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The Big Ol’ Hearts and Friends!

Saturday, February 13th 2016

Big Ol' Hearts

Valentine’s Ball Fundraiser: The Big Ol’ Hearts and Friends
Original Indie Folk & Americana

Got a plan for Valentine’s Day? If you are looking for a sweet night out, come to MAC on Saturday night the 13th to see the Big Ol’ Hearts and DJ Derek Smith share their tunes. Raise money for community arts spaces AND enjoy great music. You can listen to the Big Ol’ Hearts at their website.

All proceeds benefit the Multnomah Arts Center Association’s renovation of MAC’s performing arts spaces. Beer generously provided by Sasquatch Brewing.

Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium
Suggested Donation $10-$20
21 & Over

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Little Artists Preschool – OPEN HOUSE 1/28

We would like to cordially invite you and yours to come out and celebrate our preschool community!

Little Artists Preschool (An Arts-Based Preschool exclusive to Multnomah Arts Center) BEGIN YOUR CHILD’S JOURNEY into the arts with color, texture, sound and movement. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and stimulate young minds through process-based experiences such as painting, sculpting, dance, music and dramatic play. The ABC’s, numbers, problem solving, motor, sensory and social skills will be developed through this interdisciplinary arts program.

Open House- January 28th • 5 to 7 pm

Parents and Preschool Children — You’re Invited!
Meet our teachers and learn what Little Artists Preschool is all about while your child explores the classroom, creates art, and makes new friends. No reservations required.

Little Artists Preschool 7740 SW Capitol Hwy. Multnomah Arts Center (Cottages 1 and 2)

Please feel free to share this event information with anyone that you think might have interest. Thank you!

2016-2017 Open Enrollment Begins February 16th at 9 am. First come, first served. Previously submitted applications for new students will be considered in the order they were received after in-person applications are processed.

For more information contact Aimé Kelly: aime.kelly@portlandoregon.gov or call 503.823.2787. You can find more information about Little Artist Preschool’s program information here

Little Artist

When: January 28th – 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Little Artists Preschool (MAC’s Cottages 1 & 2)
7740 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Film Screening & Discussion

Designing America
The Olmsted Legacy

At the Multnomah Arts Center
Friday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Free & open to the public
The Olmsted Brothers architecture firm under the leadership of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. and sons John Charles and Frederick Law, Jr. left a lasting legacy across North America. An outspoken writer against slavery and a former head of the U.S. Sanitary
Commission, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. is greatly remembered as the protector of Niagara Falls and the designer of many U.S. public parks, including Central Park in New York
City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY, and the Capitol Hill grounds. Son John Charles Olmsted laid the groundwork for the park systems and many university campuses in the Pacific Northwest;
much of the greenscape and layout of today’s Portland can be traced to his influence.

Laurence Cotton, Consulting Producer on the new PBS film “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” will lead a screening of this film followed by a discussion with Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, and architect William J. Hawkins III, author of the
newly published book The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland, Oregon.


MAC Gallery November Show

November 6 – 27, 2015

Multnomah Arts Center's Visual Art Instructors Show

Multnomah Arts Center’s Visual Art Instructors Show
  • Marcy Baker
  • Roger Besselievre
  • Anne Bujold
  • Anne Tapper Blem
  • Jaye Campbell
  • Shelley Chamberlin
  • Patricia Cheyne
  • Alex Chiu
  • Russell Coker
  • Christine Colasurdo
  • Carson Culp
  • Hugh Donnelly
  • Jan Edwards
  • Aimee Erickson
  • Eduardo Fernandez
  • Char Fitzpatrick
  • Sophie Franz
  • Jenna Gersbach-King
  • Chris Harmon
  • Jerry Harris
  • Susan Hinton
  • Steve Kelly
  • Suzy Kitman
  • Annette Lansing
  • Jane Gallen Lipton
  • Kate Loomis
  • Gage Mace
  • Kicki Masthem
  • Rebecca Melton
  • Palmarin Merges
  • Tina Moore
  • Chiho Murphy
  • Nate Orton
  • Kathleen Parks
  • Tobi Kibel Piatek
  • Kurtis Piltz
  • Nicole Rawlins
  • Patricia Rehm
  • Peter Schütte
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jan Von Bergen
  • Liz WAlker
  • Diana Wong

Artwork by Multnomah Arts Center adult and youth visual arts instructors and Little Artists Preschool instructors will be on view in the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning November 6. The work will include paintings, prints, drawings, metal arts, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, sculpture, photography and more. As part of our annual Open House, an opening artist reception will be held in the gallery Friday, November 6, 5-7pm. The show may be seen through November 27.

The artists reception is only the beginning of the evening’s events. At 7:00, the Open House continues with MAC’s Performing Arts Department in the newly outfitted auditorium for “ Village Vaudeville 3: Ch-ch-ch-changes!” This annual performing arts instructor showcase provides theatre, music and dance fun for all ages. Free and open to the public, doors open at 6:45pm. .

Reception: Friday, November 6 • 5-7pm

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

Multnomah Art Center Association is pleased to hold our annual winter sale on the first weekend in December. Artwork crafted by Multnomah Art Center instructors and students is on sale for the holidays. The event is open to the public.

Winter Arts & Crafts Sale

Hand-crafted items for sale include ceramics, weaving, jewelry, prints, paintings, wood-working, photography and more, created by more than 50 teaching artists and talented students of the Center. Beautiful functional and decorative art is offered at great prices, and just in time for December holidays! All proceeds support local arts education and participating artists.


  • Thursday, December 3, 9am-9pm
  • Friday, December 4, 9am-9pm
  • Saturday, December 5, 9am-4pm
• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Kaye Synoground

Multnomah Arts Center has lost one of its own. A much loved instructor of watercolor and colored pencil, Kaye Synoground taught classes here since 1997, only retiring a couple of years ago.

Kaye was a career artist with over thirty years of experience including professional illustration, as an owner of her own studio gallery, A Closer Look in Multnomah Village, and teaching at places like the Multnomah Athletic Club and our center. Kaye was a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Colored Pencil Society of America, the Beaverton Arts Commission, and the Westside Artists group. Her work has been exhibited at the Washington County Museum, the Columbia Arts Center, the Halvorsen Gallery and the Newport Visual Arts Center. She also has had work published in “The Best of Colored Pencil” 1996 and 1997 by Rockport Publishers in Massachusetts.

Kaye brought to the classroom an encouraging and engaging atmosphere, and students flourished in her classes. She has been a true community member here – and has been supportive and generous with our program – donating equipment and supplies to help support our mission. We are honored to have worked with her and to have called her a friend.

Kaye passed last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She had enjoyed a brief remission from the cancer this last year, during which time she worked in her studio and put on a lovely retrospective show this June at the Village Frame & Gallery in Multnomah Village. An artist until the end, Kaye showed a zest for art and life that was remarkable and admired by all that new her.

A memorial for Kaye will be held on July 27th from 5 – 8pm at the Village Frame & Gallery in Multnomah Village.

Artists in the Studio Series: Print Arts Northwest

Trayle Studio: A Center for Printmaking and Book Arts

Artists in the Studio Series: Print Arts Northwest

Join MAC Trayle Studio in an engaging evening and learn about this long-running arts non-profit, now housed on our campus. Coinciding with their June retrospective exhibit in MAC’s gallery, “Thirty Years of Figurative Art,” representatives and artist members from PAN will give a print presentation including work from their founders portfolio and from current members. There will be a discussion on technique and the history of this organization that has served printmakers and printmaking education for over 30 years. Presenters include Daniel Jasa and Barbara Mason and George Johanson. Artists in the Studio Series is a new MAC program in which prominent artists in the world of printmaking and book arts share their work and expertise.

Artists in the Studio Series is a new MAC program in which prominent artists in the world of printmaking and book arts share their work and expertise.

Boy with Bird by Manuel Izquierdo

Two Eves George Johanson

compliance 17 by Barbara Mason

One Will Do by Daniel Jasa

Friday, June 26th, 6:30pm – 9pm

Location: Trayle Studio (Cottage 6 on the west end of MAC campus)
Free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVP is highly recommended.

Send RSVPs to Nicole.Rawlins@portlandoregon.gov

Print Arts NW (PAN)

For over twenty-six years, Print Arts Northwest, formerly called the Northwest Print Council, has supported contemporary printmaking by promoting the practice, appreciation, and collection of original prints through exhibitions and educational programs. More than 150 artists are currently represented by the Council from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Alberta, California, Massachusetts, England, and British Columbia.

Print Arts Northwest supports contemporary fine art printmaking by promoting the practice, appreciation and collection of original prints through exhibitions and educational programs.
They are a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit. Print Arts Northwest programs, exhibitions and artist and non-artist memberships are open and accessible to all members of the public, regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin, disability or age.

PAN’s Goals
provide quality exhibitions for Artist Members offer the best value of any Portland gallery for original art provide a wide range of education programs for printmakers and art enthusiasts at all skill levels create a network of artists and collectors become an information exchange about our craft

George Johanson
A painter, printmaker and ceramic tile artist, George Johanson studied at the Museum Art School in Portland with further study in New York as well as London. He taught at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) for 25 years until his retirement in 1980.
He has had more than 60 one man shows and is represented in public and private collections including the Portland Art Museum, the Smithsonian National Collection, in Washington, D.C. and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He received the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award. In 1992.
In 2002 the Portland Art Museum presented an exhibition of his drawings titled “Equivalents- Portraits of 80 Oregon Artists”. He was given a 60 year retrospective of his work at the Hallie Ford Museum, Salem in 2007. In 2010 the Pacific Northwest College of Art presented a major selection of his paintings titled “Seven Decades”. Johanson continues active work in his Portland studio.

Daniel Jasa
Daniel Jasa is an artist and printmaker working at Atelier Mars in Portland Oregon. He studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, was a printmaking monitor at the Art Students League of New York, and finished a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University. He teaches a weekly Open Studio as well as etching workshops at Atelier Meridian where he was Artist in Residence in 2009. Daniel is also an employee of McClain’s Printmaking Supplies and remains active in the community through exhibitions, workshops, and his advocacy work through Print Arts Northwest. His work can be seen in Portland at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery.

Barbara Mason
Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker working in her own printmaking studio in Aloha, 15 miles west of Portland, Oregon. A lifelong artist, she began studying printmaking in the early 80’s and was immediately enamored with the medium. Barbara made viscosity monotypes almost exclusively for 20 years until she discovered Solarplate etching. She has been an enthusiast of this process since 2001 and has taught the process in workshops since 2002. Serving 8 years on the board of the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, she was also a founding board member of the 12 year old Art in the Pearl, and served on the board of Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Barbara is a past President of the Board of Print Arts Northwest the gallery and studio of the Northwest Print Council. She is the currently the education chair at Print Arts Northwest. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, and has works in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, Intel Corporation, Crow’s Shadow Art Institute, the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, the New York Public Library Collection, the Halle Ford Museum, the National Museum of Kampala Uganda, the Applied Sciences University of Amman, Jordan, the Jordon Schnitzer Collection, the American Print Alliance Memorial Collection and numerous private individuals and corporations.

For more information about Print Arts Northwest, go to their website: www.printartsnw.org

Summer Literary Arts Classes


June 5 • 7 pm

Multnomah Arts Center Literary Arts Program instructors and students will read their poetry, fiction and nonfiction in a celebration of the written word. Open to the public.
Free admission.

Open Writing Studio Ages 16 & Up

Want to maintain your writing practice this summer with focused writing time? This class is for you! The instructor will offer prompts, set a timer, and guide you through a number of free-writing exercises. In-class sharing is optional. Drop into one class ($15) or sign up for a whole series. All levels.

1031471 Tu. 10 – 11:30 am Jun. 16 – Jul. 21 $70 [6 classes] Judith Pulman

Poetry Writing Workshop Ages 16 & Up

Are you looking for inspiration? Spend the day reading, writing, and listening to poetry. We will discuss methods for generating and revising poetry in a safe and supportive environment. Our time will be spent reading and listening to examples of published poetry, writing to prompts, and sharing what we have written. Bring an example of your poetry to share, pen, paper, and lunch.

1031474 Sat. 10 am – 3 pm Jun. 27 $46 [1 class] Christopher Luna

The Broadside—Word & Art in Print Ages 13 & Up

Make your own broadside from start to finish. You will be helped through the process of writing the text, making the art, and then printing it. The result? A small edition of your own. Experiment with creative writing, calligraphy, letterpress, relief printing and more to create posters, proclamations, poems, and other beautiful single-sided displays. Bring your writing in progress along with image ideas. Price includes a $35 studio and materials fee which is non-refundable after class begins. Get list online for additional needed materials.

1027643 Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 2 pm Sep. 14 – 18 $210 [5 classes] Christine Colasurdo & Nate Orton

Writing from the Senses Ages 6 – 8

How do you describe the texture of a cat’s tongue? The taste of macaroni and cheese? What about the smell of a rose? Learn how to really pay attention to your senses. Record life around you and life as you imagine it could be. Come home from class with a book containing poems, stories, and discoveries.

1029954 M – F 10 – 11:30 am Aug. 10 – 14 $75 [5 classes] Danielle Erickson

Messed-Up Myths & Fractured Fairy Tales Ages 9 – 12

What if Snow White met a prince, but actually fell in love with one of the dwarves? Engage your imagination by asking ‘what if’ questions about the stories you know, and have fun filling these stories with your own characters, situations, and settings. Leave class with five stories to share with family and friends!

1029955 M – F 12:30 – 2:30 pm Aug. 10 – 14 $100 [5 classes] Danielle Erickson

The World in Photo & Story Ages 13-17

Become an artist spy this summer! Translate observation skills into digital photographs and writing. Travel around Multnomah Village and record what you see. Explore how photos fit into writing. Maybe you’ll write a mystery set in Gabriel Park, a play staged in Annie Bloom’s, or compose a Fat City Cafe poem. Leave class with a book to share including digital prints. Bring a writing utensil and a current digital camera. This camp will travel off site. See important information on page 9 before registering for a camp.

1029937 M – F 10 am – 3 pm Aug. 3 – 7 $260 [5 classes] Jenna Gersbach-King & Amy Minato

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

The Theatre Program Showcase

Friday, June 5 at 7 pm

You’re invited to enjoy
The Theatre Program Showcase

Come see what we’ve been working on in the Theatre Program! The evening features performances by four of our classes:

  • Act I: Youth classes Let’s Put On a Show & From the Page to the Stage
  • Act II: Adult classes Action for the Stage and Live Lit for Seniors

Admission is free and open to the public!

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •

Studio Theatre Performance

Studio Theatre Presents
Brothers and Sisters Grimm

We invite you to a free performance of Brothers and Sisters Grimm by MAC’s Studio Theatre class. Adapted for the stage by MAC instructor Timothy Scarrott and Dawn Panttaja. Performed and staged by an all student cast. full poster

Show Times:
 • Friday, June 12th at 7:00 pm
 • Saturday, June 13th at 7:00 pm
 • Sunday, June 14th at 3:00 pm

MAC will offer a Guys and Dolls, Jr: Musical Theatre Camp this Summer for ages 9-17 for more details click here.

The Studio Theatre will return in the Fall term

If you would like to inquire about our theatre program please contact MAC’s Theatre Coordinator Amy Jo McCarville via email.

• 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland, OR 97219 • 503-823-2787 •