Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Leslie Elder: "4,000 Miles" Portraits

This is one of of several portraits Leslie has on display at Artist Repertory Theatre in downtown Portland. The show has been juried and curated by Geezer Gallery and opens May 7th at 6:45 pm.  As mentioned in previous posts, the art in the show is based on themes in the current play "4000 Miles." The subject of this beautiful portrait is Sonia Liberman, mother-in-law of ORA artist Esther Liberman. 

All the artists in the show read the play, used their imaginations, and created art to reflect the characters and/or themes of the play. Leslie says "I wanted a strong woman with a gleam in her eye to represent Vera, one of the leading characters in the play."

Come to our opening on May 7th and meet Sonia (the model), Leslie (the artist), and Vera (the portrait).   Buy tickets to the play and meet Vera, the character."

Edited May 8th: model, artist, and portrait came together at our opening reception last night!

Monday, April 20, 2015


9 AM: Artists arrive and deliver their art
10 AM: A few more artists deliver their work...
meanwhile we begin gently unwrapping each individual piece of art, carefully leaning paintings and photographs against the walls, draping fabric art over the cushioned benches, and  3-D pieces were spread out on tables.
11AM: Patricia (curator) begins painting display stands. Diane and Eddy take apart the frames that will eventually hold the titles and prices of all the artwork.
NOON: Break for a little wine and lunch at Gilda's

1PM Patty sends Eddy and Diane home. Patty and Amy survey the art and begin to imagine where everything will go.

Monday, April 13, 2015

4000 miles...special theater hosted events!

coincides with the staging of AMy Herzog's play 4000 miles! (April 28-May 2, 2015)

A.R.T. is a wonderful theater with a long history of staging high quality theater.

ORA is honored to be included in this wonderful event. 


.........MEANWHILE...... here's some useful information from A.R.T's website

Join the cast and crew for a post-show discussion after the 2pm matinees on May 3, 10, 13, 17, 24. There will be an ASL-interpreted post-show discussion on May 23. 
Make your theatre experience even more rewarding! Join us for Happy Hours, Surprise Nights, post-show discussions with cast & crew and so much more! Click here for a full schedule of activities
PRODUCTION HISTORY: 4000 Miles premiered as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s new works initiative LCT2 in 2011 and became the first play from LCT3 to graduate to a full Off-Broadway run at Lincoln Center Theater in 2012. The production won the Obie Award for Best New Play, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, and Times Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical in 2012. Herzog’s play was also a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013.  
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Amy Herzog graduated with an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. Only a few years after her graduation, Herzog’s career as a playwright took off. Her plays include After The Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Plan (Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist, Drama Desk Nomination). Herzog is also the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill , the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. 
Alana came to Portland in 1979 to become a member of The New Rose Theatre, founded by friends she knew from her undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota. Some favorite shows from that era include Hay Fever, Design for Living, Hedda Gabler, Crimes of the Heart,Talley’s Folly, She Stoops to Conquer, A Moon for the Misbegotten and Long Day’s Journey into Night.
She soon began to work at other theatres in town and her history with Artists Rep goes back (almost) to its very beginning. She directed The Mound Builders, the theatre’s second show, followed by Angels Fall, and Toys in the Attic in the next two seasons. Alana then attended graduate school at Ohio University, where she earned an MFA in Directing; spending her summers at The Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. 
Upon returning to Portland she directed Ten November and A Lie of the Mind for Storefront Theatre. She became the Associate Artistic Director of The Oregon Stage Company, where she directed The Heidi ChroniclesCat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Misanthrope and Smoke on the Mountain (where she met her husband, Grant Byington). 
She returned to Artists Rep several times over the years, as an actor and director, most recently directing Enchanted April and String of Pearls. Other recent credits include several shows at Northwest Classical Theatre Company, among them Bloody PoetryArms and the Man and Hamlet

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:Dates: April 28 - May 24Performances: Wednesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm; Sunday @ 2pm; 4th week Saturday @ 2pm
Opening Night is Saturday, May 2

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Prepping for Trifecta

Over a dozen ORA artists gathered to explore each other's work in anticipation of A.R.T.'s productionof 4000 miles. Amy Henderson with Geezer Gallery attended and offered invaluable advice!
A display of some of the 3D responses to 4000 Miles!

Getting ready for a group show and jury takes a good bit of effort!

Months ago, interested ORA members met several times to read the play 4000 Miles and discuss the various ways we might approach the themes of the play within our various media. 

Lots of brain storming! Lots of ideas!...and then off to our individual studios to create.

A few months later we met to look at each other's creations . We offered  feed back, recommendations, and discussed pricing.

The jury results are in... we'll be posting names and images soon!

The show will go up April 22nd....and the artist's reception will be May 6th. Stay tuned for the details!

Go to  for more information about tickets to the play!
There is a special package offer for dinner at Jamison Restaurant and theater tix!!!!! CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Brauna Ritchie is at Jamison Restaurant

First Thursday at Jamison featured Brauna's mixed media glass art. The art displays there are curated by Geezer Gallery!

Great news: these fantastic pieces are all available for purchase! 

Jamison Restaurant is a fantastic place to dine and see art.
There's a great dinner and theater package coming soon....all timed to go with the opening of the play 4000 miles at Artist Repertory Theater. Twenty ORA artists will display work in the theater lobby.

This fabulous exhibit is the brainchild of Amy Henderson, director of Geezer Gallery. The upcoming show is called TRIFECTA. More information coming shortly!