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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

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Daily Art Moment: Ralph Chessé

Ralph Chessé experimented with a variety of styles from cubism to expressionism throughout his career, and the form of his work ranged from murals to puppetry, though painting took precedence. Much of his work prior to 1956 addresses African American themes or concerns, including his boyhood in New Orleans. In his retirement, he relocated to…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Grandma Moses

Tomorrow marks the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year. We invite you to spend some time reflecting on and writing about this arrival of winter, using this piece from Grandma Moses as inspiration. Before or after you write, learn more about her life and work through the National Museum of Women in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Gabriel Revel

Occasionally we get a nice surprise when paintings created long ago are cleaned and restored. This happened in 2016–17, when Gabriel Revel’s Portrait of a Sculptor, ca. 1680, underwent conservation treatment by Nina Olsson here in Portland. Cleaning revealed a new compositional element: a statuette behind the sculpted head in the foreground, as seen in…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Anne Ryan

The winter chill has descended on much of Oregon, with cold rain, clouds, snow, and wind greeting us most days. Today we are finding some warmth and light in this piece by Anne Ryan. We invite you to take some time to write and reflect on the ways you are nurturing warmth and light in…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Childe Hassam

As we move into a more intimate holiday season with our immediate households, we know there will still be lots of moments to celebrate traditions together, including preparing and enjoying favorite foods. Today, we invite you to spend some time writing about these favorites, using this piece by Childe Hassam as inspiration. Before or after…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Childe Hassam

Fall is deepening in the Northwest, and the natural world is letting go in preparation for winter. Amid the shifting social, political, racial, and economic hardships we are facing as a community, our seasons are shifting as well, offering us invitations to write and reflect on change. Childe Hassam’s New England Road captures this shifting…  Read more