A Preview of Artists from Portland Open Studios 2011

A selection of artists you might see on the Portland Open Studios tour of 100 this weekend: Bridget Benton demonstrates how to work with molten wax to create colorful encaustic works, embedding personal symbolism. EMEK has created rock posters for artists from the Decemberists to Erykah Badu. He works in layers of silkscreens, but also […]

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Weaving the Colors of Nature: Sylvia Emard’s Personal Geography

By Rebecca Conant I recreate in my weaving my experience of the natural world, incorporating randomness, asymmetry and balance in designs that express memories of my personal geography. –Sylvia Emard The one line that defines a brand may sum up an artist on a jury application, but it does not begin to define the richness […]

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Die-Cut Felt and Silken Aire!

by Careen Stoll (as printed in the Hollywood Star) One of the intriguing aspects of the annual Portland Open Studios Tour is being able to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday lives of the participating artists.  Two artists in NE are dedicated creative mothers with a full family and social life who still manage […]

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Painting Sticks with Light: Angelita Surmon

By Maria Simon What really knocks me out about Angelita Surmon’s work is her uncanny ability to go directly into the chaos of lines and layers of tangled branch and twig; into the complexity of shadow and reflection; and to arrive at peace and quiet. Her current paintings on canvas and fused glass are derived […]

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