In Portland, June just means the snow is farther away...
Longing for a deeper connection with nature and the iconic forests of the Pacific Northwest? Or maybe you're searching for a new way to make the most of a weekend coffee date or happy hour? Heading to Ashland to soak up some Shakespeare? I've got ya covered!
Sidestreet Arts has transformed into a love letter to the forests of the Pacific Northwest for the month of June. On the sixth anniversary of my arrival in Portland, I've curated a show that explores our relationships with forests. Into the Woods: Collaborations with Forests includes thirteen new encaustic paintings done just for this show. By layering faintly tinted beeswax over trees drawn in walnut and India ink I've sought to capture the process of rolling fog enveloping my little hillside home. Collaborating on this show are master craftsman Kevin Poest showing breathtaking turned vessels from manzanita, oak, and chestnut; and Minal Mistry with haunting assemblage statement pieces from found materials using Sho-sugi-ban, an ancient Japanese form of torching wood to make it waterproof.
The show runs from June 5-30. Opening Reception:
First Friday June 7 from 6-9pm Drinking with Artists:
Sunday June 16 from noon-2
After you see Macbeth at Ashland's Allen Elizabethan Theater in August or September, stop by Shepherds Dream to see my paintings inspired by the aftermath of hubris and the lust for power. The landscapes in this series, The Sound and the Fury: Landscapes Inspired by the American Deep South, are based on memories of the South, specifically the alluvial planes of the Mississippi Delta. The titles of the paintings are quotes from William Faulker’s novel, which references Macbeth’s Tomorrow soliloquy upon Lady Macbeth’s death. Like the imaginary blood of the guilt she cannot wash clean, the Mississippi River metaphorically and literally washes much of the United States clean — of our soil and of our sins — depositing all in the fertile Delta where the wages of power and inequality are paid.
The show runs Aug 2 - Sept 30
First Friday Ashland August 2, 2019
First Friday Ashland September 6, 2019
I'll admit it: Macbeth is a bit heavy for a summer evening. If you're staying closer to home and want a fun new option for a weekend coffee morning or happy hour, grab a friend and sign up for one of my July workshops.
Add a colorful glow to the night with Radiant Veladora votive candles, or express your creativity with Encaustic Monotypes on Japanese rice paper -- all while you enjoy a coffee break or happy hour snack in my private SW Portland studio. Materials are included, and everyone takes home at least two finished pieces. Each class is offered as both a morning and evening option.
Radiant Veladoras: Saturday July 13 Encaustic Monotypes: Saturday July 20