THE 2017 HOLIDAY HOME TOUR IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st
JOIN THE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FOR OUR DAY AND EVENING TOUR SESSIONS:
Day Session: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Evening Session: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Holiday Boutique: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: $30 for pre-sale tickets, $35 for day-of tickets. The Boutique is free for all.
Ring in the holiday season by celebrating a cherished Eastmoreland tradition at the 39th annual Duniway Holiday Home Tour & Boutique. On Friday, December 1, the tour offers a sneak peek into stunning homes, neighborhood trolley rides and live music — all while supporting Duniway Elementary School.
A selection of eight neighborhood homes will be decked out for the holidays.
Running in conjunction with the tour is the Duniway Holiday Boutique, featuring the wares of many local artists and merchants. Anyone can attend the boutique for free, even without purchasing a home tour ticket. A portion of all boutique sales also benefits Duniway students.
Start the Tour by picking up your tour booklet at Duniway Elementary School (7700 SE Reed College Place, Portland) and visit the school’s South Gym and start the tour by visiting the Holiday Boutique.
The Tour is one of the largest fundraisers for Duniway Elementary School’s PTA. All proceeds from the event directly benefit Duniway and are used to provide applied arts programs, classroom materials, cultural art events, field trips and more for children attending Duniway.
New for 2017 – Art Auction
In an effort to raise more money for the art program at Duniway, this year we are offering a silent art auction to Home Tour attendees. The artwork has been generously donated by several local artists and will be on display at each of the homes on the tour. Here is a sneak peak. Bidding starts soon – and ends December 1st @ 9pm. Check back for more information on bidding.
Jeni Lee has worked as a professional artist for over 15 years, creating emotive abstract landscapes and mixed media paintings.
With nature’s environment as the foundation of her work, she has lived and traveled in the some of the most diverse landscapes of the West. From a childhood spent in the coastal California countryside, to Idaho’s river valleys, to finding her home among the forests of the Northwest and attending artist residencies in New Mexico, Kauai, Oregon’s high desert and at the Vermont Studio Center.
After receiving her degree in Painting and Printmaking from Portland State University, she began exhibiting her work at galleries and venues throughout the Northwest, including healthcare and hospitality venues.
Jeni Lee resides in Portland, Oregon and works daily out of her colorful art studio where she continues to partner with art consultants, designers and galleries to place her work locally and beyond.
She currently shows her work with Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, Oregon and Palm Springs, California, as well as in shops and galleries locally and along the Oregon coast.
As I sit at the potter’s wheel, my ceramic art mirrors my work in global health – at times responsive and smooth, sometimes lumpy and off balance, and often joyful in ways I could not have imagined beforehand. Both the clay and I must remain responsive in order for the relationship to be successful. Thus, ceramic art carries valuable lessons in reciprocity, interconnection, and humility.
My clay work is composed almost entirely of utilitarian vessels designed to contain things. As such, they allude to the values of abundance, usefulness, and generosity – attributes needed when working across significant cultural and worldview differences. Pots being held or in a communal eating space imply a relationship between use and user and the unique beauty of the clay objects can help set the tone for the interactions that take place among those who use them. Thus, functional clay objects take on a pivotal significance in families and communities, as sharing food lies at the heart of all human societies.
My pots are being created during an era of frenzied activity, visual and auditory commotion, and unprecedented global upheaval and violence. Therefore, I keep them simple. In their simplicity, I hope to convey a sense of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit. My hope is that through my ceramic art, the user deepens their appreciation of functional pots, discovers the seduction of the perfect fit, and experiences beauty, restfulness, and sensuality in the act of consuming food and drink.
“What’s Eating You?” is a 36x36 mixed media painting on canvas. The final image is a result of intuitive painting and collage.
From the artist, Gia Whitlock:
I live blissfully in Portland, Oregon with my husband, Trevor, and our two children. In August 2012, we relocated from Salt Lake City, Utah, where I participated in the Utah Arts Festival and various gallery shows.
Since moving to Portland, I have picked up my art career where I left it, participating in booth shows and exhibiting at Oregon galleries. My work has also appeared in numerous publications and been licensed by national retailers.
Being a mother to two small children keeps life fresh and entertaining, as well as exhausting, for me. I work with my kids on collage projects and drawing and I gain wonderful inspiration from their artistic freedom. Painting is a luxury that I allow myself and I am grateful for it every single day.
I find magic in the transformative quality of working with fire. The elemental power of the material influences the creative process and lends the work a freedom of expression that is abundantly satisfying. In my most recent encaustic and mixed media work, I am concerned with different forms of energy, direction and movement in nature and the rare beauty found even in the starkest places.
SHANNON CARLSON IS AN OREGON NATIVE WHO RETURNED TO PORTLAND AFTER LIVING IN NEW MEXICO AND GEORGIA. HER WORK IS INFLUENCED BY A FEELING OF PLACE. SHANNON EXPERIMENTS WITH A VARIETY OF MEDIA AND INNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR MARK MAKING. SHE FINDS THE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSFORMING THE PROCESS LIMITLESS.
RIDE THE TROLLEY
The Duniway Holiday Home Tour again features a free trolley you can ride to tour the homes. The trolley will make a loop between all six homes and Duniway Elementary. Tour participants can ride the trolley at their leisure, combining rides with walking, biking or driving. Start at Duniway and map your route to view on your own schedule.
Our Kids Need Clothes!
Many children who attend Portland Public Schools are in need. Please bring gently used children’s jackets and coats for kids grades K – 12. We also need new underwear and socks for our kids too. There will be a collection bin available in the gym on the day of the tour for your kind donation. Thank you!
Duniway Holiday Home Tour December 1st