Black Box Gallery - 05-10-19

Upcoming Deadline

Upcoming Deadline: April 11.

Upcoming Shows: 

For more info: Black Box Gallery.

Black Box Gallery
811 East Burnside St., # 212
Portland, Oregon 97214

Jim Lommasson - 09-02-19

Jim Lommasson, What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from Iraq and SyriaBook Fundraiser.

EDITOR NOTE: I want to try to help Portland photographers with NEW book related notices as well. This is an experiment as I do not know how this will play out. The book should be by a Portland (or near to Portland) based photographer and represent a cohesive body of work. Basically I don't want to push anyone's Flickr or Instagram streams in book form. Email me if you have any questions.

I’m working on a What We Carried book now and raising funds to support the cost of the book to be ready for the show.

What We Carried will be on view at the Ellis Island Nation Immigration Museum in NYC (May 25 - September 2, 2019). I’m thrilled that these powerful refugee stories will seen by so many visitors this summer at Ellis Island. A million people will see the show!

Please see my GofundMe video:

Adam Bacher 05-31-19

Adam Bacher, Riding the Storm Out – A Blizzard of Ravens

OPEN/CLOSE: April 4th - May 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday April 5th, 6-8 pm
Artist Talk: Friday April 26th, 7:30- 9pm (calendar)

Pushdot Studio
2505 SE 11th Avenue
Suite 104 (in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street)
Portland, OR 97202
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

This February, Ravens flew high in the chaos of a blizzard. An inkblot Rorschach riding the sky in punishing winds. And a photographer ventured freely into the furious storm to record their actions. The snow collected in feet not inches, on the slopes of Mount Hood. Trees turned a cold hue of winter storm white. Winds blew steady at 35, gusting to 60. Snow forget how to fall, accelerated horizontally in the relentless storm.

A blend of synthetic fiber, fleece and feather kept me warm. I was better off not knowing the windchill. Access to the day’s show was all I needed. It had been five years since my first encounter with Ravens, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate the anniversary.

This project began on whim after bitter winds brought and early end to a mountain ski trip in February 2014. Back in the parking lot I watched a small group of Ravens from the comfort of a warm car and a thermos of hot cocoa. There they were, gliding effortlessly between towering fir trees, not a care in the world. It was enchanting.

I’d never photographed birds before and almost drove home. But something about those Ravens drew me over. I put on snowshoes and walked to them. Did I decide to come to the Ravens, or did they decide to have me come over? I’m still not sure.

Premier Showing - All new work and first edition prints

You may find Adam’s raven work at

Deb Stoner 06-04-19

Deb Stoner, Garden Studies

April 13 – June 4, 2019
Artist reception Saturday April 13, 2019, 5-8pm (calendar)

Imogen Gallery
240 11th St
Astoria, OR 97103
Daily (Wed by appointments): 11AM to 5PM
Sundays 11AM to 4PM

“Fourth of July”, archival pigment print, image 60” x 42” on rag paper 74” x 60”
Garden Studies
The past few years have been tumultuous by anyone’s accounting. Fires and tsunamis and insane leaders of the world give me a distinct feeling of the world being out of control. Perhaps it is my art work that grounds me, that gives me at least an illusion of being in control, if only on the 8.5”x11.7” scanner glass on which I compose my still life photographs.

I make high resolution images of things I gather in nature, from intensely dense urban floral gardens to experimental vegetable breeding gardens. This year was the first where I made photographs from the mobile studio that my partner made from a 1952 vintage trailer, marking freedom from the tether of my usual home studio. Some of these photographs have come from that experience. All are a continuation of a large ongoing body of work called “A Year in the Willamette Valley”, a reference to place and time. Obviously inspired by 16th and 17th century European floral painters, as well as the natural/fake large scale dioramas in natural history museums, I’m mostly interested in making beautiful compositions. The scanner, as my photographic tool of choice, reveals extraordinary details far beyond the ability of my unaided eyes. My obsession is paying attention to phenomenal and ephemeral events in gardens throughout the year and making images with them in real time.

This opportunity to show at Imogen Gallery coincided with my having access to a large printer. I’ve always made my work to a very high resolution with large scale in mind, and I sit for hours in front of my computer prepping the images so that they can be printed this large. But only rarely have I seen my work in its physical self this big, and it’s exciting for me to see these massive unwieldy paper objects crowded into this tiny space.
This fall I’ll get to see the work even larger…I won a juried competition to have my images printed on vinyl to wrap the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Yep, the whole building exterior. Watch this space for details!

Deb Stoner holds an MFA in Applied Design from SDSU, a BS in Geology from UC Davis, and a decades long teaching career at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently she presented lectures on photography to the Yuma Symposium, the Portland Art Museum, the SPE NW Regional Conference; had solo shows in 2017, 2016 and 2015, with two scheduled for 2019; numerous group shows; juried purchases in the permanent public art collections at University of Oregon, OHSU, PCC, and the Portland International Airport; is the recipient of grants and a recent residency; and sells work to enthusiastic collectors.

Sharon Lavier O’Keefe 05-25-19

Sharon Lavier O’Keefe, Learn Manual - Understand Auto

Saturday’s, 4/13 through 6/15, 9am-1pm (calendar)
No class on 4/27 & 5/25

Clark College
Main Campus
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Tuition: $259
The class has limited enrollment so sign up now if you are interested.
The registration link is

If you’re new to photography, new to your camera, or need to get back up-to-speed with your photography this hands-on class is right for you.

Demystify your camera’s functions and learn to use Manual versus Automatic. Learn about f/Stops, shutter speed, depth of field, exposure, histograms and composition while getting acquainted with your camera and lens optics. Through homework assignments, frequent field walkabouts and constructive photo critiques learn to control your camera so you’re the one creating the photo—not letting the camera decide for you. Bring camera, owner's manual, and dress for weather.

Noah Addis 04-28-19

Noah Addis, Future Cities
2018 Critical Mass Solo Show Award
presented in collaboration with Photolucida

April 4–28, 2019

First Thursday opening reception: April 4, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, April 4, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Dharavi #2, Mumbai, 2011
In Future Cities, Noah Addis explores informal communities throughout the world in which people must survive outside of the official economy. Addis’ goal is to challenge the ingrained perception of “chaos and disorder” that many people have when thinking of informal housing settlements.

He writes, “I have focused on the landscape and architecture of these homes and communities in order to show the creativity and resilience of the people who created them. The efficiency and the adaptive nature of these self-built communities makes them worthy of attention in order to see what can be learned from them about urban planning and sustainable development.”

Future Cities is the recipient of the 2018 Critical Mass Solo Show Award presented in collaboration with Photolucida.

Noah Addis is a photographer currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Addis graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Photography. He has worked on documentary projects across the globe, including locations in Africa, Iraq, and the United States. Addis’s work is held in public collections, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Additionally, Addis has been awarded fellowships from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, the Independence Foundation, and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation.

Meghan L. E. Kirkwood 04-28-19

Meghan L. E. Kirkwood, #ViewsfromDAPL

April 4–28, 2019

First Thursday opening reception: April 4, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, April 20, 3:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Dirt Intersection, 2017
“For individuals such as myself who grew up in a suburban environment, massive infrastructure projects such as the DAPL are abstractions. I benefit from the resources they transport and the costs of such delivery systems are born by others in far away places.”

Meghan L. E. Kirkwood travels the route of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in her series #ViewsFromDAPL. For those who may know of it, but have not witnessed the destruction happening on the ground, Kirkwood provides a visual. By highlighting the disruption to the landscape, this body of work “examines the ways in which documentary images of land can provide context to current debates related to land-use and natural resource extraction.”

Meghan L. E. Kirkwood is Assistant Professor of Art at North Dakota State University where she teaches Photography and Foundations courses. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography in 2006 before completing her MFA in Studio Art at Tulane University in 2009. She has received numerous fellowships, including funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab in Iowa. Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

Ray Bidegain 05-03-19

Ray Bidegain, Memory of Never

March 30 – May 3, 2019
Artist Talk, Sunday, April 14, 11am-12pm Reception following 12pm-1:30pm (calendar)

Camerawork Gallery
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44
Event is free and open to the public

In “Memory of Never” Portland, Oregon photographer Ray Bidegain explores the genre of the diptych through the pairing of photographs, one from his catalog, and one newer work that he feels interacts with the old work in an interesting way. These two handmade platinum prints are presented side by side, and in this way Bidegain is creating conversations previously unspoken. He is interested in the way in which these conversations will be heard differently by each viewer, and how that may vary from what he was thinking about when pairing the photos. The relationship between these pictures will be fleeting – a brief interaction for the purpose of this exhibit – and then they will go back to being presented and sold individually.

Part of this exhibition also includes a few paired photos from Bidegain’s new series, “As We Get Older.” In this series he is exploring the challenge and beauty that accompanies aging. He captures physical changes and enduring spirit, as well as the ways in which society’s gaze turns away from older people. These are the first images presented from this developing body of work.

Born in Tucson, Arizona
1981, B.A. Commercial Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA.
Lives in Portland, Oregon where Ray Bidegain Studios is also located.

Rich Bergeman 04-27-19

Rich Bergeman, The Vanishing West

April 5-27, 2019
Opening reception Friday, April 5, from 6-8pm (calendar)

The Lobby Gallery
Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Ave.
Hood River, OR 97031
Open Tues-Sat 11-5pm

Goodnoe Hills, Washington
Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman's black-and-white photographs chronicle the disappearing traces of frontier days on Columbia Plateau and Northern Great Basin--deserted homesteads, abandoned schoolhouses, ghost town and other remnants of early attempts by Euro-Americans to settle the Northwest.

The photographer has spent much of the past two decades creating art out of forgotten histories in Oregon and Washington, focusing particularly on the far-flung eastern parts of both states. The CCA exhibit includes images of old towns, historic ranches and deserted homesteads from the High Desert and mountain mining areas of eastern Oregon, as well as the Okanogan and Palouse regions of Washington. Such formerly prosperous turn-of-the-century Oregon towns as Flora, Antelope and Granite are represented, as well as Goodnoe Hills and Molson in Washington, among others.

An exhibiting fine-art photographer for nearly 30 years, Bergeman retired from teaching photography and journalism at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany in 2007, and since then has been working full-time on his photography projects. In recent years he has created books and exhibits on the homestead land rush in Central Oregon, the life of Washington pioneer James Swan on Willapa Bay, the human history of Oregon's Coast Range rivers, and the landscapes of the Rogue River Wars in Southern Oregon. Examples of his photographs can be seen at, and at

Stu Levy 04-27-19

Stu Levy, Recent Photographs

April 3-27, 2019
Preview Reception Wednesday April 3, 5-7 pm
First Thursday Reception: April 4, 5 - 8 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 13th, Noon (calendar)

Augen Gallery
716 NW Davis
Portland, OR 97209
Tuesday - Friday 11 - 5:30, Saturday 11 - 5

Ruth Glacier and Mountains, Alaska, 2018
These photos have been made in the past 4 years. A few notes:

Alaska – flying in a small plane over the Ruth Glacier. It is to the Southeast of Mt. Denali and is over 3700 feet thick. The peaks rise 4000 to 5000 feet over it. The crevasses are 50 to 100 feet deep.

Arizona and Utah – hoodoos, arches, etc.

California – The Calla Lily is in the driveway to Ansel Adams’s house where his son and daughter in law reside; I was visiting for Jeanne Adams’s birthday last year.

Cuba – decaying beauty; surreal street art

Massachusetts – The Great House, Crane Estate on Castle Hill, Ipswich, Massachusetts, referred to by the locals at the “house that toilet’s built”

Oregon – the light during a total eclipse comes from the corona of the sun – much different from the light from the sun’s surface

Scotland – I told my friends I was into The Dead, but all they did was drink a few beers and take me to a bunch of cemeteries.

Magnet School 05-26-19

Students from Arts & Communications Magnet School Beaverton, Oregon and Battle Ground High School Washington, 2nd Annual Student Show

March 1st to May 26th
Artist reception: Saturday, April 20th, 1 to 3pm (calendar)

Cedar Hills Park and Rec Center
11640 SW Park Way
Portland, OR 97225

Pamela Chipman - 04-29-19

Pamela Chipman, “Hireath” - the longing for a romanticized past.

April 5 - April 29
Opening Reception: Friday April 5th 6-9pm (calendar)

2726 NE MLK Blvd.
Portland, OR
(next to Bridges Cafe (Parking in back)

OPEN Hours: Mondays: April 8,15,22 9am-noon, Wednesdays: April 3,10, &17, 4-7pm
Film Screening April 13th, 7pm - rare films by Pamela Chipman
Closing night: April 29 6-8pm
Portrait sittings: Show up during the open hours schedule.

In this exhibit Chipman employs gold leaf in her photography to explore the concepts of longing for something that is gone. The Welsh have a word for it, “Hireath”. It is about the yearning and longing for someone or someplace that you can never experience again.

Chipman visited Santa Rosa California 6 months after the Tubbs fire and Paradise California 4 months after the Camp fire, both fires decimated whole neighborhoods, she photographed was was left. Juxtaposing that with gilded images of childhood and childhood artifacts she builds upon this theme of grief or sadness for who or what you have lost, losses which make your “home” someplace you can never return to.

As an artist, Pamela Chipman produces work that explores personal identity through a variety of portals. She studied video and photography at UCLA. In the late 1980’s she moved to Portland and co-created the Blue Gallery, an innovative gallery and performance space designed as a place to present challenging art. Chipman's work has screened across the country in galleries and on community television channels, and is held in private collections.

Her current work in photography and video explores personal identity through the dialogue of artifacts and language. Chipman’s work revolves around ordinary people performing ordinary tasks, emphasizing their movements, their space, their quiet, their noise, their relationship to the air around them, and the influences on their lives. Working in a non-liner fashion, she explores her subjects' relationships to the past, and creates a visual space for her subjects and their reflections to inhabit. Starting with simple memories and stories she reveals their power as tributes to the personal courage and introspective depth of her subjects.

Throughout Chipman’s career she has explored the potentials of the video medium through a wide variety of project, ranging from video-poetry, live television, game- shows, installations, and documentary projects. Through all of this work she has focused on video and photography as tools for reaching a broad artistic audience, and for building community. She continues to explore new methods of integrating media into our visual world through installations and video books, and public art.

Kelli Pennington 06-13-19

Digital Photography 2 with Kelli Pennington at PCC (Cascade Campus)

Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am - 11:50 pm, April 2 - June 13 (calendar)

Cascade Campus
705 N Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
(971) 722-6111
$312 + fees

- This class will strengthen your Photography and Editing skills.
- Introduce you to different lighting techniques - including studio lighting with Alien Bee Strobes.
- With a special focus on advanced printing skills, while exploring different paper surfaces.

The students in this class will receive over $100 of free paper samples donated by * Moab * Hahnemuhle * Canson * Red River * Awagami and others.

The central focus of this class is to work in the studio on different lighting techniques and to learn advanced printing skills while exploring different paper surfaces. We have had paper donations from Canson, Moab, and Hahnemuhle and Awagami. Each student will receive $100 worth of paper free.

If you have taken ART240 A and would like to take the course again, we will work on strengthening your portfolio and allow for 3 self-directed projects.

Please consider registering for this course. If you are interested in taking this class but have concerns about having the correct number of core classes, please email me, I will need your G Number to provide you with an override.

***SPRING 2019*** CASCADE CAMPUS —Digital Photography 2— Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11:50 ART240 CRN: A -25026 , B -25029 , C -2503

**Questions please contact -*

Wolff Gallery 04-28-19

Small Talk Collective, Rumors
Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre

February 27–April 28, 2019
First Friday opening reception: March 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (calendar)

Wolff Gallery
2804 SE Ankeny St.
Portland, OR 97214
Open Wed-Sun 11am-6pm // Open until 8pm every First Friday of the month

Wolff Gallery is pleased to present a group show featuring new work by the members of Small Talk, a collective of seven women photographers based in Portland, Oregon.

"As a collective, we have the honor of witnessing and discussing the progression of our individual works. We find ourselves traveling along parallel paths, drawn to new directions and processes. We discover common ground in similar themes, investigating dark corners and intimate places. Here, our realities, our unverified stories, come together for a time before continuing onward. We present selections of new work from each member curated to tell a temporary fiction of rumor and truth."

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. The collective formed in Portland, Oregon in 2015.

As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of “small talk,” that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We’re Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

Small Talk Collective

Photolucida 04-24-19

Call for Volunteers!
Photolucida is a biennial portfolio review photography festival that takes place during Portland Photo Month in downtown Portland. This year it runs from April 24-28 at the Benson Hotel, with evening events happening at the Portland Art Museum, Blue Sky Gallery, and the Oregon Historical Society. Photolucida is known as "a well-run, positive yet constructive portfolio review event” due in part to the Portland photographers and community members who kindly volunteer their time.

We are seeking individuals who will volunteer their time to help facilitate our 5-day event - welcoming participants, helping to keep things on schedule during the reviews, setting up the Portfolio Walk and assisting with other evening social events (OLCC licenses and Food Handlers Cards helpful!).

Volunteers get an inside look at this nationally known event and contribute to the culture-building of the photography community.

Please email

Adrian Klein 06-11-19

Adrian Klein, “Essential Nature” Landscapes

Now – June 11, 2019 (calendar)

UO Law School Gallery (2d floor)
1515 Agate St.
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Every day / 9 am- 8 pm

“Essential Nature” landscapes of the Northwest and Hawaii is an exhibit of 20 color photographs by award winning Portland photographer, Adrian Klein. The adventure mountain and ocean photographs on canvas and aluminum are on display at the Oregon Law Gallery from January 21 to June 11, 2019 from 9 to 8 PM daily.

Klein’s photography often is the result of long backpacking hikes into national parks and wilderness areas. The beauty of flowers, landscapes, and running water come through in his wonderful images. As Klein explains ‘my love of nature has nurtured my love of photography.”

Leslie Peltz 050119

Leslie Peltz, Silos of Washington County Photographs

September 27, 2018 – May, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday September 27, 2018 6-8 pm (calendar)

Washington County Museum
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Molly Alloy, Community Engagement Coordinator and Guest Curator

Photographs by Leslie Peltz of silos used for grain, seed and silage storage in Washington County are part of the new exhibit, AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley. Her pensive black and white images invite the viewer into quiet moments she has encountered in her outings across Washington County to document silos with a Holga camera.

Visitors to this dynamic, colorful exhibit will be able to touch, hear, see and learn about agriculture and the many ways it impacts our communities. Since time immemorial people in the Tualatin Valley have used their labor and technology to maximize the amount of nourishing food and valuable plant products that grow in this fertile area. Those efforts have re-formed human habits and social structures as well as the physical landscape. This interactive exhibit centers on eight oral histories drawn from the museum’s archive housed within Pacific University’s digital exhibits. These individuals, some historic and some contemporary, speak to the field of agriculture through their personal experiences and the experiences of their families and ancestors. Together they become a dialogue across time, culture and technology that highlights many facets of agriculture’s impact on us all.

Along with photography, video, illustration, and an interactive drawing station, historic objects from the museum’s collection will be featured throughout the exhibit so that visitors can experience first-hand some of the tools that have helped shape the land around them.

Blue Sky Drawers 2019

2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Artists Announced

First Thursday, April 5th (calendar)

Debuting on First Thursday, April 5, and coinciding with Portland Photo Month, each artist will be represented by 10 original photographic prints or objects from a single body of work in a dedicated archival, flat file drawer at Blue Sky through March 2019.

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

PORTLAND, Oregon - Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is pleased to announce the names of 42 artists selected for inclusion in its 2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program ("Drawers").

Issac Sachs, Portland Meadows, 2015
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient
Danielle Dean, Elegy (Ripples), 2017
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient

Adam Bacher • Doran Bastin • Susan Bein • Ray Bidegain • Jennie Castle
Harley Cowan • Fretta Cravens • Danielle Dean • Lucas DeShazer • Claire Dibble
Gloria Feinstein • Dean Forbes • Hal Gage • Randi Ganulin • Joseph Glasgow
Sarah Graves • Lauryn Hare • Melinda Hurst Frye • Tim Jaskoski • Ryota Kajita • John Kane
Heidi Kirkpatrick • Cheston Knapp • Brian Kosoff • Zachary Krahmer • Laura Kurtenbach
Julie Lopez • Nathan Lucas • Sofia Marcus-Myers • Ryan Mills • Blue Mitchell
Marilyn Montufar • Stan Raucher • Shawn Records • Pat Rose • Isaac Sachs • Skip Smith
Deb Stoner • Nolan Streitberger • J Swofford • Samuel Wilson • Jennifer Zwick

2018 Juror

Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines, and the co-hosting of regional conferences. She is also a founding member of Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces.