Robert McWilliams: Visionary/ Outsider

by Carolyn Hazel Drake You could describe Dr. Robert McWilliams as a career outsider artist.  For almost forty years, he has been channeling his humor, collector’s eye, and unique perspective into sculptures that resonate with human experience on an individual, yet somehow universal, scale.  He is quick to point out, however, that while he has […]

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Scott Conary and Analogue Jane

by Careen Stoll Every so often on the journey of life, one reaches seemingly impassable terrain.   In January of this year, Scott Conary’s wife gave birth to a girl with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  Within a few days, she endured the first of three surgeries to be spaced out over her childhood.  Scott describes the […]

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Elisabeth Walden’s meta-modernism

by Careen Stoll Elisabeth Walden is one of the two recipients of the Kimberly Gales Scholarship for Young Artists this year. She has moved here recently from New York to refine her print technique in preparation for continued studies in the arts at a graduate school. The arc of her brilliance is likely to be […]

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Be Prepared for Anything to Happen When You Visit Mary Bennett’s Studio

By Shu-Ju Wang Above, gallery installation by Mary Bennett. By her own accounts, Mary Bennett’s work is all over the board. She’s passionate about the collaborative process and public participation, both of which are notoriously difficult to predict and project what the end results will be. She’s also new in town, having just moved here […]

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Students and artists speak out about Portland Open Studios new mentorship education program.

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Megan Delius and Shelley Hershberger This year, Portland Open Studios paired up 21 artists with about 40 students in a new mentorship education program. Students from four area high schools, Wilson, Century, Grant and Arts & Communications Academy were offered a unique learning opportunity to work with artists in their studios during […]

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