The eighth in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. Today’s post features a pair of beautiful sculptures included in the exhibit, along with a reminder that there are only five days left before the ‘park closes’ and the exhibition ends on September 21. Thank you to the Portland Art Museum for presenting a truly oustanding exhibit, and for bringing a bit of Paris to Portland for the past three months!
Coffee Break Monday | September 15, 2014 Subject: Iced coffee served in Mason jars at Courier Coffee Roasters | Location: 923 SW Oak Street, Portland
MÅURICE Luncheonette, the French-themed creation of owner and self-described “sweet savant” Kristen D. Murray is Portland’s hottest new dining experience and has recently landed the #9 position on “The Hot 10 (2014)”—Bon Appetit’s list of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. A well-deserved honor, and congratulations to all! As described in their own words, MÅURICE is : “A Modern Pastry Luncheonette bound by old world charm, named after Maurice, Kristen’s French lop rabbit and constant for over a decade. As an homage to his companionship, goodness and generosity of spirit, it seemed a natural fit to baptize her dream shop with her beloved rabbit’s name. We are located in the Southwest corridor of downtown Portland, on a quiet tree lined street [921 SW Oak Street] amid the bustle of bicycles, the iconic streetcar and a bevy of foot traffic. MÅURICE is a universe imagined by Kristen, animated by generosity, excellent products and celebrating the art of the pastry kitchen. Inspired, small, cozy and welcoming. MÅURICE Luncheonette is open to everyone who enjoys the sweeter things in life, with no reservations.” I will add my voice to the chorus of praise by saying that MÅURICE was one of the best dining experiences I have had during my 11 years in Portland. The decor is understated and elegant, with pristine white chairs, booths and tables that seem to provide a blank canvas for the savory and sweet works of culinary art that are presented. Note the small details, such as the rabbit ear coat hooks on the booth endcaps and simple light strings made of Madeleine baking forms. Amazing aromas fill the room, recalling memories of favorite Paris boulangeries, while appropriate French music (Brigitte Bardot, music from “Amélie”, etc.) plays in the background, enhancing the feast for the senses. Félicitations MÅURICE!
Beginning on January 13, 2014, the flagship store of Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland underwent a huge renovation, and after months of construction they recently unveiled the renovated Green and Blue Rooms and a new front entrance. The images above were shot with nearly seven months in between—the top photo on February 16, 2014 and the bottom photo on September 8, 2014. “Improvements include a more spacious floor plan, a pedestrian-friendly entrance, new lighting, energy-efficient windows, expanded bike parking, fresh exterior paint, and a new roof. The changes preserve the historic character of the building while allowing us to further highlight our love of books.” (Excerpt from the Powell’s website)
For many years, this simple and stylish streetlight lit the entrance of the former Jackpot Records at 203 SW 9th Street in downtown Portland. Sadly, the landmark independent record store closed the doors of this location in June, 2014—but, fortunately, the East side location at 3574 SE Hawthorne Boulevard remains open for business. In a press release at announcing the closing of the downtown location, owner Isaac Slusarenko stated: “Jackpot Records is still committed to helping hungry minds and ears discover new sounds and grow their music collections. The SE Hawthorne store will remain open and will continue our ambition of sharing fantastic music with Portland with all that much more vigor.”
The seventh in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. Today’s post features the work of an unknown artist: “Circular Column Fragment with Torch Decoration”, created between 1566-67.
“This engraved fragment originally adorned one of the columns on the façade of the Tuileries Palace. It displays the symbolic emblems that Queen Catherine de’ Medici adopted in the wake of her husband’s death. The crossed torches allude to her union with King Henry II, the broken mirror refers to his early death, and a cluster of cut feathers suggest mouring (the Latin word for feathers, pennae, sounds similar to the French word for sorrow, peine). (Excerpt from the Portland Art Museum exhibit description)