The Vibrant Alberta Arts District
Galleries on Alberta
Check out our galleries and discover the plethora of art in nearly every business on Alberta Street. From restaurants and bars to dress shops and wellness studios, you will find a rotating roster of artists represented on their walls.
Public Art Displays & Installations
Alberta Street Placemaking
Alberta Main Street installed new gateway signage at the western and eastern ends of the commercial corridor. The goals of the project are to increase public art, develop an iconic installation that creates a sense of place, and honor the work and legacy of Art on Alberta (former arts/education-focused nonprofit) within the district. Together, the Alberta Main Street Design Committee, community volunteers, generous private partners, and public agencies successfully achieved these goals working with local artist Ivan McLean. (Installed 4/2015)
Several years ago, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) inaugurated its Street Seats program, allowing businesses and nonprofit organizations to convert on-street parking spots into other public uses, such as café seating or miniature parks. Alberta Main Street received two of these art/functional space structures:
- “Log Dam,” by the team of Nick Byers, Collin Janke, and Dan Petrescu (all from Hennebery Eddy Architects), which is sited in front of the Tin Shed (1438 NE Alberta Street).
- “A Dialogue” by a team from Scott Edwards Architecture including Ali Karlen, Ryan Yoshida, Jesse Graden, Brian Morris, James Lee, Sarah Cantine, Joe Broder, Andrew Stohner, and Chris Olenyik is sited in front of Vita Café (3023 NE Alberta Street).
Alberta Street is home to beautiful murals, more of which are being added all the time. Our current collection of wall art includes:
Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. The mural project promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process.
- Title: Keep Your Chin Up
Location: NE 21st & Alberta Street
Artists: Blaine Fontana, Zach Yarrington & Jun Inoue.
- Title: To Oregon With Love
Artist: Blaine Fontana
Photo Credit: Fontana Studios
Location: NE 22nd & Alberta Street
- August 2014
Artist: Mateu Velasco
Photo Credit: Brendan Monroe
Location: NE 18th & Alberta Street
Regional Arts & Culture Council Murals
- Title: The Community Cycling Center Mural
Location: NE 17th & Alberta Street
Artist: Robin Corbo
Alberta Alignment: Woven Chakras
Alberta Main Street announces the addition of seven new permanent public art sites, created by local design team Rhiza A + D. The installations attach to existing bus railings at NE 13th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 27th, and 30th Avenues. Fostering the development of Alberta Street as a world-class arts district was identified as a primary goal at Alberta Main Street’s community visioning session; the additional public art within the district strengthens the district’s reputation as a vibrant creative community. (Installed 8/2012)
The Alberta Main Street Design Committee invited over 25 local artists to submit design proposals for the project asking them to address nine overall goals. Larry Holmes, Design Committee Chair shared, “The project goals were not insignificant. We asked artists to propose installations that created a street identity inspired by the texture, character and diversity of the community, provided continuity from end to end, but with diversity of form and concept and satisfied appetites for exciting and provocative sensory experiences. We really asked the impossible so couldn’t be happier that we got everything we asked for and more!” Learn More
Designed and built by Ivan McLean
On Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the first annual Earth Day Clean Up, Alberta Main Street launched the Clean Street Program. Over the summer, 19 garbage/recycling receptacles were installed between NE 10th & 31st Avenues. The receptacles (photo at left), a project of our Design Committee, were designed and produced by local artist Ivan McLean out of used street signs. The funding to purchase the receptacles comes from the Alberta Main Street District Improvement Grant provided by the Portland Main Street Program. (Installed 7/2011)
Sample of hand-crafted tile for “fur” surface
The Noble Architect arrived on NE Alberta Street in December 2012. Artists Ruth Greenberg and Dave Laubenthal conceived of the sculpture to “mirror the ebullient, raw and wonderful vigor of nature as well as our relationship to it.”
This sculpture gazes eastward from its perch on 18th & Alberta, facing the rising sun, looking for a new day when humans and nature harmonize. Its pose is dignified and vaguely humanized, standing on its stump at just over six feet tall.
This artwork was selected by a local panel of artists and citizens, and will become part of the City of Portland’s Public Art Collection, administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.