SITEPAINTERS     imagine/the e-zine

the art of place – vision, color & form

magine, a word that invites us to sense, to see what is not yet visible. Imagination is the space of inner freedom. In the quietness of our hearts and minds new impulses arise with a will to be.

"Every creative act involves...a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of excepted belief."
Arthur Koestler

magine invites you to stay in touch. We believe art, architecture, interior design and the living of everyday life belong together. Site Painters is dedicated to an evolving, collaborative art of place making. Please subscribe here and we’ll include you in occasional updates from the “imagination’s chamber.”

Penn State Children's Heart Clinic

The remodel of this clinic features a fully integrated art installation. In consultation with staff, Site Painters conceived and produced art for the waiting room, exam rooms, and corridors. Murals, paintings on wood panels, stenciling, and prints on dibond panels all draw from regional nature sources and now provide the clinic a refreshing and welcoming ambience.

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Kentucky Healthcare

University of Kentucky Healthcare has purchased four paintings by Laura Bender for their public art collection of over four hundred works. Her paintings have been installed in the UK Children's Hospital, Lexington.
While not age-specific in their appeal, the paintings invite a playful but restful state of mind.

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Airport Commission

For the ongoing major expansion of their airport, Salt Lake City embarked on a project of commissioning 24 large scale art walls. Laura's design, Worlds Apart, was chosen to enliven one of the 9' x 32' sites. The artwork was scanned at high resolution and printed on a permanent wallcovering. The new airport opened in 2020.

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Art in the Studio

Continuing with studies of the finite and the infinite...form leading color and color leading form...a dance which never ends.


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Laura Bender
studio art

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Still on fire

Since Dec 2014 my personal studio work has been engulfed in the subject of fire. Notebooks of pen drawings - simple, complex, decorative or naturalistic. Single and double sheet collage and color pencil images followed.

In 2017 I started working my way through a box of beautiful Fabriano paper from Italy. These have now been largely consumed by artworks on the theme of fire using many mediums and styles. Some examples are posted here.

There's still some heat to the subject for me and occasionally new flames appear, primarily in painted paper collage.

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John Early
studio art

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Anthony Howe, sculptor

We first caught a glimpse of this artist’s work along a rural road, in a meadow we were going past on the way to a BB on Orcas Island. We were surprised, delighted, almost as though it was a unicorn or flaming phoenix we had discovered. Absent knowledge of the artist and his international reputation, we were able to experience them as beautiful phenomena, a special act of nature.

These works are all about movement, multiple simultaneous movements that expand and contract at the same time. High above the ground atop their poles, they perform dances of life.

"Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts.
It aims to alter one’s experience of time and space when witnessed. It also needs to weather winds of 90 mph and still move in a one mile per hour breeze and do so for hundreds of years.
Anthony Howe

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Upcoming Conference

Site Painters will be participating in the 2019 Healthcare Facilities Conference sponsored by the National Organization for Arts in Healthcare, NOAH, in September. This is an opportunity to hear the latest research on how to most effectively use the arts to assist healing in its many dimensions. With keynote presenters from around the country, there should be a lively exchange of ideas and experiences.
One of the workshops I'm looking forward to attending is the intriguing sounding Creating Spaces with Emotion through Integration of Architecture and Art. Another professional educational opportunity is an art tour of Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Canopy Stories

Every tree has a story. Now twelve trees in Portland have their own documentary film. twelve local filmmakers with the mentoring and tools provided by NW Documentary have produced Canopy Stories. Six of the stories premiered to a full house at the non-profit historical Hollywood Theatre in July. Each filmmaker chose their own feature tree and editorial and directorial style. The six we saw included an intimate look at a group of friends tending a pioneer grave and battered cedar tree, the generations of families who have loved a grand curbside maple tree, the rousing tale of a neighborhood’s defense of three defenseless but mighty sequoia trees from a developer’s chainsaw.

Have your own stories to share? Or want to screen Canopy Stories, contact

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