Portland Museum was proud to host Printed Zine‘s inaugural Paperview Zinefest, bringing to our campus live performances, arts workshops, and tons of tabling zinemakers alongside the opening of our latest exhibit Anchor Management: The Magic Behind Louisville’s Oldest Neighborhood Newspaper.
Perhaps stealing the show were the day’s roster of performances. These artists saw their words and music echo throughout the greenery of our backyard and the ears of those visiting. The event kicked off with a set of folk songs by Sleepy Anderson, with zinemaker Lake Tracy taking stage next to read excerpts. Then came the violin stylings of Emily Ravenscraft, supported afterward by singer-songwriter E Noel Sayers. Introducing the final act was one of the minds behind Derby City Midnight reading archival Kentucky poetry, after which Producing A Kind Generation rocked the event to a close. Each performer brought their own heart and talent to Portland, and we’re endlessly appreciative!
Alongside the music, there was plenty of opportunity for visitors to get creative themselves! Portland Museum Creative Coordinator, and member of the Printed team, Shannon Delahanty unveiled a new foldable zine. Visitors could color the zine’s pages, then take the finished piece to the letterpress studio to stamp the poster on the back with the equipment themselves! Alongside zinemaking, visitors had opportunities to contribute to a wheatpasted Portland Anchor collage and screenprint a free tote bag. Nobody left Paperview empty handed!
What’s a zinefest without tabling zinemakers though? Thankfully, Paperview didn’t need to ponder this question, because many of Louisville and beyond’s best showed out in full force. Hundreds of visitors swung by over twenty-five different tables to buy zines, learn about each artist’s practice, and just chat. Thank you to everyone who visited, tabler and attendee alike!
This event was made possible thanks to support from the Fund for the Arts. Thank you to them for keeping Louisville art thriving! For more information about Printed Zine, visit their website at printedzine.com.