Misty Tompoles launched her first publication as a 7-year-old in Indiana—a hand-drawn tribute magazine to The Cars—her course was set. Her post as editor of her grad school literary review led to a position at a local magazine, where she fell in love with graphic design. Thanks to a generous boss, who nurtured her eagerness with on-the-job training in the art, Misty returned to her entrepreneurial roots. Dance presenters Walter Jaffe and Paul King took a chance on the fledgling graphic design shop, and PlaybillsNW was born. The venture gained four clients and published 27 playbills for a circulation of 98,000 in its first year. Several years into her meteoric rise among a performing arts community experiencing an explosion of creation and appreciation, Misty returned the favor by conceiving Artslandia—a love letter to the community of artists that shared the rising tide.
As the publisher of Artslandia Magazine, Misty helps create and navigate the currents that course through Portland’s ever-changing cultural waters. Her influence in the media landscape has helped shape the region’s national reputation as an independent, innovative incubator for creative entrepreneurship. She is a fearless entrepreneur and a tenacious advocate for the art and artists that form the heart and soul of Portland.
These days, Misty is joined by an adoring staff of art lovers, creatives, and go-getters who bond over .gifs, roller skating, and Taco Tuesday. And kittens.