For the first time in my adult life I have a piece of artwork in an actual art gallery. This is something that I have always dreamed of but have never really attempted to make happen. However, a couple months ago my friend Ratna (a soon-to-be cartographer) invited friends to make a mental map of Portland for a show she was curating. I went for it. I drew my map. I inked it. I colored it in. I added labels of all my friends’ homes, the first place Sam and I exchanged “I love you” (not where you would think), and all my favorite places to eat, drink, and hang out. Unfortunately I was out of town for the First Thursday opening and have not yet seen the map in its full glory, but fortunately it will be up for the month. If you would like to see it–and all the other cool mental maps of Portland–go to the Will Call Art Gallery at 625 NW Everett St.

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