especially soothing for a sore throat. Wolfberry gives the tea an unique nutty flavor and provides Vitamin C and Calcium among other nutrients.

We also have chilled salty plum tea for a buck!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

August Art Opening: 3 Muses

For this upcoming first Friday we'll be showcasing three Portland artists in our 3 Muses show. The opening reception will take place August 7th, 6 - 9 pm at the Bamboo Grove Salon Gallery 134 SE Taylor (entrance on 2nd). We're excited to present original works by:

Julia Gfrorer: Julia is a local artist with a dynamic body of work behind her. Her mastery of the human figure is shown off with bold line drawings that manage to capture intense motion and fluidity even in the quietest moment. She is a skilled printmaker and letterpress operator and frequently runs the Zhu Lin press at the Bamboo Grove.

Linsay De Armond: Lindsay is an accomplished painter and drawer whose interest in girlhood, the Victorian era and mental illness makes for an eery and compelling collection of work. She has shown all over the Pacific Northwest, most recently at Opposable Thumb Gallery + Cafe. When she's not making incredible artwork, she sometimes models for us at our weekly figure drawing session.

Elena Cronin : Elena is a figurative artist whose beautiful and emotional art follows in the tradition of Austrian art nouveau and expressionism. Her vivid new work centers on her own body as subject, and is drawn and painted with the intimacy of first person perspective. She was recently featured at the Launch Pad Gallery and at the Fine Grind.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Open Figure Drawing

The Bamboo Grove will be offering weekly open figure drawing sessions starting this Sunday at 1 pm. We're holding it in the event room (pictured above) so there will be plenty of space and lots of natural light. Our model this Sunday is local figurative artist Lindsay De Armond, whose work we'll be featuring in next month's gallery show. Poses will be clothed and unclothed. All levels of experience welcome, just bring your own art supplies.

Time: Sundays 11 am - 1 pm
Cost: $5, cash or check

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Art in the Bamboo Grove Gallery

Jonathan W. Fischer is our first summer artist, and his bright colorful pieces are the perfect compliment to this shift in the weather. Jonathan is based out of Seattle and shows all over the U.S., with work displayed in Chicago, San Francisco and L.A. earlier this year. His stenciled graffiti work is incredibly layered and detailed, and we're lucky to have so many of his canvas and paper works to display. Here are a few of our favorites:

The Corner Diptych 1 & 2

808 and Heartbreak

Cracked Actor

You can see more of his work in our gallery or online at We'll be keeping the show up until our next third Thursday event in August.

Welcome to the Bamboo Grove Salon

Thanks for checking out Bamboo Grove Salon's new blog! We'll be updating frequently with info about our gallery, teahouse and other events happening at the Grove. Our list of activities is growing, and it wont be long before we offer weekly figure drawing sessions, movie nights (on our awesome projector: Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman and other classics!), mahjong and SAKE (liquor lisence pending, very exciting).

We're tucked away in industrial Portland and sometimes miss out on what's going on outside this brick and mortar area, so if you've got art or event news that's happening off our block, let us know! We'd love to be more active in the Portland community. Email the owner, Gabe Weiss, at and his many intern minions at with your art shows, martial arts events, tea recipes... whatever you think we should know about.

The gallery and teahouse are looking especially nice right now with all our fresh summer flowers and live bamboo. We're right above the Tao of Tea warehouse so we always have something delicious and fresh in stock. Here's our current tea menu, at only $2 a pot with free refills!

- Green Tea
- Oolong Tea
- Chrysanthemum Tea
- Peach Tea
- Licorice Spice Tea
- Raspberry Tea
-Earl Grey Tea

The teahouse is open Monday - Thursday from 4 - 9 pm...and by chance.