Bits & Pieces
The traveling photo exhibit "I Am Not Invisible," featuring portraits and biographies of 20 Oregon women veterans from diverse backgrounds and eras of service, was on display last week at the Russell Senate Office Building at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
It debuted at the Portland Art Museum in February, and has been seen in various locales in Oregon.
Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici were instrumental in bringing the exhibit to D.C.
"Women in the military serve our country with the same courage, dedication and valor as their male counterparts, yet too often they are made to feel invisible," Bonamici says.
For info about the exhibit: www.iani.oregondva.com.
'Under the Arctic'
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry takes on the subject of climate change with "Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost," currently showing at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.
The exhibit takes a look at climate change through the lens of a thawing arctic using interactive features such as a 30-foot-long Alaska permafrost tunnel replica, fossil research stations and games. It's a collaborative exhibit with OMSI and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
"Climate change can be hard to wrap your head around," says Allyson Woodard, an exhibit developer at OMSI. "For a lot of people who don't experience its effects, it feels abstract or distant — like something in the future. This exhibit is an opportunity to make the impacts of climate change tangible — you can see it, touch it and even smell it."
Permafrost is soil that has been frozen for at least two years, and it traps carbon dioxide. As it thaws, carbon is released into the atmosphere, which in turn has repercussions for the planet.
OMSI contracted expert exhibit sculptor Johnquil LeMaster to construct the 30-foot-long replica of the permafrost tunnel.
For more: www.omsi.edu.
Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center has unveiled its new John Callahan Garden on Northwest Marshall Street between 21st and 22nd avenues.
It was designed in honor of Callahan, the late cartoonist and patient of Legacy Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon. There are unique plantings that reflect his personality, and an art installation designed by visual artist Tad Savinar, comprised of Callahan's famous cartoons interwoven with his biographical information.
An upcoming biopic of Callahan's life, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot," is being made by Gus Van Sant. Callahan, who was a quadriplegic, was known for his macabre sense of humor. He died in 2010.
The USS Portland (LPD-27), an amphibious transport dock ship, will be commissioned in April 2018.
But the U.S. Navy ship already has its own wine. The Stoller Family Wines, from the Willamette Valley, has produced and is now selling a pinot noir to commemorate the commissioning. The winery is donating a significant portion of its sales to help fund activities for the crew in Portland.
To order: www.usspdx.org.
With the retirement of Eloise Damrosch in June, the Regional Arts & Culture Council has set up a national search for a new executive director.
The executive search film Koya Leadership Partners has been contracted to help with the job search.
Jeff Hawthorne, RACC's director of community engagement, has been serving as executive director on an interim basis.