Welcome Sophia!

We welcome Sophia Valdez to NOW Open Studio as the Blog Writer and Editor. Having an intense passion for sharing knowledge and creating accessible content, Sophia is eager to present the projects, programs and events NOW hosts to the public and provide emotional insight to the beautiful artist and creative world NOW presents.

Sophia will be a 2021 PSU graduate with a double major in English & Spanish. While she enjoys reading early English poetry and Spanish postmodern literature, Sophia also seeks to deepen her understanding of language and its effect on society by studying translation and improving her Spanish speaking skills. When she’s not listening to Hispanic pop music or writing sonnets, Sophia spends her time crying over children’s movies, particularly those directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and appreciating their incredible storytelling techniques. She also plays ukulele and happily pets neighborhood cats. We are excited to have her on our team.

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Farewell and Congratulations to Chay!

NOW is happy to congratulate Chay Albright on her new job at OMSI, which means she will be moving on from her position as Marketing Research Assistant here at NOW. Chay started working for NOW in November 2015 and has helped share and illustrate the many wondrous adventures NOW has been a part of over the past few years. She took the time to go through the NOW cloud and pull down our photos that would have otherwise went unseen. She told our stories and shared our events to the world in her own voice.

Chay was able to balance school, work, and her time at NOW while giving her all in each setting. Without Chay, NOW would not have grown into the fantastic art organization it is today and we are so grateful for her multi-year commitment to help us expand and experiment. We hope that her time with NOW Open Studio will help her provide compassionate, thoughtful, and educational experiences for OMSI’s visitors.

Luckily for us, Chay will continue to volunteer at NOW from time to time. Thanks for the memories!

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American Portfolio 7 – PNW Artists

Congratulations to our Founder Gina Hartmann. She was recently invited to participate in American Portfolio 7 – Pacific Northwest Artists

curated by The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery @ CCC 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Salem, OR   February 20 – Friday, March 16, 2018  

 

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A train to DISJETA

You never know what your going to get at the end of the 20 min train ride from PDX to DISJECTA art center. A few of us from NOW took the ride. 

I must say this show has both entertaining and nostalgic. We were met with a sea of blue plastic, a huge installation speaking of mass consumption, while taking us back in time as we caught ourselves finding objects in the mass reminding us of days gone by. Worth the ride….     https://www.disjecta.org/portfolio-items/portia-munson/

  

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LAIKA @ PAM….. two local gems in one

If you are in Portland check out the LAIKA exhibition.  A local company making incredible bounds in the animation world. A few pics from Jon & Gina on their last visit….  Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA – https://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/animating-life/                                                                      

  

 

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And the NOW 2018 Residency recipient is…

And the NOW 2018 Residency recipient is  …Christopher Hartshorne

 

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Land Art Day….

Gina & Jon checking out land art by Patrick Dougherty if you have a chance worth the ride out…..40min train ride to City of Hillsboro;  hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart

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The 8th Annual Wes Anderson themed art show and Halloween party!

NOW TEAM Chay, Jon & Gina as Fantastic Mr. Fox characters.
The 8th Annual Wes Anderson themed art show and Halloween party!
Hosted by Talon Gallery and Spoke Art – OCT 27

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Good Bye Sarah…

We had a wonderful time hosting Sarah Novio, this year’s Artist Residency Recipient. We hate to say good bye but to celebrate her time with NOW, we have produced a color catalog of her work and time at NOW Artist Residency. To order go to our online Store.

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An evening with Alison Saar

PNCA hosted a lecture by artist Alison Saar accompanying her exibition Crepuscular Blue at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture. The timing of this event proved to be extremely fortuitous for 2017 NOW Residency Recipient Sarah Novio, as she is a figurative painter that also works in themes based on the woman’s experience.

Given this divine opportunity Sarah and the Women of the NOW Team bonded before the lecture over cheese, treats, wine and stories.  The lecture and exhibition proved to be powerful and inspiring.  We were grateful to share the experience with one another as the stars aligned to allowed this group of diverse women to discuss & celebrate the diversity of women.

 

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