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waldorf 100:  the art hall as a cultural center

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After a brilliant wash of color adorned The Art Hall to welcome students back to school, the dragons have been moved and will carry on their Michaelic mission on other walls here at Cedarwood.

Next up: Phase II of the Waldorf 100 exhibit. Curated and installed by director, Robin Lieberman, assisted by fellow artist and installation expert, Patricia Lynch, 27 works by 16 artists on the theme of COURAGE now inspire visitors with their unique strengths and accompanying verses.

Visitors to the opening reception were excited to see the variety on display on this very important subject.

It took courage to start the first Waldorf school 100 years ago and takes courage to continue to build on this legacy around the world. Cedarwood is pleased to participate in this worldwide celebration and to open its doors to the larger Portland community.

At the opening reception, Sue Levine, Cedarwood’s Head of School, shared her experience of accepting the position one year ago. Among other things, she was delighted to find that Cedarwood is also a cultural center, embodied in The Art Hall.

Thank you, Sue, for your acknowledgement, support and graceful participation in our opening!

The works cover a wide array of media, including pastels, mixed media pieces, oil paintings, watercolors, and block prints of varying sizes and styles. All the artists work out of the spiritual impulse of Anthroposophy.

This is a collection of work appealing to a wide variety of patrons. We thank all the artists for their willingness to share in this celebration from near and far:

From Portland, Oregon: Lisa Bono, MJ Connors Davison, Pablo Feliz, Robin Lieberman, Patricia Homan Lynch, Cheri Munske, Jannebeth Röell, Jenny Siegel, and Taggart Siegel

From Eugene, Oregon: Phyllis Helland and Kathy Reardon

From New York: Laura Summer

From Colorado: Kaia Dercum, Lois Hartman

From New Hampshire: Bill Whyte

From Toronto: Larry Young

The exhibit is open to the public until November 30th. You may enter the school through the main doors during school hours and wander downstairs to The Art Hall. Please also feel free to contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or at for other options.

As usual, all artists will donate 50% of their sales to The Art Hall to support the future of the arts through exhibits and teaching opportunities at the gallery.



waldorf 100: an update

Phase I. Upon learning that Cedarwood faculty and staff would be creating chalk pastel dragons as part of their pre-school in-service, we at The Art Hall got in to gear and prepared the work for installation to greet the students on opening day, September 4! (Many thanks, Jeremy!) Two people worked together on each of the sixteen pieces which now fill the space with color and wonder. Please arrange for a tour if interested.

Phase II. This will occur as originally announced and will incorporate the work of many artists, both local and from around the country, who have contributed their pieces and accompanying statements on COURAGE. The opening reception will take place at The Art Hall during Portland’s First Thursday, October 3, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Sue Levine, Cedarwood’s Head of School, will facilitate a discussion on the theme. All are welcome!

Please come, participate, share your story, enjoy the evening’s bounty, meet new folks and perhaps purchase a piece of art. As usual, proceeds will be shared between the artist and The Art Hall, with the gallery’s portion going toward future improvements to the space. Questions? Please contact Robin at or 503-222-1192. The exhibit will continue through November.


waldorf 100!

The Art Hall at Cedarwood Waldorf School is pleased to announce a collaboration to celebrate Waldorf 100. The exhibit will be installed by September 19, the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Waldorf education, followed by an opening reception on October 3, Portland’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Submissions by artists working out of the spiritual impulse of Anthroposophy reflecting the theme of the season, COURAGE, will be accepted and curated by email (.jpg please) through August 31. Please send to

Notification of acceptance and mailing/shipping guidelines will go out by September 5. We plan to install “salon” style to accommodate as many two-dimensional works as possible. As usual, we ask artists to donate 50% of their sales as a pay-it-forward gesture for the future of the arts.

Questions: email above or call 503-222-1192.


anca hariton: the living hora

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What a beautiful gathering for Anca Hariton’s opening reception for METAMORPHORA! Our spring artist poetically and tenderly gathered us into the fold of hora, the circle, reminding us that the blood lines of our ancestors are imprinted within us. We all stood in wonder—and perhaps even a bit in love—at the unveiling of this sensitive series on the Judeo-Christian story of Creation.

One of the patrons even remarked in great wonder: “Anca’s paintings remind me of Hilma af Klint!”, an early anthroposophist whose work is now showing at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York City. While Hilma’s works needed to wait 80 years for the appropriate temple to showcase them, Anca’s paintings have found their temporary home here in Portland. We at The Art Hall are blessed to have them on view for two months!

Anca shared that as a Waldorf teacher of Grade Three she felt she had not done justice to her subject. So inspired, she created this series while traveling and living abroad with her husband. Having fled communist Romania, Anca reveled in the heart-opening opportunity to study Rudolf Steiner openly and to manifest herself as a teacher and artist in this 100-year-old tradition.

One can clearly see the sturdiness of the architectural training Anca brought with her from Romania in the details of her work and similarly appreciate how an anthroposophical lens has deepened her study of color. With plans to publish a book of these images accompanied by her poetry in mind, we were treated to Anca’s reciting of the poem with a line corresponding to each of the paintings.

Anyone with interest can visit The Art Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when Cedarwood is in session. If you’d like to schedule a visit outside of school hours, please contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or Some original works are still available for purchase. Anca has also prepared some beautiful high quality 8X10” prints and 5X7” postcards. For those, please contact her directly at


anca hariton: metamorpha

We at The Art Hall are delighted to announce the opening reception for our next featured artist and Portland Waldorf School Lily Kindergarten Classroom Assistant, Anca Hariton, on Thursday evening, March 07th.

From Anca:

The roots of this show go deep, before my immigrating to the US. Bucharest, where I grew up, used to be known as the city of more than 200 churches, before the end of WW II. However, with the arrival of the communist revolution, worship was reserved for the Party, while traditional faiths/church attendance were discouraged, infiltrated and reported, especially in the capital. I still remember how in 4th grade, for example, our teacher admonished us, “I shall not see any of you going to church on Sunday!” Instead, families taught their children to pray secretly.

I left communist Romania for good in the mid 80’s as a trained architect. Years forward, after September 11th happened, I decided to become a teacher. I earned my credential and then my Waldorf certification. For teaching the third grade Waldorf curriculum, I had to learn from scratch what I had missed: the holy stories of the Hebrew and Christian traditions. In particular, the story of the Seven Days of Creation held many revelations for me and, in conjunction with reading Rudolf Steiner’s fascinating lectures on them, they inspired these paintings.

To be given permission for what I was not allowed to openly experience as I grew up, to learn about and teach these ancient stories felt like poetic justice. Which is why I am grateful to be able to have this series shown here, at the Cedarwood Waldorf School. Thank you!

My warm appreciation goes to all who helped this show come true: from my family and old friends (many far away) to my new Portland community and friends, including Robin Lieberman (founder and Art Hall director), Robin’s son (who designed our invitation), Christine Badura (who put us in touch), Cedarwood School (which is offering a warm/soul-filled art space), and all my friends and colleagues who encouraged this effort.

Anca Hariton
February 2019
Portland, Oregon

Metamorphora, the name of Anca’s show, is a neologism, a mash-up of metamorphosis and hora, a circle dance popular in the Balkans, Israel and Yiddish culture worldwide.

We welcome you to join us for Anca’s opening on Thursday, March 07th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., with her artist’s presentation at 6:00. For more information Anca’s work or to contact her directly, please visit her website, Sacristima.


phyllis helland: inspired…and inspiring

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Like her art, Phyllis shows up to work:

There is the work of making art, and then there is the work that the art does when released into the world. Art work.

She began her thoughtful presentation noting that The Art Hall is a very special place—a social place where children and parents can gather and interact with art every day—so different than a commercial gallery. (Thank you for noticing, Phyllis!) Indeed, the social aspect of our everyday lives is as invaluable as the art which surrounds us.

Phyllis also spoke about artists working together; that something happens between artists—workers—that doesn’t happen when they’re alone. Phyllis is an active member of the Regional Sketch Group in Oregon, whose members exhibited their Nine Nature Sketches individually interpreted from Rudolf Steiner’s indications, on display at The Art Hall in January 2017.

Another treat available (besides our abundant hospitality table!) was Phyllis’ reading of a David Whyte poem: What to Remember When Waking. It echoed Phyllis’ artistic process as she mused “what’s waiting to come and show itself…what color or line or shape wants to come?”

The impulse and structure for this current exhibit followed from Phyllis’ blog artworking, a collection of paintings and associated reflections through the seasons. In the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, Phyllis was new to social media and felt inspired to do something: like artists throughout history, she turned towards creating in the face of cultural distress as a bold and necessary act. “Putting it out there, connecting human to human, is part of the art working. I was shocked and delighted to receive worldwide responses.”

Phyllis “encourage(s) each of us to make art and to feel the life of it as we’re creating it and appreciating it…(even) while I brush my teeth, I’m looking at a piece of art and letting it speak to me.”

Eight of these beautiful twenty-two paintings sold the night of the opening! As Phyllis wants her art to do their work in the world, if you should want to purchase a piece and find the listed gallery price out of your range, then please feel free to contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or to discuss other possibilities.


phyllis helland: a working artist

The Art Hall is pleased to begin its sixth year (!) exhibiting art created by artists working out of the spiritual impulse of anthroposophy, with Phyllis Helland, from Eugene, Oregon, joining our roster of locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists at her opening reception on Thursday, January 17th.

From Phyllis:


“Our lives are an art. To live in a creative way nurtures our souls and improves our lives.

It’s a daily practice. Each new day given to us is a blessing and a chance to try again.”

~ from Jennifer Thomson, one of my teachers ~

In my practice I find drawing helps me to see and understand what I am looking at, and what is looking back at me. I carry a sketchbook with me most of the time.

Painting is a dialogue with color. Sometimes I paint purely to explore color and mood and watch for a motif to reveal itself. When I paint outdoors, en plein air, the natural world reveals colors that are not readily seen, but are there, nonetheless. The more I work with color, the more color I see in nature, and the more color reveals to me.

Some of these are pieces I made in the past year, others earlier. However, in the past year I have put all these pieces “to work” in various exhibits, study groups, and on social media. Whenever a piece of art engages with a viewer, something happens that is entirely between the viewer and the piece itself.

There is the work of making art, and then there is the work that the art does when released into the world. Art work.

Please join us for Phyllis’ opening reception Thursday, January 17th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. and hear Phyllis share her unique perspective on growing art in the world at 6:00.