The Portland Love Show began in February 2006 at Launch Pad Gallery with the goal of creating a safe and engaging space to highlight the many different types and attitudes that abound about love.

Between 2008 and 2009, the Love Show doubled in size and undeniably out grew Launch Pad. The show stepped up to the next level, pairing with local non-profit arts group Portland City Art and migrating to the spacious Olympic Mills Commerce Center in industrial S.E. Portland. In 2010, PCA partnered with us once again and with your help, collected food and funds for the Oregon Food Bank and Zimbabwe Arts Project. In 2011, we teamed up with superstars Chris Haberman, Jason Brown and Paul Middendorf to produce the show at Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building; it included over 300 artists on two floors, and collected over 1000lbs of food for Rose Senior Center & St. Francis Parish and collected donations for the Village Free School.

The show was initially crafted in response to the annual deluge of heterosexist, consumerist, romance-centric advertising that Americans experience each year leading up to Valentine’s Day, but over the course of the last 6 years, the Love Show has evolved into a diverse and complicated multimedia art happening in the hands of the participating artists.

In 2012, the Love Show shrank, moving from a huge open-call event necessitating lots of logistics and staff, back to it’s roots. The 2012 Love show was an invitation-only show, featuring work by Launch Pad Alumni and four-year Love Show artists; the show was a lot smaller and took place at Launch Pad, where it was born, as well as on the web as Love in the Cloud.

This year, the Love Show returns to its REAL roots- a huge open-call, non-juried show open to you! We couldn’t be more excited to bring this unique show back to the Portland community and look forward to the multifaceted portraits of love that you will bring!  Join us on February 3rd at the Ford Gallery and share the love!



Check out past years Love Shows:

Love Show 2012

We're Doing Something Different... Dear Love show Artists and Fans, After 6 years of producing a huge show with hundreds of Artists, lots of moving parts, expensive permits, and myriad details to address, we at the Love show are taking a break from it all and trying something new, and we'd like you... Read More

Love Show 2011

Presented with curators Chris Haberman & Jason Brown and hosted by the fabulous Gallery Homeland in the historic Ford Bulding Read More

Love Show 2010

Launch Pad Gallery and Portland City Art team up once again to bring you the Love Show! This year, the show returns to the Olympic Mills Commerce Center with 350 artists (!!!) Read More

Love Show 2009

The 2009 Love show out-grew Launch Pad and so we partnered with curator Chris Haberman & Portland City Art (the Portland Mural Show, The Big 100, etc) to move the show to Olympic Mills Commerce Center, a much, much larger space! Some big changes in the 2009 show: No 2ft square size limit! Fund-raising do-gooder-y!! Multiple spaces to hang art!!! Over 200 artists! Read More

Love Show 2008

Yes! That’s right! The Love Show returns… For better or for worse, as we head into the depths of winter it is time once again to contemplate and reflect upon the most fickle and truly integral of emotions, Love. In our third annual salon-style open-call group show about love taking place this Fe... Read More