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Portrait created in honor of 100th Rose Festival queen

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This portrait of Rose Festival Queen Emma Waibel was painted by Naomi Segal Deitz.In honor of more than 80 years partnering with the Rose Festival the Oregon Society of Artists commissioned one of their professional artists, Naomi Segal Deitz, to paint a rare portrait of Rose Festival Queen Emma Waibel, the festival’s 100th queen.

The OSA presented the unique oil painting of Queen Emma in a ceremony at the OSA gallery. The portrait will be on display at the Rose Building on Naito Parkway.

“The OSA has enjoyed being a Rose Festival sanctioned event since the early 1930s and this year we wanted to make a concentrated effort to increase our participation in this important Portland event,” OSA director Mary Holt said. “It seemed a natural fit with our many talented artists to consider doing a painting of our 100th queen.”

The OSA has been a valued Sanctioned Event partner with the Rose Festival Art Show for more than 80 years, creating hundreds of pieces of art specifically focused on images of the festival. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the first elected Rose Festival Queen, the OSA wanted to step it up.

“A lot of Portland artists, including myself, do quite a bit of what is called “direct painting” — that is, going directly to canvas, painting the subject in front of you, and working out the problems on the canvas, often with a more abstract, painterly result,” said Segal Deitz. “Although there is some abstract treatment of the crown, robe and background, I drew on classical techniques, such as under drawing and grisaille, to bring out the smooth surface of Emma’s face and her joyful gaze. I felt this would better serve the moment, the junction of your casual youth with a more formal post as Rose Festival Queen.”

Waibel is a senior at West Linn High School. Her reign continues until the 2015 queen is selected June 6.

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