Visual Art

Dawson Carr’s Portland adventure

After 8 years on the job, Dawson Carr retires as the Janet and Richard Geary Curator of European Art at the Portland Art Museum.
Fused glass artist Ann Cavanaugh and glass blower Andy Nichols combine their talents in glass fish.

Like a fish out of fire

Two glass artists in Cannon Beach’s Spring Unveiling Arts Festival collaborate to make finned figures.

Women of Art ~ A Visual Life, 3

In the final of a three-part series, Pat Rose talks with photographer Susan Bein abut her influences and her iPhone art.

Dennis Cunningham: The last catch

Sue Taylor considers the work of Dennis Cunningham, whose deft linocuts of Oregon fishing reflect the fabric of life in the state. Cunningham died last week.

Women of Art ~ A Visual Life, 2

Part two of a three-part profile of creative Portland photographers features Laura Kurtenbach.

Women of Art ~ A Visual Life, 1

Pat Rose profiles three of Portland’s most creative photographers. Part 1: Grace Weston.
“Sophia’s Garden” by Lisa Brinkman (eco-prints of sumac, eucalyptus, and maple on raw silk canvas, cold wax and oils, 30 by 30 inches)

Lisa Brinkman: ‘A collaboration of life with Nature’

The artist’s eco prints, at the Chehalem Cultural Center, are an earthy mix of abstraction, symbolism, and collage.

VizArts Monthly: Day trips, local favorites, and virtual viewings

Lindsay Costello's round-up of shows to see virtually, in Portland, and around the state in April.

Diversity and inclusion can’t accomplish what we need

Art institutions have embraced the call for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jennifer Rabin probes the shortcomings of the approach and offers an alternative.

Behind the name: An interview with Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.

Luiza Lukova interviews the artist and educator about claiming space, engaging students, and creating "social forms."

Resistance: Relocating Minoru Yasui’s prison cell

Relocating a WWII jail cell to the Japanese American Museum of Oregon honors a civil rights hero.
“Indifference,” by Aron Johnston (oil on linen panel, 48 by 36 inches, 2018), was inspired by the 2017 fire set by teens that burned 50,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

Pictures worth more than a thousand words

A narrative art exhibit at the Chehalem Cultural Center tells stories that “provide insight into the human condition.”

Late pandemic meditations: Predator, prey, or family

Shannon M. Lieberman contemplates the complex and intertwined animal relationships featured in works by April Coppini, Chase, Mullen, and Chris Austin.
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.
Yuritzi Cuellar-Pacheco (left) and Gage Koceja, both Taft High School seniors

Seeing the self through the gray rectangle of Zoom

Lincoln City students blend art with technology to create self-portraits during a year of virtual learning.

The value of art: Cats, cryptoart, and morons

A group of collectors burned a Banksy print to increase the value of its digital version. Jennifer Rabin sorts it out.

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.

Holding on to the dear: Jade Mara Novarino and Alix Jo Ryan

What does what is kept say about attention and care in a period of isolation? Lindsay Costello reviews the artists' exhibition "Winnowing" at Well Well Projects.

Greg Archuleta and Lifeways: Cultivating resilience through education

When Greg Archuleta realized the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde didn't have any cultural education classes, he created them himself.

VizArts Monthly: Spring reflections on social upheaval

Lindsay Costello's monthly round-up of what to see in March everywhere from new backyard spaces to established galleries.