Thursday, May 31, 2012

Presenting Partners

The Graeter Art Gallery proudly represents the contemporary outsider, visionary, brut and street-art inspired artwork of Portland, national and international artists. Our mission is to bring our gallery artists creative purpose to the national and international limelight, while serving as a trusted and top gallery destination for patrons, collectors and artists both locally and abroad.

We also provide professional art consulting services to law firms, banks, hotels, restaurants, and corporations, as well as to private collectors. We assist our clients with every aspect of the process of selecting, purchasing and installing artwork. Whether you are just beginning to build your art collection or are an experienced collector, we can assist you in finding artwork that fits your style and taste. We also provide assistance with framing and installing your artwork, whether you purchased it from Graeter Art Gallery or elsewhere.

Located in the Historic Merchant Hotel, the Graeter Art Gallery and Wine Bar stands as a new Portland Contemporary Art gallery model.


  Sang Froid Riding Club


The Sang-Froid Riding Club is an Oregon nonprofit organization dedicated to the sport of motorcycle riding and racing. "Sang-Froid" comes from the Latin Sanguis Frigidus - "cold blood" - and means "cool under pressure." Motorcycle riding requires calm and concentration to achieve excellence, and this sang-froid is both our motto and our goal.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, SFRC was formed to promote skillful motorcycle riding and to bring creative and alternative motorcycle events to the Portland community. SFRC hosts rides and events throughout the year, and encourages local and national riders to check out our site for information on the club, riding, and to learn more about motorcycling in Oregon.

SFRC is partnering with Graeter Art Gallery by helping to source 1950's-60's racing bikes, including flat track racers, cafe racers, motocross and drag racers from the era. SFRC President Courtney Olive and SFRC member Jeff Foster have been particularly instrumental in negotiating all our prized bikes and guest motorcycle racers, including the esteemed and awarded David Roper.
The gallery is especially fortunate to be working with such a knowledgeable, hard working, enthusiastic and fun Oregon motorcycle club. Long live cold blood!
Check out thee SFRC history, present and future force right here:


 Bridge City Cycles Ltd


 Bridge City Cycles is a Portland, Oregon custom motorcycle fabrication, repair, restoration, and customization shop, specializing in motorcycles of the European, Japanese and American vintage varieties. We work on newer bikes as well. We provide paint & body, powder coating, and polishing services as well as machine shop, and CNC mill on premises. We also cut custom control cables and hydraulic brake lines. Parts, tires and mounting, accessories and helmets, we do it all.
Graeter Art Gallery is proudly partnering with Bridge City Cycles and BCC owner Anthony-Michel Mautemps on several different levels. Being a motorcycle repair and customization shop, BCC has  been an encyclopedic resource for general motorcycle mechanical engineering, 1950's-60's racing bike builds, race bike components and custom retrofits. Between all the shop mechanics, BCC knows their way around any British, Japanese or Custom bike build like a racer through a hairpin turn.
Check out their services, builds and locale here:


 Partners in Speed


The Langlitz story begins with the birth of Ross Langlitz July 10, 1918 in Plymouth, Idaho. When he was young, he moved to McMinville, Oregon, where he grew up. At the age of 17, he lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident that the doctors predicted would end his riding career. Much to their surprise, the first thing Ross did when he returned home is to get on his bike and defiantly ride it back to the hospital. That was the nature of Ross … to do what others said he couldn’t.

One of those who thought he couldn’t, was Mavis Edwards, a beautiful young woman living in a nearby city who thought Ross was pretty arrogant as he did wild things on while riding his bike. Well, once again Ross proved ‘em wrong… Ross married Pinky (Mavis’ nickname) shortly thereafter. They moved to Portland and in 1947 Ross officially founded Langlitz Leathers, after building jackets in his basement for a couple years for himself and his friends.

We have a dozen others who share in the production responsibilities. All production is done on one of 4 cutting tables, and 8 sewing machines. As what must surely be a modern business anomaly, one can enter a single room and order a custom jacket, watch it being cut and then sewed all from the same vantage point!

While we usually build 6 garments per day, it usually takes from a few weeks to a few months to build a custom set of leathers, depending on how many orders we have. A garment can usually be cut in a half day, with the sewing taking place several days later. Depending on the difficulty of the garment, it can take another day or more to sew up. The leathers are cut by a single cutter, and sewn by a single seamstress. No mass production assembly lines can be found at Langlitz!

The Rainier Story is one of a pioneer city and an entrepreneurial family of legendary proportions. Seattle, the major metropolis of the Pacific Northwest, grew up fast as a center of the lumber and fishing industries. The loggers and fishermen grew thirsty and the brewing industry naturally followed. A.B. Rabbeson started Seattle's first commercial brewing, Washington Brewery in 1854. In 1878 Rainier beer was launched - 15 years before the city was officially incorporated and 35 years before Washington became a state. Rabbeson's establishment became the Seattle Brewery in 1872, which survived until 1888. In 1883, John Kopp and Andrew Hemrich, founders of Seattle Brewing and Malting, acquired Rabbeson's brewery, and with it, the Rainier heritage.

Rainier beer brings together nature's bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes. 

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