A monthly art salon is scheduled in a downtown gallery

Jon Bell's bookby: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Jon Bell will attend the February art salon at the Lori Ryland Art Gallery. Bell has written the book 'On Mount Hood, a Biography of Oregon´s Perilous Peak,' published by Sasquatch Books about his and others´ personal experiences on the mountain. At the art salon, he will talk about the book and his experiences.What could be more engaging than a story about mountain climbers following the storied Timberline Trail around Mount Hood?

The only thing more engaging is listening to its author talking about the book he has published through Sasquatch Books.

That listening is available at the February art salon “The Artist Edge” at the Lori Ryland Gallery in Sandy.

Jon Bell

Bell will talk about the writing of “On Mount Hood” and share some of the first-person narrative.

“ ‘On Mount Hood’ builds the compelling story of a legendary mountain,” Ryland said, “and its impacts on the people who live in its shadow every day.”

Among the topics found amid the book’s chapters are: weather, skiing, early pioneers, the mountain’s retreating glaciers, Native Americans, climbing, unique flora and fauna, forest activism and more.

Bell grew up in the Midwest and came west with a degree in history in his back pocket.

He traveled extensively across the American West before landing in Portland. His first published works were about some of his backpacking and climbing excursions in the Pacific Northwest — some of his many weekends on Mount Hood.

He is also co-author of a climbing guidebook, “Ozone,” and a former president of the Ptarmigans Mountaineering Club.

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Anatoly Molotkov

Anatoly MolotkovA Portland short story author and poet, Molotkov moved to the United States from Russia in 1990. He will return to Ryland’s gallery to share a short film he created titled “The Eternal Shore,” which was based on a short story he wrote.

Molotkov won the 2010 New Millennium Writings Award as well as the 2008 E. M. Koeppel fiction award.

For more information on his wide variety of works and other recognition, visit the website at

Thomas Murphy

Thomas MurphyA filmmaker from Salem, Murphy will show a short film called “Storefront Stimulus,” which was sponsored by the Reed Opera House in Salem.

Murphy also co-directed a film called “The Last Laugh,” which he will show at the art salon.

That film is described as “tinged with contemporary, dark, dry humor and mild suspense.”

Popular artists

Also on the agenda at the art salon is a local favorite, Stevan Allred, who will read from his short story “Vortex.”

Another creative person local residents have been appreciating at the salon is Martha Ragland, who will read from her race car mystery novel and talk more about marketing dilemmas of the publishing industry, and how these issues can affect a writer’s choices of creative works and processes.

Where, when?

The art salon is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

The salon is free to the public, but seating is limited, so reservations are recommended by calling 503-313-7464 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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