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A gallery on Southwest Alder offers a twist on old ideas about art and outreach.

Visual Arts
For two years, I worked at the Oregon Symphony's outreach department and often polled the department's volunteers and staff on why arts outreach should exist. Answers were varied, from helping imp ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2002 Lisa Lambert

Fun with the Executive Branch

Martin Van Buren is a lamp! Jimmy Carter is a cartoon character! Don't even ask about Lincoln.

Visual Arts
Call it the power of quirk. As the world's avant garde wrestles with technology, biology or other heady ideas, Portland's underground has recently tackled the stuff of junior-year history class: U ...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Lisa Lambert


What is it about paper crowns and bee boxes that makes Melody Owen's work so haunting?

Visual Arts
One year ago this week, artist Melody Owen stood smiling amid a swarm of people at the Oregon Biennial's opening party. Her red dress echoed the bowls of red ink she'd placed on a table covered in ...   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2002 Lisa Lambert


Each Last Thursday, the Cell Project throbs and pulses with the spirit of original art and fear. Lots of fear.

Visual Arts
It's called the Cell Project--as in prison cell, monastery cell, cell of political radicals, battery cell or an isolated unit of life. The gloomy power-transfer station on Northeast Alberta Street ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Lisa Lambert

Night Gallery

The Portland Art Museum becomes a French dreamscape with the Matieres de Reves exhibition.

Visual Arts
The Portland Art Museum's latest exhibition, Matieres de Reves: Stuff of Dreams, has some of Paris' Musee des Arts Decoratifs' best decorated objects gathered under the loose concept of dreams (op ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 Lisa Lambert


Local artist Samir Sankari reinvents a Portland block.

Visual Arts
Residents along Southeast 21st Avenue and Madison Street have their own secret garden. Local artist Samir Sankari's scrap-metal sculptures line both sides of the block, with tight weaves of wire ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 Lisa Lambert

van gogh and gauguin

van gogh and gauguin: electric arguments and utopian dreams by Bradley Collins (Westview Press, 280 pages, $30) Most psychoanalysis of the dead comes off as a sick parlor game, or a sin of mental ...   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2001 Lisa Lambert

The Upper Glass

Bullseye's Chandelier Project doesn't belong in any ballrooms.

Visual Arts
Twinkling above our heads, chandeliers fake heaven's light, illuming court affairs and ballgown dramas. They're otherworldly, a flaunt of human vanity. At least that's how they are popularly perce ...   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2001 Lisa Lambert

Portlandscape Artists

PICA's Northwest Narrative tells the thousand stories that make up the city

Visual Arts
Tad Savinar's print Everything I Could Remember in Ten Minutes About Twenty-eight Years of the Portland Community, created specifically for PICA's current survey of Portland art, Northwest Narrati ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2001 Lisa Lambert

Printed Matters

A unique monthlong festival on printmaking involves everyone in Portland from City Hall to graphic novelists.

Visual Arts
It took three years to come together. It's happening at 50 locations over the span of one month. Its main conference, which spans four days, features 35 speakers with attendees from 10 countries. ...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 Lisa Lambert
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