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Tom Cramer resurrects the psychedelic ’60s.


Visual Arts
Sinuous tangles of vines, flowers, and lichen—dots of gold that gleam in the light, then suddenly congeal into stars and teem with insectlike forms...if Tom Cramer’s latest paintings seem ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Shits & Giggles At Launch Pad

Jeremy Okai Davis paints the halcyon days of summer.


Visual Arts
Every summer the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays a series of concerts, some of them in an outdoor band shell, under the moniker “The Boston Pops.” In lieu of heavy fare like Wagner and Mah ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Manor Of Art At Milepost Five

A hundred-plus artists turn a former nursing home into an aesthetic free-for-all.


Visual Arts
Gavin Shettler knows a thing or two about luring scenesters into the hinterlands to look at art. Back in 2003, he was one of the driving forces behind the Modern Zoo, a sprawling if polarizing mega-sh ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Marking Portland Portland Art Museum

Tattoo art graduates from bohemia to the blue-hairs.


Visual Arts
That tattooing has moved into the mainstream is hardly news, nor is the fact that tattoo artists can enjoy concurrent careers as fine artists (local inkers Dan Gilsdorf and Peter Archer spring to mind ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

The Shock of the New Butters Gallery

Butters introduces four new artists to its roster.


Visual Arts
With scores of local art spaces closing (Quality Pictures), cutting back (Pulliam) and going freelance (Woolley), it’s rare to see a gallery welcome new artists into its stable. But with New Dis ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Equivocation (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Shakespeare in trouble.


Visual Arts
Oregon Shakespeare Festival accountants, rejoice: In his world-premiere production of Bill Cain’s magnificent Equivocation, artistic director Bill Rauch has found a work that pleases both OSF&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Lesbian Art Show At Fontanelle

Two artists put up a mirror to sapphic identity.


Visual Arts
To title an exhibition Lesbian Art Show requires either temerity or naiveté. Azsa West and Mary McAllister, the lesbian couple behind this collaborative effort, have plenty of both. To mount a ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Jason Low Moon

Checkmate; bang-bang.


Visual Arts
It’s hard to think of a modern cartoonist with a more recognizable drawing style than Norway’s Jason. From his signature anthropomorphized characters—generally gaunt, straight-faced ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 CASEY JARMAN

Mary Henry & Ellen George PDX Contemporary

A one-two punch of transcendental abstraction and elegant sculpture.


Visual Arts
In four years, painter Mary Henry will be 100. The California native, who now lives on Whidbey Island, Wash., only recently stopped making art as a concession to her age, but her work on display at PD ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Frost/Nixon (Portland Center Stage)

A power-hungry, white-guy cage match.


Visual Arts
If you count yourself among the many disappointed by Ron Howard’s Best Picture-nominated film, hear this: Peter Morgan’s 2006 stage play about British playboy and talk show host Peter Fros ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE
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