Barry Johnson has written about and edited arts and culture stories of various sorts since 1978, when he started writing about dance for the Seattle Sun. He edited the arts section of Willamette Week and wrote a general culture column in the  early 1980s and started at The Oregonian as arts editor in 1983, moving between editing and writing (visual arts, movies, theater, dance) until leaving in 2009. Since then, he’s been thinking about new ideas to help make arts and culture journalism ever more useful and engaged. Oregon Arts Watch is one of those ideas.

Music and Performance

Brett Campbell has been classical music editor at Willamette Week since 2008, music columnist for Eugene Weekly since 1996, and West Coast performing arts contributing writer for the Wall Street Journal since 2000. He is a frequent contributor to San Francisco Classical Voice, Oregon Quarterly, and Oregon Humanities and has also written for The Oregonian, Portland Monthly, West: The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Salon, Musical America and many other publications. He is a former editor of Oregon Quarterly and The Texas Observer. He is co-author of the biography Lou Harrison: American Musical Maverick (Indiana University Press, 2017) and has taught news and feature writing, editing and magazine publishing at the University of Oregon School of Journalism & Communication and Portland State University.

Theater, Dance, and Visual Arts

Bob Hicks is a two-time Pulitzer nominee who has been writing about arts and culture in Portland since 1978, first as arts editor and movie critic at the Oregon Journal, then for 25 years at The Oregonian as a writer and editor covering the performing, visual, and literary arts. Since 2007 he’s freelanced extensively, and considers Oregon ArtsWatch his home base. His most recent art books include Kazuyuki Ohtsu (Pomegranate, 2016), James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time (Hallie Ford Museum of Art, 2016), and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora (Pomegranate, 2014). His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Prologue, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the popular daily art-history series “Today I Am.”


Laura Grimes worked as a journalist at The Oregonian for 24 years, where for most of that time she oversaw the production of features sections. When she’s not keeping Arts Watch in line, she’s the marketing and public relations manager for The Portland Ballet. As a freelance writer and editor, she has a notable thing for writing quirky essays when the muse strikes, and has published in The Oregonian, Oregon Arts Watch, and Art Scatter. She spent several years as a volunteer working to grow arts programs in schools and to improve school playgrounds.


Matthew Neil Andrews is a composer, percussionist, writer, and magician specializing in the intersection of The Weird and The Beautiful. He regularly performs with (and occasionally composes for) Indonesian gamelan, plays cathartically raucous drums in various gonzo bands around Portland, and is currently a graduate student in Portland State University’s School of Music. Matthew is an incorrigible wanderer who spent his teens climbing mountains and his twenties driving 18-wheelers around the country, and can often be found taking nightly dérive walks all over the city. He and his music can be reached at


Marty Hughley is a Portland journalist who writes about theater, dance, music and culture. His honors have included a National Arts Journalism Program fellowship at the University of Georgia, a fellowship at the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California, and first-place awards for arts reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competitions. In 2013 he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry. A Portland native, Hughley studied history at Portland State University, worked at the alternative newsweekly Willamette Week in the late 1980s as pop music critic and arts editor, then spent nearly a quarter century at The Oregonian as a reporter, feature writer and critic. His recent freelance work has appeared in Oregon ArtsWatch, Artslandia and the Oregon Humanities magazine. He lives with his cat, and dies a little with each new setback to the Trail Blazers.

Special Projects

Bridget Otto grew up in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest, skiing competitively, hiking, and playing tennis. The youngest of a large, close-knit newspaper family, Bridget fell in love with the written word early on. She followed that passion to her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oregon State University, and then into the newsroom of the Northwest’s largest daily newspaper, The Oregonian. From Regional News Editor to Lifestyles editor, Bridget spent 20 years managing teams of reporters before returning to her love of the writing, becoming one of the paper’s lead reporters on interior design and architecture, filing stories from across the Pacific Northwest. Bridget lives with her husband of 35 years in Portland, Oregon, but spends as much time as possible in Long Beach, California, visiting and loving her daughter, son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons.

Statewide Coverage

Karen Pate worked 29 years as an editor at The Oregonian, most of that time overseeing community news and features in Washington and Clackamas counties. She’s written about storytellers and banjo players, English-language bookstores in Paris and horses who starred in movies. Her work has appeared in The Oregonian, Oregon Magazine, Reed Magazine and various equestrian publications. She wandered into journalism after studying creative writing at Reed College. Karen lives in Portland and has a job that lets her travel around the state, tagging along after racehorses.

Visual Arts

Laurel Reed Pavic is an art historian. Her academic research dealt with painting in 15th and 16th century Dalmatia. After finishing her PhD, she quickly realized that this niche, while fascinating, was rather small and expanded her interests so that she could engage with a wider audience. In addition to topics traditionally associated with art history, she enjoys considering the manipulation and presentation of cultural patrimony and how art and art history entangle with identity. She teaches a variety of courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art including courses on the multiple, the history of printed matter, modernism, and protest art.


Heather Wisner started ballet lessons at age 8 with a former Ballet Russe dancer and went on to graduate from the dance department at Portland State University. She has given ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, cumbia, and salsa a whirl, and written about dance for The Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly, SF Weekly, Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher, among other publications. She is former associate editor at Dance Magazine and former managing editor of Dance Studio Life.


TJ Acena is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He studied creative writing at Western Washington University. His prose has been published most recently in Somnambulist, Pacifica Literary Journal, and Hello Mr. He fell into arts journalism by accident in 2015, becoming the theatre reviewer for PQ Monthly. In 2017 he was selected as a Rising Leader of Color in the field of arts journalism by Theatre Communications Group. He currently writes for American Theatre Magazine and The Oregonian in addition to his work here. You can find out more at his website. He also sporadically updates a burger-review blog for Portland as well. Twitter: @ihavequalities


Music and Culture

Angela Allen writes about the arts, especially opera, jazz, chamber music, and photography. Since 1984, she has contributed regularly to online and print publications, including Oregon ArtsWatch, The Columbian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Willamette Week, The Oregonian, among others. She teaches photography and creative writing to Oregon students, and in 2009, served as Fishtrap’s Eastern Oregon Writer-in-Residence. A published poet and photographer, she’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and a recipient of an NEA-Columbia Journalism grant. She earned an M.A. in journalism from University of Oregon in 1984, and 30 years later received her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Pacific Lutheran University. She lives in Portland with her scientist husband and often unwieldy garden. Contact Angela Allen through her website.

Yamhill Count

David Bates is an award-winning Oregon journalist with more than 20 years as a newspaper editor and reporter in the Willamette Valley, covering virtually every topic imaginable and with a strong background in arts/culture journalism. He has lived in Yamhill County since 1996 and is currently a freelance writer whose clients have included the McMinnville News-Register, Oregon Wine Press, and Indulge, a food-oriented publication. He has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a long history of involvement in the theater arts, acting and on occasion directing for Gallery Players of Oregon and other theaters in Oregon.

Theater and Culture

Bobby Bermea is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. He is co-artistic director of Beirut Wedding, a founding member of Badass Theatre and a long-time member of both Sojourn Theatre and Actors Equity Association. Bermea has appeared in theaters from New York, NY, to Honolulu, HI. In Portland, he’s performed at Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, El Teatro Milagro, Sojourn Theatre, Cygnet Productions, Tygre’s Heart, and Life in Arts Productions, and has won three Drammy awards. As a director he’s worked at Beirut Wedding, BaseRoots Productions, Profile Theatre, Theatre Vertigo and Northwest Classical, and was a Drammy finalist. He’s the author of the plays Heart of the City, Mercy and Rocket Man. His writing has also appeared in and


Misha Berson, Seattle-based writer and teacher, was the head theater critic for The Seattle Times from 1991-2016. She is the former theater critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and has contributed to American Theatre, Los Angeles Times, Oregon ArtsWatch, and, among other outlets. She is the author of three books, including Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination (Applause/Hal Leonard Books), and twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She has taught at several universities, including Seattle University and University of Washington.


Dr. Bruce Browne is Emeritus Professor of Choral and Vocal Music at Portland State University. He was Artistic Director and Founder of Choral Cross Ties, Artistic Director of Portland Symphonic Choir, and co-founded Male Ensemble Northwest. He has been Guest Professor at University of Iowa, Boise State University, Oklahoma State University, and abroad at College of London and University of Guadalajara. Most recently he served as Guest Professor of Choirs at University of Puget Sound. He received his D.M.A. from the University of Washington under Rodney Eichenberger, and has been privileged to work closely with Eric Ericson, Frieder Bernius, Robert Shaw, Andrew Parrott, Helmut Rilling and James DePreist. Choirs under his direction have sung by invitation at five National Conventions of ACDA, three of MENC, and one of ISME. His choirs have also appeared as guests of the countries of Greece, Spain, and Estonia, among others. Browne has recorded on the labels of Freshwater Records, Telarc, Clarion, and Albany Records. In 2012, he founded “Coro in Schola,” a choir whose mission is to provide mentoring and promote excellence in at-risk high school choral programs. Also in 2012, Browne was honored by the Northwest Chapter of American Choral Directors Association, with their Northwest Leadership and Service award.


I spent my first 21 years in Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Oklahoma, assuming that except for a few unfortunate spots, ‘everybody’ was part Cherokee, and son of the soil. Volunteered for Vietnam because that’s what we did. After two stints, hoping to gain insight, perhaps do something constructive, I spent the next 16 years as a photojournalist in Asia, living much like the lower income urban peasants and learning a lot. Moved back to the USA in 1986, tried photojournalism and found that the most important subjects were football and basketball, never mind humankind. In 1992, age 46, I became single dad of my 3-year-old daughter and spent the next two decades working regular jobs, at which I was not very good, to keep a roof over our heads, but we made it. She’s retail sales supervisor for Sony, Los Angeles. Wowee! The VA finally acknowledged that the war had affected me badly and gave me a disability pension. I regard that as a stipend for continuing to serve humanity as I can, to use my abilities to facilitate insight and awareness, so I shoot a lot of volunteer stuff for worthy institutions and do artistic/scientific work from our Cherokee perspective well into many nights. Come along!


Jamuna Chiarini is a dance artist, producer, curator, and writer, who produces DanceWatch Weekly for Oregon ArtsWatch. Originally from Berkeley, Calif., she studied dance at The School of The Hartford Ballet and Florida State University. She has also trained in Bharatanatyam and is currently studying Odissi. She has performed professionally throughout the United States as a dancer, singer, and actor for dance companies, operas, and in musical theatre productions. Choreography credits include ballets for operas and Kalamandir Dance Company. She received a Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant to create a 30-minute trio called “The Kitchen Sink,” which was performed in November 2017, and was invited to be part of Shawl-Anderson’s Dance Up Close/East Bay in Berkeley, Calif. Jamuna was a scholarship recipient to the Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, “Undoing Racism,” and was a two-year member of CORPUS, a mentoring program directed by Linda K. Johnson. As a producer, she is the co-founder of Co/Mission in Portland, Ore., with Suzanne Chi, a performance project that shifts the paradigm of who initiates the creation process of new choreography by bringing the artistic vision into the hands of the dance performer. She is also the founder of The Outlet Dance Project in Hamilton, N.J.

Visual Arts and Culture

Patrick Collier is an artist who has written for the Midwest journal “The New Art Examiner,” and more recently for the online journals UltraPDX and PORT. Prior to moving to Oregon in 2003, Collier and his wife operated the Chicago gallery bona fide to critical but not financial success. The same can be said for their organic farm located outside of Stayton. When not in his studio or visiting galleries, Collier is likely tooling around on his trusty tractor Tragedy.

Visual Arts

Martha Daghlian is an artist and writer. She was the founder and director of Grapefruits Art Space from 2017 to 2019, and is author of the Grapefruit Juice Artist Resource Guide, a free directory of visual arts venues and organizations in the Portland area. Her artwork addresses concepts of ecofeminist philosophy and romanticism through hand-sewn and embroidered garments and non-narrative videos. She has lived in Portland since 2008.


Douglas Detrick is a composer, songwriter, trumpet player, podcast producer and arts leader whose work in these diverse areas is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources. He was awarded a 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, and has performed throughout the United States with his chamber-jazz quintet Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble at the Stone, the Phillips Collection and many other venues and universities. As the Executive and Artistic Director of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, a 12-member jazz ensemble and non-profit organization, he is building new opportunity and community for jazz in Portland, Oregon.

Photography and Literary Arts

K.B. Dixon’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals. The recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Award, he is the winner of both the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. He is the author of seven novels: The Sum of His Syndromes, Andrew (A to Z), A Painter’s Life, The Ingram Interview, The Photo Album, Novel Ideas, and Notes as well as the short story collection, My Desk and I. Examples of his photographic work may be found in private collections, juried exhibitions, online galleries, and at K.B. Dixon Images. He is represented by Michael Parsons Fine Art, Portland, Oregon.

Theater and Culture

Bennett Campbell Ferguson is a Portland-based arts journalist. In addition to writing for Oregon Arts Watch, he writes about plays and movies for Willamette Week and is the editor in chief of the blog and podcast T.H.O. Movie Reviews. He first tried his hand at journalism when he was 13 years old and decided to start reviewing science fiction and fantasy movies – a hobby that, over the course of a decade, expanded into a passion for writing about the arts to engage, entertain, and, above, spark conversation. Bennett is also a graduate of Portland State University (where he studied film) and the University of Oregon (where he studied journalism).

Music and Performance, Eugene Correspondent

Gary Ferrington is a University of Oregon Sr. Instructor Emeritus whose career spanned over 30 years as the College of Education’s Instructional Systems Technology program director. He has been, since retiring in 1998, actively involved in the Eugene arts community serving for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts Center where he also coordinated its online and print public relations efforts. Since the closing of the center during the Great Recession he has committed himself to advocating for the performance of contemporary music and dance. He is a volunteer with the Eugene Ballet Company and is an advocate for the UO School of Music and Dance programs in music composition, Intermedia Technology, and jazz studies. His articles for Oregon ArtsWatch, focusing primarily on music, dance and occasionally theatre in Eugene, can be found online at

Visual Arts and Culture

Stephanie Littlebird Fogel is a Kalapuyan visual artist, professional writer, and curator from Portland, Oregon. She is the 2020 AICAD-NOAA National Fellowship recipient, ‘20 Caldera Artist in Residence, 2019 Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) project grant awardee, and a three-time Art + Sci Initiative recipient. Fogel’s work revolves around her Indigenous heritage and contemporary native issues. She has been featured by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oregon Bee Project, and at World Environment Day.


Bass-baritone Damien Geter is a diverse artist whose credits include performances ranging from the operatic stage to the television screen. He recently sang with Tacoma Opera, Portland Opera, Pacific Northwest Opera, Seattle Opera, and Vashon Opera. Concert performances that featured Damien included appearances with the Resonance Ensemble (Portland), Lewis & Clark College music department, the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Chorale, and Northwest Sinfonietta. Damien currently serves on the music faculty of The Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. The book he co-authored, Music in Context: An Examination of Western European Music Through a Sociopolitical Lens is available on Amazon, or directly from the publisher, Kendall Hunt.


Chris Gonzalez is a theater maker, musician, poet, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. He works with Portland Literary Arts as a teaching artist, and has just completed a year residency at The School of Dance and Contemporary Thought, where he taught physical theater. Chris was a recipient of the James Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund for Playwriting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied theater and performance. Chris also has been a featured poet for the past 5 years, performing alongside International Slam Champions Saul Williams and Shane Koyczan. Chris’s first book of poetry, water or bread, has just been published by Human Error Press.

Music and Culture

Alice Hardesty has served on the boards of Friends of Chamber Music in Portland and Chamber Music Concerts in Ashland, where she also put in her time on the Ashland City Council. She has an eclectic approach to writing, with publications appearing in places like Technology Review, The Washington Post, The Ashland Daily Tidings, Street Roots, and several poetry journals. Her book-length memoir, An Uncommon Cancer Journey, was a finalist for the 2015 International Book Awards. Visit her website at


Daniel Heila is a composer, flutist, and video artist whose work embraces electroacoustic sound design and projected video as well as traditional format composition, moving image art, sound art, and installation. His efforts are largely in response to memory, the mundane, and the witnessing of environment. In the past, his creativity has been intimately entwined with the ebb and flow of domesticity. As composer, Heila has largely been a student of the American experimental tradition from Ives and Cowell to Cage, Nancorrow, Feldman and beyond to minimalism, postminimalism, and postmodernism. He has also been a composer/performer of rock and folk music as well as free improvisation. His music achieves a balance of realism and abstraction, consonance and dissonance that honors these varied influences.

Culture and Visual Arts

Friderike Heuer is a photographer and photomontage artist. Trained as an experimental psychologist at the New School for Social Research, she taught at Lewis & Clark College until she retired to pursue art full time. Her cultural blog explores art and politics on a daily basis through photography and commentary. She has exhibited most recently at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Camerawork Gallery, on issues concerning migrants and refugees. She frequently volunteers as a photographer for small, local arts non-profits. For more information, visit


Anthony Hudson is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, and filmmaker perhaps best known as Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Anthony & Carla host and program their LGBTQ film series Queer Horror bimonthly at the historic Hollywood Theatre, and Anthony’s new play Still Looking for Tiger Lily is in process through Artists Repertory Theatre’s On the Workbench program. Find out more at


Hannah Krafcik is a writer and practice-oriented dancer living in Portland, Oregon. While she does not review dance performance, she has written about dance with a variety of other focuses for publications such as Stance on Dance and Critical Correspondence. She also has a background in Performance Studies and nonprofit administration, which informs her current interest in the intersection of artistic processes and organizing work. When not writing, she’s probably engaged in movement research or working at a local Montessori school.

Art and Architecture

Brian Libby is a Portland-based freelance journalist and critic writing about architecture and design, visual art and film. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, The Atlantic, Dwell, CityLab and The Oregonian, among others. Brian’s Portland Architecture blog has explored the city’s architecture and city planning since 2005. He is also the author of “Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline,” a history of his lifelong favorite football team. A graduate of New York University, Brian is additionally an award-winning filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited at the American Institute of Architects, the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, and venues throughout the US and Europe. For more information, visit

Visual Arts

Shannon M. Lieberman is an art historian whose research focuses on art and gender, exhibition histories, and intersections between art and social justice. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches art history and visual culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art. In addition to her love of visual art, Shannon is an avid reader and passionate audiophile.


John Longenbaugh is a recent Portland arrival from Seattle, where for the last 20 years he wrote for a variety of publications including Seattle Weekly, as first a theater critic and later a theater columnist. He’s happy to be in a new city where the arts scenes feel vital and optimistic. As a playwright he’s had a number of scripts produced regionally and across the country, including his Sherlock/Christmas Carol mash-up, produced here locally at ART a few years back. His current project is the multi-platform Steampunk story BRASS, available as a podcast, short films and live stage shows. Listen for free and get details at

Visual Arts

Paul Maziar is a writer and small-press editor. His first pamphlet of poems, Little Advantages, was published in 2013, and was followed by three others. His first full-length poetry collection, Opening Night, is forthcoming from BlazeVOX [books]. Paul’s other prose can be read at artcritical, Whitehot Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, and his blog Some of his poems can be found at the Brooklyn Rail, and Across The Margin. Photo Credit: Christine Dong


Portland, Oregon saxophonist, educator, and composer Patrick McCulley maintains a private teaching studio as part of the Portland Music Collective. In addition to his studio, he also acts as the PMC’s director. He has performed in a variety of classical ensembles and concerts as part of the Cascadia Composer’s Forum, featuring music from Pacific Northwest composers such as Jackie Gabel, Susan Alexander, Michael Johanson, Greg Bartholomew, Elizabeth Blachly-Dyson, and I’lana Cotton. McCulley also performs frequently in Portland’s underground classical music scene at Classical Revolution PDX, Muse: forward, and as one half of the McCulley-Falconer Duo. Recently McCulley has branched out of the classical genre and composed solo pieces for saxophone in a more experimental style. These compositions can be heard on his 2015 debut EP Fierce. McCulley has performed his compositions at numerous local music venues in Portland as well as on KBOO’s radio program The Union of Time Thieves. McCulley completed his Bachelors of Arts in Music at the University of Oregon in 2009 where he studied with Dr. Idit Shner, Mariko Ross, and David Camwell. In 2012 he completed his Masters of Music at the University of Idaho while studying with Dr. Vanessa Sielert.


Marc Mohan moved to Portland from Wisconsin in 1991, and has been exploring and contributing to the city’s film culture almost ever since. As the former manager of the landmark independent video store Trilogy, and later the owner of Portland’s first DVD-only rental spot, Video Vérité, he immersed himself in the cinematic education that led to his position as a freelance film critic for The Oregonian for nearly twenty years. Once it became apparent that “newspaper film critic” was no longer a sustainable career option, Mohan pursued a new path, enrolling in the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College in the fall of 2017. He can’t quite seem to break the habit, though, of loving and writing about movies.


Charles Noble has been assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and the Cascade and Sunriver Music Festivals. He holds degrees from the University of Puget Sound, the University of Maryland, and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. He has been the principal violist with the Ernest Bloch, Cascade Music Festivals, and is currently the Principal violist of the Sunriver Music Festival. He was a featured performing artist at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 International Viola Congresses. His is a founding member of the Ethos and Arnica String Quartets. At the start of the 2014-2015 season, Charles became the viola instructor at the University of Portland. Contact him at his blog, Noble Viola.

Visual Arts

Jennifer Rabin is a writer and an artist. She serves as the visual arts writer for Willamette Week and her writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Visual Art Source, Hyperallergic, Oregon Humanities, Bitch, and The Rumpus. She is the recipient of a 2016 RACC grant for her memoir in progress, All the Reverence in Our Hearts, and has been an artist in residence at Jentel in Wyoming, The Rensing Center in South Carolina, and Caldera in Oregon. Her creative writing practice and her studio practice have become inextricably linked as she explores ideas and themes in multiple disciplines simultaneously. A diehard populist, she uses her platform as an arts writer to champion underrepresented voices, to challenge the mystique of the white-box art world, and to encourage first-time collectors. At work, she can most often be found wearing her grandmother’s robe or a pair of tattered coveralls, both of which have received sidelong glances during coffee runs to Stumptown.


Charles Rose is a composer, writer and sound engineer born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Sonic Arts and Music Production in 2019, while also studying composition, mathematics, philosophy and political theory. His piano trio Contradanza was the 2018 winner of Chamber Music Northwest’s Young Composers Competition. In addition to composing, he is the sound engineer for chamber music group Fear No Music and a contributor to the Portland State music journal Subito. For ArtsWatch, Charles’ writing analyzes the culture of art music in Portland within the context of broader musical trends, hoping to understand where contemporary music is heading into the twenty-first century.


Pat Rose is a Portland-based photographer, whose work includes landscape, street and portrait photography, as well as botanical scanography. She is a retired English as a Second Language teacher who has taught in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, in Austin, Texas, and most recently at Portland State University. She has shown her work in various juried group exhibitions in several galleries in Oregon, and her landscape photos have been published in two outdoor guidebooks. Much of her work can be found on her website at

Visual Arts

Paul Sutinen began writing about art in 1973 for the Portland Scribe. He was the art critic for Willamette Week from 1974-1983. He is an artist and a founding member of Nine Gallery.

Oregon Coast

Lori Tobias is a journalist of many years, and was a staff writer for The Oregonian for more than a decade, and a columnist and features writer for the Rocky Mountain News. She is the author of the novel Wander, winner of the 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award for literary fiction and a finalist for the 2017 International Book Awards for new fiction. She lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband Chan and rescue pups Luna and Monkey.


Martha Ullman West began her checkered career as an arts writer in New York in 1960. She has been covering dancing in Portland and elsewhere since 1979 for many publications, including The Oregonian, Ballet Review, the New York Times, and Dance Magazine, where she is a Senior Advisory Editor. She is a past-co-chair of the Dance Critics Association, from which she received the Senior Critics Award in 2011, and is under contract to the University Press of Florida for a book titled Ballet, American Style: Todd Bolender and Janet Reed.


Danielle Vermette is a writer and actor. She arrived in Portland in 1998 with a BFA in theatre from the University of Central Missouri and has been an Imago Theatre company member since 1999, appearing in a dozen shows and touring nationally and internationally for many years in Imago’s show Frogz. She was a student in PSU’s MFA fiction program and writes fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She works in the Abdominal Organ Transplant Department at OHSU as the Hepatobiliary Coordinator.


Elizabeth Whelan is a movement-based artist based in Portland. As a freelance dancer and choreographer, she has presented work through the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s Night Lights, Downright Productions’ Amorphous, Polaris Dance Theater’s Galaxy Festival, Performance Works Northwest and FLOOR Center for Dance. Beth has been awarded the White Bird Barney Commissioning Prize alongside Trevor Wilde and Shaun Keylock, and will be creating new work for the White Bird Uncaged Series of 2021. She currently dances with Tongue Dance Project, based in St. Johns. Prior to Portland, Beth completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance at George Mason University and freelanced in Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Her writing on dance is published in Philadelphia’s The Dance Journal and Oregon Arts Watch. In her beloved free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time in nature, listening to music, and drinking a good cup of coffee with her cat. Visit and


Jeff Winslow is a fourth-generation Oregonian who studied music and electronics at University of California-Berkeley, getting serious about composition in the mid-1990s as High Modernism finally relinquished its death grip on the world of art music. His work has been performed by fEARnoMUSIC, The Ensemble of Oregon, and the Resonance Ensemble, and also at Cascadia Composers, Seventh Species, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, and Oregon Bach Festival concerts, as well as several other locations around the region, often with the composer at the piano. A recent piano work, “Lied ohne Worte (lieber mit Ligeti)” received honorable mention from Friends and Enemies of New Music, a New York-based composers’ group. He is a founding member of Cascadia Composers, a chapter of NACUSA centered on the lower watershed of the Columbia River.

Dance and Culture

Ním Wunnan studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art, where he exhibited in Glasgow International before graduating with an honours degree in 2008. Since 2009, he has worked in web development as a designer, developer, and project manager. He is the founder and director of Research Club, a community-supported think tank which has gathered a diverse community of artists, fabricators, designers, developers, advocates, and writers while hosting events in Portland, Seattle, Berlin, London, and Glasgow.

Visual Arts

Sebastian Zinn has a B.A. in Comparative Literature with an allied field in Art History from Reed College. Since graduating in the Spring of 2018, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor covering a diverse range of topics, including economics, medicine, food, music, literature, film, fashion and visual and performance art.

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