Art in the Pearl Wraps Up the Season

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Portland, here we come! I'm not sure what happened to summer, but this Saturday brings us September, and with it, Art in the Pearl.

This is a really lovely and beautifully juried show held in the park blocks of Portland's Pearl District during the three days of Labor Day weekend. The weather looks amazing, Portland is one of our favorite cities, and we can't wait to be there!

Here is the scoop:

When: September 1- 3, 2012 – Labor Day Weekend Where: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Avenue. Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth: #105

Mashup

[singlepic id=692 w=460 h=350 float=] Heading into summer, and it's a busy time! As usual, I have fallen behind on my updates, so here's a mashup of what's happening:

French Pastel Salon I have been invited once again to exhibit at the salon in St. Aulaye, France this summer. Conversation in Flight Study (above) and Tesla's Fire Study will be making the trip abroad (without me again, boo). Before they go, I plan to use both of them as a studies for large oil paintings, to bring to...

Summer Festivals The 2012 summer schedule is complete and posted here. Noteworthy additions this year include a botanic-themed show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the acceptance of my oil paintings at BAM. I'm very excited about both, and the rest of my schedule too. I hope to see you out there in the warm months! In the meantime, you can still see my work at...

Earth and Sky at the Tinman - Closing Soon! My solo show at the Tinman is nearly over. If you haven't seen it, stop by if you are in the neighborhood this week. If you can't make it, don't worry. Sue will keep the unsold work on hand for a few months following the show, so if a piece has been calling you, it might not be too late. And you'll never miss an event if you follow me on...

Facebook Let's face it, I'm not a prolific blogger. But I am a pretty good Facebook poster. Want more studio news, more often, in smaller bites? Fan my Facebook page. I'm not obnoxious, I promise. I just post more there than here.

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Art in the Pearl 2011

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Art in the Pearl starts this Saturday!

This is my first show in Portland in six years, and I'm looking forward to being back. I've heard glowing reports about this show from so many artists; they can't seem to find enough good things to say about it. Sounds like the perfect last show of the season. And since Portland seems to be the microbrewery capitol of the Northwest, there will be plenty for Paul to do, too (when he's not helping me sell art, of course). Nice!

The scoop:

Art in the Pearl When: September 3 – 5, 2011 – Labor Day Weekend Where: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Avenue. Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #104

 

Art in the High Desert

[singlepic id=520 w=460 h=240 float=] Bend, Oregon is where you will find me and my art this weekend. Art in the High Desert starts this Friday at 10:00 a.m.

AHD is a wonderfully juried little show in a beautiful---yet convenient---setting. Art booths wind alongside a stream just a few steps from the Shops at the Old Mill in Bend. Since it falls on the weekend before Labor Day, many artists do this show on their way to the Sausalito Art Festival or in my case, Art in the Pearl. So if you can't make it to either of those famously top-notch shows, you can find many of the same amazing artists in Bend.

I've made some new work especially for Bend this year, including some of my ponderosa pine images like Storm's Passing (above). I've also made some new miniature works, including a few landscapes and a tiny pine. Come see these and all of my work this weekend!

Art in the High Desert When: August 26 – 28, 2011 Where: The Shops at the Old Mill, 661 Powerhouse Drive, Bend, OR Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #26c

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Salem Art Fair and Festival

[singlepic id=516 w=460 h=320 float=] This weekend is the Salem Art Fair and Festival! I've never done this one before, but I've heard glowing reports. There are some serious art fair rock stars showing in Salem, including pastelist Victoria Ryan, weaver Kim Morris, and painter Marla Bagetta. I can't wait to see everyone again and kick off the summer circuit. Time to do the last-minute show-packing scramble. Hope to see you out there!

Salem Art Fair and Festival

When: July 15 – 17, 2011

Where: Bush St & High St, Salem, OR

Hours: Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

Booth #219

 

Here Comes the Sun... Hopefully...

[singlepic id=434 w=460 h=360 float=] I'm not sure what happened, but it's nearly art fair season!  The last of the jury notices have come in, and I've finalized my schedule.

As it turns out, all of my 2011 shows will be in the Northwest. And with gas at $4/per gallon, I'm happy not to be pulling a fully loaded trailer on any 2,000 mile round trips! I'll be doing some of my usual shows: Artfest in Spokane, Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, and Art in the High Desert in Bend, Oregon.

I've also made some changes. I'll be trying the Salem Art Fair and Festival for the first time in 2011. And, I am excited to announce that I will appear for the first time at Art in the Pearl in Portland, Oregon! I've heard wonderful things about this show and have been wanting to try it for years. It's exciting, yet bittersweet---to appear at the Pearl, I made the difficult decision not to do the Sausalito Art Festival for the first time since 2007. With so few really excellent shows in the Northwest and northern California, why do two of the best have to be on the same weekend?

Whining aside, I can't wait to get started on this year's shows! Only three more weeks to wait... hope to see you out there!

 

Commission Accomplished

[singlepic id=506 w=460 h=400 float=] Ascension 2, my commissioned work for Providence Regional Medical Center, is completed and approved! The piece, pictured above, will be shipped off for framing in a few short weeks. I'm so excited to (hopefully) see it in its new home. It has been a wonderful opportunity and experience.

And now that I'm back in the groove, I see more oil paintings in my future... my oils juried into more shows than I expected this summer, and I need to make more. My summer fair schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks, so please check back!

In other studio goings on, my three works for the pastel salon in France are nearly done. Pictures to follow soon.

Goodness in Threes

[singlepic id=167 w=460 h=320 float=] A crazy good week just happened, and here's why.

First and second, I have been accepted to two great art fairs: one " old" favorite and one new to me. Art in the High Desert (Bend, Oregon) invited me to bring my pastels and oils for the third year in a row. This is an amazing, exclusive, high-quality show and I am thrilled to once again take part. Then I found out my pastels and oils and I would travel to Salem, Oregon for the Salem Art Fair and Festival for the first time this July. The new director received rave reviews for her transformation of this show to a top-notch, artist friendly venue. The list of 2011 artists boasts names you might see at shows like Cherry Creek and Sausalito. I can't wait! (Check out my summer schedule to date on my Art Fairs 2011 page here.)

Third, and very exciting for me, I received a major commission from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. Honestly, it has been so long since I submitted work for this project, I had completely forgotten about it! Then out of the blue appeared an email saying I made the final round. A week ago today came the good news: Providence wants a large-scale oil painting (3' x 4') based on my earlier oil, Ascension, pictured above. I'm already well into it---the painting ships in early May, rolled, no less! Fast turnaround for an oil painting, especially one that needs to be dry, but I'll make it.

Not too shabby for one Thursday-to-Thursday week. I remember saying not too long ago that I could really use some good news. Well, there you have it.

Aviary

[singlepic id=448 w=460 h=350 float=] Yes, in case you were starting to wonder (I was!), I do, in fact, still make art. Things have been beyond crazy here, which I will explain in a later post. Suffice it to say that I have added "general contractor" to my list of semi- and/or un-paid occupations alongside "artist," "framer" and "traveling huckster." BUT... I finally forced myself to go clean up my studio and make something before I drove myself and everybody completely batsh*t. In the nick of time, I might add. The result: Aviary No.1 Study, above. Whew.

River Bend Fine Art Gallery, Bend, Oregon

[singlepic id=445 w=320 h=400 float=left] Great news! This past weekend I was introduced as a "new artist" at River Bend Fine Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. The owner of the gallery, Jane Ujhazi, found me at Art in the High Desert this summer and invited me to check out River Bend. I did, and I loved it. The gallery is located in a historic brick building in Bend's charming downtown. The gallery space itself is beautiful, and Jane has populated it with exquisite artwork from regional and national artists. Jane's taste is impeccable, and I was happy to be included.

This past weekend my art was introduced with an exclusive preview event. Jane had elegant new display walls made for the occasion (seen in the photo above) along with a gorgeous catered spread and amazing live classical guitar from a local musician. And while the event may be over, the art remains; the show will be up through the end of the month. If you are in the Bend area, be sure to check it out. Jane has some of my best new work up, and the gallery is worth the trip.

River Bend Fine Art 844 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97701 TEL 541 728 0553