Bonnie Meltzer: Weaving Art and Life

By Morgan Madison Below, Recording Memory, painted found object on wood, by Bonnie Meltzer. At the outset of our interview Bonnie warns that she has had a few cups of coffee and might be a little scattered, but to be honest it is quite remarkable that she keeps everything together with all she has going […]

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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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Teresa Sullivan, Sewing Seed Beads into Superwomen

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Entering Teresa’s living room, it was easy to see her inspiration starts at home. Bookshelves lined the walls filled with an eclectic collection of books on music and musicians like Radio Birdman, Nico, The Velvet Underground and Ramones, comic books and graphic novels as well as science fiction authors like Philip K. […]

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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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