Colleen Kinsella

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Crossing the sea to go below the surface

The world is, as Tom Friedman has noted, flat, which doesn't take much label-reading to ascertain.
Have ideas, will travel
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  February 22, 2013

Serious thoughts in a frivolous season

As the citywide art scene becomes tinted with red and green, a trim show of five MECA faculty, bearing conceptually rich gifts and the grandiloquent title "The World Over," stays engaged in the world of ideas.
Huddling over the map
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 30, 2012

Odd year ahead for museums and galleries

Remember, for every droopy tarp stalactite that makes it into a museum lobby installation, there are dozens of similar (and similarly impressive) creatures that never leave a studio wall.
2011 brings the Biennial and much more
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 31, 2010

Live Review: Big Blood + Human Adult Band + Jim Vreeland | Sep 5 at the Apohadion

Without introduction or ceremony, a contained, violent dialogue erupted between one flanneled man and his guitar.
Music seen
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 17, 2010

Moms rock!

Some moms decide, from heartbeat one of ultrasound, that they aren’t going to let a small (i.e., life-changing) thing like motherhood get in the way of their art.
Musician-mothers learn to balance boundless energy and tireless creativity
By DENA RIEGEL  |  May 07, 2010

Love and consequences

Two of indie music's most popular and tortured songwriters, Will Oldham and Neko Case, try to reconcile encroaching middle age with a past of bad habits on their new albums.
Three restless souls try to settle down
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 18, 2009


Five for fighting

Ripe pickings in The Orchard
Ripe pickings in The Orchard
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 17, 2008

Sun City Girls + Fire on Fire

The two remaining members of Sun City Girls, Alan and Richard Bishop, will pay tribute to their recently deceased bandmate, Charles Gocher, at Friday's event.
Friends of legends
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2008

Who's going to win?

I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


The infusion of a personal panoply of mythological motifs allows Kinsella to create highly decorative pieces that still speak to the soul.  
Constructing images in a fantasy world
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 23, 2008

Folk of ages

Young God Records is one of the country’s more prominent DIY record labels.
Fire on Fire snag a label, make it count
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 03, 2007


Chriss Sutherland

Chriss Sutherland is an old young man, just the kind of person you want to sing songs for you.
Music seen, at the Soundpost, May 13, 2007
By IAN PAIGE  |  May 18, 2007

Dead of winter

The theme of the weekend in Portland’s nightlife was “Fire and Ice.”
February 10, SPACE Gallery
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007
Art Kinsella list photo 2/24/06

Work nut

Portland artist, musician, and curator Colleen Kinsella speaks with the Phoenix about this year’s WORKNOT project and its relationship to her own practice.
Catching up with Colleen Kinsella
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  February 22, 2006
Art WORKNOT Portland list photo 1/20/06

Dimensions of depth

WORKNOT. Who doesn’t like the sound of that, apart from feudal lords and corporate management?
Artists expand their SPACE
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 18, 2006