High Street Gallery

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The other night some artists met at Marco Polo for dinner before going to check out the new High Street Gallery (700 High Street NE…it’s around behind where Salem Paint used to be).  In MY fortune cookie there were THREE fortunes…wowzer…

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Salem, the Capital City, doesn’t have a gallery scene really…though Salem is home to a wide variety of talented artists…so we were anxious to see the new High Street Gallery, brainchild of Michael Hernandez and Angee Schmitt.

It LOOKS like a gallery…they’ve made a very nice space for looking at art in the traditional way of white walls, plenty of space and a comfortable bench…(and here are painter/print-maker Jo Hockenhull with Angee watching Jo’s husband painter/print-maker Jim Hockenhull, also a musician)

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Here’s Julian Smith’s “Mounte Blanc and the Window”

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Richard Thompson’s “Horizon 3 Trees in the Fog”

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Tom Cramer’s lively acrylics

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Dave Nichol’s pencil and oil “Painting the Kent Hotel”

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and also his car seat…

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Roger Hull and Michael Hernandez

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Painter Sandra Loy (Sloy) with painter Rob Bibler

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and here’s Jim Hockenhull as a strolling minstrel looking at Sloy’s painting…WHICH…sold and in one of those quirks of fate it was bought by painter Dayna Collins and her husband Howard so here are pictures of it heading to a new home for Christmas…

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The show continues until January 28 with open receptions on these Saturdays…January 7, 14, 21 and 28.  Sloy replaced the painting that became a Christmas gift so you’d better go take a look!

 

WINTER!!!

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Yep…it has been sort of winter-quiet here…head colds, PT, stuff.  Not much shopping this year, but the trees are up…

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and today…SNOW!   The elf drove me out and about…

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the first camellia was unceremoniously dislodged

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and here’s how it looked from 12:30 on:

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but we got home in time for a coffee and a fireside reading marathon…

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Let it snow…tiddily pom.

Louis Bunce on Paper

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Luckily there is still PLENTY of time for you to get to this stunning little show, part one of the Louis Bunce season at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art this winter, sequestered on the second floor in the print study room.  This show opened November 5th and will run until January 29th…only overlapping with the big show of Bunce’s paintings (opening lecture January 20th, 2017 through March 26, 2017) for a week.  In many ways I think that is a better idea because you’ll really enjoy some quiet time with these beautiful small paintings and prints…and it gives you two reasons to visit this lovely museum.

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Since the curator/biographer lives here, I’ve had a close dialog with Louis and his work for two years now…the monograph accompanying the show is splendid…

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Knee surgery kept me away from the show until today and I have to say…I was amazed at the beauty of these works.  This little gouache from 1941 is just lovely…

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even with my terrible iPhone photo!   Here’s the seriagraph of 1941 “yard”

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The 1941 gouache on paper, “The Bird”…

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“Garden, 1948 seriagraph…

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1947 “Night Fragment”, a seriagraph….

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this 1947 study (never executed) for a mural at the Green Spot, gouache.

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small crayon and pencil drawings from the 1940’s

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“Machine”, 1970, mixed media on paper.

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All of the work in this show demonstrates the true thing about this artist…he knew how to work.  These pieces are all nuanced, layered, musical in feeling, sure, nothing extra or wasted.  In short, a rarity to see these days.  A tour de force.  There is an excellent statement by the curator…as well as information-filled labels.

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Additionally, there is a charming and informative video loop of Bunce pulling a print with the curator  kindly providing the print hanging on the wall next to the monitor…

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If you look at the video note the ever-present cigarette and then look to your left at the woodblock portrait of Bunce by his colleague Jack McLarty…

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and wait…here’s the third reason to visit soon…hanging on the temporary wall right now are these three:

Susan Rothenberg, dry point etching and aquatint, 1983…

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Sonia Delaunay, 1952, gouache and graphite…

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and Jean Arp, 1916, ink on paper…jean-arp-1916-ink-on-paper

 

 

Turning the corner…

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We went to the studio before the holiday…(my window is the top right)

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…up the 17 stairs…

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into the studio to rehang after the nice paint job by Dayna and Tory…what a gift…

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…the south wall…

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the west wall

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and we did the other two, leaving the work space for a later date

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and we rushed off exhausted for sustenance

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meanwhile the quilting is coming along quickly with so much time on my hands…finished the rescue quilt…

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finished the ugly fabric challenge quilt for quilt group next week…

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started the bird quilt…

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and then off to the holiday at Zach and Ashton’s…

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…where Doug carved…

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…and there were toasts…

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and Ashton surprised R with the first birthday cake of the RPH “birthday season” (he believes it extends until 12th night…)

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which he shared…

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and this week, the actual birthday, things really begin to return to normal around here.  We’ve been missing this guy…

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See you Thursday Sidney!

 

 

Pausing…

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yellow…caution…

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Okay, it wasn’t my favorite week…I’m seeking a way to think about this world, not with much success, and a card arrived that sort of expressed my basic feeling about everything…

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…a week in which I allowed my “condition” to let me burrow into things that give me comfort…

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But a week in which small words arrived from the outside world…

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The day after the election, morose over my soup at lunch, a package arrived from Carolyn…inside were some things that just made me laugh…

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and then an anonymous gift arrived…MARY???   ALEESA???

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got that?

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so it is with great pleasure I announce that this is my “graduation day”…goodbye walker…

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I’ve been to REI for my trekking poles and a cane for inside…and let me add this…if you were wondering if sending a card or note to somebody who might need it, if that is worth the bother, snail mail and all, it is.

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STOPPING…

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Red means stop.  It’s hard to stop.  Mostly we don’t, we soldier on, keep working, keep planning.  But sometimes things just grind to a halt.  When my father died one of my brothers said “Sometimes things just have to stop…”  and that’s the truth.  I am in one of those periods of suspended animation, but am happy to report that this time it does not relate to a death…but to knee replacement surgery…mine.

I had NOT planned to write about it, but if I don’t say something it might look like a mysterious disappearance of some sort…but there was no mystery here.  I reported to the hospital at the alarming hour of 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24th, to be prepped for the first surgery of the day.

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My Doc only does knees and hips and went on to do 5 such surgeries in one day…and when I saw him that evening, he looked tired…and so did I.  My surgery was two hours, it was routine and successful.  About 4 hours after surgery I  arrived in my room…

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and was asked to stand up on my new knee.  It hurt.  The next day I was asked to walk down the hall and back and that REALLY hurt.  I kept on sewing though and finished two place mats…in spite of the ill-placed IV…while R edited the index for the Bunce book…

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On Wednesday I was was asked to walk up and down five stairs, and then sent home.

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R is an excellent caregiver and has been tending me very nicely.  Friends arrive with frequency bearing meals…

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occasional floral tributes…

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Some friends have made cards…

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or sent cards that reminded them of me and my situation…

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and what a nice thing to be thought of…at all, or

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in a special way…

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In the first few days I “shouldn’t be left alone”???  So Kay came to babysit me when R had a meeting…

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and everyday I walk around and around the house on a walker, noticing the house in a new way…

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the Christmas cactus is about to bloom…

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the quilts are back from the show…

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and every time I walked by I’d refold one or two…

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I’m healing, I’ve come to a total stop, missed an event or two…

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but I can feel that I’m on the mend and someday soon will “restart”.  Waiting for the green light…

 

 

 

 

 

Good News!

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On the whole this is NOT a season of good news, though at last the debates are finished.  The other day we noticed that something super-nice is happening downtown though…from the point of view of preservationists like us.

The building which housed the S&H green stamp store in the 70’s and 80’s is being restored!  The Starkey-McCulley Building of 1867.  Until recently these windows were totally covered…img_2713

Sometime in the 1960’s the brick was covered over with this sort of modeled stucco stuff which covered all the windows.  The black and white design motif under the cornice beneath the windows is actually part of the original cast iron front of the building (the cast iron made by the Oregon Iron Works in Portland, and thought to be among the oldest examples still existing in Oregon…).  The other half of the building was restored in the 1990’s by Robert Kraft and the second floor was a lovely residence apartment running the full depth of the building.  Kraft carefully restored the exterior to its historic look.

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the block was originally called the Starkey-McCulley Block…check the internet for images, none of which would download into this blog, darn it.  And DO take a drive-by.  The building is now owned by the Salem-Keizer Schools Foundation.

Malia Jensen at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

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We went to see Malia Jensen’s new show at Elizabeth Leach this morning (up until October 29th) with Sidney…he came with us to her show last year (“Homey” at Weiden & Kennedy) and loved the fox lamp and the seal and the giant cockroach…here’s a review of Sidney’s favorites from 2015…

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The show at Elizabeth Leach this year, “Ground Effects”, is more somber, more elegant and a bit more spare…but still intriguing in the way Malia has of looking at things and transposing meanings for us.  (Currently it’s a real trick to get into the 9th Avenue gallery due to massive construction on both corners, but DO persevere…the show is nice…and then go see the James Lavadour show at PDX Gallery next door if you get a parking space…)

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We were going to meet Malia at the gallery but arrived early so as to look at the work.  Sidney is about to be three and yet has a way of asking questions that get to the heart of the matter…”what are these, how did she make them, why is there a big hole back here…?”

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and so when Malia arrived he asked her…”are these rocks”?

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Nope, clay, the last pieces she made in her New York studio and the first pieces she fired in Oregon on her return.  She explained her process to R…

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and these brilliant, luminous, fragile, motion-filled glass bubbles…

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blown in a glass blower’s studio on placed on “cookies” of glass…

and the bronze wolf eating his own tail…NOT made and cast from a mold—it is a one off…Clay and wax over a Styrofoam armature and then cast with the process burning up the Styrofoam chunks, hence the big hole in the back of the head…

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And Sidney liked this big hand (take note of this moment…)

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So we went for a bite of lunch and some more art chat as well as a fireplug moment and a coffee…

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before heading over to Piccolo Park, our play venue for the day

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where, though, something was noticed…

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“Hey…there’s a hand down here…”

and up here…

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and heading home for nap time we discovered hands were everywhere today…

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Comfort Food for Fall…

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It’s been a stormy weekend here…though the worst of the wind has passed northeast of us, thankfully.  Yesterday there was a little tease of blue sky right before the next torrential downpour…

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so it’s been that kind of weekend where you just want to hunker down by the fire and have some comfort food…(and in our case maybe sort through the piles of art that are in closets and other out-of-the-way places…).

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I KNOW you all are perfectly able to read the NYTimes food section searching for the most comforting dish, but I was afraid you might have missed this one because of its total simplicity.  You won’t be sorry…

ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND CABBAGE (I’ve made a few changes as I often do, based on the reader remarks and my own good sense)

1 cabbage (I used a combo of Savoy and regular green cabbage)

1 pound bulk Italian sausage (I had some from Otto’s in Portland hence my recipe search…1 cabbage, 1 pound of sausage)

Butter, salt and pepper

That is IT!!

  1. preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Boil some water
  3. Core cabbage and roughly slice
  4. Put cabbage in colander, pour boiling water on cabbage and stir…use one whole kettle full of water…[note…the original recipe called for parboiling the cabbage, but I don’t like to do that, and neither did most of the readers who commented…the boiling water did the trick of wilting the cabbage a bit and reducing the mass]
  5. Butter a baking dish.
  6. Put 1/3 of the cabbage in the bottom of the dish.
  7. Add 1/2 of the sausage (uncooked) and then salt and pepper and dots of butter.
  8. Repeat with cabbage
  9. Repeat with sausage and salt and butter
  10. Top with the cabbage and dot with butter

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cover the dish with parchment paper…

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cover the whole thing with foil…

Bake in oven for 2 1/2 hours.  Yes, absolutely.  Remove foil and paper for the last 20-30 minutes, turn to 375, and continue cooking to brown the top.

Crusty bread, sliced apples, a glass of wine…OMG.  I forgot to get the glamor presentation shot, but you can see it was good….

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Stay cozy!