On Tuesday, Jan 3, 2022, at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews Stephanie Chefas about Family Affair, a group show which is on now at Chefas Projects through January 7, 2023. Chefas talks about the gallery’s move to its new space in the central east side, her love of bright colors and her time in Chicago and California, and what more needs to happen when she finds a new artist in a coffee shop or on Instagram.
This interview was recorded on Dec 23, 2022 on a H2n Zoom audio recorder and engineered and edited by KBOO volunteer Ray Bodwell. https://kboo.fm/blog/55224
From the press release:
Chefas Projects is thrilled to present Family Affair, an Inaugural Group Exhibit to celebrate the gallery's new location and its growing family of artists. The show features exciting new work from a wide range of singular talents, majority of whom have graced the gallery walls over the past seven years.
Family Affair ushers in the next chapter as the gallery transitions from a 500sf space to a 1,500sf location in the heart of the Industrial Southeast side of Portland, OR. With the additional space, Chefas Projects offers two showing rooms where eponymous founder Stephanie Chefas will continue to curate exhibitions outside of the traditional fine art system.
Since opening her doors in 2015, Chefas has retained an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries.
Originally known as Stephanie Chefas Projects, the new rebranding and shortened gallery name reflect the artwork and artists presented each month; bold with no apologies. Leave your pretensions at the door and join us for an unfettered exploration of striking color, searing imagery, and endless possibility.
Family Affair artists include:
Alex Proba, Ben Willis, Betsy Walton, Brian Donnelly, Cody Hudson, David Bray, Erik Mark Sandberg, Gina M. Contreras, Godeleine de Rosamel, Holly Osborne, Jess Ackerman, Jessie Weitzel Le Grand, John Vitale, Kellen Chasuk, Laura Burke, Lindsey Cuenca Walker, Lisa Congdon, Luke Forsyth, Mako Miyamoto, Mia Farrington, Morgan Bak, Nathan McKee, Ryan Bubnis, Shawn Huckins, Tess Rubinstein, Yellena James.
Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who started independently curating art exhibits for over a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. Now calling Portland home since 2014, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment toward sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently a Feature Writer. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on Amazon.com