Pending the pandemic, Step Afrika! will come to Portland in 2021 as part of a new performing arts series by Portland Ovations. Photo by Sekou Luke, courtesy of Portland Ovations

Portland Ovations will use a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to partner with Indigo Arts Alliance and Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center to present the work of artists of color in a new performing arts series that will launch in 2021 – from the stage of Merrill Auditorium, if possible, or by whatever means necessary.

The project will span two years and will include mainstage or virtual performances,

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Ellensburg has its small-town lifestyle where neighbors know one another and some families date back generations. But the art galleries, Western Heritage Cultural Center, the museums, the music and the world-class rodeo gives it a big-time feel.

It’s not exactly Mayberry, but it’s been home to Scott and Robin Mayberry for a long, long time and the two local artists will be involved in Saturday’s “A Day of Art,” sponsored by Gallery One Visual Arts Center.

VIRTUAL DAY OF ART

The virtual “Day of Art” will showcase interviews, mini confabs, demos and 360-degree views of over 30 studios all day

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Old friend of Artblog and new Artblog contributor, Candy Alexandrara Gonzalez, (virtually) presents “Imagining Our Future Through Visual Poetry and Book Arts,” a poetry and book arts project organized by themself and Kensington Health Sciences Academy teacher Ms. Sally O’Brien. The project and features insightful poems and beautifully constructed books by KHSA students. We are proud to host them on Artblog!

Last fall, I got a compelling email from one Ms. Sally O’Brien, a passionate English teacher inquiring whether I’d be interested in collaborating on a book arts project. In it, Ms. O’Brien explained that she was teaching a senior

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Art 365 Artist Marwin Begaye [Photo provided]
Art 365 Artist Marwin Begaye [Photo provided]

Every three years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition hosts the highly competitive program, Art 365, in which five Oklahoma-based creative proposals are selected to complete innovative artwork in consultation with a nationally recognized curator. 

In an unprecedented model for the region, the artists receive an honorarium of $12,000. Over the course of the year, these artists create a body of work that will culminate with exhibitions in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, according to a news release.

“We congratulate the selected artists on this esteemed award and look forward to watching their projects

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DECORUM #3, available from Image Comics on July 22nd, introduces Neha Nori Sood to the assassin school and its head instructor for the first and, perhaps, last time. Jonathan Hickman’s story reads like a dystopian Pygmalion, and Mike Huddleston’s art attacks your eyes like an abstract, post-modern scrapbook.

Cover Art

Huddleston’s cover, a woman punching a hippo-headed opponent, is weird. The trippy design of the background and the bizarre character renderings are a perfect fit for what you can expect inside. That said, I have no idea what the cover means because it has absolutely nothing to do with the

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Using face masks, sanitizing gel and social distancing, Cirque du Soleil artists in Mexico practice before a performance — a rare sign of hope for the famous Canadian circus company.

The circus shut down 44 shows across the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak, furloughing 95 percent of its workforce and filing for bankruptcy protection.

But — after three months off stage due to the coronavirus lockdown — performers in the “Joya” show returned earlier this month to the theater in Riviera Maya on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.

Contortionists, jugglers and skaters rehearsed for what will be their fifth show

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