Catherine Haley Epstein
Artist | Writer | Collaborator | Scent Maker

Events / Workshops

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 

Cost: $15


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