We welcome Zach Krahmer, a photojournalist embedded this February with rebels in Columbia, and display his collection of large-scale immersive portraits of guerrillas (made with a 19th-century photographic process.)
Cerimon House is honored to welcome longtime Oregon resident George Nakata for a special speaking engagement. Mr. Nakata will share his deeply personal story of being removed from his home in Portland at the age of 9 and incarcerated behind barb wires in American Concentration Camps during the hysteria of World War II.
As part of our month-long art installation "An Iris Stands Tall" by Annette Sabater, we welcome the chance to have deeper conversations on the subject of transgender individuals. Please join us for this special offering, a forum with first person sharing from transgender friends.
Cerimon House welcomes artist Annette Sabater, who as a parent of a transgender young woman, made peace through her art with the mysteries and lessons involved. AN IRIS STANDS TALL is a month long art exhibit, with three special At The Hearth Series Tuesday night forums to discuss the issues of transgender transitions.
Cerimon House is thrilled to welcome back Mark Shapiro of LAIKA to share with us all a presentation on the history of LAIKA and how their dynamic & magical films are made, frame-by-frame. A Q&A will follow Mr. Shapiro's presentation on Tuesday, December 27th @ 7:30pm at Cerimon House. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to catch the "behind the scenes" action of LAIKA films!
Cerimon House is excited to welcome back The Meriwethers for two magnificent performances of Songs of Discovery. This musical, artful foursome presents original songs and a multimedia song-scape that tell the epic story of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery. Join us for an evening performance on Friday, November 18th at 7:00PM or for our matinee performance on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30PM.
Cerimon House is proud to host Gut Instinct - Living and Eating in a Microbiome World. The weekend conference kicks off with a keynote address on Friday evening, October 14th, followed by two full days of panel discussions and workshops on October 15th and 16th. Attendees can pick and choose events on some or all of the days through pre-registration. Registration, sponsorship, and presenting information available here.
Cerimon House is proud to welcome Big House Kite's presentation: Within These Walls, an evening of performance and conversation about solitary confinement in Oregon and the American prison system. Speakers include state legislators, teachers, prison ministry, and concerned citizens.
Cerimon House welcomes back our esteemed colleague, Megan Cole, for a one night solo performance of Still Life. This poignant piece is based on Nighthawks by Carolyn Barbier, and explores the subject of life on a ventilator and end-of-life choices. The evening will also feature live harpists Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter.
We welcome you to the opening reception for HOME: The Art of Betty Chilstrom. Join us on Saturday, March 19th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm at Cerimon House. This gorgeous exhibit is provided by the Chilstrom family and includes marvelous paintings by Betty Chilstrom, whose paintings were inspired by Portland's architectural legacy, capturing houses, buildings, cityscapes, and industrial scenes of Portland, Oregon.
Cerimon House was honored to present this darkly humorous primer on the life of the American cartoonist Charles Addams – in a lecture by the dapper Kevin Miserocchi, Executive Director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation,sharing tales of Addams’ life and inspired artistic journey.
Whether you waited in anticipation for each week’s New Yorker to hit the stands, or loved the 1960’s television series, Addams helped us to wink-at the 20th-century madness. And in 2015, we hosted the West Coast Premiere art exhibit Charles Addams: Family and Friends, featuring 52 original pen & ink illustrations.
Two full-houses of Addams devotees joined us for this special event in both October and December 2015.
With thanks to our terrific community sponsors: Pomegranate, SET, Concordia Neighborhood Association, Concordia University, and KBOO Community Radio.
The Interracial Family
Storyteller Damaris Webb shares her provocative and tender solo performance piece The Box Marked Black that speaks to the experience of race in America. Damaris’ deeply felt story shines a light on the subjects of community and multiculturalism in America.
This performance traces the experience of growing up mulatto in the pre-Huxtable era. With only Jenny Willis from The Jeffersons as a guide, Ms. Webb creates narrative from the perspective of both sides of her interracial family, embodying multiple characters and childhood memories (including a “Roots” sock puppet re-enactment.)
“…inspires joy, pride, and wonder in our America. Webb can hold the audience close with just a whisper…”
What does it mean to be black? Is it the shade of your skin? The kink of your hair? Is it learned? What is its language, both in the body and on the tongue?
Tree Planting: A Celebration of the Spring
In Spring 2014 we branched-out, and put down roots in our community: collaborating with the bloomin’-wonderful Friends of Trees to research and plant special trees on our sidewalk strips. It was as exciting as a shaking green leaf during a mighty wind.
Patrons & friends stopped-by in March for an Open House, as we dedicated the 8 trees to 8 of the key benefactors of our first years: Merilee Bales, Janice Callahan Martin, Megan Cole, Amy Resnick & Lynn Webb, Ronni Lacroute, Deb France, Dr. Andrew Noble & Dr. Tomm Pickles, and the Neighbors of Concordia.
“Tree Planting” was an original theatrical and ceremonial presentation, a poetic offering featuring the harbingers of Spring, as embodied by 9 local actors: Megan Cole, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Duffy Bishop, Damaris Webb, Elizabeth Huffman, Ithica Tell, Diane Kondrat, Dre Slaman & Cecily Overman.
Cultivating Your Creativity
Launched in January 2013, Sunday Musings is a community workshop facilitated by Sascha Blocker, Cerimon House Creative Council member and adjunct faculty for the Communication Department at Portland State University.
This interactive workshop focuses on nurturing creativity. Offered in six sessions, to people from all walks of life, Sascha brings the group through a guided process that is certain to inspire. Finding the artist within is a joyous enterprise, and the cultivation of your own creativity is given a safe space for that expression.
from 10am to 12noon.
Dates TBD for 2016.
The Water Is Rising
We were honored to welcome Kathryn Blume, Climate Activist & Author (and co-creator of the international peace project Lysistrata Project) – and we thank her for the hearty humor about a seriously deep subject, even as we all search for tips on how we might save the world.
This offering featured Kathryn’s inspiring personal talk about the issue of climate change, and how she became an Earth Activist. Nine local actors read Ms. Blume’s hilarious short story Coming To Town. Special guest artists (and local musical wonders) Duffy Bishop & Chris Carlson sang the breathtaking blues.
At Cerimon House, we believe that we are all the “traffic”…and the best way to get to our events is to walk, bus, bike, or carpool. Portland Trimet bus lines 8, 17 & 72 all lead to our crossroads. And at our new building, we will have ample bike parking, 90% energy-efficient heating & cooling systems, and other green technologies.
“Kathryn is a Citizen Artist who is wide awake and sees what the future holds. She also happens to be a national treasure – and we are proud to call her our colleague.” – Cerimon House
Megan Cole presents a dramatized lecture of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
Megan Cole created the role of Dr. Vivian Bearing in the original stage production [L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the DramaLogue Award]. Ms. Cole is a beloved classical repertory actor of stage and screen.
In this 60 minute rendition, Megan presents an artful study on the subject of medical empathy. A 30 minute symposium followed this presentation, featuring notable speakers on the matters of death & dying and compassion & choices. [May 2012]
More info at www.MeganCole.net
Performances took place at the Alberta Little Church in Portland, Ainsworth House in Oregon City, and the Theatre Dpt. at Pacific University in Hillsboro.
“Cole is transcendent in the role that she originated, a performance that combines her extraordinary presence with a painful emotional honesty.” – Seattle Weekly
A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and film critic.
A performance featuring excerpts from many of James Agee’s most beloved writings and cinema reviews, including portions of his classic novel A Death in the Family, as well as biographical elements of his short life.
Created by founders Randall Stuart & Gemma Whelan – and performed by members of the Cerimon House Board of Directors and special guest Megan Cole – this was our first official “salon”, and performed at Stonehenge Studios in Portland. Folk songs filled the air, and Agee’s words were heard afresh.
With the dualistic voices of Tennessee and New York in his writing, Agee was an American treasure and an American son. His life was as epic as his stories and discoveries: bittersweet, brilliant, ageless. Part of Cerimon House’s creative and educational model is to create evenings focused on great literature and authors, and Agee paved the way for us.