Betty Feves, James Lavadour

We had an interesting couple of days in the city…saw a good show of eastern Oregon artist Betty Feves’ clay work at Contemporary Craft and the show “Betty Feves: Generations ”  is open until July, so you have plenty of time to go take a look.

My favorite was this piece called “Six Figures” and her comment about it:

This plate was from the 1940’s and was a standout to me…

She did a lot of work with slabs, and there were some nice period photos plus her tools on hand…

and though everything was beautiful, I loved this little area upstairs where there was a table full of stuff made by kids…little figures that really “work”…

Included in the wealth of source material in the show is this painting by James Lavadour who knew Feves well…and their work DID have a conversation…(there’s a very nice Clyfford Still painting in the show…don’t miss it…but they won’t let you photograph it and they have guards so…beware you photo sneaks…you can see a little of it in the first photo in this post…)

and with James Lavadour in mind we headed over to PDX to see if any of the things from his recent show (that we missed) were still there.  Jane Beebe and assistant Graham Bell very nicely unearthed a couple of paintings…

…and showed us the sculpture that was packed away…on line.

By now sustenance was needed…

and then off to check Stephan Soihl’s new sculpture in the Blackfish Gallery window this month…

and when we turned around there was a sculpture of another sort across the street…R says a Hudson…

Off to dinner at “Wafu”…it was a test for a certain upcoming rehearsal dinner, and it’s delicious…here’s the banquet room…

After a nice snooze at the Paramount and R’s meeting, we headed to Disjecta for part of their 5-venue Biennial…here were my faves…

and RIGHT outside of Disjecta is…well…Paul Bunyan!  1959 Centennial Exhibition…synchronicity in all things…

and then on through traffic (thankfully we didn’t have to go up THERE)

to catch up with Doug and Marie at Noble Rot (1111 East Burnside…a terrific restaurant on the 4th floor with views of the city NOT captured by me this time…sorry…great food though)

and home and now to bed…in time to hide the eggs….

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