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Beth Kerschen
Crossing the Willamette | Murals by Beth Kerschen | REACH Community Development in Portland
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Crossing the Willamette - Murals

Featured In REACH Community Development, Portland, OR

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REACH acquired an historic building in downtown Portland and they refurbished it so that elderly and disabled people would not be displaced. It was a such successful project they won an honor for it. They had a common room they wanted to liven up and to show pride in the community. They had a large format space, wanted an overview of the city, and needed something that opened up the space. They also wanted a piece of artwork to celebrate the new, refurbished building to hang in the Bronaugh Building’s office.

We decided that using my scene, “Crossing the Willamette” provides an open and encompassing view of Portland and the general area. The image was mounted on plexiglass (60” high x 120” wide) then hung with standoffs to give the scene and the room a lighter feel. Then I photographed the newly restored building, made an etching plate for it, and hand printed the final piece. Both of these pieces honor the building and the community that helped pull the project together.

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Beth Kerschen
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Wescover creator since 2020
Capturing the Spirit of Community – Exploring the creativity, history, and culture that evolves in urban centers.

Beth Kerschen is a multi-disciplinary artist using photomontage Illustration to create cityscapes that capture the spirit of community. After graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, she moved to Boston, MA to work for Polaroid. Then she worked for ten years as a graphic designer with several creative firms in Boston, eventually moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008. Since that time, Kerschen has committed her life to capturing vast urban landscapes into one tangible image. She uses her photography, design, and illustration skills to turn urban landscapes into fantastical images filled with meaning and nostalgia. Her art celebrates the unifying connections held by the landmarks, buildings, and vistas of our cities that unify us. She was awarded a Professional Development Grant from RACC (‘15) and a public art installation commission at the Portland International Airport (‘16). Her work has been held in a number of corporate and city collections, including two terms in the Mayor’s office (Visual Chronicle Council Collection), as several hand-painted murals for a luxury residence by ConAm, and as large format artwork in the new JupiterNEXT Hotel guest rooms.