Author Archives: Sophia Valdez

House of Friends ; Kibera Arts District

Jamey Ponte of House of Friends Kenya is helping the organization develop its newest artistic project. The Kibera Arts Districts (KAD), located in the Kibera Slum Settlement of the Nairobi Area of Kenya, will build off of “a revolution of … Continue reading

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Introducing the NOW Masters Project

The NOW Masters Project is an invitational series in which artists are chosen to have professionally curated exhibitions in one of the incredible art venues that have been generously provided to NOW. It is offered to artists with a strong Vitae … Continue reading

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NOW welcomes Jamey Ponte of House of Friends

Art has the power to shape communities, generate hope, and create lasting emotional bonds. Some artists, however, feel that they may never attain these revolutionary moments through their art, but Jamey Ponte is here to convince us otherwise. House of … Continue reading

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Notre-Dame–Restoration and Awareness

On April 15th 2019, two thirds of the roof and the spire of the Notre-Dame cathedral caught fire. 850-year-old wood was engulfed in flame and crumbled around the roof’s Gothic arches. All tourists and attendants were successfully evacuated. Although two … Continue reading

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Sophia ARTS Around

The Map is Not the Territory  Portland Art Museum – Portland, OR Only moments after walking through the familiar doors of the Portland Art Museum I was immersed in a sea of lights and flickering shadows. Huge projections danced on sheets … Continue reading

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Sophia ARTS Around

Borders: Representation and Reality at the MK Gallery                                    PSU – Portland, OR               The word “border” holds … Continue reading

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Our Mission Grows

The NOW and the future. Over the years NOW open studio has grown from a teaching studio, a residency and now the final piece of the puzzle an advocacy for all things creative; individuals, groups, and art organizations. As an … Continue reading

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Mortality and Twine, A Retrospective 1998-2018, The Olympic Mills Building

This July – August our founder Gina Hartmann exhibited  ​Mortality and Twine​ a retrospective covering 20 years of work in SE industrial Portland. Whether sculpture or mixed media painting/drawing, each work was incredibly layered, often containing interwoven patterns melting into … Continue reading

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