Monday Drop-in Sessions happening this Spring, March - May. Find out more HERE or, if you like, download the flier HERE.
In December, 2018 I came upon this archival film posted by the Oregon Historical Society in 2017. Portland's own Elaine Velazquez made this short film commissioned by the National Organization for Women in the mid-1970's. It captures a moment in 'Portland time' when my friends and I were finding and defining our paths as artists and activists. Elaine and her partner Barbara Bernstein have gone on to create many powerful works of socially relevant art, and each of the women featured in this film has continued, in her own way, to contribute as artist/activist through the years. It's important to encourage each other, and those subtle to brilliant shades of storytelling that reveal our humanness and remind us that stories are interwoven in the DNA of our beings. Stories can be false, misleading, destructive and separate us by fearful, angry means, and stories can intrigue, delight, unite, inform and inspire us to act for the common good. The latter are the kind of stories I want learn from, create, and share. How about you?
December 9th, 3-4:30 pm
Are you interested in seeing a painterly archive of Portland's Architectural Heritage? Have concerns about neighborhood livability and Housing Equity?
Join us for these events and share your thoughts! We'd love to see you there.
Learn more about Betty here.
Exhibit & Book Launch:
Friday, November 16th, 2018
7-9:00 pm; Presentation at 7:30
We hope you can join us at the opening of an Exhibit of over sixty of
Betty Chilstrom's historic paintings of 20th century Portland, as well as the
Book Launch of "Through Her Eyes," an image-rich story about Betty's life & art,
told by her daughter, Robin. A FREE Event
PS: The exhibit runs through Dec. 16th: contact Cerimon House for hours.
PPS: If you can't make it but want the book, you can get it Here.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018, 3-4:30pm
Panel Q&A and Audience Dialogue
At Home in Portland: Our Changing City
Neighborhood Livability and Housing Equity in 21st century
After brief presentations from our panel, audience members will join in a
conversation about ongoing preservation efforts, urban planning,
neighborhood livability, and housing equity issues. A FREE Event
These Events are Sponsored by:
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Sing & create chant-songs for the Earth!
Seasonal Series. EarthSong workshops will offer us a place to share
thoughts and feelings about our planet home - playfully and creatively,
then shape individual and collaborative improvisations into chant-songs
for the Earth, songs that we can share with our community circles.
Selected songs will be scored and shared via digital publication.
Yesterday I walked the Labyrinth at Cerimon House. The day's theme was "Light is returning." Lights were dimmed, candles flickered and I moved into the space accompanied by gentle, flowing music.
Each station I came to contained objects to inspire the little journey I was on, as I followed the path to the center and back. I had a powerful experience of listening within. It set me onto a thoughtful course honoring the wheel of life, ancestors, and the unending continuum that is aliveness.
And at the heart of my journey was the message to release from the bonds of knowing, to "un-know" what I think I know, so that I can live in (and learn from) the ever-present now.
It was revelatory, enriching, soul-deep song work and I am mightily grateful to have had an opportunity to be immersed in this music-of-the-moment in the company of an international group of musicians. For me it was regenerating, inspiring and affirming. A time to reconnect with my tribe, and a timely pause to breathe in the light before returning to what has been a challenging time in my family's life.
I'll be sharing more over the coming months about community music events I'm planning that will flow in and out of the circle song format. In the meantime, below is an outtake from one of the sessions (we were asked not to audiotape, but I did just this once) and a few pictures, some mine, some borrowed.
May we all, in this time of constant change and challenge, find centering moments of peace, joy and regeneration within our tribes. Joyous Thanks to RACC and its many sponsors.
Robin is a Portland, OR native who's lived long enough to remember the transformative era
of the 70's.
Adding To The Light
Art Of The 1970's
Improvise At Cerimon House!
Life On Earth
Painter Betty Chilstrom
Spring 2019 Voiceweaving Workshops!
Voiceweaving At Cerimon House!
Women & Creativity