The lack of recent news here can be blamed on my new position as Director of The Arts Center in Corvallis. Was hired in April and I’m still on that steep learning curve phase of things. Art making is on the back burner until I can get a free weekend to work out some new pieces.
We do great art services work at The Arts Center, so if you’re in Corvallis, stop by and say Howdy.
When spring is in the air it is time to celebrate the short-lived tulip season. Tulip vases have a wide side-to-side opening but a narrow front-to-back neck so the flowers almost arrange themselves.
Being a new artist in a gallery brings a new sense of responsibility for me. It feels like my duty to publicize the gallery and the other artists as much as my own work there because I want us all to succeed. The more people who know about the fine work there, the better chance our artwork will wind up going home with just the right person someday.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet several of the local artists who are part of the Art Element Gallery family and chat with some of their First Friday Art Walk regulars. Romona Youngquist is the flagship artist there, with many luscious oil paintings. Jay Noller is a Corvallis artist (and neighbor) and his paintings feature earth pigments that fit the Newberg area’s fascination with jory, red hills soil. When Pam Nicols had a show last year they created a short video of her talking about how she incorporates rusted paper…yes, rusted paper, into her encaustics.
Regular artist talks held at the gallery have created engaged customers and many fans. Thanks to Loni and Lauren for bringing me in to such a wonderful space.
My page on the Art Element Website
Shots of my show with Mike Baggetta at Art Elements Gallery, Newberg. Our work is a wonderful pairing of 2D & 3D with both of us employing energetic lines, layers of color and mysterious meanings. Thanks to Loni and Lauren for a super installation of our various pieces.
“Tango” on the left, Mike’s works that have multiple ways they can be hung
“Green Lookout” in the foreground
“Blue Dream Boat” in foreground with three strong monoprints by Mike Baggetta
“Time Will Tell” in foreground and a look into the rest of the Gallery
“Great Expectations” and “Sweet Dreams” go great with Mike’s dreamy layered, plaster and wax painting
Always terrific when the press turns an interested eye toward arts and crafts. Our local Alt Newspaper, The Corvallis Advocate has been running a number of artist profiles and so got my turn in the limelight thanks to reporter Mandy Clark. It was a fun show and tell since she was so enthusiastic.
Mandy is someone to watch. Not only has she run a successful Etsy shop while finishing school and working full time, she also is on the editorial board of a NW press, blogs faithfully about pizza (YUM!) and luckily for us is sharing her talents with The CVO Advocate. Here’s a link to the feature she wrote about lil ole me: