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I am currently writing a book and column on the history of the ghost town of Grandview, Oregon


and....beginning this month I am starting a new series: Life on the Dry Side--Culture, Curiosity and Character about the Oregon East of the Cascade Mountian Range


From 1984-2006, I operated the Photographic Image Gallery in downtown Portland.   When I opened there were only 12 galleries in Portland, and now there are dozens, maybe even tens of dozens. 

Beginning with the initial  First Thursday event in 1985, Portland now boasts Last Thursday, First Friday, Third Thursday and dozens of artist studio tours, as well as emerging neighborhood gallery districts.

Each month I send out an e-newlsetter, Photo Happenings Portland, it seems there is something going on at every turn, and I will keep you updated with some of the Happnings that I find.

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After retiring from the Gallery I realized that, at my core I am a basically a story-teller.  For twenty-three years I loved to introduce artists' visual stories to the world through exhibitions at the Gallery, and after retiring I dabbled in film making and in-person interviews, telling more stories about interesting people. 

I decided I wanted to write a book, an untold story, one that needed to be told, and had been passed over by only lightly by other writers.   In 2013 I was visiting a pioneer cemetery in the Central Oregon desert and ran across Hope Nance.  She was born in 1917 in the town of Grandview, a community that had long since had fallen victim to scavengers, relic-hunters and curiosity seekers.  Nothing remained but gravestones and her stories.

She described to me a community of farmers and families, a school and a church, wheat fields to the horizon, and the Saturday night life at the Grange.   One day she will take her stories to the grave, joining over twenty relatives in the Grandview Cemetery.

This is the book that I wanted to write, and for over a year we have been meeting every month, going through  personal memories and family photographs.   It's a story with many twists and turns and a tribute to a woman who was born on a cold wooden floor and ended up with more than enough love to share with her fifty-six grandchildren.

It's still a ways from being done, but you can read a chapter here.

Coming in November

Life on the Dry Side

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

For forty years now, Central Oregon has been my "Go-To" place to unwind. 

Oregon is blessed with three geographies, the Coast, the Willamette Valley, and those wide-open spaces East of the Cascades. 

The East of Oregon is, by far, the largest part of the state, and embraces arts, culture, and character that ranges from the Cosmopolitan to the Country Folk.

Coming Soon, I hope you enjoy it and find places you never knew in Oregon


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Photo Happenings for October 2016

Portland's own Ian McCluskey (Eloquent Nude) will open the 13th annual Bend Film Festival with his latest documentary, Voyagers Without Trace.

The Northwest Film Center presents Rick Burns' epic film  Andy Warhol

National Geographic Live presents A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War with Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist


 At the Museum  Photography and the Contemporary Experience and Brown Bag Lunch Talk -- Charley Haughey

Exhibits around the Town

Stan Raucher will be speaking at the Portland Photographers' Forum meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 19, at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Promised Land Documentary a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest

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