Upcoming June Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Don Gray

Don Gray’s earliest inspirations came from the landscape of his childhood in rural Northeast Oregon.  He studied art at Eastern Oregon University, training his eye and hand in traditional techniques that resulted in meticulously rendered realist paintings. After graduation in 1970, Gray taught high school art for one year, before beginning a professional art career. He exhibited widely in the Pacific Northwest, developing a regional following for his landscapes and figures.
Around 1985, Don began exploring other directions in his work, resulting in paintings that moved beyond literal realism to incorporate an increased sense of abstraction.  Today, his work is broadly based, ranging from precise and traditional realism to energetic combinations of abstraction and representation.
Since 1994, Gray has divided his time between studio work and numerous mural projects, across the United States and Canada. Many of these pieces are large exterior paintings that deal with regional history or events. Don Gray has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Gray’s upcoming exhibit in the Pearl District is called “Frozen Ponds/Arcadian Forests.”
Gray’s studio is at his home in Vancouver, Washington. He has also taught occasional workshops and college-level courses and illustrated over twenty books. In 2007, he began an online journal, www.dailyartwest.com, where he posts paintings and commentary.
Please join us Thursday, June 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Don Gray’s art, as well as wine, appetizers, and spirit sampling courtesy of Crafted Life.

First Friday in Bend with Artists Barbara Slater & Vivian Olsen


Barbara Slater

BSlater I'm Special Oil (1)Barbara Slater enjoys painting with acrylic, but oil is her preferred medium, because of the many options it offers.

“With oil paints, I can mimic nearly any other medium, as well as employ what characteristics only it has.”

As an artist, Slater has a passion for color and a great affection for animals and florals.  Her  images tend to be presented close-up, to create an inescapable intimacy and expression of their character.
“I get emotionally involved with my subject.  When I paint, I try to convey the elements that moved me with the same energy and passion with which the image hit me initially.  It could be form, expression, gesture, color; mostly it’s the light and shadow depicting drama.
Barbara resides in Bend, OR and has painted for more than 40 years. She is currently showing her paintings in Oregon, Utah and California. Barbara’s professional memberships include: Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, and locally in the High Desert Art League

Vivian Olsen

TwelveAndCounting.VCOlsen (1)Vivian is inspired by nature and aided by imagination – two ingredients she uses to create wildlife paintings that seem to come alive and glow with vibrancy and light. Observing the wildlife around her has always been her passion and  motivates her to paint expressive portraits of wild animals such as deer, bison, cranes, quail and herons. She spends time outdoors sketching, watching, and photographing her subjects to use as references for her studio paintings. Vivian paints mainly with watercolors, but she also uses oils or pastels for more dramatic paintings.

“I paint what I love – nature, specifically animals of Central Oregon. I work to capture their individual personalities and postures so no two subjects ever look alike – even quail!  All animals are unique to me and I try to express that in my artwork.”

Vivian taught High School Art in New Mexico where she lived for 26 years. While teaching, she displayed her paintings in galleries and in state and national juried exhibits in Colorado and New Mexico. Now retired in Central Oregon, Vivian indulges her love of art by painting and showing full time in group exhibits and solo shows. Her art is represented by the Hood Avenue Art gallery in Sisters, Oregon.
Vivian’s professional memberships include being the current President of the High Desert Art League, a member of the Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists and a member and past president of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. Her artwork may be viewed at  www.vivianolsen.com and www.highdesertartleague.com.
Please join us Friday, June 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to view Barbara Slater & Vivian Olsen’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Erika Bartlett

Erika Bartlett has always enjoyed drawing and viewing art, and would describe herself as a life-long observer, information seeker, and an idea maker. Where scientists use these attributes to develop experiments, as an artist, Erika  uses these attributes to develop visualizations. The most important feature of her art is the accurate translation of new found ideas into a visual state, regardless of the medium.
Bartlett volunteers as a Docent at the Whatcom Lightcatcher Museum, which has exposed her to a wide variety of artists, pushing her to use new processes and materials.

“It has also shown me the possibility of what a person can make if they really want to, which is a beautiful thing, I think, for anyone to learn.”

Some new techniques Erika has enjoyed include assembling, glass etching, mobile/digital art and using social media as an interactive tool for social betterment.
Please join us Friday, June 3rd at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Erika Bartlett’s artwork, as well as complimentary cocktails and appetizers.

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Mike Frary

wilsonMike Frary has been a graphic artist for most of his working life and has always enjoyed painting, but didn’t take it seriously until 2001 when he read a book by Roland Roycraft called Fill Your Watercolors With Nature’s Light. After that, he was hooked and started painting with watercolors; he has since switched to fluid acrylics.
Mike’s paintings are inspired by memories and experiences on the Oregon Coast. Born in Tillamook, he took advantage of the beaches, bays, rivers and backwaters from Astoria to the southern coast, as a boy.
Frary’s art is an attempt to provide the viewer with an opportunity to see beautiful coastal areas from his perspective. He encourages people to stray from the path most taken – get away from the Starbucks and cotton candy and go find your own special place on our scenic coastline.
Please join us Thursday June 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to view Mike’s artwork and enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers.