Shelley Hershberger, Life & Art as Balancing Acts


By Shu-Ju Wang Below, panel 4 in the Affirmative Isolation mural from Proto Illuminations series, by Shelley Hershberger. A self-described depressed-optimist, Shelley Hershberger is analytical, thoughtful, realistic, and yet always passionate and hopeful. You see this in how she lives, what she’s trying to achieve in her life, and in what she paints. In order […]

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Brenda Boylan, from Open Studio visitor to workshop tutor

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Brenda has been on both sides of Portland Open Studios Tour. First, she was a visitor on the tour, watching artists’ demonstrations in their studios. Now, she’s teaching other artists on the tour how to demonstrate their work to tour visitors. Below, Brenda doing her “how to demo demo” during a workshop. […]

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Suzy Kitman: Living Images

By Morgan Madison Below, Green Apple on Yellow, oil on wood box by Suzy Kitman. North Portland artist Suzy Kitman has a New York flair and speaks candidly about her passion and process. In order to be successful, she says: “You have to find the medium that engages your brain and your heart.” Through a […]

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Nanette Davis, Weaving Fabric Into Form

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Below, Nanette Davis working on a basket; on the wall is a sculpture by Nanette. When Nanette was a young girl, she loved making things from unusual materials. At her granny’s, she used crayons on old matchbook covers to create mini scratchboard pictures. At home, she stitched doll clothes with green thread […]

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Interview with Brenda Boylan

Listen to a podcast of the interview with Portland Open Studios artist Brenda Boylan at Mike Turner’s Infopod website. Brenda is a pastel artist and has participated in Portland Open Studios for many years. Read her blog on pastel work at Dusty Fingers. Below, Lopez Evening, by Brenda Boylan.

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