| COOPER UNION- New York City, Bachelor of Architecture
Sue Allen received her degree in architecture from COOPER UNION in New York City in 1970, and worked in NYC and Stowe, Vermont, before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1975. Printmaking has been her main focus and livelihood since the mid-seventies, and artistic directions range from nature and organic order to abstraction and geometry, and veers repeatedly toward the Japanese aesthetic and beauty. Recent studies in the book arts has led to a new passion, one that brings her back to a design/construction format. Her cards and original limited-edition screenprints are distinguished, refined, elegant, and unusual. She has lived in Brightwood, in the forest foothills of Mount Hood, since 1981, where she enjoys nature in all her seasons, and can be creative and productive. She has a cat named POLcat.
CAROL ALLEN is Sue's identical twin sister, who lives in Catskill, New York. In 2011 she gave up her apartment in New York City to move permanently to her country house. They grew uptogether in Queens, NY, and spent happy childhood summers at camp in New Hampshire. She also has a degree in Architecture, is self employed, but does most of her work for Treatre Projects Consultants in Connecticut. She now has a cat named JAZpur.
MANY SHOPS & GALLERIES in Oregon and beyond carry Sue's work, and she exhibits extensively and has won many awards. Three or four times a year, but alwaysthe first weekend in December, Sue has STUDIO SALES at her home/studio in Brightwood, showing and selling her artwork, with many specials to entice a visit.
MOUNT HOOD ALPINE LANDSCAPES is a set of 4 artworks showing Mount Hood and an alpine plant with one of the 3 standing shelters on the mountain, and Silcox Hut. These images are the 2010 covers of the quarterly magazine for members of the NORTH AMERICAN ROCK GARDEN SOCIETY.
AROUND MOUNT HOOD: 12 MONTHS - 12 DIRECTIONS
finished in 2006– is her series of 12 screenprints showing the sides and seasons of Mount Hood. The inaugural exhibit at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp began in 2006, and it has been on exhibit frequently since. This project received a grant from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
SUITE SIXTEEN- Sue combines her two main mediums in this project, a series of 16 screenprints of lanterns in the Portland Japanese Garden. Each set of 4 in a season are contained in byobu folding screen,and all 4 are housed in a shihu chitsu Japanese four-sided case. The beautiful boxed set is in a limited-edition of 10. It was accepted into the Guild of Book Workers 100th Anniversary Exhibit 2006/2007, which traveled to 6 national exhibit venues in over a year.
In 2007 it was in the exhibit "Gadzooks! Amazing Books by Northwest Artists" at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale WA.
Clackamas County Arts Alliance- In addition to her studio artwork, Sue has worked part-time since 2005 as the CCAA Exhibit Coordinator. Her main duties are to manage and coordinate the Artist Exhibit Program— designing and hang the art exhibits in public spaces within the county. Most of the artists exhibited live or work in the county, and go through a selection process. There are 17 galleries at this time– 9 at the Red Soils Campus of Clackamas County in Oregon City, Clackamas Federal Credit Union-McLoughlin, Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Willamette Falls Medical Center, Oregon City City Hall, Sunnyside Health and Wellness Center, Community Solutions Clackamas County, Hoodland Library, and the newest is Sunnyside Library. Venues are changed every three-four months, and use the Arakawa Hanging System, a joy to tweak to perfection.
Sue Allen Zig Zag Yoga- Twice a week Sue teaches a low-key yoga class at her home in Brightwood. Yoga has been in her life since 1970, when she took her first class in New York City. Over the years she has studied with many teachers, taken many workshops, and only came to teaching a few years ago. She loves sharing with others what she enjoys so much. Her style is eclectic, but she is most influenced by IYENGAR style, with attention to detail and alignment.