Archive for the ‘Art Dates’ Category

November Is Almost Over!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015


Truth be told, I am having a nice November. My SDA job has taken less time. I no longer have the Printed Fabric Bee to worry about. Portland has been beautiful this fall. Wednesday, Paige and her mom and dad are arriving to spend Thanksgiving with us. I am so happy about that. We will be going to Lisa’s for the dinner. She has a big dining room table. I am making the turkey, stuffing and a pumpkin pie. It will be nice having the whole core family here in Portland.

At Trinity, we are having our annual art show and sale for Thembanathi, a nonprofit project that provides early childhood development, education and community building in an area of rural South Africa devastated by HIV and the effects of segregation, poverty and unemployment. The bowl and necklace up there were my purchases. Here are some other examples.


There are also prints and photographs. The work is done by Zulu artisans and is really beautiful. The bowls and little animals are made from colorful covered copper telephone wire and the jewelry is mainly beads.

My art quilting friend, France Alford, turned 70 last month and she requested that all of her friends make and send a 6 inch block that was sandwiched and quilted. This is what I sent her. I finally got it finished this month.


I also finished this sweater and hat for a little girl baby. Her mother is a friend of my daughter Stephanie. Now I am starting another set for my hair stylist’s baby boy.



You know I am chilling when I am knitting.

Last week, I got to go back to the Seeing Nature exhibit at the Portland Art Museum for a docent tour with my local SAQA group. It was great to see it again with a docent. There was another interesting exhibit that was not quite installed when I was there last time. It was very intriguing. It is title Paradise.


The artist collaborative Fallen Fruit will explore Oregon’s paradisiacal backyard through the lens of Portland Art Museum’s permanent collection. Based in Los Angeles, artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young create site-specific projects using fruit to examine concepts of place, history, and issues of representation often addressing questions of public space.

I hope I can go back and study this a bit more.

For my master class this month, we were given our choice of 3 photos to simplify and interpret. I chose this one of Christo’s gates in Central Park.


I decided to distill it down to the simple shapes.


My mock up in fabric was thus:


I did not have satisfactory grays so I am waiting on some to arrive from Etsy and I also need to work on the orange bits. I cropped it so that it looks centered, but it is not.

So, I am not blogging as much, but I hope that I bring you something interesting when I do.

Art Date

Friday, October 16th, 2015


Seeing Nature is an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum of landscape art from the Paul Allen Family collection. Most of you know that he is co-founder of Microsoft. The exhibit is composed of 39 landscapes spanning 5 centuries and is amazing. This Cezanne just knocked my socks off. I was mesmerized by the color and brush strokes. You can click on any of these photos to see them larger.


When you walk into the exhibit, you see a wall with 5, yes I said 5, Monets.




To the right was a room full of paintings, dating back to the 1600s. Not my cup of tea, but still quite extraordinary.


We once owned a print of this Klimt which I have always loved. Paul Allen owns the original!


PAULLALLENCONTEMPORARYLANDSCAPESThis room had my favorites – the more contemporary works.


Isn’t this a wonderfully happy piece. Made me smile.


And, oh my gosh, this gigantic David Hockney painting of the Grand Canyon was so fantastic. I could not take my eyes off it.



This Ed Ruscha was a masterpiece of the use of line and shape, devoid of the seduction of color.



At each end of the exhibit were educational exhibits, a video about the behind the scenes with commentary by Paul Allen and the curators. It even showed the unpacking of the exhibit and the exhilaration as they saw each piece in person.

At the other end was an educational exhibit about how we view art and how our brains see and perceive art. I loved this quote by Paul Allen. I think it say so much about why I love landscape art and actual landscapes.


If you are any where near Portland in the next two months, I highly recommend this. I am going back.


Blue Exhibit Opening and Current Work

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


This afternoon, Mr C and I braved the traffic on I-5 and drove up to Longview, WA to see the High Fiber Diet exhibit, What’s Blue to You, at the Lower Columbia College Art Center. The gallery was quite lovely and the show looked fantastic. I loved how they hung the blue and orange pieces together. You can see Blue Picasso Woman in this shot.


We drove home on a different route, more back roads and it was lovely. We stopped at Burgerville for supper so that I could have Walla Walla onion rings.

I have been working on a neutrals piece for the next HFD show. It is composed of black and white photos from our trip to Glacier National Park. I printed them on Jacquard Extravorganza.


I created pdfs of the photos and printed them poster style and fused them together to make them larger for the piece I am doing. I created a thermofax to print the title.


I am doing some handstitching on each photo.



Our hot, hot weather has finally abated and it was quite lovely today. What a relief.

If I Was a Multi-millionaire

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

PAM Russo

….I would have an incredible art collection. Mr C and I had an art date at the Portland Art Museum this week-end. We saw a portion of the work collected by Arlene and the late Harold Schnitzer. In Passionate Pursuit includes selections from the Schnitzers’ magnificent collection of Han dynasty Chinese art, 19th and 20th century silver, Native American ceramics and beaded bags, international glass works, and paintings and sculptures by Northwest and West Coast post-war masters. It was magnificent. I was feeling a little under the weather and really want to go back.

In their collection, is the work of two of my favorite Portland modern artists – Michele Russo and Carl Morris. The above photo is a work by Russo. Here is another piece of his:


Here are two works my Carl Morris. My closeups were a little fuzzy.


I am just going to show you some of my other favorite pieces from the collection. Bronze and wool blankets by Marie Watt.


Painting by Louis Bunce – Beach, Low Tide #2

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Mr C like this piece!! Bowee Wowee. The poop was very realistic!


Forest Hermit – by Roy DeForest   So much to see here and so much fun.


A fun ceramic piece by Viola Frey.



This piece was gorgeous and so beautifully rendered that from a distance it looked like a photo. Villa Gamberaia-Laghetto by Tom Fawkes.




Some gorgeous fused glass plates.  Klaus Moje.



Somehow, I neglected to get attribution for the next two paintings.


I just loved this one of horses in a landscape. Just so serene and simple and yet drawing us in with the shapes and colors.


Here is a mixed media piece with oil, fabric and leaves on canvas by Michelle Ross.


Leaf detail:

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This piece was very intriguing. Will or Won’t by Squeak Carnwath. She embellishes her paintings with imagery that conjures up stories in the viewers mind – at least it did for me. willitorwontit



The title is painted on the side of the canvas:



I love the title of this one – Rumpus Jump by Lucinda Parker. (I love that so much of their collection is work by women.)


I have seen full-size versions of Deborah Butterfield’s horses, but these were much smaller and really lovely.



This piece was interesting to me for how it was executed. It is titled The Last Words by Dinh Q. Le. It is a woven Chromogenic print and linen tape.


Here is a detail:


A wall sculpture titled Green Piece by Mel Katz


A smallish abstract by C S Price who was born in 1874. I liked the shapes and colors in this.


And last, a wonderful little carving by John Frame, titled Short Shrift. We saw an installation of his marvelous carvings and assemblages a couple of years ago.


So, there you go. Hope you enjoyed seeing some art that I love. There was a lot more, but these were my personal favorites. I will try to post this next week, but I have a lot of appointments and meetings. Such is my life!

Some Studio Time and an Art Date

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014


I had a rude awakening this week and realized that I needed to get a project done for The Printed Fabric Bee. So I spent some time in my studio this week. It is cooler now so much easier to work there. I did a little syringe writing with black paint.


I also used one of my wood block designs to do some beeswax crayon rubbings. I will share more of this project later when it is finished and mailed to the Queen Bee.

It has been one of those crazy weeks. Monday and Tuesday were left brain, excel spread sheets, kind of days doing my membership work for SDA. Wednesday, I worked at Trinity helping to prepare food for the community outreach meal. I love doing this; it combines two of my favorite things, making food and hanging out with great people. Then, I got to spend some time in the studio for a couple of days.

Sidnee Snell, a local textile artist and SAQA member has an exhibit of her work at the Guardino Gallery in the Alberta area of N. Portland. Sidnee manipulates photos to create patterns to create her beautifully stitched pieces, using hand-dyes.


This piece is from a photo of a rusting bridge.



This one is called red laces:

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I love the richness of the colors that Sidnee uses and her machine quilting adds a wonderful dimension to the work.

I loved the two pieces she calls sacred seating which are church pews.



The other artist in the show makes wood sculptures with figures in evocative situations. They were very interesting and well done.



After our gallery trip, we stopped at the mall and I did some binge shopping at Macy’s for some things for out upcoming trip to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss.