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Write Around PAM: Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer

This still life painting by Jean-Baptiste and Antoine Monnoyer captures a richness of color, texture, shadow, and light. The blossoms and fruits evoke a bountiful energy that invites us to step further into the scene. Our own lives also offer places of abundance, richness, and delight, if we take a moment to step further into…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Maude Kerns

Labor Day weekend often represents an end to summertime vacations, but let’s hang on to that energy just a little bit longer through our writing this week. This painting by avant-garde artist and educator Maude Kerns carries the feeling of a late-summer road trip, with something new waiting beyond the bend in the road. Kerns…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Joan Mitchell

“Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work.” —Joan Mitchell Mitchell is one of the foremost painters of Abstract Expressionism. In the 1950s, she lived between New York and Paris, where she developed a unique approach that set her work apart from the “all over” paintings of Jackson Pollock, Willem…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Théo Van Rysselberghe

Théo Van Rysselberghe’s painting beautifully captures the summertime: a beach at sunset. Step into this scene with us today, and take a moment to rest. Soak in the colors of the sky, hear the ocean waves, feel the sand between your toes and the breeze on your face. And then, take a few minutes to…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Amy Sherald

I look at America’s heart—people, landscapes, and cityscapes—and I see it as an opportunity to add to an American art narrative … I paint because I am looking for versions of myself in art history and in the world. —Amy Sherald We are honored and excited to have the beautiful painting Saint Woman by Amy…  Read more

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Art and Writing During the Pandemic: Celebrating the Write Around Portland Partnership

It has been more than one year since Write Around Portland and the Portland Art Museum began collaborating on weekly, art-inspired writing prompts to sustain our souls and our sense of connection during the pandemic. Write Around Portland staff and writing workshop facilitators have created over 60 writing prompts inspired by works in the Portland…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Anne Appleby

Living in the Elkhorn Mountains in Montana, Anne Appleby has spent years closely studying the ecology, and more specifically, the trees that surround her land. Known for her “grid” paintings, Appleby paints the changing colors of trees that define their characteristics through seasons. Requiem for a Ponderosa Pine examines the variations of colors of a…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Joe Goode and Dorothea Rockburne

After spending so much of the quarantine year interfacing with the flattened spaces of computer screens, I am anxious to rebuild the “muscles” used for close, sustained looking. Two works that I find compelling—and quietly subversive—can be found on the second floor of the modern and contemporary wing. Hanging right across from each other, Joe…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Helen Frankenthaler

As the days lengthen, we may find ourselves longing for a summer vacation. This piece by Helen Frankenthaler can offer just the mental break to tide you over. In this early work, we can see her interest in using blocks of solid colors to suggest the land and sea. Frankenthaler soon developed the influential Color…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Childe Hassam

Spring is approaching, and the clear skies and sunny days are a cheerful welcome. With the changing season, I am reminded of Childe Hassam’s two paintings and his impressions of the Oregon landscape on his second visit to the region, which was quite different from his New England hometown. In Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert, Hassam…  Read more