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Zoomtopia—a new creative space developed by Carole Zoom, a Portland Open Studios artist 2008-2009.

Zoomtopia offers Portland artists and non-profits a home of their own.

Opening reception:

6 PM Thursday, January 28, 2010
810 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97214

Building dedication by Mayor Sam Adams

Appetizers by Wendy Weaver
Frozen Yogurt by Active Culture
Drinks by Distillery Row and Green Dragon Brewpub
tEEth performance 7 PM

Tenant artists will be on hand to talk about and show their work

After-party with DJ Global Ruckus, hair styling by Miss Kristie and glamour shots by Aaron Rogosin

The Space:

  • Six work suites (250-1,090 sq ft)
  • Dance rehearsal studio (2,200 sq ft)
  • Lobby with shared commons and kitchenette
  • Fully accessible/ADA-compliant
  • Furnishings by local artists

LEASING information at

The dedication kicks off a series of events, discussions and programs that will take place throughout winter and spring:

  • Feb. 5 “Dear Marcus” book signing by Jerry McGill
  • Feb. 25-27 & March 4-6 Staged reading of “Eloquent Madness” by Bill Alton
  • April 22-24 Disability Arts and Culture Project

Zoomtopia: Affordable pricing and lease-to-own terms enable artists and nonprofits to find a stable home while building social and financial equity.

See the January 25, 2010, Oregonian Visual Arts story for more information about Carole and her projects.


Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein, winner of Portland Open Studios first Kimberly Gales Scholarship for Emerging Artists, have collaborated on an exhibition of portraits.

Below, Artist by Becca Bernstein

In this exhibition, Becca and Gwenn have painted themselves and each other, as well as their parents, partners, and other relations. Subjective consists of two views each of ten subjects: twenty paintings of loved ones immortalized once by a stranger and once by their kin. This series proves that there is much more to portraiture than mere imitation.

North View Gallery
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219

Open: 7 January through 5 February 2010
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Reception: 13 January 2010, 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Read more about this exhibition:

The Oregonian – “They shared an ability to see their portrait models as more than just flesh and figure.” – Margie Boulé

Willamette Week – “It’s an intriguing concept.” – Richard Speer

Portland Mercury – “Their blind collaboration captures the subjectivity involved inportraiture, battling its reputation as a mere act of replication, alesser form of photography.” – Visual Arts Readers’ Pick

Jewish Review – “While portraiture is perhaps one of the most traditional art forms, Bernstein and Seemel’s concept and methods are intended for a contemporary audience who expect more than just a pretty face from art.” – Deborah Seldner

Hungry Eyeball – “The paintings are a tangible result of the relationship between the subject and the artist.” 

The Portlander – “In portraiture, the relationship between artist and subject changes everything. In Subjective, everything is relative.”

Subjective will also be traveling to the following venues:

March 2010 – Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon
April 2010 – Pence Gallery at Pinckney Center, COCC, Bend, Oregon
Spring 2011 – Edmonds Art Festival Museum Gallery, Edmonds, Washington

Eduardo Fernandez started Kenton Studio, a drawing and painting atelier well equipped for artists to come and work in the figurative tradition. The studio is offering the following workshops in addition to drop-in life drawing every Saturday. Workshops and dates below, please email or contact Eduardo at 971-998-3155 for details.

Open Session Life Drawing
Saturdays from 10 – 1pm

Great lighting, atmosphere & quality models to inspire your work.

Portrait Painting
Jan 29th -31st, 2010

Build likeness and structure with paint!

Intro to Academic Figure Drawing
Feb. 26th – 28th, 2010

Invigorate your drawing practice – tried & true.

Still-life Painting
Thursday mornings, with Julie Ann Smith

In addition, a series of Artist Talks is scheduled to begin in February. Come meet David Riedel, last year’s winner of the Oil Painters of America top prize, and hear him talk about his work on February 6th.

The studio is available to rent for workshops and other events. Please email or contact Eduardo at 971-998-3155 for more info.

Visit and check out the Mentored Drawing Studio and Artists Talk Series starting in February.

8371 N Interstate Avenue, Portland, Or, 971-998-3155

Below, Ward, pencil on paper, by Eduardo Fernandez.

“Recovery Panes” by Kelly Williams is a multi-phase community project involving those who have been impacted by addiction. Participants will create a small encaustic painting representative of their personal experience, strength and hope. The complex elements of encaustic wax will uniquely allow a symbolic and cathartic exploration of their experiences. Participants will also share a short, written response to the process to be paired with their painting.

All individual paintings will be joined to form larger works, framed and presented to resemble large windows with each painting representing a single window pane. All participants, whether artists or viewers, will have the opportunity to gaze into these powerful windows and see not just an individual’s experience, but a whole community of shared experiences, strengths, and hopes uniting us in our recovery journey.

Both the ‘Recovery Panes’ and an accompanying journal will be shown at multiple venues in late 2010.

To learn more about Kelly’s work, see her website at

Portland Open Studios Homepage

Learn more about the Open Studios weekends, where to purchase tour guides, see images of each artist's work, find links to artists' web sites, and much more at Portland Open Studios.


Listen to interviews with Portland Open Studios artists (and more) at Mike Turner's website.


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