First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Jan Rimerman
Jan Rimerman has been drawing & painting since she can remember. She grew up in an artistic and creative family who allowed her the freedom and supplies to pursue her passion.
Her inspiration comes from observing nature’s evolution of changing forms in light & shadow in and on water. Growing up in the forests & along the shores of the Pacific Northwest gives Jan an appreciation of each interactive waterscape. This Stone and Water Collection was created in her studios in West Linn, Oregon and on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
This series represents the evolution of thought and history over time. Water flows over stones making them smooth while revealing life and symbols from the past. There is the sparkle of hope and life in ripples of the water. The various textures and layers of color unveil hidden images that are revealed in the different lights of the day & season. The work presents a new perspective each time it’s viewed.
Color, texture, form, light & shadow are part of the intentional creative process. An under painting of black powdered charcoal gelled onto heavy watercolor paper lends the finished painting a hint of textural mystery. Molding paste gives a physical three dimensional aspect. As many as 22 layers of transparent fluid acrylic paint are applied on top of the initial foundation. This creates the illusion that the waves in the water are actually moving.
Rimerman studied art at the City University in London, at Willamette University, Portland State University and at the University of Washington. She studied closely with Carl Hall and Robert Hess at Willamette University in Salem and has a great respect for both artists. Her work is found in ten books, magazines & on greeting cards. Her work is exhibited in various shows in the Pacific Northwest. It is also found at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, the Coos Art Museum & at the Blackfish Gallery in La Conner, WA.
When not in the studio or traveling, Jan curates shows for the Justice Center Windows in downtown Portland, US Bank, the Arts Council of Lake Oswego & the Lakewood Center Gallery. Jan is active in promoting the arts while raising awareness for the World Wildlife Fund and an orphanage in Tibet.
In an Open Studio event in May, Rimerman and stone sculptor Dave Haslett will be raising awareness and funds for the Western Pond Turtle.
For more information: www.janrimerman.com
First Friday in Bend with Artist Kenneth Marunowski
Ken Marunowski is an artist on the move. Painting his way across the country in 2016, from Central Oregon’s High Desert to New Hampshire’s White Mountains and then across the sea to Provence, France, as an Artist Fellow at the Marchutz School of Fine Art. Ken celebrates his return to Bend, with a show of expressive landscapes. Plein air works and studio paintings based on favorite plein air works, these pieces attest to Ken’s love for the landscape and expressive paint handling.
In addition to his work as an artist, Ken, a Ph.D. in literacy and rhetorical studies, offers professional writing services to fellow artists. Visit www.kennethmarunowski.com.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Joy Cha
After many years of working as a graphic designer in branding, packaging and entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Joy decided to return to her true passion – story telling through art – which was her real reason for majoring in fine arts in the first place.
She moved to rainy Portland three days before Christmas, 2014, seeking inspiration among tall Douglas firs, the beautiful Cascades and magical Oregon Coast. She mainly works with oil, acrylic and gouache, exploring ideas of hope and symbolism. To see more of Joy’s work, visit www.joychastudio.com.
When not painting or designing, she and her stealth border collie roam the Pacific Northwest beaches and trails looking for adventures like no other.