Leanne Grabel talks about comedy, outrage and the heyday of Portland’s lit scene

Amy Leona Havin kicks off a new interview series with poet, teacher, illustrator, and long-time poetry activist Leanne Grabel.

Glass artist Teresa Kowalski will replace the broken glass of the face. She chose green glass for the original work, to add a representation of the “earth” element to the metal of the statue and water it faces. Photo by: Bill Posner

Putting a new face on Newport’s ‘Ambassador’

Sam Briseño’s welcoming sculpture is undergoing restoration to repair the toll of time and the elements.

“Unlike engineering, where having a really good solution is important, in art the process is just as important as the solution,” says Shu-Ju Wang. . “Having a good solution is good, but there may be a hundred different solutions when you’re making art.” Photo by: Sankar Raman/The Immigrant Story

Exploring patterns of identity

Shu-Ju Wang's art combines her interests in mathematics, her Chinese heritage, and the climate crisis.

LitWatch June: Pride and plenty to read

June is still a Zoom month for readings and lectures, and there are lots of them. Tune in, turn on.

Radio Rejuvenation

Portland's All Classical Radio moves to bring more diverse music to more diverse audiences.

The altar in Siletz Bay Park is called “Magenta Horse.” “I received so many letters from people who are grieving their pets,” Crystal Meneses says. Photo by: Crystal Meneses

Last Words: Talking, thinking, and making music about death

Crystal Meneses brings art, words, and music together in an effort to put death back in the community’s hands.

A plinth inside the sanctuary, “Dedicated in loving memory of Lincoln County based fishermen lost at sea since 1900,” serves as a base for photos, candles, and other remembrances of lost sailors. Many of the mementos were damaged in last month’s vandalism. Photo courtesy: Newport Fishermen’s Wives

Fishermen’s sanctuary weathers a different kind of storm

Vandalism has supporters wondering how to maintain public access while protecting the Newport memorial.

Sing a song of Oregon

An effort to remove offensive language from the state song could end up with dual anthems to Oregon.

BRAVO Youth Orchestras: Social Change through Music

The Oregon affiliate of Venezuela’s famed El Sistema education system gives diverse students access to music education

Lillian Pitt: 10,000 Years Through Art

Stage & Studio: The noted artist talks about friendships, mentoring, and the Indigenous traditions that shape her art.

LitWatch Monthly: It’s National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month – along with eight of the most exciting ways for you to celebrate.

Beverly Cleary: Plucky, adventurous kids can be fun!

Beverly Cleary reminded America that adventurous children weren't transgressive—they were fun! Especially on Klickitat Street.

Singing Strings

Composer Stephen Scott created singular music — and a unique instrument to play it.

Composer Nicole Buetti and puppets. Photo courtesy of the comopser.

A Young Puppet’s Guide to the Orchestra

Put together a composer with a post-Halloween idea, a passel of puppets, and the Portland Columbia Symphony. Add YouTube and instruments. Voila!

Jacob Elshin (born St. Petersburg, Russia, 1892; died Seattle, 1976), “Miners at Work,” (1937-38, oil on canvas, 5 by 12 feet), collection of the City of Renton, Washington, courtesy of U.S. Postal Service. ©2019 USPS. Photo courtesy: Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Remembering ‘Forgotten Stories’ of the Great Depression

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art exhibits 70 pieces produced by Northwest artists during the New Deal.

Wanda Walden on Stage & Studio

Dmae Roberts moves her essential performance podcast to ArtsWatch. Up first: Costumer deluxe Wanda Walden.

The Art of Learning: KSMoCA adapts to the pandemic

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Museum of Contemporary Art has faced a difficult year, but it has adapted to the pandemic and kept its students engaged.

Ashland’s season to shake it up

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets the times with a hybrid season of new and old: video now, maybe onstage later.

Enter laughing: A world of clowns

In a world of trouble, Clowns Without Borders lightens the load. At the benefit Pandemic Pandemonium, you can pitch in.

The Year of Living Cautiously

Dance critic Martha Ullman West looks back on a year of isolation and remembers moments of beauty that broke the spell.