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Jamie Thompson

Jamie Thompson works in Portland as a web editor and is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared online and in regional print publications. She's written about art, fashion, travel, and interior design. A former art gallery intern, archival collections assistant, and magazine editor, Jamie's professional aspirations have always revolved around her passion for art and the written word. She has a true appreciation for creativity, and even wields a brush herself once and a while. Jamie loves to explore her home state, read, listen to music, and bake far too many cupcakes.

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Art Spotting with Jamie Thompson
Posted: January 16, 2013

A view to savor

Enjoying a special, gourmet meal or taking a few moments to sip a nice hot cup of tea are simple pleasures in life. They are meant to be savored, just like a fine painting. Food and art might seem like an unexpected combination, but many of my regular Old Port haunts prove that the two are meant to be.

Food has long been a favorite subject of artists, from the still lifes of the Flemish masters to the fast food and dessert sculptures of Claes Oldenburg. But viewing art isn’t normally associated with food.

Many restaurants and cafes, however, are incorporating artwork into their decor, and some even feature a rotating display of art, like a gallery would. The Salt Exchange, for example, shows works by a featured artist each season. The Gelato Fiasco has displayed paintings with a special twist, featuring their famous red spoon in works inspired by classic pieces.

It’s a great way to get exposure to art, and to raise awareness of local artists.

I’ve listed some locations below, but this is by no means a definitive list. And, of course, there are a lot more art-infused eateries outside of the Old Port too. Any suggestions?

The Salt Exchange
Green Elephant
Mornings in Paris
Bar Lola
The Gelato Fiasco
Dobra Tea

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