Artist Talks

artists talking at opening of Beyond The Story
Artist talk at show opening; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Rebecca Shapiro, Lisa Sonora Beam, Matt Blair and I gave an hour long artist talk at the opening celebration. Here is the recording if you would like to listen to it. We each talk about the work in the show as well as the process of getting there. {Special note to my mother: I know the ships match your Victorian house better than my abstract contemporary stuff.}

Artist Talks Sept 7, 2014


Rebecca Shapiro encaustic art at Beyond The Story
Rebecca with her work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography
Lisa Sonora Beam work at show
Lisa with her work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Christine Martell mixed media paintings
friends and family looking at Christine’s work; photo by Rick Paulsen Photography

Inviting You to Participate

My dream is to have this project continue and to invite other artists to collaborate. Perhaps travel to other locations where we engage artists there. Perhaps to build a community online where creatives all over share creative responses to their own stories. Perhaps teaching workshops where we share the creative approach to personal storytelling.

Matt Blair soundscapes
Matt talking about his soundscapes

Matt Blair is the first creative to produce a response to our project. He has designed soundscapes for each of the artists, which will be published as an iPhone app and will be available any day. You can hear them at the Beyond The Story app website

Inviting People to create their own stories and share with us; photo by Rick Paulsen photography
Inviting People to create their own stories and share with us; photo by Rick Paulsen photography


Mentioned during the talk

Love notes
Love notes from people who attended

We were so glad we asked for love notes. I typed them up and sent them to everyone the next day.  It is so helpful to have reminders that people liked  aspects of what we put together, especially in those post opening times of doubt. I want to write these to other artists at all the shows I attend, since it was so heartwarming to have experienced them myself.

Rebecca’s book

Rebecca Shapiro’s new book on Kindle is Work Independently & Live Connectedly: 52 Steps to Freelancing Freedom

Lisa’s books

Lisa’s creative business book is available at major booksellers and often at the library.   The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real

Lisa’s memoir is available from her website  Sketchbooks: My Creative Practice

Christine’s earlier work

You can read earlier posts about the project on my Personal Narrative category

Press coverage

There is a lovely article about the opening on

Visual memoirs: Exhibit at Hillsboro library invites audience to participate

Beyond the StoryBeyond the Story: Exploring Visual Memoir
Sept. 5 – October 30, 2014

Hillsboro Public Library, Main Branch 2nd floor
2850 NE Brookwood Parkway
Hillsboro OR 97124


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