Kate Krider, Riding the Waves

By Shu-Ju Wang Kate Krider had a recurring dream—trapped in a house suspended above a body of water, she was about to fall through the floor into the churning waves below where ‘evil’ lurked. The waves splashed and slapped, and Kate was afraid. One night, she finally did fall through that floor, and found herself […]

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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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Kitty Wallis: Artist, Teacher, Entrepreneur and Founder of Portland Open Studios.

By Susan Gallacher-Turner (Published on: Sep 9, 2009) “I’ve spent many, many years waking up in the morning saying what do I feel like doing today? As an artist, do I feel like going into the studio? Do I feel like going out meeting people? Do I feel like getting reference material? I’m very young […]

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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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