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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 7-9pm
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Southeast Uplift
How to Imbue Your Life with More Meaning, More Joy + More Connection. We will use time, attention, connection + currency as constraints to help you create your own quest. Taught by Melea Seward Cost: It's $75 to enroll. At the end of the course, you will pay a second installment, the amount of which is completely up to you ($0 +), but reflects the value you received and the effort you created. Space is limited to 25 participants. In Create Your Own Quest, we will discover ways to imbue your limited time on this planet with more joy, more meaning, and more connection. We will use TIME, ATTENTION, CONNECTION, and CURRENCY as constraints to help you create your own quest. In literature and films, quests often involve extensive travel and adventure, but your quest can also happen in your backyard, in your neighborhood, in your city, or on the web. Whether you want to visit every National Park in your lifetime, meet everyone who shares your first name in your zip code, or paint more, this course may be for you. Want to revive and pursue a dream that has faded? This is a great course to revisit and explore what is possible. Week 1: Thinking Bigger: Assessing What Is + Exploring the Possible As a culture, it seems we’re obsessed with life hacks, habits, and getting more done while spending less time on the doing. As adults, we tend to organize our lives around ATTENTION (what we pay attention to), CONNECTION (who we pay attention to), TIME (how we organize our days, weeks, month, years), and CURRENCY (how we pay for our lives, usually in some equation that factors in time and money). In this first class we will assess what is important to us and explore the possible. Week 2: Motion, Preparation + Divergence Luck favors the prepared. In the second week, we will look at famous and not-so-famous quests — we will break down how ordinary people have used constraints of time, space, place, money, and more to create more luck, or what I like to call, serendipity engines. It is difficult to stumble on an idea while seated, so we will look at ways to create more movement in your everyday life and prepare for the outcomes you’re interested in. Week 3: Commitment, Activation + Optimizing Connections How do you commit to an idea? How do you choose? In week three, through guided homework, readings, class discussion, and small group work, we will work on optimizing your connections with people and ideas. Week 4: Surprise + Delight Week four will be a co-facilitated class between the participants. You have to show up to see what happens. Melea Seward, Professional Generalist, is a communications and strategy consultant, speaker, improvisational storyteller and writer. She creates time-bound, rule-based projects and games that explore performance in everyday life. Most recently, she created Board of Us, a playful facilitation tool that she uses in her consulting work with clients ranging from soloprenuers and small business owners to established nonprofit organizations and multinational companies, including NBC, HBO, Shore Fire Media, Elixir Design and Girls for Gender Equity.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:30am-2:30pm
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Fix-It Fairs are free events where neighbors come together to learn simple and effective ways to save money and be healthy at home this winter. Each fair features exhibits and workshops from numerous community partners throughout the day. Experts will be available to talk about water and energy savings, home and personal health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more. Free childcare and lunch are provided. The Fair will feature workshops presented in Spanish in addition to workshops presented in English.
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Monday, February 27, 2017 from 6:30-7:30pm
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Acclaimed author Anthony Doerr will speak at the University of Portland about his award-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Buckley Center Auditorium. Doerr's 2014 novel, All the Light We Cannot See, centers around a blind French girl and a young German soldier whose paths cross during World War II. It illuminates the good that can still prevail even against the darkest times. The novel has won numerous literary awards, including the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In addition to the Pulitzer and Carnegie awards, Doerr's fiction and non-fiction works have been recognized by several prestigious literary awards, and his short stories and essays have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. He currently lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and kids. This event is presented as part of the University of Portland's Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer Series. It is free and open to the public.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017 at noon through Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 9pm
noon through Sunday, April 2 at 9pm
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Blue Sky Gallery
Tara Sellios Testimony Lauren Semivan Observatory March 2–April 2, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception March 2, 6:00–9:00 PM Artist Talks: Lauren Semivan: Thursday, March 2, 5:00 PM Tara Sellios: Friday, March 3, 12:00 PM All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public. “Within each image, ghosts of previous drawings create a sense of time suspended, evoking gesture, atmosphere and memory. Photographs allow me to access the extraordinary, to keep a record of dreams, and to employ the unforeseen.” To create the large format black-and-white photographs that comprise Observatory, Lauren Semivan brings together the visual languages of drawing, still life painting, and performance to express her dreamlike interior narratives on film. Using charcoal and graphite, Semivan makes gestural marks on large backdrops, setting the emotional tone for each image and leaving traces of her presence. When Semivan does appear in the front of her 8x10 view camera, she often seems caught in a dance, her identity obscured within the image’s painterly abstraction. Strategically placed objects also populate the staged environment, adding additional layers for the eye to peruse and inviting us into the depths of the artist’s inner world. Lauren Semivan (b. 1981) is an artist living and working in Detroit, Michigan. She received a BA in studio art from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums and she has taught photography at the College for Creative Studies, The Ohio State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wayne State University. Semivan has received numerous awards for her work including Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 and The Griffin Museum of Photography’s Griffin Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, and Photograph magazines and is part of the permanent collections at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, The Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University, and The Elton John Collection. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, and David Klein Gallery in Detroit, Michigan.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at noon through Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5pm
noon through Sunday, April 2 at 5pm
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Blue Sky Gallery
Tara Sellios Testimony Lauren Semivan Observatory March 2–April 2, 2017 First Thursday Opening Reception March 2, 6:00–9:00 PM Artist Talks: Lauren Semivan: Thursday, March 2, 5:00 PM Tara Sellios: Friday, March 3, 12:00 PM All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public. "Death has always possessed a significant presence within the history of art, ranging from altarpieces to the work of the Dutch still life painters. Manifesting melancholic themes with beauty and precision, as these artists did, results in an image that is seductive, forcing the viewer to look, despite its apparent grotesque and morbid nature. Through these images, I aspire to make apparent the restlessness of a life that is knowingly so temporary and vulnerable.” Inspired by Last Judgement paintings of the Baroque era, Tara Sellios’ Testimony is a visual rumination upon the fragility, impermanence, and carnality of life. Her process is meticulous and deliberate, with each tableaux beginning as a detailed watercolor sketch. Sellios then translates each painting into sculpture, carefully placing rehydrated insect specimens and animal skeletons into intriguing configurations that she subsequently photographs with an 8x10 view camera. The resulting larger-than-life color photographic prints, which will be on view alongside selected watercolors, are meant to disrupt preconceived notions of death while also offering a space for contemplating our mortality. Tara Sellios (b. 1987) is an artist living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BFA in Photography from The Art Institute of Boston and has exhibited extensively regionally and nationally. Her work has been featured in Photograph magazine, the Boston Globe, and on the Lenscratch photography blog. Blue Sky is honored to host Sellios’ first solo show on the West Coast.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 6-11pm
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A music festival primarily Blues but also jazz and world music to raise funds, awareness and introduce new people to the idea of single payer universal healthcare for all.
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