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PORTLAND, ORE. (Nov. 15, 2013) Local artist Whitney Nye exhibits retro-flair at PDX

Whitney Nye, RoseCity, made of oil, gouache and paper.

Local artist Whitney Nye exhibits her work at Portland International Airport for the first time to give travelers a sense of connection to the Rose City, and even nostalgia for those returning home for the holidays.

Nationally recognized and represented by the Laura Russo Gallery in Portland, Nye’s work is on display along Concourse B through May. The exhibit, Reconnect, features a collection of 15 large-scale works that use remnants of the past to reconnect with the present. Through various mediums, including old sewing patterns, reused mirrors, salvaged metal, paint and newspaper scraps, small details of everyday life take on new importance as they are presented again nearly 50 years later.

For example, Rose City, Nye’s largest work at PDX, incorporates Portland real estate, newspaper clippings from the 1950s, and illustrations of models. Travelers can examine these old pieces of information nostalgically, comparing and contrasting with their own perceptions of reality and how information is shared today.

Nye recognizes the relevance of the Do-It-Yourself art movement in the Pacific Northwest region. Her work reminds audiences that reconnecting with available resources is vital to local communities and the economy. To learn more about Whitney Nye and her artwork, visit

Art exhibits at PDX are designed to illustrate the dynamic culture of the Northwest and showcase a variety of works through ongoing relationships with regional artists and organizations.

Contact: Steve Johnson 503.415.6591

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