It Comes in Waves, the surf art show currently on display at Wieden & Kennedy in NW Portland, does an excellent job of showing the vibe of NW surf culture. The pieces of art (including paintings, surfboards, photos, sculptures, etc.) are made by people who live and surf this coastline all the time. They understand the ups and downs involved in trying to play in the ocean up here.
I don't want to show too much in the photos, so I'll show a few overview photos and a couple pieces that stood out to me. The work shows grittiness, funkiness, harshness, appreciation, a bit of perfection, disappointment, and fun. I was seriously impressed by the creativity of these artists, and it's surely worth checking out. The show is up for the rest of the month at 224 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97209.