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Daily Art Moment: Drex Brooks

“Longtime Oregon photographer Drex Brooks captured intimate moments of people, rural life, and the arid landscape of Eastern Oregon where he lived. In this photograph, a young girl sits in a pond, listening to water as its gentle undulations radiate outward from where she sits. As the recent pandemic has turned down the volume of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Olof Grafström

“This panoramic view of Portland was painted by Olof Grafström shortly after he emigrated from Sweden in 1886. I thought you might enjoy picking out landmarks and seeing how our city has evolved even though this photograph cannot do justice to the six-foot-wide canvas. Mount St. Helens dominates the horizon at center. From the painter’s…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Matsubara Naoko

“Artist Matsubara Naoko created this portfolio of woodcuts while visiting Walden Pond over the course of a year. Her title comes from Henry David’s Thoreau’s essay ‘Solitude’ (1854), written during his two-year period of self-isolation. In these expressive images, she captures the fleeting moments of daily life spent alone. She also seems to understand both…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Henk Pander

“In this watercolor painting, Henk Pander captures the volume of love letters written daily by his parents from 1932 until they married in 1937. As the eldest of ten children, Pander kept the letters intact. He recalled how they filled up an entire suitcase, and earlier efforts to organize and collate the letters led him…  Read more

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Poster Project: Yosa Buson

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain by 18th-century Japanese painter and poet Yosa Buson, a wonderful scroll painting seen in our 2018 exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. In this painting, Buson acknowledges the traditional ideal of seclusion—a scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream. But what he…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Virgil Ortiz

“This figurine has somehow become my unofficial mascot since I started this position in 2019. She is an example of a powerful woman who is also beautiful and stylish. You might not even notice she is holding a whip! She reminds me to be brave and confident as I face many new responsibilities and challenges,…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Dominique Maggesi

“Over the past few weeks, it has been profoundly moving to witness the idealism, altruism, and personal integrity of health care workers. These special human qualities are evoked in this marble bust of a doctor, whose vocation is asserted by the rod of Asclepius, the symbol of medicine and healing, carved on the plinth. The…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Andrea Bowers

“I hope this neon work by Andrea Bowers can help remind us to slow down and exercise compassion, for others as well as ourselves, in this extremely challenging moment. For those of us not serving on the front lines of this crisis, we must serve each other and the greater social welfare by staying at…  Read more

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Poster Project: George Johanson

Portland-based artist George Johanson once said, “I feel like I’m doing a portrait over and over again of the city.” Following Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980, the volcano became a motif in those portraits. Sometimes it sends a black column of smoke into the sky. Other times, as in this glorious print featured in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Sally Haley

“Artist Sally Haley shows us the common yet simple elegance of a red mesh bag of yellow onions. Typical of Haley’s work, detailed and simple still-lifes are set against minimal and flat backgrounds. Onions are a common presence in most kitchens, they are a base for many cuisines around the world, building up rich flavors…  Read more