It is with sadness but also a deep appreciation of their work that we remember artists who died in 2021. All of us on Oregon Art Beat are honored that these artists shared their stories with us. We celebrate their indelible contributions to the arts and culture landscape of Oregon.
A wine bottle, a Chinook salmon, a comic book, the Siuslaw Bridge: At first glance, the 127 bright and colorful objects that make up one of the latest public artworks to debut at Portland International Airport could seem random. But take a step back, and the images and colors combine to tell a story about Oregon.
An informal network of consumer activists, bereaved parents and green burial advocates are building websites to advise and empower families who may wish to handle funeral arrangements themselves. "Home funerals" are legal, yet just one of a widening set of options for how to lay a loved one to rest.