What we're about

Hello Portlanders! Art Geeks is a new meetup designed for people who want to check out various kinds of self-consciously 'artsy' events, mostly in the evening.

Although we are proud to be art 'geeks,' we are definitely not art 'snobs'-- and so you'll find us consuming kitsch just as much as the refined, the gritty as well as the classical.

Our events focus on appreciating all different kinds of art production rather than making it, yet all kinds of art hobbyists and professionals should also find interest here.

Many of our gatherings will require you to buy a ticket of some kind, and perhaps even in advance. Almost always, there will be the option to socialize before, during or after whatever art geeky event we attend.

We extend a particular welcome to people who are new to town, but old-schoolers are also warmly welcomed. About once a week, we'll be heading out to some kind of painfully artsy event.

Look for activities like art openings, indie films, dance/theater/performance, live music, and late night dancing at clubs, festivals, and other random art geeky happenings.

Our gatherings will be on the smaller side, under 10 people, so that we can have intelligent conversations as we appreciate the cultural landscape together.

Upcoming events (5+)

Weird Fiction Monthly Discussion-Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

This month we will read and then meet to discuss Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. This monthly discussion with coffee focuses on shorter fiction (short stories or novellas) in alternative genres such as Gothic, Weird fiction, Horror, Steampunck and Science fiction, with authors such as: Edger Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Flannery O’Conner. We will attempt to keep readings free or low cost. Attend to discuss monthly reading or just to learn about what you haven't read yet.

The Very Popular First Thursday Art Walk

The Armory Lobby

Please note the new starting location at The Armory. As usual, let's meet at about 5:45 and then at about 6 wander off together for art gallery shenanigans. What do you say? I'll attempt to be organized. We often go for Sushi or burgers afterward The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the "First Thursday" of every month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits. Generally the hours are 6pm to 9pm, but please check each gallery's website for more information and to view all the artists works that they represent. You can print a map. We will have a list of galleries we will be visiting.

First Friday Eastside Art Walk

Butters Gallery

First Friday is the east side's monthly art gallery event. We'll meet at the Butters Gallery (next to Stark's Vacuum Cleaners) and head out at ~6:30 to other galleries in the inner east side within walking distance. The galleries on the east side are more geographically spread out than those in the Pearl for First Thursday, so dress in comfortable shoes and for the weather. You can leave the walk early at any time. Gallery List (photo of map to be added at later date). Approximately 2 miles walking but actual route may vary from map Start - 1 - Butters Gallery 157 NE Grand Ave 2 - Gallery @ the Jupiter Hotel 900 E Burnside St 3 - Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside St, Suite 212 (second floor) 4 - AFRU Gallery 534 SE Oak St 5 - East Creative Collective Exhibition 211 SE Madison St 6 - Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave Suite 202 (second floor) • What to bring Rain gear if rainy, comfortable walking shoes, flashlight/high-visibility clothes for walking at night. Disclaimer: Participate at your own risk. I'm a volunteer and assume no liability for anyone's personal safety on this trip. Being alert to traffic is key!

Absurdist fiction - The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe.

We will meet to discuss The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

Past events (300)

The Very Popular First Thursday Art Walk

The Armory Lobby

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