Coffee Break Monday | August 25, 2014 Subject: Isla’s Garden Cafe Location: 4237 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland
Window of the NW Dance Project Studio & Performance Center, located at 833 North Shaver Street.
The sixth in a series of posts highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s outstanding international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden—exploring the art, design, and evolution of Paris’ most famous garden. I have visited this outstanding exhibition on three separate occasions, and each time I find myself standing before Camille Pissarro’s painting series of the Tuileries Garden, staring at and completely lost in the beautiful colors and flowing forms of those amazing, ethereal clouds. Somehow, in these two incredible canvases—The Carousel Courtyard (1900; top) and The Tuileries Garden on a Winter Afternoon (1899; bottom)—Pissarro seems to have done the impossible: To capture the elusive light that is unique to the city of Paris.
There is still one month left to go and get lost in the clouds of Pissarro, and to see all the other treasures in this wonderful gift of Paris In Portland; the exhibition closes on September 21, 2014.
One of the three sculptural Sirens (Thelxiepeia, Parthenope, and Agalope) by artist Simon Toparovsky that line the long the walkway which joins the upper and lower portions of Lake Oswego’s Millennium Park. Another Toparovsky sculpture, Icarus Falling, can be seen in the distance (with a better view here).
Coffee Break Monday | August 18, 2014 Subject: Artwork inside Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters | Location: 1235 South Hemlock, Cannon Beach, Oregon
The Portland institution—Voodoo Doughnut—will pull right up to your doorstep and bring a lot of sugary voodoo to your next party or event with their Voodoo Doughnut Van! Through a unique partnership with Impact NW, the mobile Voodoo Doughnut van employs area youth who have graduated from Urban Opportunities, a job-readiness program for high school students from under-supported high schools in the Portland area. (For more info, click here)
One of the many Osprey nests that can be spotted on Sauvie Island, 12 miles northwest of downtown Portland. Of the 486 bird species found in Oregon, a remarkable 250 of these have been known to use Sauvie Island. The island features over 12,000 acres of wetlands and on the southwest side of the island, Oregon State Parks owns and manages a 180-acre parcel that packs in nearly all of the native habitats found elsewhere on the island.
One of several stone pathways of that wind their way through the beautiful scenery of the Portland Japanese Garden. These pathways are part of the Natural Garden which was “created to be an environment that encourages visitors to rest, relax, and reflect on the very essence and brevity of life”.
Coffee Break Monday | August 11, 2014 Subject: Floyd’s Coffee Shop | Location: 1412 SE Morrison Street, Portland
Taking a walk through any of Portland’s Farmers Markets on a sunny summer morning makes one acutely aware of the amazing abundance of organic produce from local farms that we have to choose from. The array of beautiful colors and bounty of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and other locally crafted items on offer—all beautifully displayed—fills one with a sense of gratitude at how fortunate we are to live in the Pacific Northwest. All of these images were photographed Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Portland Farmers Market on the campus of Portland State University. Support local farms and visit Portland’s Farmers Markets!