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Archives for November 2014
Here we are, at the last print issue of the WG News + Arts, a paper of integrity and fun, exploratory attitudes and true grit. Every artwork represented in these (30lb groundwood) pages was made by a local Williamsburg / Greenpoint / Bushwick artist who is highly professional and has donated work to the cause of honest local reporting; all the proceeds from the sale of these artworks at auction will go toward paying back the paper’s outstanding receipts. And if there’s any money left over? It will be divided among the artists themselves.
In this group installation artists will make and display the evolution of the headshop classics: comics, black light posters, tapestries, t-shirts, incense, candles, “pipes,” tarot cards, vinyl, macrame, etc, as well as new things that have become a integral part of modern underground psychedelic culture.
“What they’ve done to the Rose City is despicable.” Exasperated, a character in Penny Allen’s Property laments the encroaching gentrification of the region and adds, sighing, “Portland isn’t the same as it used to be.” Though the lines were spoken nearly 40 years ago, the sentiment feels grimly reminiscent of a contemporary situation.