September 23 – 25, 2022

Friday: Friends, Family, and Special Guests Only

Saturday: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The Milepost 5 Studios Artists’ Collective is proud to present the evocative art exhibition Thrown Away, with art from the residents of the long-standing artist community and from members of the community at large.

This exhibition, curated by Sarah L. Gerhardt, is the first of its kind in the building in some time. “It’s like the arts took a long hiatus away from this place. The starving artists that still occupy this building were growing hungry for change. We had to do something to get things going. It was past time to wake this place up!”, Gerhardt said.

Between the pandemic and the trappings of low-income housing, it’s been difficult to get much-accomplished artists to show at the MP5 gallery over the past few years.

Gerhardt said show organizers are hoping this will be at least a small success that it sets off bigger things for the artists, the community, and everyone pushing for change in these parts. “In October, we have a spooky art show and haunted house planned and an arts / crafts fair for November!,” said Gerhardt, the eternally hopeful curator.

Gerhardt’s curator statement:

“One day I was sitting in my apartment talking to someone who was enjoying my very busy walls.

I realized the main reason I had so much art up there is that at some point someone had discarded the piece: it was found in the trash and given to me; it was in a free pile on the side of the road; someone had left it behind when they moved out.

I often wondered why. I mean, many of these pieces are quite good. That is when I realized it would make a great exhibition!

“Thrown Away” is a showing of found art, photographs, and objects that at some point were just no longer wanted. We are also going to be exhibiting brand-new art by very talented folks on the topic of “Thrown Away” however it is they interpret it. There are many new exciting pieces. I can’t wait to share them with the world.”


Sarah L. Gerhardt is an artist (painting, photography, witting, and more) who has lived in Portland through the decades. She can be found spending her spare time (what little there is) working on her new pet project “Naughty by Nerds” a YouTube show. She has worn many hats through the years from film festival coordinator to event photographer, she likes to explore many artistic avenues. She can be found online at @SheNeverSlept on Instagram.