For your listening pleasure, Susannah's conversation with the newly announced cover artist for Artslandia's soon-to-be-released, much anticipated [ital]Annual Issue[ital]. Brilliant painter (and thinker) Thérèse Murdza's artistic path began with toddlerhood accordion lessons from her dad, followed by a deep dive into theater.
Were you a part of the Willamette Writers Conference this last week?
If yes, you'll love this interview with Executive Director Kate Ristau and President Gail Pasternack.
If you don't know about Willamette Writers, you'll want to! From online Book Clubs to developing the craft of writing, Willamette Writers has so much to offer.
Welcome to Adventures in Artslandia!
Pickathon. What is it? It's a mind blowing three-day music festival that takes place every August at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, near Portland. Phil Lesh, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius, Yob, and Our Girl, to name a few, in state of the art venues. Plus, the festival has the best food in town, and promotes an ecologically aware, sustainable ethos. Don't miss it. Family friendly!
Photo: Kjerstin Johnson
Meet Susan Moore, Literary Arts Director of Programs for Writers, and Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author. Strayed will be hosting Literary Arts' 2019 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 22. Her Tiny Beautiful Things is onstage through March 31 at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.
Susannah gathers Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, founders of Portland Story Theater––the premier storytelling organization in the Pacific Northwest––with storyteller Warren McPherson to explore the art of storytelling and its role in community building. Check it out, and then catch McPherson's upcoming show at the Fertile Ground Festival! Catch _You Were Supposed To Be This Great Thing_, February 2, 2019, at The Old Church Concert Hall and visit pdxstorytheater.org for Portland Story Theater's current offerings.
Dive into Portland history at The Pittock Mansion with Jennifer Gritt, who talks about all things Pittock; what a fascinating family. The mansion was built using local and regional materials, Pittocks ideas were state of the art. The mansion is open to visitors. Don't miss it!
What a joy to dive into art making with Samantha Wall. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and now living in Portland, Samantha is represented at Russo Lee Gallery, and is courageously and beautifully expressing her life in her drawings. Don't miss this interview!
Today Susannah chats with acting professor Connie's de Veer. Her new book (co written with Jan Elfline) is Actor For Life. Sean Hayes from Will and Grace says: "Connie's ability to connect with actors on an artistic and personal level that gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in this business."
Winery Director Christine Clair, and Winemaker Joe Ibrahim talk about Willamette Valley Vineyard's wine story, and help me hone my skills in wine tasting! (including tasting some wine!)