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January 2014

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This is Jim Sandberg and Amy Dials (Operations Manager and Outreach Director, respectively) of XRAY.FM, Portland’s new independent radio station which goes on the air next month.

The folks behind XRAY have pulled together the best DJs in the city to host weekly shows, and the nonprofit station is run by radiant bunch of local heavy-hitters from fine establishments across town like Bunk Bar, Relapse Records, Sizzle Pie, Dig a Pony, Tiga, Beech St. Parlor, and more.

XRAY has launched a Kickstarter campaign that ends this week. They reached their initial goal to get them on the air and are now aiming to double it, a goal that will get them out of their baby shoebox temporary studio – adorable but barely big enough for the DJS (forget about a music library) and with no control over the temperature.

We are dying with anticipation over here for the launch of community-building, well-curated and thoughtful independent radio and XRAY has more days to make that dream a reality. Long live community radio!

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Ethiopia is a land of many contrasts: magical, mystical, heartwarming, heartbreaking, fertile, dry, lush, ancient, modern, fascinating, frustrating, tragic and triumphant.  One of the coolest things about it is that coffee is part of the lifeblood here, intertwined as ritual in the daily life of everyone. Driving through the towns you smell coffee being roasted everywhere.  When you arrive to a new farm or community washing station, you are greeted with a cup of freshly roasted and brewed coffee. I cupped some early harvest lots the day I left and there were some serious stunners. In short, we are really stoked for our Ethiopia offerings once again this year.  


SYASOn view January 6th - February 3rd
Opening reception 4 – 6 pm Sunday, January 19th

It is not a shocker that with all the creative and talented folks here at Stumptown that their children would inherit it – whether through guidance, encouragement or just a good ‘ol natural knack.


Lila Armbrust / Lauren Baker / Francis Cornell / Jacob Daniel / Theo Daniel / Viggo Daniel / Lillian May Hooper / Poppy Jassmond / Isabel Kirbach / Moses Kirbach / Holland Lounsbury / Karen Lounsbury / Saylor Jane Manning / Mason Matthews / Lydia McCarthy / Mia Mossefin / Shelley Mossefin / Esma Mszewski / Greta Mszewski / Rita Overby / Orin Wiley Pitts / Angus Sorenson / Ava Sorenson / Phoenix Spier / Rowan Spier / Emma Ulrich / Ezrah Weiler / Juniper Weiler / Lucien Wick

ICELAND- EXPOSURE FIVEOn view January 8th – February 4th
Opening reception TBA

Envision an Icelandic winter. It is dark, vast, gritty and tempestuous. With as much as 20 hours of darkness a day, you lose your sense of time during the long nights. The total absence of light is especially evident in remote northern towns, like Skagaströnd, where the surrounding mountains and fjords block even the slimmest sliver of sun on the horizon. Life seems to slow down during the long hours of solitude. This body of work, ARTEMIS, has its roots in the internal disorientation Ali Gradisher experienced during January and February 2013 at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

It is not uncommon to find large animal bones strewn about Iceland’s rugged terrain or washed up on the beach. For Ali, the bones seemed to be symbolic of a particularly guttural and keenly alive part of life that is characteristic to Iceland. She chose to magnify and play with bone motifs to express her impressions of Iceland’s wildly elemental and exposed landscape.

The cyanotypes in ARTEMIS commemorate a season of making, process and storytelling. Each of these cyanotypes were created in reaction to the one made before it. Because Ali abandoned traditional cyanotype processes and chose instead to paint, not print, with the chemicals, these pieces are evidence of both external and internal landscapes. What you see in this work is symbolic of place, remoteness, darkness and wild grit. As a result of the experimental processes harnessed to create each piece, this work questions the basic constitution of a cyanotype.

ARTEMIS was funded in part by a 2013 Professional Development Grant through the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, OR.