by: COURTESY OF JULIAN VOSS-ANDREAE - Julian Voss-Andreae, a former quantum physicist, produced the sculpture Synergy for Rutgers University.Sculptures often are the product of creative minds that present the abstract as art form.

Or they commemorate great individuals, such as Rip Caswell’s recent tribute to U.S. Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, which will be placed at Pearl Harbor.

Portland’s Julian Voss-Andreae, a German-born sculptor who studied quantum physics, turned to what he knows after being commissioned by Rutgers University.

He’s finishing a 20-foot, 3,200-pound polished stainless steel and colored sculpture called “Synergy,” based on the collagen molecule — the most abundant protein in humans. It’ll be formally unveiled at Rutgers in late September in front of the New Jersey university’s Center for Integrative Proteomics Research building and to honor its founding director, Dr. Helen M. Berman, who determined the first high-resolution, three-dimensional atomic structure of the collagen molecule.

Voss-Andreae, who studied mathematics and philosophy in Europe and pursued graduate research in quantum physics, created his first protein sculpture in 2001. He also created “Quantum Man” in 2007, a favorite at Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Wash.

On his current project, he says: “My goal (was) to create something beautiful and wonderful that works as ‘art’ for an audience even without scientific knowledge. This sculpture reflects some true aspects of nature, by echoing the structure of one of our own major building blocks.”

The sculpture will be shipped to Rutgers in about a week.

Wailing souls ramble on

Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind kick off the band’s First Friday Happy Hour Sept. 6 with a taste of a music from its new CD. Rogers brings his distinctive voice and his Texas roadhouse ramble to the Landmark Saloon, 4847 S.E. Division St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

Expect to hear some new stuff from the band’s sixth CD, titled “Ron Rogers and the Wailing Wind.” It comes two years after the band released “Country and Eastern.” The same top local musicians are part of Rogers’ crew: Dave Grafe on the pedal steel guitar, Chris Bond on drums and blues veteran Don Campbell on the bass.

Singer/songwriter Rogers’ newest 12-song collection was recorded in his home studio, analog-style, and will soon be released on Santa Monica, Calif.’s Civil Defense Music label.

The band has already shot a video for one of its new songs, “Haywire,” and is cranking up live shows to build up to the CD’s release.

“It’s all about storytelling to a cool beat and electric guitars,” Rogers says. “It’s about as much fun as you can have standing up.”

by: COURTESY OF JAMIE ONEILL - Jamie ONeill of Portland, a makeup artist and wife/mother and business owner, has been named Mrs. USA Petite.

Petite prize

Jamie O’Neill of Portland has been crowned Mrs. USA Petite at the recent pageant in Kissimmee, Fla. She also received the “Photogenic” award.

A wife, mother and cosmetics company CEO, O’Neill has been a makeup artist for 15 years and also owns a laser spa in Northwest Portland.

Her platform was “Look Good Feel Better,” a nonmedical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients.

The pageant is designed for women 5 feet 6 inches or shorter, and it’s meant to display the beauty of petite women.

New marquee

The long-anticipated new marquee at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.) has gone up, and there’ll be a celebration to turn on the lights at 7 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 5.

It was installed by Security Signs, and is based on the theater’s original 1926 marquee.

The Buster Keaton movie “The General,” which was shot in Oregon and released in 1926, will be shown that night, accompanied by live organ music by Dean Lemire.

The marquee is the latest improvement at the historic theater, which has new auditorium seats, digital projection systems, screens and sound systems and a fresh coat of paint inside and outside (done pro bono by Joel Hamberg).

The marquee was funded by grants, businesses and organizations, as well as more than 1,100 via Kickstarter.

Opera residents

Portland Opera relies heavily on resident artists during its season, and the company has named its 2013-14 group selected from more than 400 applicants:

Soprano Nicole Haslett, mezzo soprano Melissa Fajardo, tenor Ian Jose Ramirez, and baritone Alexander Elliott will make their debut in the Opera’s “Big Night” concert, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Keller Auditorium.

Disc champs

Portland has been home to some of the world’s best disc performers, a status solidified in the recent Freestyle Disc World Championships in Santa Cruz, Calif.

They were: Lisa Hunrichs (first in women’s pairs and mixed pairs); Matt Gauthier (first in co-op and mixed pairs, second in open pairs); Jake Gauthier (first in open pairs, second in co-op); Lisa Daniels (third in mixed pairs).

Next year’s competition will be in Medellin, Colombia.

New name

The Portland Center for the Performing Arts has been renamed Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, or “Portland’5.”

The new name emphasizes the five performance centers under the organization’s management: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Keller Auditorium, and Brunish, Newmark and Dolores Winningstad theatres, all owned by the city of Portland and managed by Metro and the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission. Its new website,, includes enhanced ticket-selling capabilities for shows and tenants, which include Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera. It’s the fifth-largest performing arts center in the country.

“The PCPA brand had gone unchanged for the 25 years we have been in operation, and it was time for a refreshed and updated look,” says Robyn Williams, Portland’5 executive director.

Portland-based Sockeye Creative developed the new name, logos and website.

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