‘IDEAL Holiday Market’ comes to Lents

Learn more about a Latino artists’ showcase that highlighted many crafters, in Lents Town Center …

In a Lents Commons retail space, Ideal PDX’s El Trueque Market includes a pop-up art store.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

In Lents Town Center, on December 17 and 18, Ideal  PDX opened a pop-up marketplace in the west end of the Lents Commons’ otherwise-vacant retail space facing SE Foster Road, across from 91st Avenue.

Under strings of Holiday lights that made the otherwise-unfinished retail area look more festive, shoppers came and went, browsing and buying items from the artists present.

El Trueque Market organizer Jessica Lagunas spends a moment with Ideal PDX collective member and artist William Hernandez, who’s originally from Lima, Peru.

“We call this an ‘El Trueque Market’. ‘Trueques’ were how our people acquired goods before the time of the ‘La Conquista’, where vendors traded their products with others instead of using money,” informed organizer Jessica Lagunas.

The two-day market was being presented by their organization, “IDEAL” (Intercambio de Artistas Latinos), Lagunas told East Portland News. Each day featured ten of the 20 to 25 Ideal PDX artists in their collective.

Artists show all kinds of art they’ve brought for sale.

“We’re a collective of Latin American people; and all of the vendors that are here identify as ‘Latinos’.” Lagunas further explained. “We started the collective ten years ago, and we are still working on different projects. These include murals and art exhibitions; and we have art education programs too.

“We’re trying to reach out to communities; and at the same time, we’re trying to help the Lents community activate some retail spaces and bring in activities for the community,” Lagunas noted.

A steady stream of visitors come to the El Trueque Market.

“In addition to selling artwork to the public, El Trueque is our annual space where the artists can come and see each other,” pointed out Lagunas.

To learn more about Ideal PDX, see their official website: CLICK HERE.

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