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May 30, 2009

june 2009 events

by gl. at 9:38 pm

I realized, rather belatedly, I suppose, that not everyone who reads the blog gets our newsletter. Doh! So it looks like I haven't posted here in a long time, but things are still happening. So I've decided to post the newsletters here on the site for those who are interested and to keep a better archive, so I'll be going back over time and inserting the old newsletters in their appropriate places. Starting with...

June events

It's like we suddenly leapt into summer -- and I'm so glad my garden was ready for it! A lot of preparation during the spring is finally starting to bloom, both in the vegetable and metaphorical gardens. For instance, one of the creative expressions I have really missed in the last several years is theatre, so I was happy to be cast as an extra on TNT's TV series "Leverage" this week -- but I am even more delighted to tell you about what I'll be doing this summer...

Original Practice Shakespeare is an unusual, fun & authentic return to the Shakespeare of yore -- which is to say, without rehearsals, sets or direction. It sounds daft but true! Actors study several roles but never read the full script and don't know which role they'll perform until the day of the performance, only meeting beforehand to choreograph fight scenes and songs. This is a "play" in one of the truest senses of the word, a process that embraces both spontaneity & mistakes. Indeed, part of the joy as an audience member is following along with the actors as they discover what to do next. No performance is ever the same! I really hope you take the opportunity to see one of these shows, even if it turns out I'm not in the one you attend. There will also be performances in July & August. Bring a picnic!

OPSFest presents A Midsommer Nights Dreame:
* June 13, 2 p.m. - Cathedral Park
* June 14, 2 p.m. - Peninsula Park
* June 20, 2 p.m. - Laurelhurst Park
* June 21, 2 p.m. - Washington Park

In the meantime, if you're looking to teach a class or host an event this summer, we're now renting the studio for a variety of art activities. At just $25/hour, you won't find a more welcoming or inspiring environment with abundant supplies and creature comforts. Whether it's an art class, party, celebration or retreat, please contact us if you'd like to arrange for your special event in our space!

For those of you making art and trying to communicate what it is and why you do it, Jill Kelly will be facilitating a "Writing a Better Artist's Statement" workshop on June 18 from 6-9 p.m. in inner SE Portland for $50. Jill is a professional editor nominated for an Oregon Book Award last year! She says, "Need a better artist’s statement, one that really reflects you and your work? During this workshop, you’ll answer a variety of provocative questions that will take you deeper into ways of speaking and writing about your work. There will be a lot of sharing (borrowing others' ideas is encouraged) and you will end up with a rough draft of a new statement and ways to improve your bio and resume. After the workshop, you may email me your drafted materials and I will edit, polish, and give input for no extra charge." Group is limited to 6. To register call 503-235-2019 or

Last but not least, please join me in congratulating this year's graduating members of Trillium Artisans! I'm on the Board of Trillium, which is a 3-year program designed to educate, encourage and support small crafty businesses. Trillium is supported by The City of Portland's Equal Opportunity Initiative and by people like you who want to support local artisans. Celebrate their success by buying yourself or a friend something nice at their online store. Or, if you donate $10 or more I'll match your donation!

warmest wishes for a joyous June,

posted by gl. | May 30, 2009 9:38 PM | categories: newsletter