Little Art, Big Cause Tenth Anniversary

by Sebastian Fortino
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This week is a big one for the visual arts in Portland, namely how art sales will benefit two local non-profits. Over the weekend the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) will host their annual Art Auction and After Party. On Thursday, May 3rd Scandal's PDX will host their tenth annual Little Art, Big Cause art sale which benefit both CAP and Peacock Productions.

PQ Portland spoke with Munro, the Manager of Scandal’s about the upcoming event.

“We have about 25 artists taking part in Little Art, Big Cause this year. Most of the artists are donating between five and 10 pieces. Most of these are on wooden panels, or recycled wood. All of them are eight inches by eight inches,” Munro explained, hence why it’s Little Art, Big Cause.

While the CAP auction consists of both live and silent bidding, Scandal’s event is cash and carry. Attendees come in, see pieces they like, purchase them, then are free to take them off the wall. Then more pieces go up.

“All pieces are $40,” Munro added. “A portion goes to CAP, and Peacock Productions’ Audria M. Edwards scholarship, while $20 goes to the artists. Then $10 goes to Scandal’s for our popular Pride weekend block party. The event started out as just a fun way to raise funds and give back to the community. But now it’s become an unofficial kickoff to Pride, here in Portland.”

Affordable art, multiple artists, and purchases benefiting two local non-profits does sound like a great way to unofficially kickoff Pride. The event begins at 6 PM, during Scandal’s daily happy hour. Even if you’re not in the market for artwork, stop buy for a beverage, and start Pride season early!

Visit Scandal's PDX to learn more about daily events, and Little Art, Big Cause. Check out some photos from previous Little Art, Big Cause events. All photos courtesy of Scandal's and Kenton Waltz Photography