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The busy summer of writing and sewing has kept us out of the Portland galleries.  We were up in the city Saturday though and took in a few.  We missed Jack Portland’s talk Saturday at Laura Russo but R particularly wanted to see this painting…”Thanks Louis, I’m just starting to get it.”

Thanks Louis. I'm just starting to get it.

and I liked Rae Mahaffey’s fused glass pieces…

Rae Mahaffey

and the paintings, which are VERY quilt like…

Rae Mahaffey

Then off to the Desoto building galleries.  I’ve enjoyed watching the work of Sara Siestreem at Augen over the last few years, and I loved this show…the drips under and then just lots of yummy marks…

Sara Siestriem

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in the back were a very nice Mark Andres painting…”Moon Base, Swan Island”

and a big George Johanson print “Dog Day”…

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Next door at Froelick Gallery I loved the witty Ronna Neuenschwander porcelain sculptures like “Pretty in Pink”

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and “Boiling Point.”

Boiling Point

We were heading to Blue Sky to see Henk Pander’s drawings, but stopped at Charles Hartman to look at Rachel Davis’ nice watercolors…

Rachel Davis Rachel Davis

Henk’s drawings are just gorgeous…he really makes the most beautiful marks which you have to admire, even if you don’t share his post-apocalyptic vision

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Henk 4

The lecture looked good

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but we wanted to race up to the museum to catch the penultimate day of the Ai Wei Wei zodiac show…

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and then, since we had 7 more minutes, we looked at some ceramics including this beautiful and very old plate from Iran…glad that things from that ancient and lovely middle-eastern culture exist in places around the world as the destruction goes on…

bowl, Iran, 10th c.

and, finally…we stopped.

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(dessert)

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sitting at the Park Kitchen, glad to be sitting, noting the construction site next door…

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the waiter said it will be a boutique hotel…here’s the whole view…

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a quick step into the new PNCA…PNCA

on to two short plays at Blackfish Gallery in memory of Harry Widman, and then finally on to Caruthers street where some of the last tomatoes were on the counter, ready for Sunday sauce-making…

Cruthers Street toinah

and we learned that when Sidney sees this last picture in the Berenstain Bear Book he says…”Nana.”

Nana