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

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 


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Photo Happenings for November 2017

 

The Portland Darkroom to keep film alive and accessible in Portland.

Jennifer Stoots tapped for the Oregon Volunteer Lawyer for the Arts

Value of classic cars and fine art plunges as photographs soar

National Geographic comes to town with 'Coral Kingdoms
and Empires of Ice'
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20

Wordstock-- November 11, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum

 

Galen Rowell's legacy – the closure of Mountain Light

At the Hollywood Theater--First Daughter and the Black Snake Filmmaker Keri Pickett - winner of the  2017 Portland Ecofilm Festival's Best Feature Film Award!

At the Museum Brown Bag Lunch Talk with Ken Hawkins

 

Photography Around the Town and On the Road

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