Call for Art: What is a Disability?

     VSA arts  has a call for art that will appeal to my readers, as it intersects art and healthcare. It’s an International call for postcards defining disability.  Anyone may send an entry:  you do not need to be disabled, a recognized artist, or work in healthcare.  The Deadline is February 5, 2010. Click on the link below for more information and to download the Post Card Template. 

For more information, click here: Disability Postcard Project

Don’t forget: DRO Open House This Thursday 5pm-7pm

Untitled #5 2007 mixed media on gessoed paper

Untitled #5 2007 mixed media on gessoed paper by J.Paradisi

This painting from my Urban Horses series, is available for purchase tomorrow night at the Disabilities Rights Oregon open house and group art show.  620 SW 5th Ave. Suite 500.  I will donate 25% of the proceeds to DRO. Three other artists, Carole Zoom, Sam Roloff, and Traci Murray are also exhibiting. You can see their artwork by following the Disability Rights Oregon link under Notable Websites in the right hand column of this blog.

Art & Community Service


Untitled #4  2007 by J.Paradisi

Untitled #4 2007 by J.Paradisi

Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence.  It opens our eyes to see and our brains to imagine.                 Magdalena Abakanowicz

     Yet another painting from Urban Horses that is available at the Disabitlity Rights Oregon open house on Thursday, June 18. Come by and say hello.

Urban Horses Paintings in Disability Rights Oregon Group Show


Untitled #12  2007 by J.Paradisi

Untitled #12 2007 by J.Paradisi


    Here’s another painting from the Urban Horses  series for sale at the Disability Rights Oregon group show on June 18. The horses in their paddock represent the everyday contraints forming the boundaries of our lives. They are mixed media work, painted on gessoed paper. Framed and matted, they are ready for hanging on your wall. 25% of sales price will be donated to DRO.

Open House at Disability Rights Oregon June 18, 2009. Save the Date!

Untitled 2007 mixed media on gesso/paper by J.Paradisi

Untitled #14 2007 mixed media on gesso/paper by J.Paradisi

   I’ve been invited to participate in a group show at Disability Rights Oregon ( I’ll show six framed paintings from the Urban Horses series. Created in 2007, the paintings are abstract representations by observation of the Portland Mounted Police Horses, off-duty, in their paddock.  I will donate 25% of the proceeds of each painting sold to DRO.  I’ll post more information soon.

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I Don’t Get Out Much, But When I Do…

Kaboom 2003 ceramic, raku, glaze. artist: J.Paradisi

Kaboom 2003 ceramic, raku, glaze. artist: J.Paradisi

     Yesterday, after spending the afternoon painting in the studio, I made risotto cakes for dinner, then headed over to Carole Zoom’s Studio for the closing reception of the Hiih Lights show.

     This weekend, Carole is performing a spoken word piece she wrote in No One Wants to See the Wires.  Along with Julie Osborn and Bill Alton, and directed by Curtis Walker, they tell the story of “what goes on behind the scenes when one lives with disabilities” (some adult content). There are two performances:  Saturday, May 30th at 7 pm & Sunday, May 31 at 2 pm, 4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland. Tickets and info at 503.777.1907

     At Carole’s studio, I met Elizabeth Arledge, and accepted an invitation to participate in a group art show benefitting Disability Rights Oregon  on June 18, 2009. The reception features guest speaker Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.  The art work is for sale, with portions of the proceeds donated to  Disability Rights Oregon.  I’ll have more information about this later or you can find it at