Local artist Doriandra Smith shares some family stories while sitting at Oakshire Brewing company in the Whiteaker Neighborhood of Eugene, OR. Her interview partner for the evening is in the following episode!

Lane Arts Council and Wordcrafters in Eugene collaborated to bring the first five stories of the StoryHelix Belonging Mixtape together with professional artists to create a unique installation at the Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave, Eugene) July through September 2022. The art below is inspired by the story you’re hearing now! Click here to see more about this collaboration on the Lane Arts Council website.


About the art: “It was an honor to work with Doriandra in telling her grandmother’s story through illustration. When I first heard the story of her grandmother, the sense of independence, strength, bravery, and love made it a joy to translate into art. The image is of her grandmother driving her convertible down a windy road in Eugene with her boyfriend who was a jazz musician. The couple is accompanied by family pets that also have significance in the family’s story. And the background consists of the beauty we can find in the nature that surrounds Eugene. Doriandra and I both agree that the access to such a lush environment is what helps make Eugene such a special place.”

About the artist: “My name is Nate Brown, I’m an artist living in Eugene. Eugene has been an incredible place that has given me an abundance of opportunities for growth as an artist and human being. I will be forever grateful.”