Artist and four writers will educate and entertain at Lori Rylands monthly art salon

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: SUE ALLEN - CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS  Printmaking artist Sue Allen considers herself blessed to see this view of the mountain. She captured it on a trek up Lookout Mountain on the east side of the Cascades. She preserved the view with an Instagram print on canvas. Sue Allen has adjusted to life in the wild; well, not too wild. She lives on Mount Hood, not far from civilization, but her “back yard” provides an environment much like what the pioneers found when they first arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

Nature’s bounty envelops her as she walks outside her creek-side home — a short distance from the river.

Sue AllenAllen will share with others the views that continually amaze her — the views that cause her to record with Instagram photos the jaw-dropping images she sees daily.

A creative printmaker, Allen will be the featured speaker at the monthly art salon at the Lori Ryland Gallery and Studio in Sandy on March 24. Ryland calls the salon “The Artist Edge.”

Using the Instagram app on her iPhone, she has been printing images on 12x12 canvas for more than a year.

Because Allen has more than 1,000 images, she admits, “Instagram prints have taken control of me.”

She will be giving a slide show of some of those images, and the gallery will be filled with her canvas creations.


Guest author Martin Bannon will be reading from and signing his book, “Senseless Confidential: An absurdist romp through the Oregon Cascades.”

Martin BannonThe book was first published in 2012, and soon received critical accolades in this newspaper as “a wild and hilarious tale.”

Bannon says the book was inspired by what he calls “politically schizophrenic Clackamas County” and the political bureaucracy he encountered during his decade working for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bannon is sure to be an interesting guest at the art salon, Ryland said. A San Francisco native now living in Damascus, Bannon was a tea guest of Queen Elizabeth II, majored in Soviet studies and dropped out of his career in “intelligence” when he determined no such thing existed.

Another guest author, Brian Biggs, will read a nonfiction account of his experiences in Vietnam that he calls “Lessons from Vietnam, the Crabs of Vung Tau.”

Also on the art salon agenda is Dan Bosserman, who will read from his work in progress, “The Bubble Gum War: Stories of Vietnam.”

Always a favorite, Stevan Allred will read his short story “As Men Will Do Unto the Least Among Us.”

The 1902 story is set in Springwater, a district south of Estacada, beginning with a fire that burned many farmhouses and buildings.

Where and when

The art salon is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Ryland’s gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

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

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