Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Trip to Portland (last Monday, the 16th)

I had the ultimate pleasure of joining several of my book-artist friends for a recent trip on Amtrak to Portland. It's a mere 4.5 hours over and 4.5 hours back. For the interim 6 hours, my book artist friend, Deborah Watkins was a beautiful hostess. She made us a fritatta brunch and then led us around her home block in the Pearl district for a visit to her favorite paper store and tea shop. Yummy! Shortly thereafter we traveled by taxi to 23Sandy Gallery, a gallery devoted to book artists (see the above link). The owner, Laura Russell is a book artist herself, and Deborah works there part time. We were totally enthralled with the artwork available to view, touch, and turn the pages. She also had a few 2d painters displayed, and I fell in love with Shu-Ju Wang's delightful gouache renditions of her life experiences.

So here are a sampling of photos of Portland. I'll post a few more from the train ride in the next post.
a cozy corner in the loft in the Pearl District of Portland...

Bringing the garden to the city, balcony above the city streets.

View from above, looking down from the balcony.

Window display at a nearby gallery - hand dyed linen.

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