‘Something for Everyone’ — Porch-Art-Palooza Returns with Nearly 40 Artists, 30 Porches | Local

For five hours on Sunday, the historic neighborhoods south of the Capitol will become one vast open-air art gallery.

Nearly 40 artists will show and sell their work – including paintings, prints, ceramics, rugs and handmade paper – on 30 porches during the second annual Porch-Art-Palooza.

And much of it will be reasonably priced.

“Most people will have things in the $5, $10, $20 and up price range,” said Peggy Gomez of Tugboat Gallery, which is organizing the event. “I think people will do a good job of having something for everyone – young and old.”

Porch-Art-Palooza began in 2015 as the Lincoln Bicycle Art Tour, which featured artwork and artists from across the city. But he never thrived, so when he was forced into a COVID-19 hiatus in 2020, Gomez and others took the opportunity to make changes.

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They reduced its footprint, limiting the event to the Near South, Everett and South Salt Creek neighborhoods. And they eliminated the focus on the bike.

Last year, the rebranded event attracted 200 to 300 people on bikes, on foot or in cars.

At one time, artist Toan Vuong was greeting 20 to 30 people per hour on his porch near 17 and A streets.

” It was a great success ; a lot of people were out that day,” he said. “And I think a lot of people who were selling stuff made a lot of sales that day.”

Vuong won around $300 and will be back on her porch on Sunday to show off her drawings, woodcuts, lithographs and ceramics to potential new customers.

And teach them too. This year’s event features three interactive porches, where attendees can print a linoleum block, make a cyanotype or help Vuong make a portrait using a rubber stamp.

The college art professor plans to set his prices between $10 and $50, to make his pieces accessible. Porch-Art-Palooza attendees are people who appreciate art and want to support artists, he said, even though they may not be able to afford gallery shopping.

“So I think that’s a really good idea – selling little things that go into people’s homes and kind of fit into their lives.”


* Nearly 40 artists on 30 steps

* Free and open to the public

* South Salt Creek, Everett and Near South neighborhoods

* Win prizes: Collect at least 10 artist signatures on your passport and be eligible for gift cards from local businesses

* Map and more information available at tugboat.gallery

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