Artist in Residence

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Steel-Toed Stiletto

Women are drawn to a pretty pair of heels—browsing department stores and boutiques for the perfect fit, the season’s latest trend, a pair of work-suitable kitten heels and so on. Micki Shampang-Voorhies is like most women, though noticeably different. Her own shoe collection, for example, is on the upside of a hundred pairs. Many of them she has never worn, nor ever will, because she considers high heels works of art. 

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The Soft Hammer

Where a coffee table might otherwise be in Dave Hanson’s living room, there is a hefty anvil mounted to a tree stump.

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Mixing up the Medium

For artist Kathy Deggendorfer, relationships fuel her art. Her illustrative style captures moments, but each vibrantly painted scene is the culmination of connections. Currently, she is working on a commissioned piece destined for the grand entryway of St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, slated to open June 15. The panoramic landscape will span the Cascade Range with Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Jefferson standing as monumental markers. Deggendorfer’s art is her bridge between exploration and community. She prepared for the St. Charles piece by scouting the space in the cancer center and then began knocking on doors of people who owned homes with mountain views, hoping she could sketch from there.   ” alt=”” /> photo by Tambi Lane She set out looking for beautiful farm country on her Illinois trip. Instead, she discovered vast tracts of land leased to corporate interests, heavily sprayed by fertilizer trucks and watered by the…

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A Body of Work

ARTIST NATALIE FLETCHER is keenly aware of local weather patterns. A bright, sunny day could leave her models vulnerable to sunburn or dehydration. She studies cloud migrations and shadows carefully. If they are changing too rapidly, her canvas—human flesh—could easily reflect a moment that has passed once a piece is complete and ready to be photographed. photo by Meg Roussos Fletcher, 28, uses body makeup to transform her models into vistas of cloud cover, mountain peaks and winding highway. Photographic prints of her work show human forms merging into their surroundings to stunning effect—a woman becomes a handsome aspen tree and a sprawling meadow; a man resting his hand on a surfboard becomes part of a sandy beachscape, with its frothy sea and jagged coastline. Though her finished models are an arresting sight, the draw for Fletcher is the interaction with her models. Helping a person metamorphose into art is…

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Oregon Singer Song Writers

Within whispering forests of skyscraping trees, in the thunder of coastal swells and between the rushing torrents of our rocky rivers, Oregon is making music. Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts. Whether in the plains of the high desert or atop a snowy peak, the state seems to conduct its own musical arrangements just by being. Its inspiration and influence is undeniable to a variety of local voices—each forging their own brand of “Oregon music.” The term singer-songwriter barely scratches the surface. In the interest of discovering what exactly it means to be a musician in Oregon and how and where inspiration strikes, 1859 caught up with three local artists whose music is both turning heads and tapping toes … each to their own beat. Halie Loren When picturing the predominant musical landscape of Oregon, jazz may not be the first genre that comes to mind. However,…

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written by Meredith Frengs Wales  Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts Within whispering forests of skyscraping trees, in the thunder of coastal swells and between the rushing torrents of our rocky rivers, Oregon is making music. Our diverse natural environment is a symphony of sorts. Whether in the plains of the high desert or atop a snowy peak, the state seems to conduct its own musical arrangements just by being. Its inspiration and influence is undeniable to a variety of local voices—each forging their own brand of “Oregon music.” The term singer-songwriter barely scratches the surface. In the interest of discovering what exactly it means to be a musician in Oregon and how and where inspiration strikes, 1859 caught up with three local artists whose music is both turning heads and tapping toes … each to their own beat.   Halie Loren When picturing the predominant musical…

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A Year in Albums: 2013

Whether you’re holed up with a hot toddy or driving to a snowcapped mountain, Oregon musicians have tunes to keep you grooving through winter. Listen to some of 1859’ s favorite albums that debuted in the past year. Portugal. The Man | Indie RockEvil Friends | Portlandportugaltheman.com Quarterflash | Pop RockLove is a Road | Portlandquarterflash.net Pink Martini | Pop/OrchestralGet Happy | Portlandpinkmartini.com Wild Ones | IndieKeep It Safe | Portlandwild-1s.com Radiation City | Dream PopAnimals in the MedianPortland | radiationcity.net Rae Gordon Band | Soul/BluesBlue Lemonade | Oregon Cityraegordon.com Larry and His Flask | JamgrassBy The Lamplight | Redmondlarryandhisflask.com The Harmed Brothers | AmericanaBetter Days | Eugenetheharmedbrothers.com Minden | PopWhat’s More Than Appropriate?Portland | mindenband.com    

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Gary Randall’s Oregon

GARY RANDALL GOT HIS FIRST CAMERA when he was a boy in 1964. He began shooting and developing black and white film while in his 20s before making the leap into digital photography in his 40s. He has dabbled in many media forms, including painting, drawing, carving stone.

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Artist in Residence: A Caribbean Mosaic in Oregon

The blue-grey cityscape marked by tilted squares of sunlight and scarlet umbrellas does not exist, but Joachim McMillan will take you there nonetheless. He will introduce you to a thousand dancing women he has never met and take you out to sea on a sailboat he has never sailed.