Tag: exhibition

Visual Chronicle of Portland: new acquisitions now on view

Visual Chronicle of Portland: new acquisitions now on view

Toward the end of last year, Polygons No. 5 (Oregon Blueberries) was acquired by the Regional Arts & Culture Council for the Visual Chronicle of Portland collection. A special exhibition of all new acquisitions made during 2016/17 is now on view at the Portland Building, through April 21, 2017. Visual Chronicle works normally move around, exhibiting on rotation in different public buildings throughout Portland – so this is a rare opportunity to see many from the collection at once, and probably the only opportunity to see all recent acquisitions together.

Polygons No. 5 (Oregon Blueberries) is also one of the pieces I keep referencing regarding works I’m proposing for PDX-CSA. Learn more and buy in before April 16.

An edition of my first handmade book, A Means of Centering the Mind, also found a home in a collection at the end of 2016, in the Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Acquisitions like these are important: they allow artwork to remain accessible to the public, making sure that culture is not accessible only to the top income-earners; they offer essential financial support, particularly to early- and mid-career artists – even those whose work may not be suited to commercial galleries. The National Endowment for the Arts is responsible for supporting a multitude of organizations across the United States, including the Regional Arts and Culture Council. RACC makes Oregon a great place to be an artist, and I have certainly benefitted directly from their programs.

Unfortunately, the National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block in the current proposed national budget. If you are a U.S. citizen, please contact your representatives to let them know that the NEA is essential, and that you are against de-funding the arts.

A Means of Centering the Mind, 2009-15, accordion book, 4.75 x 3 x .25 inches (closed), ed. of 6.

Semblant Geometries: through November 15

Curious to see the completed version of what I’ve been working on for more than a year? Well, it’s up and ready for public consumption:

Semblant Geometries
October 17 through November 15, 2014

Photo & Print Gallery at PNCA’s main campus
1241 N.W. Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209
Reception with the artist: Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, from 6-8 p.m.

Where do math and metaphor meet? In this body of work, which includes a fine press book and etchings, printmaker Heather Lee Birdsong pairs the crisp visual language of planar geometry with folk tales. The application of metaphor (mathematically expressed as x = y) is a powerful associative tool that can unite otherwise unrelated elements.

This project was funded in part by an Individual Artist Project Grant awarded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Here’s a sneak preview of the work:

October Group Show

It’s official: the 2011-12 group of Print Arts Northwest Emerging Printmakers Residency participants will exhibit some work in October at Stonehenge Studios. Here’s some copy from their press release:

Print Arts Northwest Emerging Printmakers Residency Program Members Opening Reception at Stonehenge Studios Friday, October 5, 2012.

Stonehenge Studios will feature a group show of 10 members of the 2011-12 Print Arts Northwest Emerging Printmakers Residency Program from October 5 – October 30. Artist Reception will be Friday, October 5, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Artists are: Dennis Floyd, Chris Harmon, Nick Brakel, Cory Crouchley, Heather Lee Birdsong, Russell Ault, Eduardo Tecum, Bear Medina, Lily Gilbert and Phillip Thomas.

About Print Arts Northwest:
PAN’s mission is to educate our public about the rich, sophisticated art form that is so very accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. PAN is proud to offer services to its members and community. We sponsor educational programs for artists and non-artists with lectures, demonstrations, classes and workshops. PAN also offers various outreach programs in the public and private school system providing opportunities for students to learn printmaking.

About Stonehenge Studios:
Stonehenge Studios hosts monthly art shows featuring a wide variety of artists: painters, photographers, printmakers, and sculpture artists. We have an artist reception every first Friday of the month, from 5:30-7:30. We are a community art space and enjoy showing work by new and seasoned artists alike. We have created a salon atmosphere and host several events each month including fine art, music, poetry and storytelling.

Stonehenge Studios
3508 SW Corbett Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

If you’re inclined to use Facebook to manage your social events, you can see and RSVP to the event here. If you want to see the show but won’t make it for opening, be advised that the women who run Stonehenge generally keep the location open from 10am – 5pm on weekdays. Their hours are flexible and occasionally unpredictable (the beautiful whim of a small business), so please call in advance so they know to expect you.

On a related note, I signed up for an e-mail newsletter service through TinyLetter. It’s free, and I’m a big fan of their easy-to-use, minimal design – no bells and whistles for me, thanks! Please click here to sign up, or visit  my website’s “about” page. Unlike this blog, the newsletter will only go out every other month or so, to announce when and where I’ll exhibit or share a new body of work. This blog is, I can admit, probably more interesting for printmakers than for fans and collectors.

The first newsletter that will go out in the next couple of days will be about the upcoming show at Stonehenge, so I apologize for the redundancy in advance, if you sign up after reading this post.

Absit Omen by Heather Lee Birdsong
Absit Omen, two-plate etching with aquatint and torinoko chine-collé, 2012. One of the prints that will be on display.

Upcoming Exhibitions

I am pleased and honored to announce that my print, Absit Omen, has been accepted into The Printmaker’s Hand II, an exhibition opportunity organized by Corvidae Press and juried by Sam Davidson.

Absit Omen by H. L. Birdsong

Continuing on that note, the PAN Residency I’ve had the pleasure of participating in is quickly drawing to a close. The year finishes out with an exhibition of work from the participants, so please stay tuned for details about exhibition dates.