This statue of Captain Robert Gray stands before the Garibaldi Museum in the town of Garibaldi on the Oregon Coast. The museum is chartered to preserve the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and the historical vessels under his command, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. “Captain Robert Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River on May 11, 1792, proved to be highly significant to the new born United States. In 1803, eleven years after Gray entered the great river of the west on the Columbia Rediviva ship, the United States acquired the Louisiana Purchase from France. The Columbia Rediviva, was the first American ship to enter the Pacific Ocean; the first American ship to carry Pacific Northwest trade to China; and the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. During the Second term of President James Madison, 1813–1817, the United States government sought official confirmation of the discoveries and exploration conducted on the Pacific northwest coast by the American trading expedition, commanded by Captain Robert Gray a quarter century before, thereby laying claim to the entire territory drained by the Columbia River—the Oregon Country.” (Excerpt from the Garibaldi Museum website)
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.