Behind the Scenes
Store manager Dennis Turner talks with colleagues Darcy and Ian about working at the Pearl.
What’s the most unusual thing you've framed?
Dennis: The most unusual item would have to be 32 rattle snake rattles. That was very cool but super challenging.
Darcy: I had the honor of framing a tiny piece of rusty barbed wire that once kept safe my client in his gunner hole at Normandy during WWII.
Ian: A few polaroid photographs that belong to a camera man who worked on my favorite western movie, “Tombstone.” He had a shot of himself with each one of the actors, behind the scenes when not filming, and partying in ways that probably shouldn’t be described in detail…
If you could describe your store’s vibe in 5 words or less…
Dennis: Creative, Professional and Authentic.
Darcy: Passionate. Artistic. Honest. Friendly. Alternative.
Ian: “People who breathe art."
How does your store participate in the artist community?
Dennis: We participate in the Portland art community by showing local artist’s work, framing artist’s work for other exhibits and supporting art programs in local schools.
Darcy: Our store participates in the community merely with our presence in the Pearl. Our window displays make people's days! Daily folks drop by because of our vibe. I think we help the ever Growing Pearl district with influence, style and out of the box design.
Ian: One unique way we get involved with our surrounding community is by recreating our window display on a monthly basis with a local artist or two. This helps us get closer to the community by engaging with local artists and giving them a shot to show off their stuff!