Events

Gigi Pandian with character cards from her new book, "The Ninja's Illusion"
My talented daughter, Gigi Pandian, writes a best-selling treasure-hunt mystery series featuring the intrepid Jaya Jones, an historian who travels to different countries to solve mysteries linked with India's colonial history. For this fifth book in the series, "The Ninja's Illusion," she invited me to illustrate five main characters from the book, and she's made character cards that she's offering as part of publicity for the book (as per her newsletter, "Gigi Pandian: Magic, Mystery & History"). I've never been more honored (not to mention challenged), and the opportunity to collaborate with her was one of those treasured mother-daughter events that stays with you for a lifetime.

First attempt to create a Jaya-Jones playing card
When my daughter first proposed doing character cards for her book, I assumed she wanted a traditional playing-card look. This was my first mock-up, a collage of soft-cut prints that featured Jaya and iconic images from the book (including high heels, magnifying glass, bamboo, and butterflies). As we discussed the results, I realized that she was looking for more realistic images.

Second try: portrait of the punk librarian Tamarind
In this second iteration, I moved away from the stylized playing-card model toward a realistic portrait done in watercolor. Here is Jaya's sidekick, Tamarind Ortega, with her punk-style hair and combat boots, holding a book, the butterfly hovering (you'll have to read the book to learn the significance of the butterflies). Gigi asked if it would be possible to do full action figures, and we discussed the technique used to create the images, deciding on black ink first with color added later.

Final version of Tamarind Ortega
Here's Tamarind, before being turned into a character card: a full action figure in combat boots with plaid backpack and butterfly tattoo. I drew the figure in black and finished with watercolor pencils. I like Tamarind, almost as much as I like Dorian (oops, Dorian is in my daughter's other book series that begins with "The Accidental Alchemist," about a three-hundred-year-old alchemist named Zoe Faust and her sidekick Dorian, who's a French gargoyle and an incredible chef...)

Recent doodles
For some reason a lot of my random doodles these days look vaguely like gargoyles...

Blue Boy
“Blue Boy,” Best of Show, Wild Over Watercolor Keizer Gallery Art Show, September 7-30, 2017. Judge Kathy Haney: “The painting has a good balance of warm and cool colors. It looks fresh and not labored. The eyes are perfection and capture the personality of the man. A glow emanates from the person and the painting. The excellent line drawing underneath is the foundation for the painting and integral to its success.”

"The Mystery of Strangers," paintings of strangers at New Seasons Market, Orenco Station, August 2017.

“Gentle Giant” and “Blue” exhibited in the First Presbyterian Church Gallery Show sponsored by Metro Artists, 1200 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205, May 21-July 9, 2017.

Clear Line of Sight
Collage, "Clear Line of Sight," Spring Show, 2017, Oregon society of Artists, Honorable Mention

"Cock" and "Cocksure"
"Pairings," a show by Sue Parman in the Living Room Gallery of the Tualatin Public Library, December 2, 2016, through March 1, 2017. Viewers are invited to imagine conversations among the paintings.

Art is a loud but silent house, full of conversations not only between paintings and viewers but among the paintings themselves. As we look at a painting, it pulls us beneath its surface. Portraits in particular have loud voices because of the power of their eyes. They reach out to the viewer, and to each other. In the exhibit “Pairings,” viewers are invited to imagine what kinds of conversations are going on between the paintings. What might an ancient turtle have to say to an Afghan warlord? A Galapagos turtle converses with a finch on the verge of extinction. One pirate is buried in wounds, another in roses. What humor is there in pairing a glaring, puffed-up rooster (“Cock”) with a self-portrait (“Cocksure”)?

Pairings: paintings that speak to each other (with sarcasm or compassion) and encourage conversations.

"Dorothy's Fire," "Dorothy's Ice," and "Dorothy's Wind" included in show "200 for under $200" at the Oregon Society of Artists, November 2016, 2185 SW Park Place, Portland, OR 97205, (503) 228-0706.

Two paintings, "Blue" and "The Old Man of the Sea," in "WOW, Wild Over Watercolor," presented by the Keizer Art Association, Enid Joy Mount Gallery, 980 Chemawa Rd., NE Keizer, OR 97303. (503) 390-3010, September 1st to October 1st, 2016. "The Old Man of the Sea" received an Honorable Mention.

"The Old Man of the Sea"

Book launch in Berkeley
July 27, 2016, 7:00 pm at Books Inc, 21491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley: David Turnoff and Sue Parman read from the anthology "Letting Go," edited by Martha Hughes. Sue's daughter Gigi Pandian joins them to read from her own books.

Beauquet
"Beauquet" won Best of Show in the Oregon Society of Artists' Rose Festival Show, June 5-July 1, 2016, 2185 SW Park Place, Portland, OR 97205, gallery hours Monday-Saturday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. www.oregonsocietyofartists.com, Facebook.com/oregonsocietyofartists.

"The Man Who Doesn't Matter"

The painting, “The Man Who Doesn’t Matter,” was shown in the International Society of Experimental Artists Exhibition, Crayola Gallery, Banana Factor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, May 14 to August 17, 2016.

The Noun Show

"Gentle Giant" and "Mary of the Seals" were shown in an Artist Vision exhibit titled "The Noun Show" at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego Oregon, June 24-26, 2016.

A photo canvas copy of "The Old Man of the Sea" was auctioned off in support of "Art is Wild 2016," Chintimini Wildlife Center, May 20, 2016, 5:30 pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Letting Go! edited by M.E. Hughes, published by Bacon Press Books. Includes my essay, “The Holy Ghost Bird." See my guest blog, http:/​/​bit.ly/​1nYQ4XQ.

Also see Buzzfeed Community's listing of the book as one of "6 Compelling Anthologies of Spring 2016: Whether these amazing writers are discussing childhood homes and memories, the struggles that accompany letting go or their first celeb crush, or the inherent power of inspiration, the following anthologies consist of collaborations from some of today’s greatest authors. They promise to move you, shake you, and keep you coming back for the next essay or installment."
http:/​/​www.buzzfeed.com/​andreakennedy/​6-compelling-anthologies-of-spring-2016-nq4o?utm_term=.fvW08Y7vp4#.mt4nQqvweB

October 25, 2015, Crown Plaza Hotel, Portland, Oregon, 5:30-7:00 pm: First-Place Winners in OWC's Writing Contest. Sue Parman read from her book, The Brown Study: A Botanical Art Mystery (now titled The Flowers of Rappaccini).

"Death with Dignity," Best of Show, Oregon Society of Artists, September 2015

Group Show of selected Oregon Society of Artists Members, July 2015, Signature D at the Elizabeth Lofts, 333 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, opening reception Thursday, July 2nd, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

July 28, 2015, 7-8:30 pm, Sue Parman is the featured poet at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 7700 NE Fourth Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662.

January 11, 2015, Sunday, 1 pm, Newport Public Library: Poets read from their new books: Ruth Harrison, "among the cat tales"; Sue Parman, "The Carnivorous Gaze"; Sandra Mason, "Lost and Found."

January 6, 2015, Tualatin Heritage Center, Women in Watercolor presentation by Sue Parman, "The Pain and Pleasure of Marbling."

On September 3, 2014, Sue Parman and others read at “Sweet Words: Authors, Wine, and Chocolate,” Periscope Books, 1920 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, 6-7 pm. Hosted by Plum Hill Winery.

Colony House, Rockaway Beach, Oregon

August 10, 2014: Oregon Writers Colony holds its annual Founders Day celebration at Colonyhouse, 882 Miller Street, Rockaway Beach, Oregon. Members and non-members are invited to spend the day touring the house where OWC members take writing retreats, meet other writers, and may attend workshops. Sue Parman will teach a workshop, "The Danger of Poetry: Why All Writers Should Love It," from 1-2 PM. Register at the Oregon Writers Colony web site, http:/​/​oregonwriterscolony.org/​.

"Theory of Poetry," presentation at Northwest Poets Concord, Newport, Oregon, May 4, 2014.

Lismore Castle, Ireland

Abroad Writers' Conference, Lismore Castle, Ireland

December 9-15, 2013, Abroad Writers' Conference, Lismore Castle, Ireland: panel on historical fiction with Sue Parman, Nancy Gerbault, Jane Smiley, Edward Humes, Michele Roberts, Sarah Gristwood, and Robert Olen Butler; Finishing Line Press poetry reading.

September 12, 2013, at 6:30 pm at Rain or Shine Coffee House, 5941 SE Division St., Portland, Sue Parman reads one of her "Tom Cat" mysteries about a hapless forensic anthropologist's efforts to save a cat from murder most foul.

On September 5, 2013, 7-9 pm, at Tabor-Space, 5441 SE Belmont St., Portland, Sue Parman emcees "Verse of Ages: A Multi-generational Poetry Reading" for Oregon Writers Colony. Free to the public, it features poems from 12-year-olds to poets in their 90s.

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May 20, 2013, at 7 pm, Conversations with writers features Sue Parman, who examines the evolutionary significance of poetry.

"Sweet Words: Authors, Wine and Chocolate," Barbara Gibby, Karen Hesse, MJ Nordgren, Sue Parman, and Alan Roth will identify and sign their quotes for community members who wish to win a Sweet Words prize basket. Periscope Books, 1920 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, May 1st, 5-8 pm. Online Oregonian video of the event: http:/​/​www.oregonlive.com/​forest-grove/​index.ssf/​2013/​05/​first_wednesday_brings_poetry.html

Fred Melden, Sue Parman, and others read poetry at Marino Adriatic, Portland, February 20, 2013.

Sue Parman, featured poet, reads at Milepost 5, Portland, December 11, 2012, 7:00 pm.

Celebrate local authors in Hillsboro/​Forest Grove, December 7-8, 2012, at Periscope Books, Arcade Books, Jacobsen's Books, and Jan's Paperbacks. On December 7, 6:30-8:00 pm, poetry reading by Paula Adams, Bill Jansen, Rick Livingston, Sue Parman, Alan Roth, and Mary Slocum.

“Words, Wine, and Fudge: Book Launch/​Lunch of The Thin Monster House,” Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00ish, Periscope Books and Tutoring, 1920 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

On Sunday, September 16th, from 1:00-5:00 PM, Sue Parman and her daughter Gigi Pandian present a workshop called "Different Paths to Publishing" at Lake Oswego Fairfield Inn and Suites, 6100 SW Meadows Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035. See http:/​/​gigipandian.blogspot.com/​2012/​09/​oregon-weekend-oregon-writers-colony.html.

Stone Soup Reading Series: Sue Parman, Mary Slocum, Jeffry Gardener, Bob Swango, Pat Vivian, and Fred Melden will read poetry on Wednesday, August 22, at the Marino Adriatic Cafe in Portland, OR. https:/​/​www.facebook.com/​#!/​events/​119718474839498/​

A New Portland West Coast Poetry Journal: Faultlines On Talking Earth Monday Night June 18, KBOO 90.7 FM 10-11 PM PST
Tune in to hear Tony and local poets Ryan Scariano, Kirby Light, Gail Barker, Elizabeth Ferguson, Susan Parman and, from Eugene, Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua, as they sing their songs & talk with Barbara LaMorticella.
Hear the poets read at http:/​/​soundcloud.com/​samroderick/​kboo-june-18-2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Gig Harbor, Washington (near Seattle), celebrate the new journal Fault Lines Poetry, edited by Tony Pfannenstiel. Sue Parman (First Place Winner, Birthday Poem) and others will read.
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See the poets read at http:/​/​www.youtube.com/​user/​nofaultzone

Sunday, May 6, 9:00 a.m., poetry readings by Sue Parman, Mary Slocum, Leah Stenson, Michael Dylan Welch, and Dorothy Blackcrow Mack at the Northwest Poets Concord, Hallmark Inn, Newport, OR.

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