Rubbings from the Rose City documents Portland through one-of-a-kind handmade etchings of building façades, gravestones, street signs, manhole covers and more. Self published by Christopher Gossett in 1983, the book provides a unique snapshot of the city and its many familiar landmarks. Celebrate the reprinting of this out-of-print book, as we examine the interface of art and the built environment.
Presenters will discuss places in Portland they appreciate for architectural, historical, and artistic form; followed by Q & As with the audience.
VAL BALLESTREM is an independent historian and the education manager for the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. A life-long Oregonian, he has a master’s degree in western U.S. history and public history from Portland State University.
DOUG BLANDY is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Arts and Administration Program in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. His research and teaching attends to art educational experiences in community-based settings that meet the needs of all students within a life-long learning context. His research and teaching also concentrates on the relationships between art, education, community and place.
RANDY GRAGG has written for, edited, and produced a wide range of publications over the last 30 years. His current day (and, often, night) job is editing Portland Monthly magazine. But he still seems to be best known for the many years he wrote on art and architecture for The Oregonian.
KHRIS SODEN is an artist who makes work focusing on place and history in Portland. He authored the popular comic series “City of Roses,” in the arts journal The Organ, focused on lesser known Portland histories. He has also conducted tours of Portland, and written about architecture in the city on his blog, http://khrissoden.blogspot.com/.
The Dill Pickle Club, Portland’s volunteer-driven non-profit group dedicated to organizing non-traditional educational tours, program, and publication. A recommended donation of $0-10 is requested in lieu of admission. Copies of the book are available for $16 (members) / $20 (non-members).