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Readers' Theatre Staged Readings

November 16, 2019

The Griffith Building (Old Courthouse)

4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005


 "Queen Victoria's Secret" by Sue Parman

Directed by Paul Roder


Queen Victoria: Robin Reece Michaels

Dr. Lavalle: Paul Roder



"The Gorilla in Beowulf" by Sue Parman

Directed by Leslie Inmon


Gregory the Gorilla: Laurence Cox

Ashley (teenager girl): Caralynn Shields

The Offering

Watercolor Society of Oregon


Fall Transparency Show

Barber Library on COCC campus

2600 College Way, Bend, OR 97703

October 4-Decenber 6, 2019

International Society of Experimental Artists 28th Annual Juried Exhibition



Rock Creek Tavern

18515 NW West Union Rd., Portland, OR 97229

Solo Show by Sue Parman

May-June, 2019


Reception Sunday, May 19, 3-5 pm

Watercolor Society of Oregon

Experimental Show, Oregon Society of Artists, April-May 2019

"The Red Door"

Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, Oregon

"Secret Rainbow," Sue Parman, Carmen Sonnes, Lynne Taylor

April 2-May 24, 2019



"Blind to her own Beauty," one of eighteen paintings by Sue Parman on display at the Walters Cultural Arts Center.

Demo by Sue Parman, April 2, 5-6 pm


The faces we present to the world are mosaics of light and shadow. Art is created through manipulation of values from light to dark. As many artists have said, "Color gets the credit but value does the work." The following photos show me demonstrating this with my friend and artist, Linda Nye. I photographed Linda with an iPad and ran her image run through an app called Notanizer that reduces images to black, white, and gray. I superimposed a piece of translucent yupo paper over the iPad image and doodled in the dark bits, a quick sketch done in a matter of seconds that illustrates the power of value. 

Step 1. Photograph with iPad.
Step 2. Run the photo through an app called Notanizer.
Step 3. Doodle the dark bits on translucent yupo paper.

Gallery in Brookwood Hillsboro Library, Oregon

November through December, 2018.

The Red Door and The Last Samurai

Oregon Society of Artists (OSA) "200 for under $200" show

November 2018


"Hacker," First place.

Keizer Art Association Watercolor Show

Keizer Art Association & Enid Joy Mount Gallery

September  6-29, 2018

Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

980 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, OR 97303

"Behind the Veil," Best of Show
The Gardener

"The Gardener," The Rose Show (juried by Sandy Maudlin), Oregon Society of Artists, Honorable Mention, June 2018.

Poem "Solutions"

published in VoiceCatcher Spring 2018:


Fence-Post Jazz 25"x25"

Oregon Society of Artists Juried Show March 2018. Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 1 pm-4 pm. 2185 SW Park Place, Portland, OR 97205.

Poem “Kaizen”

Honorable Mention (Sonnet category)

Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Contest

Spring 2018.

The Dwarf King's Daughter

"The Dwarf King's Daughter," one of four paintings by Parman shown as part of the Fresh Eyes Critique Group at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, Oregon, March 1-April 30, 2018, and the Beaverton Library through June, 2018.


The photo "Shadowcat" and painting "Slumpcat," part of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts show, "It's Raining Cats and Dogs," March 1-31, 2018. 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon.

"This is Not a Poet," http://willawawjournal.com/category/current-issue/issue-2/

A new online journal called Willawaw combines art and poetry. "This is not a poet" (a takeoff on Magritte's "this is not a pipe") has now been painted over beyond recognition, so this is the only way of remembering what it once was, a poet that is not a poet that is no longer a painting.

Gigi Pandian, "The Ninja's Illusion"

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...

2017 Semi-finalist, Elixir Press,

The Flowers of Rappaccini [book manuscript].

Keizer Art Association Watercolor Show

Keizer Art Association & Enid Joy Mount Gallery

September, 2017

Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

980 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, OR 97303

"Blue Boy," Best of Show

"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" 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."

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.

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.
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.