There are few things better than a roadside attraction. We've veered hours off course to see fiberglass dinosaurs, drive-through trees, mystery spots and just about every type of museum you can imagine. However, we count ourselves lucky to have one of the world's greatest museums right here in Portland. We're referring to the amazing Velveteria - the Museum of Velvet Paintings. On March 8th, Velveteria will once again welcome guests to their new location at 2448 E Burnside. Bigger, better and blacklighted.
After Carl and Caren opened Velveteria in late 2005, they continued to build the preeminent collection of this art form. With over 1000 paintings now in their collection you can be assured that their rotating installations will always have something for everybody. Looking for a velvet Mr. T? They've got it. A velvet Yoda? Yep. A velvet Jack Lord? Oh yeah. While some of the paintings might fall under the "expected" category (clowns and Elvis) what we hope you take away is just how good many of these paintings are. We were simply stunned by the work of Burke Tyree.
We definitely recommend you make plans to visit the museum when it reopens March 8th. For a mere $5.00 you'll get the chance to meet two people who love what they do and are kind enough to share it with the rest of us.