City’s Six Video!



Here is a video of the opening of City’s Six, at One Art Space, made by the awesome Bernard Lee.

Hope all is well with you!

I’ve got to pack my studio up… and move out.
Sad times.

But anyhow, it’ll be good in one way or another.

Take care!

Open Studio Info!

Open Studios

Studio Art and DIAP MFA Programs

The City College of New York, CUNY

Thursday May 9, 6-9 pm

Saturday May 11, 12-6 pm

Compton-Goethals Hall and Shepard Hall

160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Join MFA students at the City College of New York for two days as their studios are open to the public. The Studio Art and DIAP (Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice) MFA Programs will both have their studios open, in Compton-Goethals and Shepard Halls on W 140th and Convent Avenue, in Hamilton Heights.

Please visit and for more information. Also visit to learn more about the group show curated by the DIAP program, which will be open during the Open Studio event.
Come to The City College of New York to see lots of great art this coming week!
Compton-Goethals Gallery is having an awesome Photography exhibition with an opening Thursday evening from 5-9 pm!
Also join us for an art history event focusing on CCNY’s art collection (including work by Keith Haring, Romare Bearden, and Edward Curtis) Saturday from 12:30 to 3 pm in Compton-Goethals Hall room 252. Speakers include Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Rocio Arnanda and Elizabeth Hutchinson.

See you at City College!

Nondairy pumpkin pie!


You want to know about making nondairy pumpkin pie? Do I have a story for you!

Today I finally cooked a beautiful little pie pumpkin which I got in Brooklyn (for $1.50!) just before Halloween. It’s been sitting around up here in Harlem, looking festive for long enough!

I baked it in my oven at like 350 for maybe 45 minutes (halved face down on a baking pan with foil over it). I scooped so many seeds out (and cleaned them and let them dry) so i cooked those too, with salt and olive oil, on a baking pan for 20 minutes, stirring them every 5.

You might just have a can of pumpkin – which is awesome and delicious! Put that in a bowl, if you are making pie!

When my little pumpkin was cool enough I just popped the skin right off! And mixed that sweet thing with half a can of coconut milk and at least a tablespoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of powdered ginger, maybe 3/4 cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of maple syrup, and a little salt. I added 2 eggs. If you’re egg free you could reduce the coconut milk a little or use a 1/2 cup of silken tofu (blended), soaked and blended cashews, or some egg replacer from a box. Also I bought a pie crust from the closest grocery store, Compare, because I am lazy today and am on a planned homework strike. Usually the generic pie crusts are nondairy, though I got Mrs. Smiths, since that was the nondairy version they had. If you are super cool you could make your own pie crust. Mix almond meal and a little coconut oil then press that into your pie tin, this lacks gluten. Whatevs! There are probably youtube tutorials about all of this and if you are specifically looking for some substitution you should check that out.

So anyways I baked that pie at 350 for an hour! No problem! It is so pretty! I put some foil around the bottom and tucked it over the crust sides until like 10 min before I was done, you could do that if you want a good (not so burnt) crust result.

That’s a nondairy pumpkin pie recipe for you, in story format!

Hope you are having a great day!!!

Love, katie



Art Auction this Sunday, Feb 13, at Switchyard Studios


Switchyard Studios presents ‘Drawing on our Community’
An art auction event funding the establishment of the Switchyard Community Gallery.

Sunday, February 13th, 6-10 pm
6- 9 pm Silent Auction with Live Acoustic Music Entertainment
9-10 pm Live Auction, Emcee La Sergio presiding
Switchyard Studios, 109 SE Salmon #101
Free All Ages Event

Throughout January and February Switchyard Studios artists and collaborators draw on the theme of the loving and vital interdependent relationship within an arts community, and then auction the drawings to create a dynamic new space for the community.

Sunday February 13th in the Switchyard Gallery collaborative and individual pieces will be sold in a silent and live auction and given away in a drawing. Entertainment and refreshments will abound. La Sergio will preside as Master of Ceremonies. Performances by Billy Von Raven and others.

Proceeds will fund the construction of the Switchyard Gallery walls and the laying of an earthen floor in the Switchyard Gallery and Community space.

Participant member artists (The trains in our yard): Aiden Koch, Amelia Pillow, Amie Legette, Amira Mednick, Casey Burkhart, Courtney Keene, Curtis Williams of North Star Bags, Damon Ayers, David Knox, Emily Jones, Gabe Weiss, Heather MacKenzie, Jaik Faulk, Jeremy Davis, Johanna Robinson, Joshua Klyber, Kati Green, Katie Simpson Spain, Katie Todd, Lindsay DeArmond, Michelle Erickson, Michele Maule, Molly Jochem, Natalie Jenkins, Nicholas Bottman, Paul Maziar, Rachael Sabin, Rebecca Shelly, River Darensbourg, RJ Beus, Rochelle Koivunen, Ruth Hoffheimer, Sarah Hendrickson, Sarah Mikenis, Sarah K Small, Susan Sullivan, Virginia Driscoll.

Community Collaborators: Emily Nachison, Esther Yan, Michael Endo, River Darensbourg and others.

Portland artist Rochelle Koivunen founded Switchyard Studios in November 2008, which she now co-directs with Heather MacKenzie and Katie Simpson Spain. Switchyard provides affordable arts community work and exhibition space within a 10,000 square foot warehouse on the railroad tracks in industrial SE Portland. Switchyard contains a community workshop, the Switchyard Gallery, the individual spaces of over 35 artists and has served more than 60 artists in the past two years.

The mission of Switchyard Gallery is to be a community resource providing exhibition and event space, education, and mentoring to artists of diverse levels of experience, philosophies, walks of life, abilities, and identities. The Gallery, once completed, will invite Portland curators, artists, activists and educators to collaborate with each other in creating a dynamic exhibition roster. The political, emotional, theoretical, abstract and critical needs of the greater Portland community will be met by a curatorial focus on consciousness-raising and community-building installations, events/happenings and workshops. The Switchyard Gallery will be based on collective business and decision-making models and will collaborate with artists in the process of creating, publicizing and documenting exhibitions.

Switchyard n a railroad yard or terminal in which railroad cars are moved between tracks and trains are assembled and disassembled.

Hey, I’m having an art show next week!

Hello there, wonderful people!
How are you doing this lovely summer?

Me, well, I’m so good! I’ve got a show coming up next friday, I want to invite you. These are brand new paintings!

The show is at Launch Pad Gallery, that’s 534 SE Oak Street (Portland, 97214).

It runs from August 6th through August 28th, with an opening event on First Friday August 6th – from 6 pm to 12 am.
Come over for some artviewing, music, snacks (including amazing salad from Mizuna Gardens), & come hang out with me!

The closing reception will be on Saturday August 28th, from 2 to 4 pm… come over, we can drink coffee together.

The gallery is open wednesday through saturday from 12 to 4 pm. I’ll be making a few saturday appearances too, if you’d like to meet me over there please get in touch and we’ll plan it.

My website has the info all fancy like. ( Launch Pad’s website has more information as well. (

Thank you so much for your support!

Love, sparkles, & heartlight,
Katie Simpson Spain

crochet event @ HELD

Hi folks,

I am going to have a crochet event and closing party for my show at HELD VEGAN BELTS!

The event will be Saturday November 28th, from 4 to 7 pm.

HELD is located at 3033 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 and it’s regular hours are 11am to 7pm tuesday through sunday.

I’ve got a bunch of crochet plastic bag sculpture up there, and lots of BRAND NEW PAINTINGS!

I will also be teaching people how to use plastic bags to make yarny stuff! A basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is helpful for this, and maybe some plastic bags, although I will bring a bunch with me too.

Please bring your crochet hooks and some scissors, since I don’t have enough scissors for a large group of people. You will find it much easier to have your own supplies, and then you can continue to work on whatever it is you start at the workshop.


I hope to see you there and then.

Thanks folks!




This is not done, but you get the idea.