I am so delighted to be starting out a new year of Post Art Northwest with Portland, Oregon artist Sonya Montenegro. Sonya is one half of The Far Woods, a “sister run art house on an organic farm”. Sounds pretty amazing, right? The Far Woods came to my attention when this gorgeous moon calendar on the Urban Craft Uprising Instagram feed caught my eye. Curiosity piqued, I popped over to The Far Woods and after approximately 5.26 seconds of scrolling through their lovely and inspiring photos (I am especially obsessed with the mending posts and possibly just ordered myself their mending zine), I knew I had to try to get either Sonya or Nina to be a PANW artist. Social media is mostly making me crazy these days, but I can’t entirely quit it because of the countless number of people I have discovered via Instagram (and sometimes Facebook) who are doing and/or creating amazing things.
The photo for this month’s postcard is an old one from 2015, but it remains one of my very favorite. I took it on my father’s old Minolta film camera when my youngest daughter was home sick from school one rainy day. During a brief break in the rain we quickly folded a few boats out of the morning newspaper and dashed outside to float them in the puddles on the street. A small moment of joy in a dreary, fever filled day.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR SONYA
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist, except for that short time when I would confidently answer “paleontologist”
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
I am somewhere in between, but definitely more of an introvert.
What are your top three Portland area restaurants?
I like casual, humble places, so my old standbys are: Dove Vivi for amazing deep dish cornmeal crust pizza, MeeSen for Thai (best Pad See Ew I’ve ever had…), and Por Que No (for delicious, seasonal Mexican-inspired food – I always get the Por Que Plate!)
Do you have a favorite book?
This is an incredibly hard question for me to answer because so often I finish a book and declare, now this is my favorite book!…until I go on to another and find myself declaring it again. I am a voracious reader of fiction and autobiographies. I can tell you some of my favorites: East of Eden by Steinbeck, My Childhood by Gorky and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, Light in August by Faulkner, and David Copperfield by Dickens
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
I just read Willa Cather’s My Antonia on the train ride from Portland to Chicago — I hadn’t planned it but the timing was absolutely perfect — the book takes place in the Nebraskan prairie, so as we trundled through the big, wide open plains of Montana and North Dakota, I felt especially close to the story & characters. I loved it.
Thank you so much Sonya, for being a part of Post Art Northwest.
Emily McCann Photography is on hiatus! I won’t be sending out my monthly newsletter or taking clients until May of 2018. Post Art Northwest will continue during my hiatus, though the method of choosing a postcard recipient will be slightly different than in previous months. If you would like a chance to receive the postcard Sonya and I made together, head over to the Post Art Northwest Instagram feed and 1. follow Post Art Northwest 2. like the photo of the January 2018 postcard. After completing both steps you will be entered into a drawing for this postcard. The recipient will be chosen at random on Tuesday January 16th at 8pm Pacific Time.