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Anti-war, peace, reconciliation, and photography loving friends, the outstanding Portland photographer Jim Lommasson is talking about his Exit Wounds project and his What We Carried project at 3 p.m. Sat Jan 9, at Blue Sky Gallery in Southeast Portland. The associated exhibition is up until January 30.

  Jim is a deeply thoughtful and humane person, whose experience of the effects of war on his own family shapes these projects and his motivations for doing them. I had the good fortune to meet him during the last period of the PDX Peace Coalition.

Blue Sky, founded in 1975 as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is a nonprofit exhibition space and community research center dedicated to educating the public about photography through exhibitions, programs, and publications.

New Work by Stephen Paul McCandless:


RACC seeks applications for new public art murals
PORTLAND, ORE — The Regional Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for mural funding through its Public Art Murals Program. Applications are due the first Wednesday of every month through June 2015.

 There are two routes to creating a community mural in Portland:

 The Public Art Murals Program is funded by the City of Portland and administered by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). This program provides up to $15,000 in matching funds for murals that are diverse in style and media. Students enrolled in an art program at a degree granting institution are eligible for up to $2,500 in matching funds. Artists, curators, neighborhood associations, citizen-based groups, and private developers are all eligible to apply. RACC especially encourages proposals from under-represented communities in order to ensure that the diversity of our region is reflected in our programs. There is no application fee. 

For a project to qualify for RACC approval, property owners are required to provide a signed/notarized Art Easement that is recorded with Multnomah County. Murals approved through this program become part of the City’s public art collection for as long as the Art Easement remains in effect. 

 You may access the guidelines and application forms at Proposals must be submitted by 5:00PM on the first Wednesday of every month. RACC’s review and approval process takes 4-6 weeks, and all proposals are reviewed by the Public Art Murals Program Committee, whose members include artists, arts advocates and other creative professionals. For more information, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503.823.4196 or

 On Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 am to noon, RACC will offer a free workshop to help artists understand the mural application process at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St. For more information and to RSVP, contact Peggy Kendellen, public art manager, at 503.823.4196 or  

 Since its inception in 2005, RACC’s mural program has provided funding for over 50 murals. All of them can be viewed on RACC’s website.

 Another route for painting a mural in the City of Portland is through the city’s Original Art Mural Permit, which has different requirements and a fee of $50. Funding is not available through the City’s permitting process. Visit  for more information.


Caption for attached photo: Esteban Camacho-Steffensen for the Community Energy Project, 422 NE Alberta Street, 2010


Mary Bauer

Communications Associate

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

411 NW Park, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209   

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WHEN: October 11, 12 and 18, 19, 2014

TIMES: 10 am to 5 pm, all art studios open both weekends*
Locations all around the Portland Metro Area

The illustration at left is

by Shannon Wheeler...



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Last Thursday:

The Nexus Where Art & People Meet!

Rose City Vaudeville

Rose City Vaudeville

Welcome to your personal guide to Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, now in its 14th season. Last Thursday is a community grown event, free to all participants – vendors, artists, musicians, performers & visitors. There are no fees or registration requirements; however, please carefully peruse the info that’s pertinent to your specialty, so you’re perfectly prepared to wrangle this wondrous street extravaganza.


Friends of Last Thursday (FoLT) works with a broad spectrum of residents, businesses, vendors, performers & visitors to Last Thursday, as well as city, county and state agencies. FoLT is comprised of passionate people working to ensure community ownership and fiscal oversight of Last Thursday.

Our FoLT info booth–located between 19th & 20th–is available to serve you during the event. Drop by and say hey!


We need you to help us build the street signs and barricades!

No tools or experience necessary. Meet at the Vagabond Theatre Lot on 19th and Alberta, Last Thursday, 9:00-3:00.


One of the most joyful & immediate ways you can become a Friend is to join our Ambassador team. Ambassadors are the face—feel free to paint yours!—of FoLT. Roaming the street during LT in colorful hats & vests, Ambassadors provide education and outreach to ensure the event runs smoothly. We have before, during & after shifts, so if you participate in LT—we hope you do!—there’s still a slot for you. Of special need is the post-LT community support window from 10pm-1 am. Sign up for our next Ambassador training.

Thursday, at St. Andrews Community Centre, 806 NE Alberta


People power is vital to the continued health & longevity of this special organic model. We’d love to see your support in a variety of ways, including: packing out your trash to keep LT a Leave No Trace event; showing neighborhood respect by taking care where you park and potty (we’re packing in 18 portable toilets just for you!) and giving us any change you can spare, so we can make sure LT doesn’t change.


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