2023 Portland Winter Light Fest “Lights in Lents” Community Art Exhibit

LIGHTS IN LENTS | 9101 SE Foster Road, Suite 1B, Portland OR 97266

We’re excited to be back in Lents Town Center for another *local* community art exhibition for Portland Winter Light Fest! Join us throughout January 2023 (see schedule below) to brainstorm, track/sketch, and paint our community mural & self-portraits with the city-wide theme “The Light of Stars”:

I see that this vastness and chaos can also create a symmetry. 

Like here, on our little watery rock floating through space.

A place where we can dream, and build and reach for the stars and find the future. 

This year. I ask you to look at the universe and show us your future.

I know it’s a lot to ask, but I believe in you.

Because the numbers say we are all lucky to be here.

And anyone that lucky can do anything.

All ages! All supplies and refreshments provided – just bring yourself and your creativity! 

What does a community art exhibit look like? 

We, the organizers, are also volunteers and members of the East Portland community and we are figuring out the creative process as we go, along with anyone joining in, and being flexible and going with the flow. It’s not so much about the finished product (although it will look amazing when it’s displayed!); it’s about the experience of creating together around a common theme, painting together, building together and taking risks with the paints, brushes, and light!

We’re excited to have local visual artist & teacher, Yathzi Turcot, back as our artist-guide for this process!


There will be several phases to this community project throughout January and February 2023, and community members are encouraged to participate in any or all of them: 

  1. Brainstorming (Jan. 12, 5-7pm; Jan. 15, 1-3pm, Jan. 20, 5-7pm)
  2. Tracing & Sketching (Jan. 21- 22, 11am-4pm)
  3. Painting (Jan. 23 – Feb. 2, 5-7pm on weeknights, 11am-4pm on weekends)
  4. Exhibit Set Up (Feb. 2, 5-7pm)
  5. Exhibit Opening Night (Feb. 3, 5-8 pm)
  6. Exhibit Viewing (Feb. 3 – 11)


9101 SE Foster Road, Suite 1B, Portland, OR 97266

How can you get involved?

We need your help! 

In addition to making art, we need volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, documentation and from Feb 3 – 11 to keep the exhibit open throughout the Fest so people can walk through! Volunteer stipends for $50 available for Youth Volunteers (ages 18 – 26) – please reach out to us for more information about Youth Volunteer Opportunities via email at eastpdxcollective (at) gmail (dot) com.

Presented & hosted by East Portland Collective in partnership with Four Forces Inc. (@four_forces_inc) and East Portland Resilience Coalition (@eastportlandresiliencecoalition). Generously supported through a community grant from SE Uplift (@seUplift) and the City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life (@community_civic_life).