Monthly Archives: October 2012

After two weekends and well over two hundred visitors, we at Rutz are happy to call our first Portland Open Studios tour a success. Thanks to the friends who worked the door and to the many Portland area visitors who came up our winding staircase gallery to see paintings, eat snacks and talk about visual arts issues big and small. I look forward to continuing those conversations when next we meet.

Beginning mid-November, I’ll be showing about a dozen paintings at Portland Community College’s Cascade Gallery, with an opening reception in the late afternoon of Nov. 15th. Please see the press release below:


Paul X. Rutz: The Measure of a Body

Dates: November 15, 2012 to January 10, 2013

Artist Talk: Thursday, November 15, 6:10-7pm, location yet to be determined

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15, 4-6pm, Cascade Gallery, Terrell Hall Room 102

Gallery Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday

Cascade Gallery presents an exhibition of life-sized oil paintings by Portland artist Paul X. Rutz. A former Naval Officer, ballet dancer and newswire reporter, Rutz paints from live people with a method that invites viewers to renegotiate the rules by which we picture each other. His disdain for the use of the reclining nude has fueled his interest in depicting empowered subjects. He writes, “We’re so used to photographs, and a photo’s split-second sample of light through a single lens does a great job recording a suggestion of what we see, but it is far from the whole picture. Through painting, I aim to remind viewers about the unstable, unfolding ways we see each other. We are whole-body viewers. Our hearts beat, lungs expand, and our eyes make continuous saccades, seeing not in single points of view, but in paths of attention.”

For more information about the artist and other images of his artwork, go to:

For more information about the exhibition or questions about the Cascade Gallery, call 971-722-5326 or email