Our schedule is now live! Please note that there is a tiny chance of minor changes, but otherwise this is it! (Please click for a larger version)
Just as a heads-up, we WILL be using our token system for hands-on workshops with materials fees. These fees are in addition to the admission price for Curious Gallery, and are only charged to people participating in a select few workshops that involve crafting something to take home. All fees go to the workshop presenters, none to Curious Gallery. You will be able to buy tokens in $5 denominations at the registration desk any time during the weekend; you can pay with cash or card. We will also have signup sheets for workshops at the beginning of the day these workshops are happening–so for example the signup sheets for the Saturday workshops will be available Saturday morning at 10am when the registration desk opens, and the Sunday signup sheets will be available Sunday morning at 10am, not before.
Curious Lightning Talks
You! (And Everyone Else, Too)
Here’s an opportunity for anyone at the event to spend five minutes talking about whatever nature, culture or art related topic they want to share with the audience! Great for those who didn’t feel they had enough for a full hour, but who have valuable ideas to share.
Stacey “Zebith” Thalden
Learn about painting insects and the creative practice of being a nature illustrator. Hear about the visual harmony found in the natural world and one artist’s passion for Entomology and Painting that turned into a nature inspired career.
Cello Performance By Betsy Tinney
Enjoy the talent and creativity of the Pacific Northwest’s outstanding solo cellist, Betsy Tinney. Her tapestry of acoustic cello woven with an electric looper, has been called “captivating,” “mesmerizing,” and “a rich texture for the ear, reminiscent of dark chocolate and fine red wine.”
Natural History Nickelodeon
A selection of short films with wonders and creativity galore!
Dissect a Sheep’s Eyeball!
Have you ever wanted to see inside the eye? Wonder what’s up with the tools you use to observe the world? In this workshop, we’ll do a standard bio-lab dissection of a sheep’s eyeball. Space is limited to twelve paricipants (one workshop per day). Materials fee $5, space limited to 12 people per class.
Monarchs, Mine Whales, Marbled Murrelets, and the Milky Way: How You Can Contribute to Our Understanding of the Natural World Through Citizen Science
Citizen science: what is it, how does it work, and how can you get involved? This talk by a board member of the Northwest Ecological Research Institute focuses on opportunities here in our Portland-METRO community as well as some nation-wide projects.
Thinking Like a Mushroom: A Discourse on Fungal Behavior + Hands-on Cultivation Workshop
Learn how to cultivate mushrooms in your own home, from basic care and species to cultivation and harvesting techniques. And you’ll get to take home your very own mushroom spawn to start your home cultivation efforts. OPTIONAL: If you want to take a spore-cultivated log home there is a materials fee of $20; however, if you just want to attend the talk and not take home a log there is no materials fee
Spiders of the Pacific Northwest: How to Identify, Illustrate, and Love All Creatures With Eight Legs
Spiders! What are they, why are the beneficial and not evil? You’ll learn how to identify spiders, focusing on local taxa, and how technical, scientific illustration plays a part in identification.
Event Design as Curatorial Ring-Mastery; or Behind the Scenes at Professor Oddbody’s Splendiforous 4-D Wunderkammer
Ever wondered what it would be like to run your own event, or what it’s like creating something like Curious Gallery? Come see how making a weekend of eventing is like putting together one very large cabinet of curiosities with the organizer of such local events as GEAR Con, HOWLCon, and the Rose City Steampunk Film Festival.
The Beauty and Functions of Feathers: Identification Basics and the Legalities of Collecting Feathers
Do you love feathers? Learn what you need to know to collect the plumage of a variety of birds, to include legal restrictions and permits, alternatives to real feathers, how to identify found feathers, and more. A hands-on demonstration will allow participants to try identification for themselves with real feathers and field guides.
Barking Up The Right Trees – Peeled Cedars as a Link to the Past on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Peeled western redcedar trees and huckleberry harvest and processing are closely linked in the archaeological record at many areas of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. I will be presenting on this topic and providing an exhibit for the 2016 Curious Gallery with the intent of sharing information related to huckleberry resource extraction and the association of this historic activity to peeled cedars. I will have several hands-on items to share at the exhibit, following my presentation. The display banners include background information on peeled cedars, huckleberry processing sites, and the seasonal rounds conducted by pre-contact peoples.
Demo: Metal Alchemy
Transforming metals into organic sculpture along with combining different metals for a beautiful contrast of the mediums for the physical realm to experience. Will be held in a shelter just outside the door to the back parking lot.
Ethics & Legalities of Animal Remains
With the rise in popularity of taxidermy and specimens, it’s important for collectors, artists and other curious folk to know what laws govern the trade in hides, bones, etc. Discuss notable legalities and ethical questions.
Bee-Inspired Fascinators With Millinery Arts Old and New
Use the power of expressive fashion to save the bees! This hands on workshop will allow you to make your very own bee-inspired fascinator hat using old and modern millinery techniques. Space is limited to 20 people; materials cost $25.
Visual Alchemy: Where Art & Magick Meet Part I: History
Laura Tempest Zakroff
In part 1, we’ll explore the power of art and the crafted object through history and multiple cultures from around the world in both 2D and 3D format through sculpture, paintings, shrines, altars, and more.
Visual Alchemy: Where Art & Magick Meet Part II: Practice and Application
Laura Tempest Zakroff
In part 2, we’ll cover the making/crafting of your own art for spellcraft, as well tips on collecting art and artifact to harness intent, be it for spiritual or artistic pursuits.
Successful Carnivorous Plant Culture for the Pacific Northwest
Jeff Dallas of Sarracenia Northwest
Carnivorous plants are some of the most amazing yet totally misunderstood plants on the planet. Learn how to successfully grow these amazing plants, and take one home with you too! Materials cost $5; space limited to 20 people.
Bone Cleaning Basics
Learn how to prepare, clean, and finish skulls and other bones for display, collections, or art. We will review the most common and effective cleaning methods, as well as degreasing and whitening techniques.
Resurrecting Dead Cosmetics: Historical Inspiration and Cosmetic Crafting
Presented by Kim Damio
As a cosmetic crafter, I have been heavily influenced by historical sources. Historical beauty recipes can be creatively inspiring, educational, and surprisingly accessible. They can also be difficult to interpret, hard to recreate, or even dangerous. Please join me as I relate some of my successful—and less successful—experiences adapting period formulas for modern use.
Raptors, Rodents, and Regurgitation: A Dissection of Owl Pellets
Presented by Amanda Fisher
Participants will discover what owls have for midnight snacks as they dissect an owl pellet and take home their findings. The types of bones will be identified, as well as tips on cleaning, protecting, and using your bones for artistic purposes. (Materials cost $5, limited to 35 attendees.)
Performance: The Maiden Morte
Mari Lwyd (Grey Mare/Holy Mary) is said to represent the uneasy frontier between living and dead, and have many roles: Harbinger of Death and Endings, Bringer of Luck, Marker of Justice, Tester of Wit and Intelligence. Does she bring you blessings of the future or test your past? Experience an improvisational live music/dance performance piece that fuses together elements of Modern Traditional Witchcraft, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Dance, Inspired World Music, and Ritual Performance, with improvised live music by Nathaniel Johnstone
Still Death: A Skull-Drawing Session
Our take on the “still life” drawing session, Still Death is your opportunity to draw, paint and otherwise artistically capture a wide and weird variety of animal skulls as artistic subjects! We’ll have a brief discussion about the skulls on hand, and then the rest of the time will be yours to create as you choose! Come armed with your own art supplies, or make use of the paper and colored pencils we’ll have on loan. Everyone is welcome, from “I’ve never drawn anything” to “I’m a seasoned pro!”
Lupa, Carla Brauer, Darien Baysinger
In recent years taxidermy has become rather trendy, but what’s it take to be a modern-day taxidermist? In this group panel we’ll discuss taxidermy and other arts using animal remains, where to get supplies and how to start creating your own taxidermy creations. We’ll also have a Q&A session, so bring your questions about this ancient art in the 21st century!