Henk Pander, Stephan Soihl and a Quick Gallery Peek

As we headed up I5 to Portland for Sidney-Day Thursday the truck traffic was fierce…and they come so close you could touch them…

We got a good parking space though…

and headed into Upfor where I got a selfie shadow in the Shana Moulton video…

and then we popped into PDX Gallery to see the wonderful Heather Watkins embroidery pieces…work I really appreciate which started as a way to have something to do with hands, and ended being a very nice show with some 20 pieces on antique linen squares…some make you think you could almost read them…

Go see this show…

We headed over to Blackfish Gallery to see Stephan Soihl’s new kinetic sculptures.  Soihl was a founding member of the long-lived Blackfish Gallery co-op and is still in the game with these intriguing “gizmos” …some of which combine his earlier resin work with motorized sculptural pieces, some using solar power.

Somewhere in this process we got a call saying Sidney had been sent home from school with a fever and we weren’t needed, so we headed to Cerimon House to see Henk Pander’s tour de force series of work, both large drawings and full-size watercolors, about the Van Port flood which disastrously occurred in Portland Memorial Day week of 1948.  The beautiful works will be at Cerimon House (NE 23rd and Summer Street, 1 block north of Alberta) until May 27th (when we went nobody was there and we had to turn on the lights), and then at the White Stag Building from May 29-June 12th.  I really recommend finding these and taking a look.  As with all of Pander’s work they are dramatic, beautifully composed and strongly and meticulously executed, but the drawings were my favorites…

so we stopped by to check on Mr. S and bring him a bag of legos…it was a “no-photo” day

which in this case extended to “no-photos allowed of grandfather”…never mind that in blocking GF…well…

 

 

 

 

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