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Artist opens Angel Art Creations painting studio in downtown Oregon City

Shawna Holder recently opened Angel Art Creations at 514 Main St in downtown Oregon City. Holder, who has two daughters, said she started the painting studio to “fulfill a desire to inspire creativity in others and share the therapeutic benefits of art.” “I wanted to create a fun, inviting and non-competitive environment where everyone can come paint, make new friends and be social,” said the artist, who has been doing henna body art and tattoo body art for the past 14 years. View full sizeShawna Holder She has also worked with oil, acrylic and watercolor. Classes for teens and adults are
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Abigail Anne Newbold at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery

Portland’s art scene is having a very strong month this October (mostly in painting and photography… much of the installation has been undercooked), but of all the shows the one that I keep returning to is Abigail Anne Newbold’s installation, Borderlander’s Outfitter at PNCA’s Feldman Gallery. Borderlander’s Outfitter The exhibition presents itself as a hipsterish quartermaster’s gear dispensary or a tool library with an anthropological array of artifacts from a summer survival weekend in the project room. Everything is clothed in fairly recognizable purpose except that everything is a hair off. For example the dome tent on a cot is
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I Listened To Seven Sleater-Kinney Albums In Seven Hours

Sleater-Kinney is a matchless force in punk rock history. From 1995 to 2005, the Northwest natives recorded seven studio albums, spanning raw, politically minded rejection rock to tight, intimate alternative. The trio’s been given accolades across their career, lauded for their progressive tendencies both sonically and lyrically. It’s been almost 20 years since Sleater-Kinney released their self-titled debut and nearly a decade since their break up. Sub Pop, the Seattle label that released their final album, decided it’s time to remaster their catalog into one hefty, limited-edition box set, titled Start Together. Filled with all seven records pressed in colored
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Philomath Open Studios Art Tour excellent chance to get to know Benton County art

The Philomath Open Studios Art Tour and Sale is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, and then again Nov. 1-2. The open house run from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Philomath is the small town about five miles west of Corvallis, near the foot of Marys Peak in the east-central Oregon Coast Range. Philomath has developed quite an arts community over the years, with land relatively affordable in the surrounding countryside and no shortage of artistic subjects. The annual tour of open studios lists 15 artistic stops this year, ranging from pastel and acrylic to glass and
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 16-19

Art  Two big shows with local focuses are opening at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday: Blue Sky: The Oregon Center For The Photographic Arts At 40Founded by artists in 1975, Blue Sky has grown into one of the leading national photography centers, so much so that the Portland Art Museum is giving it an honor typically reserved for artists and collectors: a retrospective. More than 120 works will be displayed drawn from the gallery’s 40-year history. Read our story about Blue Sky and its retrospective.  In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and LegacyWithout the support of thisRead the
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Q&A: Studio M13′s Stephen Miller and Lisa DeGrace discuss ‘Adaptation,’ their performance installation at Disjecta

Portland performance installation artists Lisa DeGrace and Stephen Miller founded Studio M13, but it’s less a physical design studio than a departure point from which the husband-and-wife team could work together and with other artists in sound, movement and video. Here, they discuss the development of their upcoming piece “Adaptation,” a collaboration with dancer Stephanie Lanckton that premieres at the Disjecta gallery space on Oct. 17. The evening is a showcase for the varied talents of Miller, DeGrace, Lanckton and other Portland artists, beginning with its two opening acts, “Requiem,” a short
 piece by the butoh-inspired dancer Meshi Chavez and “Word on
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Exhibition honoring White House News Photographers Association competition winners comes to Clackamas Community College

A powerful collection of photojournalism, with images showing everything from political powerhouses to small-town Americans, is on display at Clackamas Community College. The college’s journalism program is proud to host a special exhibition honoring winners in the 2014 White House News Photographers Association’s annual Eyes of History competition. Among the images is a photo of a Michigan woman mourning at her soldier brother’s grave and Michelle Obama dancing in a preschool classroom. The exhibition will run through Oct. 24 in the Community Center on the main campus in Oregon City. View full sizeSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrating her
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‘Adaptation’ at Disjecta invites audiences to step into the collaborative performance art world of Studio M1

Brace yourself. Like any great party, this evening at Disjecta will move from the patio to the bar to the dance floor. But don’t expect easy conversation: There will be observations about ecological destruction, some chatter over the horrors of political strife and extended expressions of the opacity of time itself. The evening is a showcase of the talents of some very different
 Portland artists, beginning with two opening acts, “Requiem,” a short
piece by the butoh-inspired dancer Meshi Chavez and “Word on the Street,” a brief but stirring performance by Lisa DeGrace. Headlining the show is Studio M13′s “Adaptation,” a 45-minute 
immersion
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From contracts to copyrights, the young nonprofit Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts answers artists’ legal questions

Windy Wahlke does a mean impression of Stevie Nicks. In online videos, the frontwoman of local Fleetwood Mac cover band Gold Dust has the long, blond hair; the stylish shawls and fanciful hats; and, of course, Nicks’ instantly recognizable contralto. But is the likeness too close? As she began promoting her group a couple years ago, Wahlke started to worry. “What would happen if I put a YouTube video up, and it’s of me singing their song, and I don’t have the rights?” she remembers thinking. “I don’t want to get in trouble―and how much trouble can I get in?”  Those
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Tuesday’s complicated links

We will have a review for you shortly and my in depth piece on Bruce Guenther will post on Friday (the 20th is his last day and many of the most crucial aspects have not been discussed). Till then here are some links: The uncontested works (?) from the Gurlitt trove will go to the Bern Kunstmuseum. It is a fact, museums walk an incredibly fine line between ennobling culture and the messy way that sausage gets made but the Gurlitt acquisition is perhaps the most tainted situation to come to light in the 21st century to date. Yes, it
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