Thursday, February 7, 2008

winterfest + february @ thump

WinterFest Festivities @ Thump Coffee

Friday-Monday, 2/8-2/11: "What's A Thump" Contest
Draw, write or otherwise describe your idea of "What's A Thump." The winner scores a bag of beans and gets his/her work posted on our website and newsletter.

Friday 2/8, 5-9pm: Sternkopf Artist's Reception, Tumbleweed Bead Co.
Come meet photographer Carol Sternkopf at an artist's reception for the "The Danger Show" (see below) hanging this month at Thump.

And toast the launch of Thumpista Jessica Russell's new website for her own Tumbleweed Bead Co. and see her latest custom, handmade jewelry designs. Check out her work.

Enjoy special desserts from the Bittersweet Kitchen.

Saturday 2/9, 3-9pm: Stumptown Cupping, Music by Mark Ransom + Pat Pearsall
3pm: Join Latin American "Cup of Excellence" coffee judge and former NW Regional Barista Competition champion Stephen Vick and NW Regional Barista Competition judge Chrissy Hoag as they take us on a tour of Colombian coffees, comparing them side by side.

6-8:30pm: Mark Ransom, former owner of A Cup of Magic, singer/ songwriter and leader of acclaimed local jam band the Mostest plays what he describes as an "acoustic coffeehouse folk-set...think New York City in the '60s...Bob Dylan and sh*t...." He's joined by ├╝ber bassist and fellow Mostest member Pat Pearsall. It's a future so bright you gotta wear shades!

Enjoy special Desserts by the Bittersweet Kitchen.

Sunday 2/10, Stumptown Cupping + Barista Champs
9-11am: Vick on the Bar: Latte art and other creations from Stumptown's Stephen Vick, a champion barista and international coffee judge.

11am: Cupping w/ Stumptown Staff: Join Latin American Cup of Excellence Coffee judge and former NW Regional Barista Competion Champion Stephen Vick and NW Regional Barista Competion judge Chrissy Hoag as they take us on a tour of Colombian coffees, comparing them side by side.

ART: Stars by Sisters Quilt Show Director, Carol Sternkopf Photos, Young Artists, 2008 Wish Planks

ART: Kite Paper Stars by Ann Richardson
Ann Richardson, executive director of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, displays precisely constructed translucent paper stars made from colorful kite paper during February. The stars are hung in the front windows, allowing light to shine through these quilt-inspired pieces.

"They appeal to me because the designs are very quilt-like," says Richardson. "I make them every few years, when the mood strikes me. Always around the winter solstice, because their color and design, enhanced by the returning sunlight, makes me think of brighter, longer days."

ART: Carol Sternkopf "The Danger Show"
The conceptual thread linking Bend-based photographer Carol Sternkopf's exhibition at Thump Coffee this month stems from two ever-vigilant characters from her youth: The Robot from the classic '60s TV show, "Lost in Space," and her mother Harriet. Both figures seemed to find "Danger! Danger!" everywhere.

"This series is to honor fear, whether real, fictional, or somewhere in between," says Sternkopf. "These photos explore the risks we take throughout life. Bungee jumping, ice climbing, swimming with sharks, boarding an airplane, or simply taking on love - there's potential loss that might happen from doing any of it."

Sternkopf dedicates this show to her recently deceased mother, "even though I'm pretty sure she cannot possibly be resting in peace." See more of Carol's work.

ART: Bear Creek Elementary Young Artists, Pt. 2
As a continuation of the Bear Creek Elementary Young Artists exhibit hanging from the coffeehouse ceiling, for February the handmade gift boxes have been swapped with snowflakes crafted from coffee filters. Hazel (a former elementary school teacher) has been working with Bear Creek fifth grade students and their teachers to create and exhibit their artwork.

ART: Wish Planks - Last Chance to Make Yours!
Now through the end of February, you're invited to come by and create a new "Wish Plank" for 2008. Artist Mark Bernahl encourages people to take their new plank of wood home to work on it if they choose. The new wishes will be hung at the end of February.

Read more about Mark Bernahl.

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