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November: Sarah’s art all over Southeast Portland! Come to one or all!

By pure coincidence various opportunities opened up for exhibit opportunities this summer, and they are all opening during the first week of November (coming very soon!).

Thursday, November 4 (One day only, only three hours!), 7-10 p.m.
Sometimes a Great Notion
Siren Nation Women’s Arts and Music Festival
at Albina Press on Hawthorne
5012 SE Hawthorne Blvd. 97215
(Event info:

Friday, November 5 (the show runs through December 31)
Opening party 7 p.m.-9 p.m.ish
The Portland Tarot Show
at Splendorporium
3421 SE 21st Avenue 97202
(Event info:

Friday, November 5 (the show runs through the end of the month)
Opening party 6 p.m.-midnight
Facing Fear
at Launchpad Gallery
534 SE Oak Street 97214
(Event info:


More updates follow on Twitter (@SarahMorrigan) or Facebook (search for IrisCat Designs).


October 22, 2010 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

What a busy month!

As many of you already know, I started my post-graduate studies this past spring (majoring in feminist theology — with a plan to add fine arts major in the near future) and I have fifteen credit hours this fall semester.  Fortunately three of the classes either end early or start in November, so I need to handle only three classes at a given time.

So far I have completed 6 credits

  • 02.02.001 – History of Goddess Worship
  • 04.01.001 – Ecology and Spirit

and have 15 credits by the end of this term

  • 01.01.002 – Anthropology of Shamanism
  • 01.01.006 – The Shaman
  • 02.02.004 – Introduction to Thealogy
  • 03.08.001 – Contextualizing Women in Religion
  • 03.08.005 – Feminist Theology 1

(Why are the shamanism courses given 01.01.x prefix?  The college originally was founded as a training centre for shamans, now it is one of very few truly interfaith seminaries that is not tied to any specific religious institution and encompasses many non-mainstream faiths.)

In addition to this, I have two art shows opening in November (coincidence) and potentially one more that I might enter as well:

And also I have just joined the new curatorial team at the 100th Monkey Studio in Southeast Portland — this involves the organizing and promotion of the monthly art shows, and gives me a valuable practical experience from the side of those who run a gallery.  (In addition, it gives me a studio membership, which is great, as it is always nice to have a dedicated space to work on art.)

How do I get time for all this?  The fact is I operate almost round-the-clock, except when I am sleeping for about 6 hours.  My biggest challenge is to stay focused on the task at hand and have a determination to get it done.

And yes, I still volunteer as a GED tutor at the Julia West House (4 hours/week).

October 2, 2010 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

New original paintings auctioned to benefit Operation Nightwatch Portland

This is a great way to make these sets of new, original paintings (all done this month) while supporting a worthy cause.

The paintings are mixed media, acrylic, paper and ink, and were produced in June 2010 here in the Portland area. Portions (15% of the winning price) of this auction will be donated to the same, to support future art programs and events to make creative arts accessible to those who are low-income, mentally/physically/developmentally challenged, and/or homeless. Operation Nightwatch (ON) is an ecumenical night ministry of friendship and community that has been serving the street population of downtown Portland since 1981. Now with the newly purchased RV unit, ON is soon expanding to the Johnson Creek/Clackamas/Lents area and other locations throughout the metropolitan region.

The Set 1: The Elemental Cats — Fire, Wind, Water, Earth
Acrylic, ink and paper on four canvas panels, each sized 3″ x 5″

The Set 2: A set of two watercolors — “A Summer Day in a Park” (a scene at Couch Park, Northwest Portland last week), and “Moon Cat”
Watercolor on two canvas panels, each sized 3″ x 5″

For links to the eBay listings use: (shows both sets) with the ending number 30327 as part of the address. If it does not work, you can access the page through

June 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

May Last Thursday art clearance sale

This coming Thursday, May 27, 2010, I will be offering nearly all available original art for sale in order to clean out the storage space and stale creative energy, and also to raise funds to replace my bicycle that was stolen a few days ago.

I will also be offering (weather permitting) a quick portrait sketch (for a suggested donation of $5).

All items will be under $25 between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., then will be “pay what you can and will” thereafter until closing around 9:45 p.m.  This is a good opportunity to add affordable works of art to your home or office.  All items must go by the end of the day, so no reasonable offer will be declined — in fact, even a small amount will help me at this point immensely.  The recent theft of the bicycle has caused some unexpected financial strains and loss of productivity.

This will be at the parking lot of Radio Room, 1101 N.E. Alberta St. in Portland, Oregon.  As the Last Thursday is expected to be busy, I recommend using the public transit (it is hard to find a place to park even for a bicycle). TriMet lines 8 and 75 serve the area, and so does the 6 (on MLK at Alberta, about 7 blocks away).

May 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm Leave a comment

Working professional artists’ cooperative in Portland, Oregon

The Working Artists Network is being reorganized this fall as a cooperative, and is recruiting members from all disciplines and genres of art. Members come from performing arts, fine arts, commercial arts, music, literary arts, etc., and there is a plan for also establishing a genre-specific subgroup within the co-op.

Members receive many useful and valuable benefits, such as health care discount plan, workshops and preferred professional service discounts, as well as a powerful voice to promote their art to the Portland city hall and to the world (through its export program).

The co-op’s three-tiered membership starts at only $5 a month. To learn more about this exciting opportunity see Mention that Sarah Morrigan sent you when joining.

October 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Art show opening Sunday, June 28

The Five Rogues plus One

a group show

Darren W. Alexander | Troy Ennis | Larry Patrik May | Rick Miles | C. J. White


Sarah A. Morrigan

June 28 – August 17, 2009

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 28, 2009 – Noon

First Presbyterian Church of Portland

1200 SW Alder St

June 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm Leave a comment

Summer creative IT crash course series, 6/23-7/28

This six-week series of free workshops will focus on practical application of intermediate computer skills for career development and personal advancement.

When: Mondays, June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Where: Julia West House Workshops (, 2nd Floor Computer Lab, 522 SW 13th Ave, Portland 97205 (TriMet #15, #20; Portland Streetcar; MAX) — The location is not wheelchair accessible; there is a steep and narrow staircase.

Instructor: Sarah A. Morrigan (Iridia Creative Productions,

Course outlines
Weeks 1-3: Basic website building and maintenance, with focus on HTML 4.01 and new HTML 5.0; how to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to upload contents; online privacy; search engine optimization (SEO); integration of website with weblogs and social networking applications.

Week 4: Experience the world, expand the horizons – finding multicultural resources and non-mainstream media from around the world; making use of no-cost educational opportunities such as Open Courseware (OCW) offered by many universities; free classic literature and reference materials on the web.

Week 5: Digital Creativity – Introductory, hands-on exploration on open-source creativity software such as Inkscape (vector drawing), Scribus (desktop publishing), Audacity (MP3 editing/podcasting), Skencil (image drawing), GIMP (graphic image manipulation/photograph editing), etc.

Week 6: Mindful, meaningful social networking – How to use popular social networking sites for career advancement and community building.

All six sessions are free. Due to limited space available pre-registration is highly encouraged. Contact Patty Warman at 503-222-6564.

June 9, 2009 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

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