Introducing Artist No. 40 – Jennifer Takahashi

Jennifer Takahashi never considered being anything but an artist. “Even as a young child I remember being drawn to pattern and color – from the yummy array of colors in a box of crayons to the sight of a drawer filled with spools of thread. It was and has always been my happy place, a […]

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Introducing Artist No. 39 – Kirista Trask

Kirista Trask’s forays into the art world as a child were focused on the performing arts, theatre and band. She didn’t experiment with the visual arts until she was in her 20’s. “Even then, I was primarily a crafter and it was not until I went through divorce that my full potential as an artist […]

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Introducing Artist No. 105 – Dotty Hawthorne

Drawing and painting has been a passion for Dotty Hawthorne since childhood when her mother set up a table and art supplies for her five daughters. “At 12 I begged art lessons and went on to major in Art at Wheaton College. Since then I’ve taken workshops with leading artists and have painted professionally since […]

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Introducing Artist No. 24 – Kitty Wallis

Among other things, Kitty Wallis is a great artist, one of the original artists in Portland Open Studios, and the inventor of Wallis Special Archival Pastel Paper. Art background: Kitty attended Cooper Union Art School in New York City. Her greatest inspiration is Monet, and she had the privilege of working for months at Giverny […]

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Introducing Artist No. 17 – Erin Leichty

I’ve been working with Portland Open Studios for five years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever met Erin Leichty. But she’s been invaluable as our link to New Seasons, one of our major supporters, and she’s tireless in her efforts. I’m glad to have this opportunity to get to know her a little better […]

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