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Yelp Elites Got Crafty at the Museum of Contemporary Craft!



They're crafty – they get around
They're crafty – they're always down
They're crafty – they've got no gripes
They're crafty – and they're just our type…

Yup. Just like a super-bad Beastie Boys song, Yelp Elites got crafty at one of Portland's best hidden gems: the Museum of Contemporary Craft.  Over 100 of Portland's finest gathered in the Pearl on one of the hottest days of the year to enjoy an exclusive look at Call + Response, try their hand at printmaking and cup-pimping, and of course, to partake in some delicious cold beverages.

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Walking inside from a balmy mid-90's day, Jenny C made a beeline for the ice cold cosmos, Matt M snagged one of Don B's own secret recipe sangria and of course, JW D headed straight for the frosty brews. Once cooled down, Bob S and friends enjoyed an exclusive private look at some amazing hand-done silk work, trippy magician videos, and a crazy interconnected display of ceramics work. All and all, the art installatins were a hit!

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If the art and the drinks weren't enough, Elites got to try their hand at printmaking, courtesy of the awesome staff of MCC volunteers. Dan H enjoyed learning how to turn a photocopy into a cool oil print! Not to be out-classed, Yelp sponsored its own crafty workshop: a make-your-own-pimp-cup station! Julia L and Matt E got down and dirty with some blue goblets and sticky jewels to create some downright crunktacular chalices! There's nary an Elite in P-tizzle that doesn't have their own bejeweled pimp goblet. Talk about edu-tainment!

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A big thanks are in order to the Museum of Contemporary Craft for opening up their special world to our Elite Squad for a super-exclusive inside look at some of the most amazing works coming out of the Portland (and international) scene, and to Rebecca, who was incredibly easy (and awesome) to work with. Thanks for the volunteers and the folks who showed us how to turn a simple image into a super-cool print, and to those who educated us on what exactly we were staring at on the walls and the pedestals. A big thanks to Andrew C and his magical camera skillz (and that fish-eye lens) for some great snapshots. Of course a thanks goes out to our lovely bartenders Hilary, Malia and Katie, without whom we'd be a lot more sober. And last, but not least, thanks to the Portland Elite Squad for being the best damn Elite squad in the nation.

Yeah that's right, I said it.

Check out the reviews and photos, if you don't believe…

Until next time, SYOY!
–Don B.

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