Bringing a new life to the hand work of women through the ages

Karen Lewis had the pleasure recently of visiting Beth Yazhari  in her studio.  Here is an idea of what you could experience in a little over a month when Portland Open Studios opens. When you enter Beth Yazhari’s studio, you first notice a rich collection of textures and patterns. She delights you with colorful designs, […]

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Artist Highlight: Chantel Greene

Chantel Green (PDXOS Artist #34) is both a scientist and an artist.  “I use art to investigate and dissect the world around me. Art allows me to understand and connect with things by exploring the associations between ideas and images. My work is heavily influenced by my formative teenage years spent in an alternative science […]

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2012 Artist Paul X. Rutz Explains how PDXOS Fosters Community and Creativity

Have You Heard This One? A Painter and a Sculptor Walk into a Bar| By Paul X. Rutz We advertise Portland Open Studios mainly as an opportunity for the public to see visual arts professionals in their element: to visit studios, talk about the work process, and maybe buy a collage, sculpture, painting, or scarfbut […]

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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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