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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Jan vonBergen, Building on Cultural Influences

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Jan’s interest in art started in her childhood at the family dinner table where ethnic dishes were served up with side discussions of the culture, textiles and art from around the world. She remembers delicious curry dishes, her mother’s beautiful sari, and a home filled with exotic smells, artifacts and furniture. These […]

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CRAFT PDX: A Block Party

Sunday in the Park With Portland Open Studios Artists At CRAFT PDX: A Block Party By Susan Gallacher-Turner Above, Robin Bown (left) and Joni Mitchell, at Craft PDX. The sun was shining. The music was playing. And artists were sculpting stone, metal and clay. Painting. Making prints. Weaving. Carving wood. Basket making. Drawing on eggs […]

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Robin Bown, Turning Eggs into Art

By Susan Gallacher-Turner Above, Ukrainian eggs by Robin Bown. As I looked through the Portland Open Studios Calendar and Tour Guide, I was captivated by the colorful, intricate designs of Robin Bown’s artwork. What was even more fascinating was the fact that these amazing art pieces were originally eggs. Chicken eggs. Goose eggs. Even ostrich […]

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