A monthly art gallery will feature several poets as well as a photographer and author

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - In an unusual self-portrait, photographer Gary Randall of Rhododendron appears to sit at the edge of the world, holding the main tool of his creative endeavors.

No one can deny Portland’s passion for bridges. Their presence, their sheer numbers represent the people’s passion for connectedness.

Bridges represent many metaphors, but principally the joining of west and east, of people and their cultures.

John Sibley Williams has assembled a dozen poets, Williams included, to recognize as many bridges across the Willamette.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - John Sibley Williams is an author and award-winning poet who will be reading June 30 from a published anthology of Portland bridge poems, which he edited.The book is called “Motionless from the Iron Bridge: a Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems.”

The newly released book, published by Bare Bones Books in Portland, will come to center stage at month’s end when four of the poets will read from their diverse writings.

Joining Williams at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery in Sandy will be David Cooke, Mark Struzan and Anatoly Molotkov.

Another man of immense creative talents, who will be at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery, is photographer Gary Randall of Rhododendron.

Randall will show a selection of his landscape photographs and talk about how he creates such breathtaking images.

Randall photographs appear in the Oregon Capitol and in the homes of discerning people.

Randall also created the Rhododendron’s Postmark America design that was in such demand last fall.

He calls his images fine art photography, and he is set to inspire all who visit the art gallery in Sandy on June 30.

Joining the gallery’s lead artists — a quartet of men of few words and a man with an eye for the beautiful — is a local favorite author, Stevan Allred, who will read another of his short stories.

The creativity of the written or spoken word as well as the camera lens are featured this month, but in other months Ryland features other genres of artistic endeavors.

The gallery is open to all and free, but space is limited, so early arrival is encouraged.

Beverages and desserts will be served at the event, scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Ryland’s studio and gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

For more information, call Ryland at 503-313-7464 or visit

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