Last Thursday in the Alberta Arts District has the potential to really suck this week. Why? Because, in their infinite wisdom, the cops decided a couple of months ago that artists can no longer set up canopies on the art walk. Meaning, here in rainy Oregon, we're supposed to sell our art outdoors at night with no shelter. The forecast for Thursday night is rain. Which makes you wonder why they don't just cancel the event entirely.
The best part of this is, the whole reason for the stupid new rule is that a bunch of drunks got out of control at the "clown house" (where they always had rowdy parties) a few months ago and it caused a big scene with cops in riot gear and everything. Well, those idiots who caused the trouble have nothing at all to do with the artists. Yet, the city's solution to punishing the drunks is apparently to make it impossible for artists to sell their work. A newspaper article recently said that the clown house would no longer exist after August, due to a lease expiring or something. In other words, the very people responsible for screwing everything up will be gone, but the artists who had nothing to do with the problems will continue to suffer the consequences. Go figure. . .
Mesman Images is the name of our fine art photography business in Portland, Oregon. We have been selling our photography and related products for the past several years at artists' markets and events in the Pacific Northwest, in retail shops in the Portland metro area, on Etsy, and on our own website at www.mesmanimages.com.
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