Little Boxes

by Jessica Simpkins In celebration of Little Boxes PDX, here is an origami box design for the precious little gifts you’ll be wrapping for your loved-ones. We look forward to seeing your beloved faces here at Arte Soleil this weekend for crafts, snacks, discounts on locally made products, music, and […]

Welcome to Arte Soleil!

by Kris Bella I am an owner of Arte Soleil. I am also an artist, art therapist, mother, wife, advocate, community mobilizer, neighbor, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, supporter, voter, citizen, healer, teacher. When looking at ourselves in the wholeness and complexity of the self, the possibilities are endless. So […]

Talismans of Memory

By Jessica Simpkins My grandma and I sat together on the daybed in my grandparents’ guest bedroom and looked at the jewelry she kept in boxes, which were stuffed in black, heavy-duty 50-gallon trash bags under the bed to disguise its value during a potential robbery. She was telling me […]

Getting noticed!

It’s wonderful when an event goes well… and exceptionally wonderful when the recognition for your efforts are featured in a local news blog! David Ashton from East Portland Portland News showed up for the 1st annual block party and interviewed Kris Bella. Click HERE to check out what he shared […]

Community Connections

By Kris Bella “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” ― Idowu Koyenikan In celebrating Arte Soleil’s one year anniversary, Pete and I knew we needed to bring neighbors together, to honor our community, to thank all […]