Conversing with Artists

Periodically in Photo Happenings I post a conversation
with a creative personality in Portland's photography world.

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Joni Kabana



I had not seen Joni since she purchased a cabin east of the Cascades but followed her postings and realized was time for a visit and catch-up.

The journey from Prineville, across the nearly mile-high summit of the Ochoco mountain range was really, as the roadsign says, a Travel Through Time.

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From the Archives

Previous sit-down's with some of my favorites

Julie Keefe

1984 was the moment in time that sparked today's creativity scene in Portland.  The number of art galleries tripled, artist Will Martin's Pioneer Square was dedicated, and the seeds of First Thursday were planted.


And Julie Keefe arrived in Portland.

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Kerri Rosenstein

I first met Kerri while I was volunteering at the Photolucida Meeting Place in 2007.   She was a reviewer, representing Gallery Saintonge where she was the Gallery Director.

"Janet and I were in Missoula,” remembers Christopher Rauschenberg, “visiting Lucy Capehart,” (whose recent show opened atBlue Sky last month). “We invited Kerri to review to offer people shows in her gallery.”

Kerri has come and gone since then while teaching for Caldera’s youth arts program and recently moved full-time to Portland.  We met for tea on Alberta near her home to talk about what's gone on and what's goin' on for this next phase of her journey.

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Frank DiMarco

I met with 68 year-old Frank DiMarco for breakfast near the home he as lived with his wife Lucinda for 17 years in the Richmond neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

DiMarco was most recently shooting on the set for the television show "Portlandia", for the Independent Film Channel. "It's an industry that doesn't care how old you are" he said. The job came when someone at the Oregon Film Office recommended him to IFC, based on his experience working on other films, such as "The Road."

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Marilyn Murdoch






I first met Marilyn at a meeting of picture framers in 1984. That year was the beginning of the curent artistic boom in Portland and there were only thirteen art galleries in the City. It's when I first became involved in the Portland Arts Coummunity, but Marilyn's career had begun several years before that.

My first question to Marilyn was a stock one I use sometimes in a portfolio review, "when did you know that art would be your future?"

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Laura Russell


Last year was the 5th anniversary of 23 Sandy. The gallery is always closed during January, but this year Laura was taking time to reorganize and re-focus. Wanting to know more, I met with her at Starbucks in the Hollywood district, not too far from her gallery, and across from her personal studio. Laura is known as one of Portland's hardest working dealers and I wanted to know what she had planned.

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Gary Wilson

A few months ago, I went to an opening that was held at the Paramount Hotel, long-time friend and dealer Tessa Pappas was just finishing the installation of artwork for the hotel.

She had chosen the work of Gary Wilson to build on theme of the bridges of Portland for the public and private spaces . Gary and I also go way back in the photography world, and his installation of over 600 photographs intrigued me, so we met to go through them floor by floor.


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