I became acquainted with Portland artist Anna Peters after seeing her work in a Seattle show last year. I love her work—pieces of found wood that she festoons with old photos, cartoon images, lots and lots of tiny nails, bits of maps, old linoleum, and the shiny name plates from retro cars (think: Impala, Pinto, New Yorker). Since buying one of her pieces, I've gotten to know her a bit (we hung out with a bunch of kids and dogs on a windy Manzanita beach last summer), which of course makes me love her work even more.
Her new show at Macrina in SoDo (up through April) shows her signature style and sense of humor, but this time many of her pieces are much larger in scale, with more textual elements, which is really exciting and quite wonderful to see. Head down to Macrina, grab a day-old molasses cookie (even better than the fresh ones, in my opinion) and check her out.