Lovejoy Columns & Tom Bike Tour
Sunday, October 13, 1:30PM-4PM
Cost: $20 day-of/ $18 pre-sale/ $15 members (not a member? more info here)
Tour departs from Elizabeth Lofts Courtyard (NW 10th Avenue between Everett & Flanders) and ends at HACCM (3131 NE Glisan)
“Lovejoy Columns and Tom” is a bicycle tour of the perilous story about the saving of the Lovejoy Columns and the almost forgotten history of an immigrant Greek railway worker, sign painter and artist, Tom Stefopoulos. The tour, narrated by James Harrison, Friends of the Columns and guided by Carye Bye, Portland’s Museum Lady, will focus on Tom’s life and the evolution of a gritty industrial area into what is now known as the Pearl District. Funds raised from the tour will provide funding for a gravestone for Tom’s currently unmarked grave at the Rose City cemetery.
The easy-paced 2.5 hour, bike tour will explore Old Town’s Greek roots in the Pearl District, before ending at the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) for Greek refreshments and a guided tour of an incredible collection of Tom’s previously unseen, original pen and ink art. The tour will include a viewing of Vanessa Renwick’s work-in-progress film, Lovejoy. A post-tour option includes a visit to Tom’s unmarked grave at Rose City cemetery at NE 57th and Fremont.
Tour Max: 40. Tour participants are responsible for bringing their own bicycle and bike lock.
ABOUT TOM STEFOPOULOS
Tom Stefopoulos may be the city of Portland’s first graffiti artist. Over the course of his life, Tom developed a number of pen and ink drawings. The drawings, previously unseen by the media until this exhibition, are shown at HACCM.
Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum seeks to gather, preserve and share knowledge of the Hellenic (Greek) American experience in Oregon & SW Washington by celebrating the rich traditions of the Hellenic culture brought to this region by Hellenes and honoring the activities and accomplishments of Hellenic-Americans. Their exhibition “Master Penworks of Tom Stefopoulos” will be up until April 2014 and is open to the public Tuesdays 11AM-3PM, Saturdays 2PM-5PM and Sundays 12PM-1PM. Museum admission is free.
ABOUT CARYE BYE
Carye Bye, self-described “Museum Lady of Portland,” is an artist, author and illustrator. Her book Hidden Portland: Museums & Collections (2010, Bedouin Books), details more than 50 museum and collections in the Portland area. (She self published an update in 2013). She is owner of Red Bat Press, an illustration and letterpress company, as well as moderator of the Hidden Portland Facebook group, dedicated to documenting Portland’s hidden landmarks.
ABOUT JAMES HARRISON
James Harrison spearheaded the effort to save the Lovejoy Columns, as part of a diverse coalition of artists, architects, conservators and neighborhood activists. His work stands at the intersection of sculpture and architecture, and can be seen online at jamesmharrison.com and at arborela.com.
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