Award-winning Portland artist Diane Russell and JBP

Posted on September 15, 2011

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One of the goals of the Jazz Bridge Project is to share the best of Portland with the city of Khabarovsk.

When I think of  visual art that represents Portland’s jazz spirit, I immediately think of Diane Russell’s work.

Diane is an award-winning painter who has become a fixture in Portland’s jazz community  through her  beautiful oil portraits of some of Portland’s best-loved jazz musicians like Mel Brown, Nancy King, Art Abrams and Thara Memory, as well as other notable music figures.

Diane has generously offered to donate a print of her memorable painting of a night at Jimmy Maks Jazz Club  to the Jazz Bridge Project.  This painting is so vibrant and joyous, I think it really captures something of what is special about Portland’s jazz scene.

We will present this painting to the Mayor of Khabarovsk as a gift from our city to theirs  on our trip this December. You can see this and other paintings of Diane’s here

Jimmy Maks by Diane Russell

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