Art, and all that jazz

New arrival in SH, painter, writer uses music as her muse


July 27, 2022

Sarah Brown

Art and jazz aficionado Molly Cook stands next to one of her favorite paintings, "Doxy," which is on display at City Hall until September.

Jazz is a developed taste, and it's not going to be for everybody. The same goes for abstract art.

So says Molly Cook, an abstract expressionist artist and lover of jazz who recently moved to Sweet Home this past December.

Originally from La Grande, Cook spent much of her life living in places like Manhattan, Maine, Portland, San Diego and Mexico before returning to Oregon a couple years ago. It was her partner, Michael Gutierrez, who discovered Sweet Home.

It didn't take long for Cook to also develop a taste for the city. She immediately took to Foster Lake – which reminded her of Wallow...

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