This, that and the other … a mess o’ stuff you should know

2 Sep

Limited-edition poster by Portland graphic artist Aaron McConnell.

OK, I know it’s not Hood River, but it’s close, and world-class. I’m talking Maryhill Museum, and what’s got me excited is its coming fall exhibit, opening Sept. 18: “Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel.” It features 33 artists and writers from the Portland comics scene, plus another dozen or so from Seattle and north.

The Museum has commissioned a limited edition print drawn by Portland artist Aaron McConnell, shown at left. You can buy one of the 100 prints at the Museum gift shop. McConnell will be showing his work in the exhibit, as well.

And, alongside their work, you can check out cool work by aspiring graphic storytellers who recently took part in a series of workshops held at branch libraries of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system. One such effort is included at left, by aspiring artist Ian Sams. Personally, I think he’s got what it takes. Mark your calendars. …

Ian Sams created this wonderful cover art for his imagined comic about Moon Bear, who somehow winds up on the Moon and tries to figure out how it happened.

Nice review at Cocktail Enthusiast blog about Hood River’s own Pendleton Whisky. Produced, that is, by Hood River Distillers.   …

Interesting report by OPB with video about the fish screen technology developed by the Farmers Irrigation District and now being marketed by the Farmers Conservation Alliance around the Northwest. …

Quick chat with a local real estate appraiser, who is suddenly inundated with work, because super-low interest rates have all sorts of people refinancing their home loans. She says Hood River, relative to other beaten-down markets around the country, has fared relatively well. People who bought in 2005 or 2006, at the peak, may be even or a little behind purchase price. But if you bought earlier, your home’s value is likely greater than when you bought. How much greater? Don’t ask me. Call an appraiser. But I share that news, just in case you might be thinking of listing. Not that I would recommend that. Heck, I’m not a real estate agent, even though I do play one on TV. Sure, agents would love to list your home. But I’m also hearing that a lot of listings are just sitting. One agent told me that sales this year are behind what they were in 2009. …

Mt. Hood Railroad this weekend is featuring a … carnival? Yup. Junk food, rides and $5 train rides (short rides). From their web site: “Labor Day Weekend Carnival Extravaganza! The Mt. Hood Railroad along with Cascade Amusements Inc. will be celebrating Labor Day weekend offering $5 fares in honor of all you hard workin’ folk. There will be amusement park rides onsite along with games, food and of course Train Rides. Fare: (per person) $5. Carnival opens at 12:00pm. Tickets for games and amusement rides are $1.50 each or 15 for $20. Each amusement ride is 2 or 3 tickets each. Train rides: September 3, 4, 5 – 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.”

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