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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Harmony and Dissonance in the work of Kim Lakin

by Jason Kappus Most of our everyday interactions with textiles are utilitarian and the processes behind clothing, quilts, and rugs seem governed by traditions and rules, the idea that there is a right way to do something, that if instructions are executed properly the desired product will be achieved.  In contrast, Kim Lakin’s fiber work […]

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Artists interview each other: Andrea McFarland and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

What do Kamala Dolphin Kingsley and Andrea McFarland have in common? As artists, their subject matter, style and use of medium are quite different. In age they are a generation apart. Yet they both share a love of nature, gardening, and the mysterious, darker side of things. They are also both artists who spent their […]

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Liv Rainey-Smith: Revealing Woodcuts

by Morgan Madison Liv Rainey-Smith is a Portland, OR based printmaker.  She was first introduced to the medium while earning her BFA from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.  I meet Liv Rainey-Smith at Atelier Meridian, the print making studio and arts community in North Portland where she creates her wonderfully imaginative woodcut prints.  It […]

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