Coffee Break Monday | October 20, 2014 Subject: Water Avenue Coffee Company | Location: 1028 SE Water Avenue, Portland
Flanking the front entrance of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art on the campus of Portland’s Lewis & Clark College, are two monumental bronze sentries created by Montana artist John Buck in 1999. Music In the Sky and The Hawk and the Dove (shown in detail above) were commissioned by Life Trustee Harold Schnitzer and his wife, Arlene, to complete the threshold to the Hoffman Gallery. Selected by Mr. and Mrs. Schnitzer from several wood-carved maquettes, the chosen sculptures were cast by Walla Walla Foundry in Walla Walla, Washington. In each sculpture, the objects held aloft by the human figures symbolize the disciplines of the liberal arts. (Excerpts from the Lewis & Clark website)
Featured in the collection of The Portland Art Museum, Flow #1 | 2011, is a daringly sculpted work evocative of flowing water, from the hand of Fujikasa Satoko (Japanese, born 1980), a young ceramist who has recently emerged internationally as one of the most promising new talents in a crowded field. This stoneware sculpture captures form in dynamic motion while testing the limits of ceramic technique to create an organic shape that seems to defy gravity and solidify movement. The core of the sculpture is sand-glazed and covered with a matte white slip that is reminiscent in color and texture of the stalactites found in the limestone caves of Akiyoshi Plateau, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, where the artist was born. (Excerpts from the descriptions of The Portland Art Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
With only 16 days left until All Hallows’ Eve, the countdown to Halloween is on. Today’s image was shot at Cornell Farm, an extensive garden center located in the beautiful west hills of Portland. October is a particularly festive time at Cornell Farm, as they go all-out with wonderful displays of fall colors that feature pumpkins of all shapes and sizes—as well as a few creepy creatures scattered about the property!
Coffee Break Monday | October 13, 2014 Subject: Sleepy Monk Organic Coffee Roasters | Location: 1235 South Hemlock, Cannon Beach, Oregon
I previously posted a photo of this beautiful Joan of Arc sculpture (located at Coe Circle in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Northeast Portland), but there are so many interesting and dramatic vantage points, I had to share another. For the backstory of the monument, please see this earlier post.
With only 20 days left until All Hallows’ Eve, our Master of Ceremonies welcomes you to the pdx|cept 2014 Halloween Countdown. The countdown will feature Halloween-themed images from all corners of Portland, like today’s image, shot among the window displays of antique stores along North Lombard Street in St. Johns.
Feeling a mood of great gratitude today. One year ago on this day, I posted my first photo to pdx|cept, inspired by the words of my favorite artist Pablo Picasso, who once said: “Painting is just another way of keeping a journal”. I feel the same may be said of photography, and each day of the past year I have attempted to create a photographic journal of the amazing city of Portland, Oregon. Scenic views, interesting architectural details, abstract industrial images, favorite cafés and restaurants, beautiful works of art, and anything and everything else that catches my eye in this endlessly inspiring city.
As I explain in my ‘About’ section, I love all things Portland—except the weather! (although this year’s beautiful weather has been an exception!)—and I created this blog to show you some of the reasons why. With over 6,200 views, 139 followers and counting, I am feeling grateful for all who have joined me on the journey, stopped by for a look, and perhaps even shared a thought and made a comment or two.
It is very gratifying to be part of a community of incredibly creative artists, photographers, writers, etc., who also share their unique visions through their blogs. One blogger in particular that I have mentioned before and will mention again is Eric Tenin, the creator of the truly amazing Paris Daily Photo. Each and every day for nearly ten years(!!) Eric has posted a beautiful, interesting, unique image of Paris along with his informative and often amusing commentary. After following his wonderful blog for over eight years, I was inspired to create my own daily photo blog, and on October 9, 2013 I jumped into the blogosphere and posted my first image. Will I make it ten years like Eric did? I doubt that, but I do look forward to continuing my daily photographic journal. I thank you all for joining me on the journey, and I hope you will continue to stop by to take a look!
(Note: Today’s symbolic image of gratitude was photographed at Rockaway Beach on the beautiful Oregon Coast)
Autumn on Sauvie Island (a short drive 10 miles northwest of downtown Portland) is a particularly scenic time of year, and many of the farms on the island decorate their entrances with amusing fall-themed displays—like this old pickup truck transformed into a showcase of offerings from the harvested crops.
Coffee Break Monday | October 6, 2014 Subject: Cappuccinos at Oui Presse (with a little ‘pumpkin spice’) | Location: 1740 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland