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Pop-up: Stephen O’Donnell, Gigi Little, & Laura Stanfill

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 11:45 am - 12:00 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Portland fine artist, Stephen O’Donnell, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries–along with Gigi Little and Laura Stanfill– to share the art book collection, The Untold Gaze

This group is paired with the artwork Portrait of a Lady by François Boucher; found in the European Art Gallery, on the 2nd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Portland fine artist Stephen O’Donnell’s paintings are always narrative — touching on themes of gender, history, beauty, and longing — but the stories he paints lie just beyond the frame, through an open doorway, within an obscure look or gesture. The thirty-three authors in The Untold Gaze each chose one of his paintings to use as a prompt for a piece of original fiction. With a diverse lineup that includes Tom Spanbauer, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake, Scott Sparling, and Margaret Malone, with an introductory essay written by Bob Hicks, longtime arts writer and editor for The Oregonian, and with subjects ranging from amorous satyrs to beauty pageant queens to post-apocalyptic alien overlords, The Untold Gaze is a large format collection of O’Donnell’s work — more than eighty paintings — which also explores the rich, nuanced, and often quite unexpected terrain that lies between visual art and the written story.

Stephen O’Donnell

Stephen O’Donnell is a mid-career fine artist. His work is widely collected, both in this country and abroad. His work – both literary and visual – has appeared in the literary magazines/journals Nailed, Menacing Hedge, and Gertrude. He is married to writer and graphic designer Gigi Little. Their book, The Untold Gaze – a collection of Stephen’s paintings paired with short fiction by 33 authors – was recently published. They live in Portland, Oregon with their dog Nicholas.
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Gigi Little

Gigi Little's essays and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies including Portland Noir, Spent, and The Pacific Northwest Reader. She's the editor of the collection City of Weird and co-editor/co-designer of the book The Untold Gaze, alongside her husband, fine artist Stephen O'Donnell. She's also a freelance book cover designer and the staff designer for Forest Avenue Press. 
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Laura Stanfill

 Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, which she founded in 2012.
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