Sunday, November 8, 2009

Figure Drawing by James King

Ridiculously talented Portland artist James King is going to be holding small group workshops on the art of figure drawing. Details are still being worked out, but expect classes to begin in mid January. For more information, shoot us an email at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Music at the Grove

Some of our favorite indie poppers are coming to the Bamboo Grove. Shelby Sifers, Joel Kraft and Purrbot (that earring is hard to read right?) will woo you this Saturday October 24th. Donations very welcome... Show starts at 8 pm. The teahouse will be open, with loose leaf tea, beer and wine available for purchase.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Menu!

Painting by Gabriel Weiss

The Bamboo Grove Salon Teahouse is still open Monday - Thursday, 4 - 9 pm ...but now we have much larger selection of teas, and they're all $2 a pot. Here are just a few new favorites:

Green Tea:
Jiao Gu Lan
Meng Shan Mao Feng

Wulong Tea:
Tie Guan Yin

Black Tea:
Tippy South Cloud

Mate Tea:

Other Teas:
Salter Plum
Ku Ding (Bitter Stalk)

Other beverages...aka BOOZE
Beer (Oregon IPA) $3 a can
Wine (2008 Pinot Grigio) $3 a glass
Lemonade (non alcoholic but it's pink, so you can pretend) $1.50 a glass

Open Figure Drawing Schedule

Painting by Gabriel Weiss

Open figure drawing is steadily growing. We meet every Sunday from 1 - 3 pm at the Bamboo Grove Salon. Still only $5! Check out The Century Project while you're here, up for the rest of October... and hopefully longer.

Model Schedule:
November 1st: Josh, male
November 8th: Mag, female
November 15th: Kari, female.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Now Showing at the Bamboo Grove Gallery: The Century Project

Photograph by Frank Cordelle

The Bamboo Grove is currently hosting Frank Cordelle's photography exhibit, a diverse collection of female nudes more than a quarter of a century in the making. These photographs are accompanied by personal statements that provide an emotional context for the images. The Century Project has been featured in Oprah Magazine and the East Bay Guardian.

You can read more about Frank and his work on his website here: Frank Cordelle's The Century Project.
This exhibit will be up until the end of October.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

End of Summer Clothesline Print Show - Reception

A few photos from the September 17th opening reception for the End of Summer Clothesline Print show. We had a lot of talented printmakers involved:

Meg Adamson
Zach Mitlas
Chris Gaslin
Shawn Demarest
Mary Ann Puls
Rosalynn and Adam Rothstein
Carol Berryhill
Alanna Risse
Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein
Fasai Streed

Special thanks to Bite Studio who sent over three artists and more work than we could fit on our clotheslines!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Zhu Lin Renga

We have a new weekly event coming to the Bamboo Grove Salon! Tuesdays are getting full with Tango practica and now with Zhu Lin Renga. Our first Renga event will be tonight, September 22nd, from 7 - 9 pm. This is a collaborative poetry event and there will be loose leaf tea, beer and wine available.

From the Zhu Lin Renga blog (

"Renga is the Japanese pronunciation of lian ge 連歌, the Chinese characters meaning “to link together” and verse, or song. The Japanese perfected this method of poetry, but its roots may lie in Qin dynasty China. In China, it was a spontaneous collaboration of master poets, in which each contributed lines that built on each other; each contribution played upon the meaning of the previous contribution, adding new meaning while also retaining the line of thought. The end result was a poem full of layers and personalities, capturing a dialogue through poetry.

Zhu Lin Renga is our own take on the tradition of Renga poetry.

The Chinese character of wu 五 means 5. It looks like an hourglass. Each week, we will write a renga poem, with the help of 5 contributors, selected by chance through an impartial drawing. The 5 contributors will write 2 lines, going around the circle twice. At the end of the two turns, each will contribute one more line, for a total of 55 lines for the evening.

At the end of the season (we plan to have 4 seasons of 12 weeks of poetry), we will print the Renga into a handbound book on Zhu Lin Salon’s own printing press, illustrated by local artists, and publish it."
Thanks to Sara Kohl, who is spearheading this event. You can check out her poetry here:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Painting by Gabriel Weiss

We are still meeting for figure drawing this Sunday afternoon...while many will be relaxing on the Oregon coast this labor day weekend, we'll be sweating it out inside the Bamboo Grove Salon studio. As always, 1 - 3 pm, $5! We might be holding figure drawing work shops too in addition to open drawing sessions, so stay posted.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Call to Printmakers

Image by Gabriel Weiss

Our first annual 'End of Summer Clothesline Print Show' will be happening September 17th (third Thursday) in the Bamboo Grove Gallery, and we're still accepting submissions! We'll be stringing clotheslines up across and gallery and clipping on prints - visitors to the gallery can purchase a print the day of the show and take it home to 'save it from the rain.'
If you're interested in participating, email Gabe at, or his assistant at
Drop off date for work is Weds, September 16th between 1 and 9 pm.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Starting September 1st at the Bamboo Grove

A weekly Practica Hosted & DJed by Joe Leonardo
Every Tuesday Evening 9pm-Midnight


This is an open practica with a casual and comfortable atmosphere - feel free to come in and work on any aspect of Argentine tango. If you have any questions or are just looking for a little extra help, just ask!

You can email Joe at

Joe Leonardo's Website:
Beginner's Drop-in Tango Lesson:
Argentine Tango in Portland OR :

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.