Kit Hawkins will speak about her mother Kathy's ceramic collection at 2pm

Brigitte Dortmund

Throughout the 20th century, many Oregon artists have worked with and been influenced by abstraction. C.S. Price, who returned to Oregon in 1929, started this process by introducing many local artists to new, Modernist ideas about art making, beginning the formation of a long tradition, which continues to the present day.  Several Oregon artists who made abstract work in Oregon include Carl and Hilda Morris, Milton Wilson, Byron Gardner, Louis Bunce, and Clifford Gleason. Oregon artist Brigitte Dortmund, grew up and developed her abstract painting style within this tradition, which we view as a historical, linear progression that continues to the present day.

Brigitte Dortmund graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Psychology in 1986, followed by an MFA in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in 1992.  She has regularly exhibited her work throughout the Northwest since that time, including Portland gallery associations with Mark Woolley and Rod Pulliam.  Dortmund speaks enthusiastically of many inspirations from throughout art history, and particularly strong influences include the late paintings of Claude Monet, and the paintings of American artist Joan Mitchell, who spent a considerable portion of her career in France.  She is also an avid reader, a music lover, and has a strong interest in film. We find great beauty in Dortmund's colorful, spontaneous, and beautifully textured abstract paintings and are pleased to welcome her for this first exhibition with our gallery.

Artist Statement
“Perhaps I see utopian things, human honor and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not yet exist….dreamed landscapes”
-Werner Herzog

Painting is form in meditation
Imagination is a landscape of human truth
Paintings have tone, pitch, and lyricism, yet they are singular images of time
The emotional, sensual, and intellectual merge
The irony of these paintings is that they exist in the modern canon

                        October, 2018

Reception & Artist Talk:

Saturday, November 3 1:30-3:00pm

Left to Right:  Elaine Coleman, Tom Coleman, Roberta Kaserman, David Leach, Elaine Coleman, Delaine Cookson

Reception & Gallery Talk:

Saturday, October 20 1:30-3:00pm

October 3 - November 10

Opening Reception:

Saturday, October 6 1:30-3:00pm

October 3 - December 1

Brigitte will speak about her new paintings at 2pm

We are pleased to offer more than 80 ceramic pieces from 2 distinguished local collections.

Ron Crosier taught art for 30 years at Lincoln High School, and exhibited his weavings at Contemporary Crafts Gallery and the Henry Gallery in Seattle.

Richard and Kathy Abel built their ceramics collection over the course of a 66 year marriage. Strong supporters of the Contemporary Crafts Gallery and OCAC, their patronage helped encourage many notable Northwest artists, including Tom and Elaine Coleman.

Both collectors have decided to share the art they have lived with and enjoyed for so many years, and feel that  it's time these works find new owners to love and cherish them going forward.

Our exhibition features work by more than 35 ceramic artists, including: Toshiko Takaezu, Robert Sperry, Jay Jensen, Tom and Elaine Coleman, David Leach, Wayne Ng, Roberta Kaserman, Jamie Davis, Judy Teuful, Jim Koudelka, Frank Boyden, Don Reitz, Patti Warashina, Reid Ozaki, Erik Gronberg, Yanagihara Mutsuo, David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, Don Sprague, Pat Horsley, Cynthia Bringle, Delaine Cookson, Michael Casson, Jeff Osterich, Dennis Meiners, Charles Hannegan and others. These pieces are ALL fresh to the market and are priced to sell.

Momentary Suspension of Doubt, 2018

oil on board

38" x 42"


 New Paintings 

Michael Parsons Fine Art

716 S.W. Madison

Portland, OR 97205

Phone 503-206-8601

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday, 12pm-5pm


Instagram:  @michaelparsons_fineart

Mid-Century Northwest Ceramics