Susan Gallacher-Turner’s Delicate Shape-shifting, X-treme Handiwork

By Shu-Ju Wang Above, a corner of Susan’s studio with various complete and in-progress work. Susan Gallacher-Turner is fascinated by shape-shifters. Characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, stories from Native American traditions, or even looking out the car window where faces appear in the distant hills and trees…these are all sources of inspiration for her […]

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Late Bloomers:Artists find creativity is central to life no matter what your age.

By Lisa Griffen For several of the artists in the Portland Open Studios Tour, art came as a later career. Some had early artistic ambitions but postponed pursuing them. Others only discovered their need for creative expression after doing other kinds of work. Regardless of their age at starting, art became central to their lives. […]

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Bridget Benton wants your plastic bottle caps!

By Bridget Benton I am a woman obsessed with making art from just about anything I can get my hands on. I naturally tend toward collage and assemblage art, and have incorporated this approach into my work making jewelry, fiber art, acrylic paintings, and now encaustic art. The more media I can combine—and the more […]

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From Pulp to Prints, three artists coordinate their hands-on demonstrations

Above, Helen Hiebert making paper. Helen Hiebert, Diane Jacobs, and Shu-Ju Wang are 3 members of an art collective who have been meeting and working together for several years. Their most recent collaboration, the installation For the Love of Food, was shown at Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania earlier this year. They are also participating […]

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Artists Drawing and Photographing Other Artists

By Bonnie Meltzer Several Portland Open Studios artists visited some of the other studios on the tour to document what artists do. Lisa Parsons, a painter and photographer took pictures of the art process. Allen Schmertzler and Deborah Marble drew the artists at work. Here is a small sampling of all the drawings and photos. […]

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