The most widely circulated Pearl origin story is that in 1985, local gallery director Thomas Augustine was quoted in a travel magazine as saying that the neighborhood’s industrial buildings were like crusty oysters, while the galleries and lofts inside were like pearls.
The legend was extended in 2002, when The Oregonian’s Margie Boulé tracked down Augustine, who emended his tale with the late-breaking news that he’d actually named the ’hood in honor of his friend Pearl Marie Amhara. Amhara supposedly threw such great warehouse parties that people started calling it “Pearl’s place” or “Pearl’s district.”
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On the last day of school, each year, PNCA holds an end of the year party. It is a chance for us to celebrate the success of our students with our faculty, and staff, as well with the local community.
The party will take place on Friday May 16, from 4-8pm. There will bands performing from 5-7, and we will have bbq food, beverages, and street entertainment. We will close down 13th st between Johnson and Kearney. We held a party last year in the same place to great success.
What: PNCA End of the Year party
When: Friday, May 16, 4-8pm
Where: on NW 13th ave, between Johnson and Kearney
Why: To celebrate the end of another successful year for art students.
Pacific Northwest College of Art prepares students for a life of creative practice. As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks.
Saturday, October 26th, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Join your neighbors for our fall neighborhood clean-up!
Meet at Peet’s Coffee (1114 NW Couch) at 8:30 a.m. After the clean-up, we’ll meet at 11 a.m. at Chipotle (1201 NW Lovejoy St.) to celebrate our accomplishment plus enjoy a free burrito.
To register for the event, go to www.solv.org and locate “Polish the Pearl” on the Events Calendar.
Organized by the Pearl District Neighborhood Association Livability and Safety Committee