Catherine Haley Epstein
Artist | Writer | Collaborator | Scent Maker

Events / Workshops

Introduction to Scent in Art Practice
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Scent in Art Practice

Join us for a talk by Catherine Haley Epstein at the Works Progress Agency where she will share an introduction to the history of scent in art, contemporary artists using scent, and some practical ideas on getting scent in your studio's tool kit.

When: Sunday Monday June 24, 6-8

Where: Works Progress Agency, 811 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR

How: Sign up here or by emailing

Cost: $20

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"Painting With Words" The Art of Creative Fragrance Writing
6:00 PM18:00

"Painting With Words" The Art of Creative Fragrance Writing

I’m honored to have been invited to be on this panel of writers for this creative event, and hope you will join me!









Writing about fragrance is no easy task!

How do you write about a subject so lovely yet so ephemeral?

Paint a perfume portrait that transports readers to another place?

For anyone in the business of writing about scent – Marketing & PR Mavens, Brand Ambassadors, Education Managers, Bloggers and Journalists – this one is for you.

Join us for an evening of inspiration and learn from the pros how they do it so effortlessly and so beautifully. Have fun with some word association teasers and challenge your scent writing skills.

We are honored to welcome:


ANDREA BIFULCO is the founder of Nose University, an educational company that teaches children and adults about the joy and importance of their sense of smell.

RACHEL SYME is a journalist and cultural critic & writes about fragrance for The New York Times, Elle, Esquire, and Racquet. She is also a co-creator of The Dry Down, a popular newsletter.


MICHELYN CAMEN is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Ç and a marketing & branding executive.

CATHERINE HALEY EPSTEIN is an Artist, Writer, Scent Maker and Editor of MIND MARROW.

MAX FORTI has developed a channel and other forums, groups & social media platforms dedicated to the art of perfumery.

JESSICA MURPHY has been writing perfume reviews for Now Smell This ( since 2007 and blogs independently as Perfume Professor.

STEPHEN TRACY - founder of Keap Candles, a Brooklyn-based candle company & writer of Keap Matchbook Blog.

When & Where

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Society of Illustrators

128 East 63rd Street

New York NY 10065

Tickets: $50

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Can Touch This
to Oct 20

Can Touch This

Can Touch This: a multi-sensory exhibition
An exhibition of visual art that engages multiple senses curated by Public Annex.

September 21 – October 20, 2018.
Paragon Arts Gallery, 815 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Oregon 97217.

Friday, September 21st, 5 - 8pm.

COST: All programming is free and open to the public.

Paragon Arts Gallery at PCC Cascade presents Can Touch This, a multi-sensory exhibition of visual work curated by Public Annex. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 21st from 5 - 8pm featuring a presentation by artist Morgan Steward. Public programming continues with a scent-based workshop led by artist Catherine Haley Epstein on Wednesday, September 26th from 10am - 2pm, and concludes with an exhibition talk by artists and Public Annex organizers on Friday, October 19th, 2018 from 6 - 8pm. All events are free and open to all people along the disability spectrum.

Can Touch This presents work by artists, makers and organizations who are concerned with the experiential qualities of visual art that lie beyond the eye, and situate themselves instead within the multi-sensory. In an effort to challenge a notion of a dominant sense, the works curated include access points for engagement in non-visual ways: through touch, sound, smell and taste. In this way, Public Annex considers exhibition design and curatorial praxis that intentionally dismantles sensory bias. Can Touch This invites patrons to reassess the concepts of biological privilege and limitation while transgressing the many seen and unseen barriers present in typical contemporary art exhibitions.

"Touch teaches us that life has depth and contour; it makes our sense of the world and ourself three-dimensional. Without that intricate feel for life there would be no artists, whose cunning is to make sensory and emotional maps, and no surgeons, who dive through the body with their fingers."
- A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

The exhibition includes work from:
Vickie Anderson
Cyan Bott
Hannah Piper Burns
Maura Campbell-Balkits
Catherine Haley Epstein
Perry Johnson
Colin Kippen
Tyler Mackie
Alyssa Martin
Mareika Mirsch (Cromika)
Lawrence Oliver
Morgan Steward
Larry Supnet
Amanda Triplett
Anthony White

Along with collaboratively authored works by:
Public Annex
OSLP Arts & Culture Program

With special thanks to Sabine M. Rear, Sandy Sampson and Hasan Mahmood for consultation, guidance and production on the exhibition design and identity.

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Invisible Permission | An Exercise in Radical Listening
to Sep 30

Invisible Permission | An Exercise in Radical Listening

An Exhibition of Scents and Psyche by Catherine Haley Epstein

In the fourth installation of her work on the myth of Psyche, Catherine Haley Epstein will share a multi-media presentation of the task of finding the golden fleece. In this task Psyche must retrieve the golden fleece from the battling rams. Daunted by the task, at night she sits amongst the water reeds only to listen to their advice on how to retrieve the fleece peacefully. The task serves as a symbol to find your own rhythm in the world, trusting and honoring your own unique cadence in the chaos of life. 

The artist will have programming for the public in conjunction with the exhibit.

Reception Saturday, September 8, 6-8 PM

Luke's Frame Shop
4703 N. Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217
Portland, OR

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Portland Art Museum Education Program
to Aug 5

Portland Art Museum Education Program

This Summer at the Portland Art Museum in conjunction with "The Shape of Speed" exhibition highlighting streamlined automobiles and motorcycles from 1930-1942, Catherine Haley Epstein will facilitate a family friendly art activity where participants can create thier own car freshener, and engage with some curious scents. 

Details and time to come. 

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2:00 PM14:00

Introduction to Scent in Art Practice

Detail, "My Pharmacy: Homage to Kazimir Malevich", 2013, Catherine Haley Epstein

Detail, "My Pharmacy: Homage to Kazimir Malevich", 2013, Catherine Haley Epstein

Join us for a talk by Catherine Haley Epstein at the Working Library where she will provide a brief history of scent in art and introduce contemporary artists using scent, weave in notes from anthropologists' olfactory findings, and address the challenges of using scent in the typical art setting. There will be odorous exercises and time for discussion. Most importantly, she will share practical ideas and resources to help you on your way to getting scent into your studio's tool kit. 

We look forward to seeing you there!!

This is open to any artist or non-artist with a passion for olfactory culture and scentsibilities. 


When: Sunday February 4, 2-4 PM

Where: Working Library, 8836 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

How: Sign up by emailing the 


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