Black velvet paintings depicting African American figures from the 1960s are shown at the Velveteria: The Museum of Velvet Paintings in Portland, Oregon June 24, 2009. Depictions of subjects from the 1960s protest era, Elvis Presley, unicorns and nude women are popular themes in the genre. The museum was started by Carl Baldwin and Caren Anderson in 2005. The couple purchased their first velvet piece during a trip to Mexico in 1999 and has grown to a collection of more than 2000 paintings.
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