“We wanted to connect to the community in a positive way and feature local artists,” said Rod Renwick with Re/Max Equity Group, recognized as one of the top real estate companies in Oregon since 1995. The juried show, with a theme of “Oregon Impressions,” was held in October at the Re/Max Office, 237 N.E. Broadway. Participating artists donated 30 percent of their sales from the show to Bradley Angle, the charity selected by Re/Max.
According to Bradley Angle’s executive director Deborah Steinkopf, when two women – Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle – died on the streets of Portland in 1975, Bonnie Tinker took action. Tinker founded an organization to help homeless women and others who were vulnerable to violence. In 2015, Bradley Angle will commemorate 40 years of offering programs and services to help all genders, races, ethnicities and ages. The domestic violence shelter, one of the first 10 in the United States and the first on the West Coast, is located off-site at an undisclosed location. Bradley Angle organization has expanded to offer an array of programs through their resource center at 5432 N. Albina Ave.
“Participants seeking safety, referral to emergency shelter and long-term stability from domestic violence are common reasons for contacting Bradley Angle,” said director of advocacy Missy Kloos. According to Kloos, a common misconception about domestic abuse is people think it’s easy to leave and wonder why victims stay. “If you peel away the layers, you discern many reasons for staying, including: financial, threats of abuse, concerns for children and personal safety, housing and employment. The situation can be dangerous and damaging,” said Kloos. Bradley Angle participants can access multiple programs to achieve stability, safety, social connectedness, and gain control of their situation. Bradley Angle’s economic empowerment program offers financial education for participants to establish credit and build assets. They also help job seekers with resume-building, identifying gaps in employment and matching skills with potential employers. “Victims believe they’re not employable or don’t have skills, said Kloos.
Bradley Angle took in 733 cases in 2013, but numbers alone don’t tell the story. The organization provides direct parental and child support for children who’ve witnessed abuse and violence in their home. Bradley Angle looks at the whole family and addresses multi-generational cycles of abuse, according to Kristen Earl, annual giving and events manager.
Since October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Bradley Angle was pleased to partner with Re/Max and other community providers to leverage funds and raise awareness. For more information: See bradleyangle.org or call their crisis line at (503) 281-2442.
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Portland artist and participant in the 2014 Re/Max art show, Jason Seale moved to Portland in 2003 from the East Coast, where he’d lived and obtained a bachelor’s degree in design and furniture from North Carolina School of Design. After spending a semester studying in Flagstaff, Arizona, Seale said, “The Southwest ignited a passion in me for painting.” Seale enjoys working in community with other artists, initially with Antfarm Studios in Raleigh, where he apprenticed in large concrete sculpture. When Seale later moved to Chicago, he started a collective studio group in the building where he rented an apartment in Chicago’s brownstone district. Seale began creating paintings with thick brush strokes and plaster-like consistency, reflecting gritty city images.
Seale missed life outdoors, so he packed up his tools and with his dog, Blue, headed out on a three-month road trip with two ground rules: no fast food and no hotels. When he eventually landed in Portland, he visited an artist friend and discovered home. Hawthorne Boulevard neighbors were friendly and welcoming. He found work at Olympic Foundry, which makes municipal castings for Portland and designed a light for the arm of the St. Johns Bridge. Again seeking a community of artists, Seale joined the Oregon Society of Artists where he hosts guest demo night on the first Thursday of every month. For more information: Visit oregonsocietyofartists.com.
After his daughter, Sydney, was born in May 2009, Seale found his way back to painting and hasn’t stopped. In 2010, he began showing work at the annual Re/Max art show, and in January 2015, his work will be on display at Everyday Wine, 1520 N.E. Alberta St. For more information: See sealedesign.com or call (503) 238-0245.
Seventy percent of the artwork in the 2013 Re/Max show was sold, with almost $5,000 donated to local charities, according to participating artist and Re/Max broker Ann Spanish-Manion whose son, Joe Spanish, is also a realtor. Each piece of artwork in the 2014 Re/Max show is priced less than $500 to make it more affordable for buyers and is available at Re/Max until November 10, 2014. For more information: Visit equitygroup.com or call (503) 287-8989.