Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Art in the Garden... with a Purpose





McMenamins Edgefield - Troutdale, Oregon

Once the County Poor Farm, the 38-acre McMenamins estate near Portland features a Georgian revival-style lodge, restaurants & pubs, vineyard & brewery, gardens & spa, golf course & more. Guest rooms include private en suite accommodations, European-style common baths, & hostel rooms. I planned my McMenamins visit to coincide with Cracked Pots - staying at Edgefield during the organization's 10th Annual Garden Art Show.



While the Cracked Pots event is lively and fun, the purpose is serious: Reuse, recycle.... look creatively at trash!

Tess Beistel, one of the co-founders, explained that although the group creates garden art, the overriding concerns are conservation, and stewardship of the environment.
Visit www.crackedpots.org .... to learn more.

Earth Tones - Imaginative, recycled creations
An Artist Directory is listed on the Cracked Pots web site.


The iconic water tower stands at McMenamins Edgefield.


A 3/4-acre garden provides produce for Edgefield's Black Rabbit Restaurant:
Head gardener, Kim Kincaid


Clifton Metal Works

Garden trough on the Edgefield grounds.


Piece by Piece - Created from Previously-loved Pieces


































12 comments:

  1. Oh, I want that garden gate (door)!

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  2. Hi Alice~~ Oh yes, my old stomping ground. I'm a 1979 [ahem...] graduate of Reynolds High School in Troutdale. "Edgefield Manor" as it was called, sat its stately self at the top of a gentle slope as I recall. It looked abandoned. It looked creepy. I was young and didn't give much thought to what was behind the facade. However I think I remember hearing that it was an "insane asylum." But you know how kids are. Years later I was glad to hear that McMenamins had re-purposed it. I haven't been back to see it. The Cracked Pots organization is fabulous. You didn't mention what [if any] art you decided to take home. I suppose Chuck and I will have to duke it out for the door. :)

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  3. I love the metal mask/witch doctor! This is wonderful stuff, and such a good cause too. Thanks, Alice for showing us.
    Frances

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  4. WOW! I would have a field day there!!!!!1 A lot of people around here make yard art out of old glass pieces. I keep saying I am going to do it, but have yet to start!

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  5. The glass pieces are lovely. I like the last picture most. That's a creative piece and it looks so happy and jovial, very good to put at the entrance so as to brighten up people's moods.

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  6. Thank you Alice!!! We, blotanists, like each other, but there could be a fight for that door/gate!

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  7. Yes Alice, like Grace I am wondering what you had to have and hauled back to SF with you! Did you enjoy your Oregon visit?

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  8. Now, now, there's to be no fisticuffs among the blotanists! The garden gate/door will remain a tempting element in the Edgefield gardens, and you must all hunt for delightful salvaged bits to add to your own gardens.

    In another life I created sculpture day in and day out, so my time at Cracked Pots offered inspiration & a few new tricks. Then the Portland Art Museum, like all great museums, added to the itch to create new work.

    Rather than haul anything back, I find I'm pondering ideas for new works. My current medium is encaustic - beeswax combined with damar varnish crystals - on wood, with pigments & paint.

    I had just received a shipment of plants before my trip, so I reluctantly held off during my tour of Cistus. Then again, spending time with Sean Hogan is endlessly fascinating, and I was able to see Sean's home garden - nearly a decade since my last visit!

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  9. Oh Alice, you have such wonderful adventures! An excellent post. You have inspired me, as always.

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  10. Gosh, it's fun to see 'my neck of the woods' and some of my 'cracked pot' acquaintences on your blog! Great photos. And yes, great gardens!

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  11. RS,
    Thanks for the kind words. We inspire each other!

    anartistsgarden,
    Wanted to see Cracked Pots for such a long time and get back to 'your neck of the woods' - it's a pleasure to share the experience. Alice

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  12. I was so sorry that this was the week after I was there. Can't do everything all the time even though I want to. Thanks for sharing.

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