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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Cell Phone Photo Paintings

May 13, 2015

Local artist Brittany Powell beautifully captures images of daily life in the Portland Building’s latest installation, Cell Phone Photo Paintings: Free

Powell’s art installation was inspired by losing her camera during a vacation. Her husband jokingly suggested that she should paint all of their photos – and she did.  All 80 of them.  

Powell is holding “studio hours,” in the Portland Building’s lobby. Visitors meet with Powell and text her a photo of their daily life. She will then paint the photo and put it on display for the duration of the installation. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art. 

Cell Phone Photo Paintings: Free is up now through May 29 in the Portland Building’s lobby. Powell’s studio hours are Monday – Thursday, from 2 – 5 pm. 

Check out RACC’s website for more information.

Portland Building Installation Art Series

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5pm

Portland artists turns cell phone pictures into fine artMaggie Vespa in KGW News

Photo courtesy of RACC.

Work zone safety

May 14, 2015

With the warm summer months fast approaching, there’ll be more construction work that affects Portland’s streets. 

Part of that construction includes upgrading water mains and sewer pipes. It’s essential work for our city’s infrastructure. 

And, it can cause a little traffic. 

National studies have shown that driver distraction is the leading cause for work zone collisions. It’s important to be aware of your surrounding and to drive slowly. 

The Portland Water Bureau recommends the following tips to stay safe around work zones:

  • Use an alternate route. 
  • Expect delays.
  • Be alert. 
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. 
  • Do not tailgate. 
  • Carefully move over. 
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles. 

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

Friday Roundup

Arts Education Matters

Nick Fish in Artslandia


City Council OKs Wash. Park reservoir demolition

Chris Woodard and KOIN 6 News Staff


Protestors again disrupt Portland City Council meeting

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Sources Say: At City Hall, Fish and Novick play Abbot and Costello

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Business Movers: Amanda Blackburn, Buff Decker, Lori DeKrufy, Michael Jordan, Andy Meszaros, Kevin Rask

Vickie Kavanagh in The Oregonian


Troubleshooter: Portland's Benson Bubblers are 'works of art' but prone to clogging

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian



Anthony Macuk in the Willamette Week


Hales to present budget to City Council on Wednesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Portland adopts $15-an-hour minimum wage for full-time workers, some contractors

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian


North Portland pride: St. Johns comes alive for neighborhood parade and Bizarre

Jamie Hall in The Oregonian

Irvington students visit City Hall

May 15, 2015

This afternoon, we were pleased to welcome a surprise visit from some third graders from Irvington School in Northeast Portland.

After seeing the Oregon Children's Theatre's performance of Ramona Quimby at the Newmark Theatre, the students walked down from Portland'5 for a tour of City Hall!

They enjoyed a quick rest in Commissioner Fish's office before heading to their next destination.

Ramona Quimby, a play based on one of Beverly Cleary's beloved characters, runs through May 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Summer arts camps

May 18, 2015

School’s almost out and summer is just around the corner. Kids know what that means – it’s almost camp time!

There are many arts organizations throughout our city that offer a variety of great summer arts camps and workshops for youth. 

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has a huge list of camps in Portland. Dance, music, visual arts, and more – there’s something for everyone.

Check out RACC’s website for the full list.

Photo courtesy of RACC.