Pamplin Media Group – Bits & Pieces: Literary Arts Virtualandia Features Young Poets

Other elements include the New Avenues for Youth mural, the Laurelhurst Club, the Ansel Adams and Lois Greenfield exhibit.


Adams’ photos on display

The Portland Art Museum has reopened and will bring the “Ansel Adams in Our Time” exhibit to members beginning Wednesday, April 28 and to the general public May 5.

The exhibition includes the famous photographer’s work as well as others to put Adams’ photos into context.

The exhibition contains 80 images of artists working both before and after Adams.

It was curated by Karen Haas of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She drew from her museum’s Lane collection of more than 6,000 American Modernist photographs, works on paper, and paintings, including 450 photos of Adams collected by Saundra and William Lane.

But, she also left room for Julia Dolan, curator of Minor White photography at the Portland Art Museum, to add works by Western artists for the local context to the mix.

The show ends August 1. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and costs $20 for adult admission. For more information: www.portlandartmuseum.org.

Read the full Tribune article on the Adams exhibit at pamplinmedia.com/pt/11-features/504676-403675-ansel-adams-viewed-through-a-wider-lens.

#Virtualandia

Replacing Verselandia Persona!, Literary Arts is hosting an online poetry contest for Portland-area high school students. #Virtualandia 2021 will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, hosted by Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani. It will feature 10 poets, whose poems have been professionally recorded, broadcast and scored by judges.

Tickets for the online event are available at www.literary-arts.org/event/virtualandia-2021.

A motorcycle show

The Motorcycle Festival takes place at Zidell Yards this year, April 30-May 2, featuring motorcycle builders and custom bikes, as well as art, food and industry vendors. Admission sessions are available from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For tickets: www.mertickets.com/events.

New mural

New Avenues for Youth created a two-story mural on the exterior wall of its building on Southwest Ninth Avenue to celebrate community and inspire volunteerism, inspired by young artists Emily Nadria, Christian Orellana Baur and Nori Rinaldo. Tyler Zangaglia, a Gonzaga University student with Portland ties, started the project.

It was designed by Forest for the Trees and local artists Gage Hamilton and Mehran Heard (also known as Eatho). The mural focuses on some of Portland’s iconic structures and depictions of community service.

Open museum

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University has reopened to university students, faculty and staff. It features exhibits that highlight the work of the School of Art and Design faculty and Visual Arts Award winner Arlene Schnitzer.

The new show, “Building Community,” coincides with PSU’s 75th anniversary and highlights the work of more than 50 current and former faculty members.

Numeric address

Oregon Symphony has launched Studio 125, a digital destination on the symphony orchestra’s website, www.orsymphony.org.

It features a wide range of newly released music content, through Essential Sounds, Symphony Storytime and Minute for Music Programs, as well as concerts and performances from the Oregon Symphony Archive.

The premiere with Studio 125 will be classic sessions: [email protected], a 12-episode series featuring members of the Oregon Symphony and honoring the 18-year legacy of outgoing Music Director Carlos Kalmar. David Danzmayr replaced Kalmar as musical director.

Laurelhurst Club

The Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association has restored the Laurelhurst Club, a place on Southeast Ankeny Street where people have gathered for galas, dances and community gatherings for about 100 years. It’s a place to hold weddings, special events, classes, business meetings and more.

The Laurelhurst Club is across from Laurelhurst Park. It opened in 1912 when 32 neighbors donated $100 each to build the clubhouse. It served as a polling place, a host for World War I supply drives, and a place of music and laughter for years.

It was donated to the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association in early 2021 by the Laurelhurst Dance Club. The association refreshed the space with new paint and more.

For more information: www.thelaurelhurstclub.com.

Oregon Fringe Festival

From April 29 through May 1, the Oregon Fringe Festival will offer virtual events (as well as in-person events at Southern Oregon University in Ashland).

See www.oregonfringefestival.org/schedule.

There will be over 50 acts from over 40 different artists – live performances to accompany a virtual gallery, outdoor art installations and more. It showcases artistic voices that are not represented in the creative arts industry.

Carr retires

Dawson Carr is retiring, effective April 30, as Curator of Janet and Richard Geary European Art from the Portland Art Museum. He joined the museum in 2013 as the museum’s first full-time curator of European painting and sculpture.

Pearl Dive Project

Reminder: Dance company BodyVox presents a limited streaming series of its Pearl Dive project, featuring remote collaborations with non-dancer creators via Zoom. There will be five episodes, each dedicated to one of the creative collaborators, encompassing the creative process, the interview with the artist and the final dance. The collaborators: musician Ludovico Einaudi, photographer/author Lois Greenfield, famous cartoonist Matt Groening, writer Yiyun Li, drag queen Poison Waters. For more information: www.bodyvox.com.

It all started with “Photo Synthesis” by Greenfield.

“What a pleasure to work with Ashley and Jamey again, after many years of collaborative photo shoots and improvisation in my studio that began in the mid-1980s,” said Greenfield, co-founders and co-artistic directors by BodyVox, Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland. “While working on Pearl Dive, I imagined that I would turn my photographs into a live dance, using my favorite studio props, like mirrors, mylar, and other reflective surfaces.

“One thing I learned from this experience is that taking a picture of a dance is easier than doing a dance in pictures!”

Online event

The Ceramics Showcase and Gathering of Guilds, featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest, went live at www.nwguildsshowcase.com, from April 30 to May 2.


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