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Admiring Agnes Varda forever through the beauty of street art

Two Portland artists use street art to celebrate the work of the iconic late French filmmaker, Agnes Varda. Inspired by their project, the Clinton Street Theater is now hosting a festival running until the end of August that's showcasing Varda’s films.

The powerful paintings of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe

Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe moved to Portland from Ghana in 2017. His years of rigorous study and disciplined studio practice have recently paid off: Last year he landed a high-profile solo show at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles.

Artist Lisa Jarrett explores the politics of difference

An associate professor of art at Portland State University, Lisa Jarrett makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. In her studio-based practice, she creates objects often related to and about the Black fem experience in relation to beauty and hair care.

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, photographed in black-and-white on a rooftop by William S. Burroughs in 1953. The young Ginsberg wears thick framed eyeglasses, a white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up, slacks and a serious expression. Behind him in view are rooftops and a distant cityscape.

First known recording of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” is from Portland’s Reed College

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg first read his famous poem "Howl" in 1955 in San Francisco, but he was first recorded reading it on Valentine's Day 1956 in a dorm hall at Portland's Reed College. The recording was discovered in a box at Reed in 2007, and now it's been restored and released by Omnivore Recordings.

Father, son duo make sign painting a family business

Studio Signs Co. is a family-run business that has created some of Portland's most memorable signs, including those for McMenamin's. The current owner, Nick Lee, took over the company after his father, Melvin, company's previous owner, retired. For Nick, it's a great opportunity to create long-lasting and meaningful art, while building upon the company's deep history and legacy.