“The Urban Orchestra” Entices Viewers to Create a Story

Merrick Monroe Urban OrchestraOpens: First Thursday, October 7, 6 to 10 p.m.
Located at: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio at 328 NW Broadway #113
Runs: Thursdays (3 to 7 p.m.) and Saturdays (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Closes: Saturday, October 30

Photographer Merrick Monroe invites us to catch the pauses between the notes of life in Portland with her show “The Urban Orchestra” at Sequential Art Gallery + Studio. The images, removed from the context of the time and place in which they were captured, invite the viewer to create their own narrative to explain the why or how that scene came to be. The show was funded entirely via a Kickstarter project and is the first gallery presentation of Merrick’s work. “The Urban Orchestra” opens First Thursday, October 7 from 6 to 10 p.m., and runs through the month of October.

Merrick Monroe is a perverse polymath who would rather learn from real-world experience than from formal education. She works in most any creative field she can find the time for, including jewelry design, photography, modeling, graphic arts, and even art curation. She grew up in Eugene and moved to the Portland area in 2006, which has served as her creative muse in the time since. When she’s not taking photos, you can find Merrick reading comic books, drinking coffee, playing Starcraft II, and writing press releases.

Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. Open for regular gallery hours Thursdays (3 to 7 p.m.) and Saturdays (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by appointment. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe.

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Written by Elisabeth@TFAW

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