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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Introducing Artist No. 5 – Ben Dye

Ben Dye’s sculpture The Heron at Fields Bridge Park in West Linn is a great example of the community embracing a sculpture. “They embellish it throughout the year with seasonal themes.” This is important to Ben. “We spend our lives filling our personal spaces with art to enhance the living experience; public art is a […]

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Introducing Artist No. 55 – Leah Kohlenberg

Leah Kohlenberg, Vice President and upcoming President of Portland Open Studios, took some time from her busy schedule and answered a few questions for us. Art is now her main occupation, and she tells me she makes half of her income teaching art, half selling paintings.  But she didn’t get there through the normal channels.  […]

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