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Bob Hicks
Bob Hicks

Bob Hicks

Bob Hicks has been covering arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest since 1978, including 25 years at The Oregonian. Among his art books are Kazuyuki Ohtsu; James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time; and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora. His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Northwest Passage, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the daily art-history series "Today I Am."

Fertile Ground Festival takes a break

Portland’s annual festival of new works, which reinvented itself during the pandemic, will take a “strategic hiatus” in 2023 to reinvent again.

Vanport Mosaic swings for the fences

From housing crises to race in Portland, the Mosaic’s seventh annual festival remembering the Vanport Flood of 1948 brings the past into the present.

Elk and fountain, together again?

As arguments rage over returning the elk to its downtown home with its full fountain, City Commissioners Carmen Rubio and Dan Ryan push for full restoration.

News & Notes: Designs on PSU

A big step toward a new home for the university’s School of Art + Design. “Merry Wives” sing out. In Salem, Putin on parade. Voices for Ukraine. A tribute to Lady Day. A memorial for Una Loughran. Wayne Brady in the house. Brunish takes on London.

News & notes: Haikus, radio, fringe fest

A Columbia Gorge haiku challenge. An interim leader for Portland Baroque Orchestra. Damien Geter and the Oregon Symphony go bicoastal. Classical jams. Oregon Fringe Festival.

Remembering Linda Williams Janke

The Portland stage star, 78, took classic turns in plays by Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Noel Coward, and G.B. Shaw.

Lee Kelly, giant of NW art, dies at 89

A longtime shaper of the Oregon art scene, Kelly was known for his large-scale stainless steel and Cor-Ten sculptures, which combined abstract and geometric elements.

Bridgetown throws a musical party

Stage notes: A conservatory throws a musical-theater gala, mystery theater and Lea Salonga at the Reser, the slap heard ’round the world.

News & Notes: A new poetry champ

Trayshun Holmes-Gournaris of the Oregon School for the Deaf wins the Poetry Out Loud state title; new at the art museum; downtown art space trashed.

News & Notes: Spreading the wealth

Grants in honor of the late Ross McKeen; 45th Parallel benefit concerts for Ukraine refugees; Sabina Haque’s silhouettes at Waterstone.

Amid the roots of sunflowers and guns

How does the arts world respond to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine? Memories of a time in Russia suggest a war nurtured in fields of beauty and danger.

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