(Amanda: the unaltered originals of those shots, and a couple of others, are here. Apart from cropping and resizing, the only things I did to the smaller versions above was sharpened them slightly and altered the levels a little. If you don’t have the requisite software I’ll be happy to make whatever alterations you want to the larger versions.)
Our friend Mollie is president of the Ozarks Literacy Council, who just had a large and costly window broken by small and worthless scumbags. The intricate iniquities of insurance companies and landlords have conspired to land the council with the full cost of replacement, which they need to raise by Tuesday so as not to conflict with the annual United Way blackout period (whatever that is — I have no idea, go ask Brad).
So, if you have five bucks (or five hundred; hey, you don’t know for certain Steve Jobs doesn’t read this) to spare, please consider helping out a friend of mine and her worthy cause.
Observant readers will have noticed the spousal unit’s new project, Portland Public Art, on the blogroll. Portland has a lot of public art, thanks in large part to a (city? state?) law that says 1% of all building budgets must go to support the arts. The spousal unit
went mad and decided to catalog it.
The title is a sneaky segue to our latest acquisitions, two miniatures (about 2.5 inches square) by local artist Bernard O Gross, “Three Cedars” and “Red Oak Hillside”. These snaps don’t really do them justice. (Man, do I feel like an artwanker now.)
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