If you’re looking for a great escape from the rain this winter, head over to the Portland Art Museum. There are floors and floors of exhibits, ranging from photography to sculpture to modern art. I had the opportunity to visit the museum last weekend, and I was amazed by the amount of creativity that could be contained in one place. My favorite exhibits were the Wild Beauty exhibit, which showcases photographs of the Columbia River Gorge from 1867-1957, and the Asian Art Exhibit.

It was truly amazing to see how the land has changed in the Columbia River Gorge since the 1800’s. I would highly recommend checking out this exhibit for a dose of Oregon history. There is even a portion of the exhibit that shows how old photographs were made- it is crazy to see how many steps it took for that process. I’m not sure I would have the patience these days!

The Asian art exhibit showed everything from kimonos to dinnerware to painted pieces. Many of the art pieces told a specific story relating to Asian traditions. It was fascinating to discover more about this culture through art, and to compare their art to the creative pieces we see in the northwest.

The Portland Art Museum is very inspiring, especially if you are looking for a creative idea. The bright colors and quirky sculptures made me want to try out my own art! Be sure to visit if you can- it will brighten up a rainy winter day!

Speaking of creative ideas, thank you for reading the Travel Oregon blog. It is Oregon enthusiasts like you that make this job great. Today is my last day as editor of the Travel Oregon blog, but I encourage you to keep reading these great stories and submitting your comments and ideas. Keep on traveling the great state of Oregon!

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