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Erotic Artbeat – November Art Shows

One of the most amazing things about Portland is our love of art and all things creative. In our non-monogamous lifestyle we combine our love of art, along with our love of sex and we have several venues that host erotic art galleries. The following is a listing of those places, information about their galleries, and when and how you can view them. We will also talk a bit about the artists who are featured there when the information is available. 

Gallery Privata

Gallery Privata is well known for all things stylish and posh, but their Art Gallery is one of the featured aspects of the establishment. On Thursday November 7th, Gallery Privata will be celebrating an opening of the artistry of two artists who share a similar passion.

Ellie Love

Connect with the Artist
Instagram – @ellielovelive
Website – 

It was bound to rub off on her at some point.  Ellie started out her photography experience in front of the camera. As part of the birth of the Lovelines duo, Ellie started out as a model for her partner to work out his learning process with his camera skills. Eventually she would move on to be a photographer’s assistant, and then having become a licensed cosmetologist, would eventually move on to Hair and Makeup for their work in Glamour Photography. Then one day, after watching her partner work with a model she said “I would do it differently.” 

Rather than trying to work out the details, her partner handed her the camera… and she shot her first photoset… and it was good. Ellie found that she loved the process of dreaming up a photoshoot, and then giving it life in her camera. 

Ellie is not a prolific photographer… she only shoots on occasion as she feels it, or when a particular idea pops into her head. She rejects the idea of calling herself a photographer because she knows very little about how to set up lighting or the camera itself…she has an assistant who takes care of all of that for her. Ellie is more of a producer, dreaming and scheming, and then making her vision become a reality.

Ellie is an active and prolific member of the Portland Ethical Non-monogamy community. She along with her Love Tribe family help organize events, and publish a local lifestyle magazine. She loves being non-monogamous and sharing her love and her sexuality with people close to her heart. She believes in the premise of being open to new sexual experiences and relationships that are exciting and dynamic.  She is excited to bring you this unique perspective on her photography interests.

Dad-Bod Dudoir

Last year during the month of June, and in recognition of Father’s Day, and inspired by the trend of male Dudoir style photos that were becoming popular on social networks, Ellie decided to put together an article featuring the many Dads in our lifestyle community. 

The Dad-Bod Dudoir article was such a hit she has decided to make it an annual thing, moving it to November in recognition of International Men’s Month rather than Father’s Day so that she can include those men who do not have children as well. This month and this show features images both from her first Dad-Bod Dudoir article, but also Dad-Bod photos from this year’s article featured in this month’s issue of PDXScene Magazine 

She has had a blast working with the various guys she worked with, and she feels a particular connection with the images she had created. A lot of people don’t realize that men suffer from body shame, and have insecurities about the way they look… being a plus sized girl herself, she’s excited to celebrate and put front and center guys with “average” bodies for us all to celebrate.

Emmy Montgomery

Connect with the Artist
Facebook @emmy.montgomeryPDX

Born in a small town in the midwest, Emmy Montgomery trudged to school in frigid temperatures, ice, and snow, dreaming of escape. A trip to Portland in the early 90’s (complete with her first view of both a mountain and an ocean) solidified her desire to move to a place with a landscape more varied than “corn” or “soybeans.”  

A job offer for an IT position allowed Emmy the opportunity to move to Portland and support her husband’s VW habit. Unfortunately it did little to feed her creative soul. Throughout her life, Emmy had always dabbled in art, but never found her medium. Finding herself in a new area with amazing places to explore, Emmy quickly found that photography was that long-elusive medium that allowed her to express herself creatively while discovering the beauty of her new home.

Initially Emmy focused on landscapes, documenting the endless variety that the Oregon coast has to offer, the mountains, the winding trails of Forest Park, the amazing vistas overlooking the Gorge, and the hidden gems of downtown Portland. One of her favorite subjects is the reflections in pools of water, capturing a unique juxtaposition of the surrounding world. Emmy has also done portraiture and sports photography; the latter she still does today for Portland’s all-inclusive rugby team The Portland Lumberjacks.

Along the way, Emmy has experimented with perspective, shooting through a glass orb to both isolate and invert the subject. The end result forces the viewer to question reality and open their minds to a new way of seeing the world.  

Emmy’s exploration into erotic art started around the time she also started exploring ethical non-monogamy and polyamory. What started as taking selfies for a friend’s online photo challenge as well as photos for people to complete their swinger profiles on swinger sites branched into exploring ideas of the erotic and kink.

Emmy has shown at SEAF, Club Sesso, Club Privata, and Gallery 114.  

My Apologies to Burt

Dear Burt,

I thought I should apologize to you in case you thought I was making a mockery of this photo – one responsible for selling over 1.5 million copies of an issue of the Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972. I didn’t want you to think I was making fun of it, but rather paying homage to this iconic image of you, naked on a bearskin rug.

But now, after your various interviews about this photo, all I can say is this:

I am so, so sorry.

I am sorry you regret doing the photo shoot.

I am sorry you feel it ruined what, you felt, could have been a career as a serious actor.

I am sorry that instead it led to you being one of the most popular movie stars which in turn resulted in your record of “top box office movie star” five years in a row – a record that still stands, by the way.

But mainly, I’m sorry you feel shame, instead of joy, over that photo.

I mean, you died at 82 years old and crippled by all of the injuries you sustained doing your own stunt work for years. And instead of looking back at that photo and thinking, “What a good fucking run – and look at how sexy I was” – you look at it with regret.

When you spoke about the shoot, you talked about how awkward you felt – how loaded up on vodka you had to be just to get naked on that rug to take the shot. And even though they caught what everyone saw as your iconic grin, you didn’t see it as that at all.

Each man who volunteered to get naked on my faux bearskin rug was nervous just like you. They often got naked in front of a stranger, in a cold studio, while wondering “What the hell did I offer to do?” And then something magical happened. They laughed at how weird the whole thing was. They had fun. They brought items that represent them into the space putting a unique twist on the iconic image. Some remarked how oddly comfortable it was to be naked on that rug. But what gave me joy was to capture the true personality of these men as they interacted and joked in front of my camera. After each shoot, they would receive the photos, and there wasn’t regret that they did it – more regret that they had more ideas after they left.

And that brought me joy.

This was a study of men, the male form -in all forms – and how magical it can be to be naked on a bearskin rug.

I’m sorry you didn’t get that experience.

I am grateful to all of the men who posed for me and did.


Club Privata will be hosting a Public art opening of these artists’ fine work, with no door fee and no membership requirement, from 6-8pm on Thursday November 7th. Come view the art, talk with the artists, and sample some of the tasty beverages from local breweries, wineries and distillers. 

Club Privata 
824 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR
Thurs – 8pm-2am
Fri and Sat – 9pm-4am

Sanctuary Club

The Sanctuary Club is an upscale and elegant event space and nightclub. Sanctuary provides a gathering space for a large and diverse sex-positive community. Sanctuary welcomes all gender identities and relationship configurations, LGBTQ+, poly, swing, kink, POC, and all curious, like-minded, happy people. Their venue is ADA accessible.

Sanctuary offers a full bar, lounge seating, dance floor, open play areas, dungeon furniture, ample sanitary supplies, and a fun, convivial atmosphere.

Terra Lyn Andersen

Terra Lyn Anderson has always been enamored by the visceral experience of witnessing beauty: the feeling of inner expansion, of fullness, of being overwhelmed by pleasure, such that whatever boundary separates your body from the rest of the world somehow becomes more permeable to the fullness of life. Anderson has spent much of their time pursuing this feeling – in nature, in music, and in human connection. When they uncovered their love for painting in 2009, they realized that the experience of witnessing beauty need not only come from the outside in, but rather could be invoked from the inside out as well. Anderson has always been an intuitive painter. Without any formal art training, painting is guided instead by an inner sense of integrity, trusting that each brush stroke will reflect their innermost truth. Even after a decade of painting, Anderson still regularly finds themself in awe of what happens on canvas.

Anderson has often been asked why they almost exclusively paint people, or rather some iteration of, “You really like boobs, don’t you?” While the short answer to that question is yes, the real answer is much more elusive. Painting has become a kind of self-seduction for Anderson – a way to be deeply in contact with their own pleasure. Thus, Anderson’s artwork becomes a window into a very vulnerable and personal process in which color expresses their eroticism. With their face hovering only inches away from the canvas as they paint the naked body, Anderson spends the kind of quality time with human form that they only dream of spending loving themselves or another – inch by inch, in shadow and light, and in all the vitality of vibrant color.

Anderson’s artistic career has taken them all over the United States. They grew up in southwest Colorado, however didn’t put brush to canvas until attending college in San Diego, California. Anderson took their canvases on the road from 2011 to 2014 as they traveled the country solo in a 1986 Ford van named Janet the Planet. Anderson finally landed in New Orleans, igniting their passion for brass music and a long-standing wet-hot love affair with the Crescent City. Graduate school brought Anderson back to Colorado where they painted the majority of the canvases on display at Club Privata. After graduate school Portland stole their heart, of course, and they now reside and paint here in the city

Art by Terra Lyn Anderson – Photography credit Chris Watts

This show is a ten-year celebration of erotic artistry with works dated from 2009, when Terra Lyn Anderson started painting, through 2019. The pieces on display span a full decade of the erotic excavation of self, of passion, of beauty and of bliss.

Anderson selected each canvas for its ability to evoke pleasure, centering on the things that arouse the greatest pleasure in the artist – nature, color, music, and the body. Anderson’s paintings aim to capture the sensory experience of beauty and how the human form embodies ecstasy. The two shared themes in every painting: color and nude form, are meant to arouse vitality in their audience. Anderson’s hope is that in viewing their art, you feel your body altered in some visceral way. May the beauty of human form painted in all its vibrancy evoke some sense of expansion in your own body. May you breathe more deeply and feel a heightened capacity for pleasure. May you become more permeable to the beauty in the world both around and within you. And may you witness from that pinnacle place where vulnerability becomes power – for that is where you are most alive, most yourself, and most able to experience pleasure.

First Thursday Opening is on
Thursday November 7th at 7pm; 
No membership or door fee required before 9pm

The Sanctuary Club
33 NW 9th Ave Portland, OR 97209
Above Splash Bar  enter on 9th

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