Through Her Eyes - The Life and Art of Betty Chilstrom
Portland, Oregon artist, Betty Chilstrom, "Painted the Town" during the second half of the 20th century. The character of a city is made up of many things, including its history and neighborhood vitality. Living through the great depression, homeless throughout her childhood, Betty had a keen appreciation for the value of a Home Place, and Portland became her permanent home during World War II. Living in the same Buckman neighborhood home for seventy years, she spent 40 years chronicling Portland's historic homes, architecture, and cityscapes, before urban renewal swept them away. Told by her youngest daughter, artist Robin Chilstrom, this is the story of Betty's life, her evolution as a self-taught artist, and how she came to create the stunning and prolific archive of over 800 paintings and drawings (over 200 are in this book), during her Love Affair with the City. Published Oct. 2018,Second Edition, full color, 8.5 x 11", 150 pages (price includes shipping)
Columbia River Stories follow a sequence of events that shaped the history of the Columbia River region. Historical fiction, based on factual events, and written for children, we begin the story cycle with Oregon coastal tribes in the 1780’s, journey on with the Corps of Discovery, travel the Oregon Trail with Pioneers, and finally, accompany Wasco Indian Children to Chemawa Indian Boarding School.
These stories were created by NE Portland Harvey Scott School students and teachers in collaboration with artist-educators Robin Chilstrom and Judith Yeckel of Earth Arts NW. Interwoven into required 4th and 5th grade humanities study, the stories are richly detailed, imaginative accounts of the diverse peoples whose lives joined in shaping the cultural history of the Columbia River. Appropriate and recommended for classroom use. (8.5x11", softcover, published 2007)