A New Year.

As I give an extremely sad goodbye to my teaching position at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, I welcome my student-teaching position at Wilson High School starting in mid-January. In addition, Ill still be instructing Letterpress and Adult drawing in the evenings at The Multnomah Arts Center. Also, I will make a MY DAY or two and will be in a couple art shows later in 2018. Until then, Im feverishly archiving books, prints, drawings and paintings made in 2017 and adding them here. Cheers!

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September Show!

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Dates: September 5- September 28

Opening Reception September 75-7pm

Statement:

Nate Orton and Cynthia are colleagues and friends who have collaborated on many projects in the past and regularly explore the world together through museum visits, plein air drawing and thrift store shopping. Their artworks share the beauty and depth of mark making and a love of the evocative quality of materials. Both artists’ artworks are influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by personal experiences and emotions. They believe even the smallest artifact can evoke the most powerful feelings, and draw inspiration from objects and images, both historical and contemporary, that have the potential to reflect beyond themselves.

The show at the Portland State University Littman Gallery will be a place where the Orton and Lahti artistic worlds collide and bleed together to create one experience. The differences and commonalities contain in each collaboration will excite and enforce the artwork but retain their artistic voices common dirge. The exhibition, combining the sacred with the profane, the wise with the stupid and the beautiful with the grotesque, will force a deeper explanation of reality and to facilitate a connection with a larger human experience.

August News!

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Monday, August 28th I’ll be instructing a quick polyester plate lithography one-day workshop at the Multnomah Arts Center. In class we will focus on producing a small edition of our own lithographs and we will review the history of the process from early printing communications to industrialization to lithography’s role in the digital age. There are two seats left! Please email me with any questions. Watch my lithography demonstration here.

Spring news

As my school-year as a K-8 art instructor begins to wrap up I look ahead to a wonderful summer at the Multnomah Arts Center teaching adult letterpress, lithography and drawing fundamentals as well as a slew of youth art camps and afternoon classes. Rumor has it Ill even be instructing set-design and cartooning classes! Below: Student work from Southwest Charter School:

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MD41My Day #41. “Chopsticks III” AKA “A temporary hold on a temporary ban” AKA “Fake News Karaoke”. James-Writing. Nate-Images. Xerox, fold-out, pop-up, handwriting and pochoir on paper. 12 or so pages. Avalibale at Passages Bookshop or through me.