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"Beautiful Lives Lost" (Reception, Thursday, July 5, Art Institute of Portland)

3 monthes ago   |   By Celeste Bergin

(16x12 Painting: Sandy Casey by Celeste Bergin)
Sandy Casey was originally from Dorset, Vermont. She was a special education teacher for the Manhattan Unified School District in Redondo Beach California. She was extremely kind-hearted and had a wonderful sense of humor. She loved the simple things; country music, running, soccer, bowling and yoga. Sandy is survived by her fiancé, her parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a legion of friends and students who will remain forever inspired by her unbridled optimism .
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(I loved learning about Sandy and I...
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'Beautiful Lives Lost' July 5, 2018

'Beautiful Lives Lost' July 5, 2018

3 monthes ago   |   By Celeste Bergin

Quin Sweetman, Originator of Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project

After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead, Quin Sweetman, a full-time artist, felt helpless in the face of yet another national tragedy of senseless gun violence. She had a brilliant idea to help us all grieve. Quin gathered 55 artists together via Facebook to make portraits of the 58 people who were killed. She called the project “Beautiful Lives Lost”.
“We really don't like referring to the people who lost their lives that day as victims,” notes Sweetman. “All of them were people, not statistics...
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