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Portland Open Studios artists Lorna Nakell, Jennifer Mercede, and Kelly Neidig recently had an interesting exchange about the place of abstraction in contemporary art. Lorna conducted this as an interview with Jennifer and Kelly, and you can read it on Lorna’s blog, in this entry.

Former Portland Open Studios artist Dawn McConnell was diagnosed with stage 4 lung and liver cancer earlier this year. This last Friday, Sept 7, 2007, the community gathered together for a benefit to help with Dawn’s mounting expenses. Among the attendees were Dawns students, friends, family, and artists. Many donated art that were auction off during 2 silent auctions, and of course, many bought art.

Dawn’s own painted pots proved popular, and all ooh’ed and ah’ed over Dawn’s painted vanity, desk, and bike, which are also for sale. If you would like to purchase any of the pieces (3 of which are shown here), please email Myrna or Kristin.

You can see more of Dawn’s work on her web site at: http://www.dawnmcconnellstudio.com, and read more about what’s happening in her life at: http://www.buffalodawn.blogspot.com/.

Below, the bike, vanity, and desk painted by Dawn:

bike

vanity

desk

And here’s Dawn with the bike:

Dawn & bike