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This year's downtown 'Winter Lights Festival' took place at spots all around town, including Woodstock

DAVID F. ASHTON - In her Woodstock yard, artist Cassandra Walters stood with her exhibit in this years Portland Winter Lights (non)Festival. Visitors were welcome until the festival ended. It was called, Wildfire Skies, 2020. While this year's "Portland Winter Lights (non) Festival" was spread out all across the greater metropolitan area, only one Inner Southeast Portland artist, Woodstock's Cassandra Walters, was chosen to participate.

"I'm exhibiting 'Wildfire Skies, 2020', a colorfully-lit installation of 22 hand-painted, inverted umbrellas, inspired by the 100 sky photos I received – mostly from the Reed/Woodstock/Southeast Portland 'Buy Nothing Group' – while we were stuck inside in September," Walters explained, about her yard-filling exhibit on S.E. Harold Street near 60th Avenue.

"I started painting outside when the Air Quality Index dropped to 150, and had my first version up by Hallowe'en; then my husband helped me with custom electrical work for the festival [version]," Walters told THE BEE.

What she's hoping visitors were able to take away from it was, "The power and beauty of nature; the serious effects of climate change; and the importance of community connection."


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