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COURTESY: PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Part of the Cowles collection donation to the Portland Art Museum is Saito Toshisu's 'Landcape with Pavilions' (after 1650).Big donation

The Portland Art Museum has announced a major gift of Japanese artwork from the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection.

It includes 22 works of painting, calligraphy and ceramics that had been featured in PAM's recent "Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art." It's the first of five planned donations of more than 100 works.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., are also set to receive donations from the Cowles Collection, making the total more than 500 works.

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Portland2019 Biennial

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center has announced selected artists for the Portland2019 Biennial of Contemporary Art, which is a major survey of Oregon visual artists in the Pacific Northwest from Aug. 24-Nov. 3. It'll focus on the themes of site, cultural evolution and the multifaceted histories of the region as told in 18 projects.

The Portland artists involved include Demian DineYazhi with R.I.S.E.; Dru Donovan; Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice; Sabina Haque; Anthony Hudson; Garrick Imatani; Ruben Marrufo; Jess Perlitz; Vanessa Renwick; Sara Siestreem; Sharita Towne with Black Life Experimental Research Group; Lou Watson; and Lynn Yarne.

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Kid radio

All Classical Portland radio has launched a new radio station for kids, ages 12 and under. ICAN features music, poems and stories from around the world, from lullaby hour to storytime to programming in various languages. It's available 24 hours a day on KQAC 89.9 FM HD-2 and online at

Cooking Tonya

"Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition" has landed infamous Portland ice skater Tonya Harding on its cast.

The seven-episode season began April 21. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence lead a team of stars in high-pressure cooking drills; the winner earns $25,000 for the charity of their choice.

The other celebrities: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker.

The show airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on the Food Network.

Garth tickets

Tickets for Garth Brooks' summer concert at Autzen Stadium in Eugene go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at

Brooks will perform Saturday, June 29. Tickets are $94.95 with service charges.

New director

Betsy Hatton, the longtime executive director of the Portland Columbia Symphony, has retired, and the group has hired her replacement — Rebekah Phillips. She begins May 6. Phillips had been director of marketing and communications and sales at Oregon Symphony.

"Rebekah is the perfect choice to lead PCSO in this transitional period," says Mary J. Mayer, board president. "She brings to the job a boundless energy and enthusiasm, 15 years of arts management experience, and a fresh perspective on revenue building, staff development, marketing acumen and audience development strategies."

She also is a classical bassoonist.

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