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Upcoming Tarot Show: Portland Tarot Art Show

My friend Alanna clued me into this on Facebook. Apparently, there’s a group of artists here in Portland, Oregon who got together in August, drew a bunch of cards and will be re-imagining them for a showing in November. I think I may have to go to this. Anyone else want to join me?

The detailed information below is from their Facebook page:

The Tarot deck dates back to the 15th century and has been used since then as a map of mental and spiritual pathways. The meanings of the cards in the Tarot deck can vary from person to person, but the basic symbolism and elements remain the same.

Over 100 artists are creating their artistic representation of their selected card based on their own interpretation of its meaning and symbolism.
Join with us as we celebrate the rich and vast array of local talent and view unique and perhaps quirky, absurd or campy interpretations of the Tarot deck art. Artwork will be on display throughout the months of November and December.
Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc.

Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Splendorporium
3421 SE 21st Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Portland Tarot Art Show is brought to you by Jenn Feeney, Erika Lee Sears, Joanne Licardo and Anna Magruder in partnership with Splendorporium. We look forward to this being a fun and inspiring art event!

4 thoughts on “Upcoming Tarot Show: Portland Tarot Art Show”

  1. The description of this event contains a couple of factual errors which I feel obligated to correct if we Americans are to be truly creative with Tarot.
    While it’s true the earliest Tarot cards appear in the 15th century, we have no evidence they were used for spiritual purposes before the 18th century. Long before being used for card reading, the Tarot was used for a type of card game still played in continental Europe. I fail to understand the point of denying the existence of this other Tarot culture and mislead people into believing the Tarot cards are exclusively used for cartomancy or spiritualism.
    I should also point out that the basic symbolism of the cards has not always remained the same. Although most Americans are not yet familiar with them, there exist Tarot cards with the same suit signs as our poker decks and contain quite different symbolism than the ones Americans normally used for divination. The problem with American Tarot art is that too many artists are only familiar with decks such as the Rider Waite Smith Tarot and I believe this cripples our ability to innovate.

    1. Jim,
      Thank you for visiting my site and for the insightful comment. I agree with you that there is a lot missing from the Portland Tarot Art Show page on the accurate history of tarot and it’s symbolism. However, as the event has not taken place and I do not know of any of the participating artists or their involvement with tarot, I cannot address their “factual” concerns with it.
      However, I disagree. The tarot, in of itself, is a wonderfully inspiring art generator. All the decks, with all their images, inspire creativity. I’m looking forward to seeing what the artists have come up with in their interpretations of the cards. I know that in my writing and general reading, I use a wide variety of non-Rider Waite decks. Last year I used the Universal Fantasy deck to inspire a novel and I’m currently using the Shadowscapes Tarot for all my readings.
      Thank you for visiting this site and for posting,

  2. “The tarot, in of itself, is a wonderfully inspiring art generator” It could be more of an inspiration if artists fully understood the artistic options available to them.
    Below are some examples of Tarot art which differ quite a bit from the traditional symbolism. I wish more American artists were aware of these options.

    1. Thanks again for posting and responding to my comment. I guess we’ll only know when the show opens. I’m hoping to go to their opening night event so I can perhaps talk to the artists and see their designs.

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