PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Casual youthfulness and tradition came together one hundred years after the selection of the first Rose Queen, to give Emma Waibel a one-of-a-kind portrait.
The Oregon Society of the Arts (OSA) presented an oil-on-linen portrait of Waibel, the Portland Rose Festival’s 100th Rose Queen, to the self-described “lumber Jill” Sunday.
After 80 years of partnering, the OSA wanted to try a different look, and commissioned artist Naomi Segal Deitz to paint a rare portrait of the West Linn High School senior.
“The OSA has enjoyed being a Rose Festival sanctioned event since the early 1930’s and this year we wanted to make a concentrated effort to increase our participation in this important Portland event,” said Oregon Society of Artists Director, Mary Holt.
“It seemed a natural fit with our many talented artists to consider doing a painting of our 100th Queen.”
Deitz used classical techniques to give Waibel a “joyful gaze.”
The portrait will be on public display at the Rose building on Naito Parkway.