September & October, 2018
Alice Debo grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Alice’s mother was a teacher and her father was a leader in the National Park Service. Her upbringing resulted in a deep respect for nature and equipped her with astute observational skills. After acquiring a degree in industrial design at the University of Cincinnati, Alice moved west to California, where she worked as a designer and led creative workshops worldwide. Today Alice resides here in Portland, Oregon. She is an avid outdoorswoman, freelance designer and is a member and chair for the Oregon Botanical Artists.
Meet & Greet with Alice Debo, September 17 & 24 from 2 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Botanical Art Demonstration with Alice Debo, every Monday in October from 1 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Ningshu Fang was born in Shanghai in 1979, the first year of China’s One Child Policy. Not long after her first birthday, her parents sent her to Shanghai to live with her grandparents for better living conditions and better education. Her grandmother, an art professor in the architecture department of Tong Ji University, got her interested in art when she was in kindergarten. In the years that followed she was thrust into the traditional Chinese education system, but kept her dream of becoming an artist alive. In the meditative moment of drawing, she is at peace with herself, and the most precious thing is that she is with her grandmother again.
Meet & Greet with Ningshu Fang, Tuesday 11, 18 & 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. Learn more »
October through November, 2018
Portland artist Jen Fuller blends the contrasting aesthetics of glass and steel to create sculpture she refers to as "totems for the soul." Motivated by the technical challenges inherent in transforming materials with history into time based experiences, her work reflects the transparency and vulnerability found in humanity and nature. Fuller's recent work has been commissioned by Metro Regional Government, Ovation TV, The Society Hotel, OMSI, and private collectors.
November & December, 2018
Abigail Davidson is a printmaker and illustrator. Davidson's work focuses on a happy medium between old-fashioned and modern illustration. Her artwork primarily features animals, flower patterns, fantasy, and typography. She specializes in block printmaking, and all of her prints are hand-carved and hand-pressed. All prints and drawings are original creations. She attended Wayne State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in drawing, magna cum laude.
Beth Hughes grew up in rural Pennsylvania, spending summers at the Maryland shore, and developed a great love and respect for nature. She also loved playing with different artistic mediums from an early age. She earned her BAS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2005. Beth's current work is mainly Pen and Ink, often with added acrylic washes and metallic accents. She loves the challenge of rendering different forms and textures purely with black lines or dots. Vintage botanicals, etchings, prints, and tattoo art are her biggest visual influences.
Stephanie Brown is an interior designer/architectural color consultant by training, and a botanical photographer by happy accident. Brown has refurbished numerous historic buildings, from turn-of the-century bungalows to large commercial structures such as Southeast Portland’s Academy Theater. Her passion for plant photography was sparked by a different sort of renovation project: the redesign of her own backyard. What began as an effort to catalog landscaping possibilities morphed over time into a daily practice and artistic obsession.
She uses photography to create vibrant, highly-detailed botanical studies. Intrigued by the many ways in which rainwater, direct sunlight and deep shadow can influence the appearance of petals, branches and leaves, she especially enjoys capturing images which give the impression of being illuminated from within. Rather than staging shots in a studio setting, Brown prefers to document plants in their natural environment. She photographs flora wherever she encounters it: in her own backyard, on sidewalks and street corners, in public parks, and along the many lush hiking trails of the Pacific Northwest. When not photographing plants or rescuing dilapidated buildings, Brown can often be found teaching in the Interior Design department at Portland Community College.
Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131 ext. 1028.
Art exhibitions at Lan Su Chinese Garden are supported in part by
The deadline for submissions for the 2019 calendar year has closed. Details on how to apply for the 2020 calendar year will be announced in January 2019.
Lan Su Chinese Garden invites artists working in all mediums to submit images for review for public exhibition in the garden. Exhibitions run generally one-to-two months in one or more of the enclosed pavilions within the garden. Of particular interest are works from Portland-area artists with botanical and Chinese cultural themes although all manner of subjects will be considered. Please include a brief biography stating work mediums and inspirations, any recent and relevant links to your work (website, social media, etc.), as well as details about size, format, and, if possible, retail gallery price ranges of the bulk of your work. If selected, agreements will be entered into for exhibition sales on a commission basis.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves approximately 150,000 visitors annually. The Mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is pleased to offer an Artist Membership Addendum for photographers and artists — professional and amateur alike. This yearly membership provides benefits created specifically for artists including additional access to Lan Su, the ability to sell photos and paintings of the garden and invitations to events tailored for an artist.
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