Around the Narrative Lens

In the contemporary world, we tend to live and breathe narrative. The connective tissue of the Story has threaded into much of our cultural consumption. Whether we are digesting the news of the day, taking in the entertainment media, or sharing anecdotes with loved ones, we’ve learned to mimic the narrative arc perpetuated in our histories and our fictions, as we learn and re-tell.

This collection of artists serves as a cross-section of creative production that activates our intuitive sense of narrative as a means to engage with their work. Often snapshots, and at times borrowing from the tools of abstraction, these pieces empower the viewer to consider questions pertaining to the information left off the canvas as a means of connecting with the artwork itself. At times creating art speaking to social questions, personally lived experience, or the captured moments of a photograph, the selected works of these artists deploy the viewer’s narrative faculty in accessing and finding dialogue with the piece.

Featuring works by:

Marie Conner
Kyle Lee
Hector Ornelas
Tatyana Ostapenko
Mami Takahashi

Guest Curator: Cass Gray

Opening Reception
February 29th, 6-9 PM

With a performance by Marie Conner at 7 PM
Music provided by BHOLT in Ford Food & Drink


Marie Conner

Marie Conner is living her best life as a Portland based inter-disciplinary artist, non-fiction writer, and educator with a focus on disability aesthetics and otherness theories. She received a BA in Liberal Arts, Sculpture and Writing in 2015 and an MA.Ed in Postsecondary Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University in 2017, followed by an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2019. She has exhibited across the Pacific Northwest and in Antwerp, Belgium. Her work asserts that the non-normative body can be seen through the lens of the sublime and beautiful, and that every body is actually non-normative. She has a pedagogical philosophy grounded in experiential learning, with a focus on personal narrative. Her work also asks what access really means and strives to establish a framework and language with which to open lines of communication concerning difference and acceptance.

Kyle Lee

Kyle Lee was born and raised near Tampa Bay, Florida. After traveling around the United States in his early twenties, he made a move to Portland, Oregon and began his studies in art at Portland State University. He received his BFA in 2013 and MFA in 2016. He has exhibited in galleries around Portland including Littman Gallery, B10 Gallery, Blackfish gallery, and he is a recipient of the 2016 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize. Kyle has remained in Portland for nearly nine years and never got a tattoo.

Hector Ornelas

Hector Ornelas is a first generation Mexican American who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has received a BFA from Portland State University. Primarily he works in painting and photography, and currently experiments with larger scale work and mix medium. Ornelas takes inspiration and imagery from both American and Mexican culture to create work, and uses his work as a way to better understand himself and his identity as a Mexican American.

Tatyana Ostapenko

Tatyana Ostapenko makes history paintings to record the lives of people who will never make into official historical records. She was born and raised in Soviet Ukraine and currently lives in Portland, OR. She holds a BFA in Studio Practice from Portland State University.

Tatyana’s work has been exhibited at the 5th Geoje International Art Festival (South Korea), Odessa Contemporary Art Biennial (Odessa, Ukraine), the Governors Island Art Fair (NYC), Cape Cod Art Museum (Dennis, MA), Littman Gallery (Portland, OR) Locker 50b (Richmond, VA) and Site: Brooklyn (NY, NY).

Mami Takahashi

Takahashi received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2013. She earned a BFA in Japanese painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design (Japan) where she was awarded a prize for her thesis work. Takahashi also obtained an Associate of Fine Art in Aesthetics from Aoyama-gakuin Women’s College (Japan).

Takahashi’s practice includes both traditional craft techniques and technological approaches, such as chemical reactions and digital modulated sound systems. In addition to being a visual artist, Takahashi is also a research scholar at the University of Oregon focusing on the conceptual understanding of Japanese aesthetics. Her work has been collected and exhibited internationally.

On View February 29 – March 25, 2020

Deep Down

Through playful exploration of the emotional, mythical, morbid, and psychedelic, “Deep Down” invites viewers to delve into the waters of the subconscious.

We often attach a negative morality with the concept of being “down”.  “Deep Down” aims to embrace the dark and mysterious beneath the palpable.  It is often beyond the visible where brilliant changes take place and from which new life and insights are born. As there is light, so there is darkness.  This exhibit honors all that dwells in the dark, under the surface, and under the flesh. We celebrate these shadowy spaces for the seeds that they germinate, the dreams that they sew, the strength that they build and the secrets that they hold.  We are born from these deep dark places and we will return to them. With this body of work, we’ve chosen to surpass the shallow depictions of our daily lives, and dive deep down into a kaleidoscope of simultaneity, where the doors of perception become unhinged.

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 25th
6 – 9 PM

Steele Tea Studios

Jonathan Steele will be providing tea services the night of the opening.  Steele hosts a delicate and magical tea experience by serving with his own beautifully hand-crafted tea-ware, at a mystically ornamented tea table set to enchant and inspire those who come to sit and sip together.


About the Artists

Ila Rose

Ila Rose’s work is colorful, dark, complex, layered, luscious and surreal.   She plays with symbols which emerge from a combination of research and subconscious exploration. Ila is constantly concerned with improving her technique -as well as researching topics ranging from psychology, mythology, spirituality and science- so that she may be a better vessel for articulating potent and relevant information as it flows through her. Rose has been painting all of her life and considers herself an art activist. She strives to use her privilege, to be a voice for social injustices as well as an advocate for the value of art in our lives and uplifting the value of the working artist.  Rose believes art practice is vital to invoking collective creative thought and a necessary and positive transformation in our world. The process of art-making is symbolic to the process of forging our own personal paths; there is much to be learned, in any creative practice, about enduring and transmuting struggle.


Lindsay Swing

Lindsay Swing is a self taught artist, her background in science heavily influences her work and style. Captivated by the art of biological illustration, Swing strives to capture the beauty of all things around her by exploring non-traditional mediums. Her love of abandoned treasures led to an obsession with vintage windows, which she uses as her primary canvas in her illustrated work. She employing freehand etching and inking techniques to create each one of a kind piece.  Her sculptural work focuses on recognizing the magic around us. Swing mixes found biological oddities such as bones, insects, and botanicals, with clay and grown crystals to create surreal worlds designed to highlight the natural beauty of the object with attention to detail and respect for conservation. Swing believes in the importance of art and expression. She is interested in helping to raise awareness of the value of art in the community by encouraging individual artists to recognize their own worth, by finding ways to point out the significance of art culturally and collectively.


On view through January 25th – February 26th

Ford Gallery Annual Holiday Show & Mixer!

Ford Gallery celebrates our beloved Ford Building this holiday season, featuring the many talented artists and makers who call the Ford Building their home! Get original works, artist prints, and handmade goods from Ford Building residents. Find unique and locally-made holiday gifts for friends and family.

Join us Saturday, December 7th, from 6-9 PM for an opening celebration and mixer!

Featuring Works By:
Alexandria Levin
Alicia Schultz
Amy Ponteri
Arletha Ryan
Jan Rothermel
Kenneth Sellen
Leah Samour
Midge Williams
Nicki Beiderman
Ryan McAbery
Sara McCormick
Thérèse Murdza

Show runs through January 22nd.

Chasing Jessie Applegate

Chasing Jessie Applegate, a new solo show at Ford Gallery, is a visual art exhibition of work created by Portland artist Kirista Trask. Through the abstract exploration of place the artist seeks to reconcile her genealogy as a seventh generation Oregonian in relationship to her families long struggle with inter generational trauma. Chasing Jessie Applegate visually speaks to how trauma does not dissipate in its effect but rather can trickle down from generation to generation. Chasing Jessie Applegate will also allow the artist to share the stories of the women in her family visually as often words are out of reach. Generating a visible representation of pain that is often unspoken or invisible. To give pain a place to rest and to allow stories of hope and resilience to stand alone in its place. Chasing Jessie Applegate features twelve paintings that each represent the untold story of a women in her genealogical line. These twelve paintings span eight generations of women, going all the way back to the Oregon Trail.

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 26th
6-9 PM

Coming up this Saturday at the Ford Gallery! Kirista Trask discusses her current solo show, Chasing Jessie Applegate, and the process she went through creating a body of work that is so intimate and personal yet so important. During the talk you will learn a little more about each of the women in her family and how trauma directly affected their lives. Kirista will be breaking down how each plate relates to the symbols in each of the paintings, as well as spending a good amount of time talking about how important it is, especially for female artists, to tackle difficult and somewhat painful subjects in their art.

Artist Talk
Saturday, November 16th
3 PM

About the Artist
Kirista Trask translates subtle moments and landscapes into swirling abstraction, blending saturated, opaque colors with translucent washes to evoke moment as an emotional experience. Her work is created using a variety of materials, including acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk and coffee, in order to react to the spirit of the location at the moment. These abstract works exist somewhere between presence and memory, giving the viewer a moment for pause. Her best work is done plein air style in stunning locations all over the world and especially in the Pacific Northwest. As a seventh generation Oregonian Kirista finds a deep connection to place and incorporates that into her work.

Kirista Trask was awarded a project grant from Regional Arts Cultural Council which provided the funds for this project.

On view through November 27th.

From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field

Just in time for the autumnal equinox, Ford Gallery is excited to present “From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field”, a group show inspired by folk horror, a sub-genre of horror in which rural, isolated communities assume their folklore and superstitions to be true, often revealing the continued practice of sinister, ancient pagan beliefs. In some folk horror tales, creatures said to lurk in the woods are very real, hexes and enchantments have genuine effects, and the old gods do indeed grant bounties and bring punishments, but often the community’s rituals reflect only the failings of tradition, and evil in the human heart.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 28th
6 – 9 PM

Participating Artists Include:
AJ Hawkins
Alicia Justus
Alison Grayson
Angela Myers
Arún Joseph Ragan
Caren Rockwood
Dusty Ray
Elizabeth Massa-MacLeod
Elodie Kahler
Erika Rier
Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
Heidi Elise Wirz
Holly Cappello
Lisa Laser
Liv Rainey-Smith
Lorren Ashley Lowrey
Maria Mangus
Mavis Leahy
Melissa Monroe
Mrrranda L. Tarrow
Natalie Wood
Pip Simon
Ramon Martin
Rebecca Artemisa
Sam Hutt
Tera Stenzel
Trisha Shozuya
Troy Hileman
Woodland Shrine

Curated by Mrrranda L. Tarrow

Live music by May Dirt
8 PM

“An experience like crawling on your belly through moist fertile soil with a bone rattle clutched in one hand and a book of faerie tales in the other.”

On view September 28th – October 23rd

FACE – Fine Art Cutout Exhibition

Custom faire-style cutouts, as designed by over a dozen local artists.

F.A.C.E. will exhibit roughly 15 large-scale pieces, each designed by a different local artist. Each piece features a roughly face-shaped hole somewhere on the canvas, where you and your pals can join the composition and selfie yourself into oblivion.

Justine Verigin
Matt Hopkins
Amanda Baker
Keith Henderson
Beth Austin
Maddison Bond
Hannah Bearden
Cynthia Reinhold
Logan Welliver
Jamie Middleton
Chaya Bogorad
Kate Straube

Curated By Anya Bogorad

All Ages, though 18+ recommended.

Come for the novelty, stay for the music, “gift shop” (small items table), and of course Little Red’s Bakeshop cookies! We’ll open our door at 6:00pm, and then kick alla y’all out so the artists can chillax and high five at 9:00pm.

Entry for opening night will be $5 at the door – CASH PREFERRED.

Music by LuvJonez –

On view
August 24th – September 20th

Post your photos to Facebook & Instagram with the hashtag #FACEportland

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Call for entries for FOLK HORROR show at Ford Gallery

Just in time for the autumnal equinox, Ford Gallery is excited to present “From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field”, a group show inspired by folk horror, a subgenre of horror in which rural, isolated communities assume their folklore and superstitions to be true, often revealing the continued practice of sinister, ancient pagan beliefs. In some folk horror tales, creatures said to lurk in the woods are very real, hexes and enchantments have genuine effects, and the old gods do indeed grant bounties and bring punishments, but often the community’s rituals reflect only the failings of tradition, and evil in the human heart.

Artists may submit up to three pieces in any medium; we must ask that no single work be larger than 36″ in any dimension. Space for 3D work is limited – let us know if you require a podium or special display requirements. Work must have been completed within the the last three years, and have not already been shown at the Ford Gallery. There is no entry fee, but the Ford Gallery takes a 40% commission on work sold.

If you would like your art to be considered for our promotional materials, please send images of finished work by Sun, Aug 18. Please confirm your participation by Sat, Sept 15. Work is due at the Ford Gallery (2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland) by Sat, Sept 21. 

Send submissions to

Intrigued, but unsure if your art would fit? For a better sense of the folk horror aesthetic, check out these films and books: The Wicker Man, Midsommar, Blood on Satan’s Claw, Children of the Corn, The VVitch, November, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, “The Great God Pan” by Arthur Machen, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “The Ritual” by Adam Nevill (and its 2017 film), “The Loney” by Andrew Michael Hurley, “The Owl Service” by Alan Garner

Submissions Due:
Sunday, September 15th

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 28th
6 – 9 PM

The Recycled Rain Project 2019

The Recycled Rain Project is a PNW based invitational art show creating original works using rainwater to raise awareness of water issues.

Since its first show in May 2012, The Recycled Rain Project has been dedicated to its mission to increase awareness of local artists and to engage and educate the community on water issues. 

Each spring a group of Portland artists come together to create original works with collected rainwater. This all leads up to the big event, which takes place the first Saturday in June.

A portion of the sale of all works from RR2019 will be donated to Columbia Riverkeeper.

Over the last seven years The Recycled Rain Project has supported over 100 local artists and have donated over $3,500 to non-profits that focus on a variety of water issues. 

Featuring Works By:
Theresa Andreas-O’Leary
Roberta Aylward
Jane Levy Campbell
Clare Carpenter
Kindra Crick
Nate Ethington
Jenn Feeney
Marilyn Joyce
Karl Kaiser
Jody Katopothis
Thérèse Murdza
Jesse Narens
Kelly Neidig
Amy Ponteri
Candace Primack
Maryann Puls
Quin Sweetman
Sara Sjol
Nanette Wallace
Laura Weigle
Jon Wippich
Karen Wippich
Zeratha Monique Young

OPENING Saturday, June 1st from 6-9 PM

On display through June 30, 2019.

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Under Pressure: One of One

Featuring new monotypes by:

Ahuva S. Zaslavsky
Fritz Koch
Jemila Ann Hart
Jenn Feeney


Saturday, April 27th
6-9 PM

Under Pressure: One of One is a group of Portland based printmakers that has been working together for over eight years. In 2019, we founded the Under Pressure: One of One collective in order to foster a supportive community and space for our printmaking process. Our mission is to create, encourage, collaborate and exhibit together.

In the monotype process there are limitless possibilities. Works are created by applying ink to a smooth plexi plate, manipulating the ink using tools and our signature techniques, and then running the plate and paper through a press which transfers the image to the paper using pressure.

We are passionate about our work and in sharing our techniques and methods with each other. We see monotypes as a bridge between printmaking and painting, and we love the playful quality of this printmaking method.

Ahuva Zaslavsky

Ahuva S.Zaslavsky (1975-) was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Ahuva is a Printmaker and Painter. She graduated from The University of the Negev, Israel with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences. Her art practice began when she moved to Portland at the CE Program at PNCA and at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

Coming from a diverse cultural background and having pursued studies in Psychology, Sociology and Literature, Ahuva is constantly seeking to understand the relationship between human behavior, the individual’s motivation to be and create, and their interaction with the world, society and culture. She is dealing with identity questions of the subject in a group and as an individual.

Ahuva’s current theme is movement and rhythm of the individual in private and public spaces, the expression within those psychological and mental spaces, and the ways to express these in two dimensional form.

Fritz Koch

Fritz Koch creates monotypes that celebrate and reflect the spirituality of landscape, particularly that of Central and Eastern Oregon. His work is a meditation on textural landforms, geologic juxtapositions, and atmospheric perspective. The work is presented as a medium for the observer to vicariously commune with nature, and to find comfort in the familiarity of real or imagined spaces.

Koch was born in Detroit, Michigan and received his BFA from Michigan State University, and now makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Koch is a member of Flight 64, a non-profit, cooperative print studio in Portland, OR, and is a returning printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, in Pendleton, OR. He has exhibited at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Flight 64, Bite Studio, Crow’s Shadow and others. He also co-curated and installed Reflections on the Columbia River Plateau, a traveling exhibit of monotypes produced at Crow’s Shadow, coordinated through Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jemila Ann Hart

Jemila is often drawn to landscapes in the prints that she creates. She uses landscapes to capture and investigate states of mind, nuances of her own emotional life. While the landscapes that she chooses to depict are often beautiful, they hint at human impact and the seen and unforeseen consequences of our intentions and our delusions on the environment and on each other. These subtle environmental themes question the inequitable distribution of the natural world for the sake of progress, question the squandering of our abundance and question the drive to expand, colonize and use the earth’s resources to depletion. There is much to be learn from paying attention to the landscapes around us, she feels, they hold the history of our humanity and tell stories about our relationships; our relationships to ourselves, to others and our relationship with the planet.

Jemila was born in Michigan, but has lived in many places including Washington State, Yemen, Niger and Alaska. She currently lives with her partner Jeff and their two aged cats in NE Portland. She has a great appreciation for the perspective that comes from traveling, seeing new places and glorious new things.

Jemila received her BS in Biology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College and recently completed her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. Jemila currently works as a community based social worker in Public Housing communities in Clackamas County, is a member of Flight 64, a non-profit collective Portland print studio and returns regularly to workshops at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, Oregon to expand and deepen her skills in monotype printmaking.


Jenn Feeney

Jenn Feeney’s prints are monotypes which are one of a kind prints, also known as the painterly print. They are created by applying ink to a smooth plexi plate, and then transferring the image to paper by means of pressure through a press. Jenn enjoys the chemistry of the inks and solvent and the effects created by using tools to remove and add ink, layering color over color, texture over texture. While she can anticipate what will happen with the print, she is surprised and thrilled each time the print is revealed. Her works have been described as organic, underwater scenes or other worldly, microscopic views.

Jenn’s childhood was spent around a commercial print shop, so being a printmaker was inevitable… there’s ink in her blood! By chance, when she joined the working world, she ended up working in print – first as corrugated and then in business print and promotions, which is still true to this day.

In addition to printmaking, Jenn also paints in both acrylic and oil on canvas or wood. She is involved in the Portland art community and helps organize and participates in group shows and fundraising events regularly. She is an honorary member of Bite Studio in SE Portland and a returning printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, OR.

On View April 27th – May 29th

Made Home

Join Ford Gallery and Curator Mad One for a showcase of Portland’s own mad talented street art & mural artists!

Featuring Work By:

Mad One – @onemad1
Bose One –
Voxx Romana –
Rosie G. –
Lea Barozzi –
Andria Robbins –
Pamgood2 –
Dump la rock –
Erik Abel –
Brenda Dunn –

Saturday, March 30th
6 – 9 PM

“The curation of local artists for this exhibition was really fun! The array of styles, processes and design separate each artist from one another in so many ways, but all in the name of art.

The majority of these artists you can see street side or within a gallery setting across Portland and beyond.

This exhibition has a wide selection of artwork styles which will consist of but not be limited to illustration, abstract, stencil, print making, screen printing, mixed media etc… all focusing on each artists specialty craft and medium of choice.”
-Mad One, Curator

On View Through April 24th.

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