Happy New Year!
January 2015Dear Readers,
More Recent Additions:
- James Palmer, 1924
- Mary I. Dupee, August 19th, 1910
- Margaret Mcgee, October 15th, 1916
- Laura B. Taylor, February 13th, 1910
- Thomas P. Beuford, August 16, 1910
- Fortune Gallo, December 11th, 1920
- Frances A., 1919
- Douglas Fairbanks, 1919
- Ella M. Ward, August 10th, 1910
- Elizabeth Hartle, March 22nd, 1919
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8th
- SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1st
Kinship Stories: Remembering Native North Portland
An Exhibit by Peggy Ball-Morrill
Klamath/Modoc artist Peggy Ball-Morrill grew up and raised her family in North Portland. Her paintings portray memories of family and community in Vanport, at St. Andrews Church where weekly Bow & Arrow Culture Club gatherings were held, and sitting on the front porch of their home on N. Fairport Place. While places and people are real, memories and relationships twist time, for example, in one painting the artist sits in her wheelchair next to her mother; in this portrait 2014 sits next to 1964.
The artist portrays a community nearly invisible in popular culture where representations of native people are often limited to westerns or cartoons. The paintings remember a close-knit native community at a time when federal termination and relocation policies threatened native survival. They call attention to the relationships that sustained community. Mothers and children, siblings and couples and through time and memory, the relationship of ancestors to their descendants. The family are watched over and cared for by those that came before them.
Peggy Ball-Morrill's parents moved from Chiloquin, Oregon to Vanport during World War Two. She was raised in North Portland, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and began taking art classes at PCC Cascade campus in the 1970's. She studied drawing and painting at The Drawing Studio with Phil Sylvester and is also a master star quilt maker. She and her husband Dwight Ball-Morrill live in Pacific City, OR.
This event is free, all ages and open to the public. Exhibit will run thru January.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 6pm
1st Friday Valentine's Making Party!
We'll also have a selection of lovely books, prints, and cards suitable for your valentine!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21st, 7pm
Ring of Fire Anthology Reading
With ET Russian, Sarah Rosenblatt, and Andy Panda
More info coming soon...
FRIDAY, MARCH 6th, 6pm
Installation by Brittany Powell Parich and Tae Kitakata
Join us this 1st Friday for Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata! Paper Chatter. Conversation cut-outs. Visual talks. Brittany and Tae will be hanging words -- whole conversations of words -- at mouth-height. Made of cut paper, the words will chat, respond, complain, comfort, shout, and ignore each other. The paper words are tangible, see-able conversations and visitors to the gallery can interact with the installation as if they themselves are speaking. Imagining, saving, and documenting what may otherwise be throw-away interactions.
About Tae: My work varies between intricately cut paper and brightly colored wall paintings spanning twenty feet. I like turning sketchbook doodles into reality and prefer simple processes with immediate results, like polaroids and drawing on paper. The aesthetics of my personal space is always an important consideration that can deeply affect my creativity. I find that ideas often dictate the media I use, but sometimes it's the other way around.
About Brittany: In alphabetical order, the things that interest me are domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, Oregon, and products. When I create my work, I look for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through the methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments. My ways of working thus far range from rendering a Mexican restaurant in contact paper to recreating buildings in my hometown in cut-and-fold models to embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt.
About Low-Commitment Projects: During art school, our studios were connected by an open doorway. We started as strangers, but for the first (and only) assignment of the two-year program, our instructor paired us together. So began a back-and-forth of materials, ideas, and foods. Since school, we've both returned to our home states. Hawaii and Oregon aren't exactly connected by a tele-transporter, so it is hard to keep up the co-generation of ideas. That's where Low Commitment Projects comes in. Low-Commitment Projects provides us a chance to share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money. These ventures are like the materialization of mental sketches; there's minimal risk because they're quick.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th
ACRL 2015 Zine Pavillion!
Oregon Convention Center
More information coming soon...
SUNDAY, APRIL 12th, 3pm
Rad American Women: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Futur
Reading & Signing with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, plus special musical guest, Cat Doorman!
More info coming soon...