The exhibit features portraits of gardeners who live near the University and run a community garden in New Columbia, one of Portland’s largest public housing projects. The garden, called Seeds of Harmony, is the epitome of diversity, with people from all walks of life taking part in its care and cultivation.
“There are at least 14 nationalities represented,” explains Kennel, “and you are as likely to hear Oromo or Chuj spoken in the garden as you are English. My intention is to introduce viewers to these amazing people and to encourage them to hear their stories and share their own, and maybe to take a trip to the garden to see for themselves.”
More information can be found at www.villagegardens.org.
Kennel works in the University’s marketing and communications office as a videographer and photojournalist and is a former resident of New Columbia. See more of Kennel’s work at www.jeffkennel.com.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact the performing and fine arts department at (503) 943-7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.