This Sunday, October 4, two of my photographs will be included in the 40/40 group exhibition at Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. Stop by between 1:00 and 6:00 for the gallery’s 40th birthday celebration! View over 300 prints exhibited by Blue Sky artists, all donated to the gallery and on sale for $40 per print.
Blue Sky’s official 40th Birthday Party!
This Sunday, October 4, 2015
1 – 6PM
Join us this Sunday for an all-day open house celebration of Blue Sky’s contributions to the arts community in Portland and beyond over the last 40 years.
We’ll have birthday cake, a DJ playing tunes (which will make you want to dance), beer (which might also make you want to dance), a food truck parked out front, and a photo booth time machine!
Might we suggest: dress to impress circa 1975.
The 40/40 exhibition mounts over 300 prints donated by an impressive roster of artists who have shown on our gallery walls and in the Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers, for the month of October. Many of the approximately 8″ x 10″ photographs in this exhibition are rare reprints from past Blue Sky shows, while others provide an exciting glimpse into these photographers’ current practices. These generous gifts to the gallery will be for sale throughout the month of October at special anniversary pricing of $40 per print; this is Blue Sky’s way of saying “thank you” to our regular visitors and members who have supported our mission throughout the years.
A few things happen when you loan your camera to a four-year-old:
You will need to readjust your settings.
And the images may leave you pleasantly surprised.
Some projects stay with me. Layered with humor and truth, drawing me in both immediately and over time. One photo book I keep coming back to is Hillerbrand + Magsamen’s House/Hold – scenes of an American, suburban family.
A nice reminder that some subjects – perhaps once believed would only resonate with the artist personally – might be more universal than we suspect.
In the past year, I have ridden the bus over 500 times. Different lines, different drivers and passengers, but always an adventure.
New Year’s Eve, TriMet Bus, Portland, OR, December 2014
I recently visited an office in a downtown high rise. While looking out the window, a colleague pointed to bubbles floating by. A woman on the third floor quit smoking, I learned, and took to blowing bubbles on her break instead.
Oh, Portland. . .