Nationale is dedicated to the stimulation of new ideas and to the promotion of the arts through exhibitions, performances, and a selection of carefully chosen goods.
Nationale is an independently owned specialty boutique and art gallery opened in 2008 by French expat May Barruel. Originally located on Burnside, it moved to Portland’s Southeast Division neighborhood in the fall of 2014. Nationale offers unique goods amidst rotating exhibitions of contemporary art.
Nationale serves both artists and the public by showcasing regional talent in an intimate, communication-oriented space. Artists shown at Nationale include renown illustrator Carson Ellis, photographer Delaney Allen, and a wide variety of emerging artists. Nationale was recently named Kinfolk Magazine’s “favorite Portland gallery” and described by Allied Works architect Brad Cloepfil as “Portland retail at its best.”
The boutique’s offerings of French delicacies, locally crafted accessories, Marseille soaps, OLO fragrances, foreign magazines, and cherished books reflect a unique aesthetic taste. In addition to these carefully selected products and to the monthly art exhibits, collectors can peruse a backroom gallery featuring artwork by different artists. As evidenced by recent write-ups in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Nylon Magazine, Melted Butter, and Sunset Magazine, this refined selection continues to earn Nationale a reputation as a go-to destination for Portland art lovers as well as fashion-forward travelers.