Harvesting Hops

Hop harvest for MickDuff’s Brewery

I have been growing hops for over 5 years now. These are Cascade Hops. I like the hoppy fragrance and enjoy the way they mark the seasons. It is spring when the vines finally start to bust out of the ground. Sadly the conclusion to summer when the hops are ripe.

I have not grown them for any practical reason just a decoration. This year a brewery in town, MickDuff’s Brewery, is collecting hops from private growers for a special brew. So I harvested 4 lbs of hops and delivered them to the brewery. I now have a $20 gift card for MickDuff’s… so professional farmer?

From the Ashes?

My new IG account: @BrianSostrom

My old 163k IG account was hacked two days ago. I felt like abandoning the platform. I decided to keep fighting to get my account back and start a new account to keep pushing forward in the meantime. I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received from so many talented artists, truly restoring my faith in humanity. There are terrible people in the world, we all see it. There are also some really great generous folks. Although my new account is tiny, the people that are along for the ride have been so great. Happy Sunday, hope everyone is enjoying this weekend of summer!

Heartache in Pink 🔴

Heartache in Pink – 24”x18”, acrylic

I was happy to learn that this painting was sold through Momentum Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. This one is part of my solo show which runs through September 6th.

My next solo exhibition will be next summer. I do not have the dates yet but it will be with a gallery that represents me on the Oregon coast. The gallery is a long running art gallery in Astoria, called RiverSea Gallery!