Archive for April 2010

Earth Day 2010

CactiI’ll begin the blogs I post about McMenamins’ gardens by chatting about the most recent larger garden addition to the Kennedy School. It is also my personal favorite.

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Olevia Ireland: Crystal Ballroom and Hotel Oregon

McMenamins artist Lyle Hehn’s sweet depiction of Olevia Ireland’s Dancing Academy features fun characters from Hotel Oregon’s past as well as that of the Crystal Ballroom, since the delightful Miss Ireland graced both places over her career.

Irelands Dancing Academy art by Lyle HehnMiss Olevia Ireland arrived in Portland around 1909 and first worked as an actress. By 1913, she had given up the theater, taking a position as a dance instructor at Montrose Ringler’s Dreamland Academy (located at SW 2nd and Morrison). Miss Ireland and fellow Dreamland instructor, Norman Whiting, gave exhibition dances together as partners on various stages around the city.  Ireland and Whiting were among those who introduced to Portland the Tango, Hesitation Waltz and One-Step.

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Damaged and Repaired

damaged NunI was closing in on the grand finale of the Blue Cheer painting and having a lot of fun with the panel when we got a message from the management at Old St. Francis School hotel in Bend, Ore., that a painting in the lobby of the theater had been keyed, or vandalized.

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Spring is Edgefield time!

Rm 201It seems like over the past few years, when spring rolls in, I find myself back out atEdgefield. It is a good time of year to work on odds and ends of art projects to help get the property spruced up for the summer, the busiest time of year.

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The Hammerhead Logo

HH SketchAfter the usual false starts and frustrated erasures, the local radio station began to play some rousing music, and it all fell together.

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