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Portland, Oregon
December 2018

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The NW Marine Art Works Building is holding an Open Studio Holiday Event this Sunday, Dec 2, 11-4.

Tacoma Art Museum-Sun, Shadows, Stone The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier

Regional Arts & Culture Council Announces New Executive Director


Photolucida Portfolio Review Boot Camp E-course: January 28 - February 2, 2019 

Life on the Dry Side: Prineville author Rick Steber  Fall Down Angel  The visual power of words to weave a lasting photogaphic journey in your mind

At the Museum  The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Ryan Gillespie


Photography Around the Town and On the Road

The NW Marine Art Works Building is holding an Open Studio Holiday Event. Over sixty artist from four different Studio Buildings. The North Coast Seed Building, River St Studios and The Carton Service Building will converge with the folks at NWMAW to share their best efforts with you.

Some of this work is exhibition only, much of it is for sale and at great price points for your holiday shopping. Ceramics, pottery, photography, painting, textiles, dance,graphic arts, printmaking, drawing, jewelry, kids clothing, leather works, music, sculpture, glass…..there’s almost no art form that won’t be represented.

If that’s not enough to get you out on a Sunday afternoon how about this? Across the street, our friends at Staver Locomotive are hosting a fundraiser for FriendlyHouse and will be running their model railroads for much of the afternoon. Kids love it, adults love it more.

Bundle up if it’s cold, it’s a vast industrial complex that wasn’t built to hold heat, but there will hot drinks, snacks, Gracie’s Apizza and Boedecker Wine Cellars to cheer you on. Hope to see you there, it’s going to be fun.

Tacoma Art Museum

Sun, Shadows, Stone
The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier

We are pleased to announce that Tacoma Art Museum is holding a retrospective of the work of Blue Sky co-founder Terry Toedtemeier. The exhibition, Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier, is on view through February 17, 2019.

Photographer and curator Terry Toedtemeier (1947–2008) earned critical acclaim for his haunting photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon coastline, and arid terrain of southeastern Oregon. A self-taught photographer, Toedtemeier began his extensive experiments capturing his close circle of friends and colleagues in the 1970s. He began to attract wider critical attention with landscape images, initially snapshots from his moving car then exquisite compositions influenced by his deep understanding of both the photography traditions of the American West and its underlying geology. Toedtemeier often sought to capture the most dramatic images of places that have been shaped first by catastrophic geological events, then by the imprint of humans. This exhibition is part of the Northwest Perspective Series, and is organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Regional Arts & Culture Council Announces New Executive Director

After a nationwide search, the arts advocacy and grant-giving organization Regional Arts and Culture Council has hired Marine Corps veteran Madison Cario as its new executive director. The appointment marks the end of a nationwide search, which drew applications from more than 200 candidates.Most recently, Cario served as the inaugural director of the Office of the Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Critical Mass Residency Award Winners + Portfolio Review Boot Camp + Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review & Publishing Prize

E-course: January 28 - February 2, 2019

Attending a Reviews event in the future? Thinking about it? Join us for an in-depth look at the world of photography reviews, from the inside out. Taught by Laura Valenti, founder of Light Atlas Creative, this online course includes helpful essays, lectures, and interviews with seasoned reviews professionals. And - participants will also get direct feedback on their preparation details!

“This course was outstanding from three points of view: Laura Valenti was remarkable. She shared, guided and kept us engaged which can be tricky with online learning. The workshop design could be a model for other groups. I have yet to see anything like it. Lastly, the wealth of information, access to expert interviews, and the experience of the participants was so much more that I had ever expected.”  - Lesia Maruschak

Life on the Dry Side

Culture, Curiosity and Character about
Oregon East of the Cascade Mountian Range

Rick Steber
Fall Down Angel

The visual power of words to weave a lasting photogaphic journey in your mind

I first met Rick Steber when we had a book signing party for him at the Photographic Image Gallery in the mid 1980's. His writing career since then has been marked by the publishing of over 40 books with sales of over one million copies. He is the only Oregon author presented with the Bestern Writers of America Spur Award-Best Western Novel.

A couple of years ago we rekindeled out friendship and I began to read and reread many of those books. The latest one, "Fall Down Angel" is a compelling novel that I read from cover to cover in one long day. I couldn't put it down.

As a writer and photographer, Rick has accomplished a marvelous feat. The book is perfect example of how to use the visual power of words to weave a lasting photogaphic journey in your mind. Not only is the story compelling, but I found myself "watching" the story in my in my mind in all of its sounds, smells, and panorama. Gripping and personal, the characters will live with me for a long time, I recommend it heartily.

There are no photographs in the book---only in your mind!

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Public tours of all photography exhibitions and other Portland Art Museum exhibits, click here to see the Museum's Event Calendar.

Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Ryan Gillespie
The Miller Room, Mark Building

December 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum's Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Canon and Pro Photo Supply.

Around the Town and On the Road

For a summary Calendar function for show openings and lectures.

Portland Photo Events.

Blue Moon Camera's Annual Customer Show 2018  December 1st - December 31st,  2018  Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (calendar)  Various venues.

Portland Photographer's Forum (PPF) Print Sale, Saturday, December 8th, 10am to 5pm, Multnomah Arts Center. It is located at 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.

Camerawork Gallery   Zeb Andrews, Sea  December 1 - January 4, 2019.    (calendar)  301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227  Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.  9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm  Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44  503-701-534

Pushdot Studio--Lincoln Quan Miller-- Undocumented Credentials  Opening reception on December 7th  from 6-8pm (calendar)
Thru Jan 29

LeeAnn Gauthier, City Slicker  December 3, 2018 - January 13, 2019 (calendar)  Bread and Ink Cafe  3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.  Portland OR 97214  503-239-4756  Mon-Thu: 8 am - 8:30 
Fri-Sat: 8 am - 9:30 pm Sun: 8 am - 8:30 pm

Blue Sky Gallery  Out of the Drawers: Hidden Wonders of the Natural World  featuring photographs by Adam Bacher, Danielle Dean, Claire Dibble, Hal Gage, and Melinda Hurst-Frye  on view through February 3, 2019

Photo Club PDX Presents Zeb Andrews on Personal Projects  A Presentation by Zeb Andrews on Personal Projects We are going to look at and celebrate what we have done as a group over the past year.  Join us for a   Pop-Up Gallery & Print Share  Dec 11th, 2018, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm   Cobalt Studios PDX  1030 SE Clinton St  Portland, OR 97202   Details

......Road Trip

LightBox Photographic Members Exhibit Astoria, OR  December 8 - January 9   Showcasing the work of the LightBox Associate and Supporting Members.    The Opening Artists’ reception will be on Saturday, December 8th from 5-8pm.


Road Trippin’ again with Jim Lommasson...What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria Kalamazoo Valley Museum: December 16, 2018 - April 15, 2019 Reception: 1:30 - 3:00, Sunday, December 16, 2018 Kalamazoo Valley Museum 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Kalamazoo Valley Museum:

What We Carried: (website)



LightBox welcomes Submissions to The Photographic Nude 2019 Exhibit.  Juror: Renée Jacobs  Submission Deadline: December 17, 2018  Show Dates: February 9 – March 6, 2019 Opening Reception, Saturday, February 9th, 2019, 5-9pm