Thump Coffee May events

The folks over at Thump Coffee submitted this list of events to be posted:

Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday May 2
ART: Mark Bernahl, 6-8pm
Come watch (and help!) as Mark Bernahl hangs his "Wishes" installation. Based on a Japanese tradition, customers have been writing their heart’s fondest desire on pieces of cedar, which will be suspended from the ceiling at Thump throughout May.

Bernahl has been showing his artwork in Oregon and New Mexico for nine years: "I make art out of discarded objects of all sorts. I have created eclectic work from discarded seconds and worn out firsts of milled wood, metal, fabrics and now, books. It really excites me to make something beautiful and interesting out of something someone has thrown away."

First Friday, May 4
MUSIC: Always Hallways, 6-8pm
Sonic acrobats Matt McConnell and Jason Friedman perform an acoustical, eclectic mix of ad lib jazz fusion blues. They said that we could play around with the wording of this description, but we like it just the way it is.

ART: Justyn Livingston & Mark Bernahl
Surround yourself with art this month at Thump. Bend-based mixed media artist Justyn Livingston’s organic abstractions grace Thump’s walls. Mark Bernahl’s "Wishes" kinetic sculpture, created from pieces of wood inscribed with customers’ wishes, is suspended from the ceiling.

Bend-based Livingston describes her process: "Most often I approach a blank panel without any particular imagery in mind. However, there is a particular emotion or impulse upon beginning, which may or may not be carried forward. Through the movement and layering of colors, the painting ‘comes to’ on its own (if I can keep myself from attaching to an outcome). There is an underlying meditative quality; an unfettered focus I experience in this process. It is this unexpected and cathartic exploration which motivates me to paint."

Sunday, May 13
CUPPING: Mother’s Day, 1:30-3:00pm
Learn how to taste coffee like a pro at this special Mother’s Day cupping of Stumptown Coffees from around the world. This is a fun way to better appreciate all the hard work that goes into growing, harvesting, processing, roasting and preparing the perfect cup. Slurp away!

Saturday, May 19
POLE PEDAL PADDLE: Team Thumpista (shop will be closed)
Come cheer for Team Thumpista at the Pole Pedal Paddle. The entire Thump staff will be competing together as a team. Fueled by Thump Coffee, of course.

FEATURED COFFEE: Ethiopia Misty Valley Idido – Organic
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and if you saw the documentary movie "Black Gold," you’ll truly appreciate this farm-direct organic. Roaster Stumptown Coffee describes this as "a very unique dry-processed coffee from Yirgacheffe, with flavors of strawberry, lemon, starburst, black licorice, and a thick syrupy mouthfeel. We almost thought we were playing Candyland at the cupping table."

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