March First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty participated Bend’s First Friday event on March 6th at our Downtown Real Estate Gallery where hundreds of people toured the downtown shops and restaurants. Hosted by brokers Corinne Clarke and Chris DeJon, live music was provided by guitarist Justin Lavik and artwork from local artist Julie Winter was on display. A representative from Northwestern Home Loans was available to discuss today’s record low interest rates.

Artist Bio

Julie Winter of Bend, Oregon is a printmaker, educator and graduate student in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art (MFA August 2018). Julie has served in many roles at Atelier 6000/Bend Art Center including volunteer, core instructor, Studio & Gallery Director, Interim Executive Director and artist member. Her recent work is exploring non-toxic electro-etching techniques and combining them with woodcuts and monotypes as she continues to incorporate the Central Oregon landscape into the symbolism of place and self.

Artist Statement

I explore perceptions of place and how these are represented in landscapes, specifically how cultures walk upon and are a physical presence on the surface of the earth and the traces we leave and pick up. I investigate the intersections of the internal and external landscapes and how these become transitional spaces for connection, relationship, translation, and transformation. I set up systems of observation and collection as ways to inventory the traces and then translate the information into orchestrated landscapes. I use the process of printmaking as a translation device for this information. My goal is to invite the viewer into a conversation about their relationship to place and with others.


February First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on February 7th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Greg Oldfield.

Artist Bio:

Myself and family have always enjoyed a simple lifestyle, rich in experience of nature’s rewards and family importance, we make it our own. All of us being raised in Eastern Oregon, we understand its beauty, bounty and challenges.

I have worked in various professions from timber, as a farrier to an electrical contractor. But at the end of the day, my heart always called to crafting ideas and making them real. With an anvil and hammer in my shop I work to capture the things I enjoy and care about.

I have spent years in the Creeks and Rivers of Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Searching for the elusive monster trout that I was sure was only a castaway. Occasionally, I was lucky enough to find it, enjoy its beauty, thank it and watch it disappear back to the fast clear water from where it came. After a while, it was not just the fish, but the habitat that enchanted me. Such a fragile and beautiful place these fish live in. My sculptures try to capture a vision of this sensitive environment.

These sculptures are what I see when I’m stalking trout, they give me solace to get me through a difficult day and peace when I lay to sleep at night.

I hope you enjoy them as much as me.


January First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on January 3rd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Thomas McIntyre

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Maitre Group

First Friday Artist (left: Thomas McIntyre) and our hosting brokers (middle: Melanie Maitre and Right: Josh Maitre

Artist Bio:

 “As long as I can remember I have been moved by moments filled with texture, color and simple beauty.  I am drawn to things that are tangible in nature and real.  Be it years of patina worn by a trusty piece of steel, a rock shaped by the lashing of waves over millions of years or an old scrap of wood weathered through time, hanging onto the memories of its past seen through the remnants of years of coated paint.  These things are special to me, they always have been. They tell a story, one that evokes honesty is full and rich in history, that is unique to itself and not only are they beautiful, I find them thought-provoking and this is how I paint.​

Years ago I thought I’d give this painting thing a try.  During one of my first attempts, I was not happy with what I had done so I grabbed a piece of flat steel and scraped the paint off of the canvas. I was using acrylic paints, a mix of heavy and light bodies and some iridescent medium.  To my surprise, I created something that looked like it had been there for thousands of years. I was floored by the textures throughout and how the contrast between warm and cool and matte and gloss colors came together yet continued to be their own.  I realized right then, this process gave me that same feeling I get when I stumble upon one of those simple moments that I so love.

I try to create something that is not only aesthetically pleasing for a room but an interesting conversation piece, something that someone will have to walk up to and really investigate. I hope to arouse a sense of wonder and curiosity about my process and encourage people to come up with their own ideas of what it means and looks like to them”.

Exhibitions:

Untitled Gallery Padova, Italy 2019

Marco Antonio Patricio Gallery Padua, Italy 2019/2020

I.A.F. Paris, France – 2020

I.A.F. Innsbruck, Austria – 2020

I.A.F. Padova, Italy – October 2019

NYA Gallery Tribeca/Manhattan New York – 2020​​


December First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on December 6th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Steve J. Giardini.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by Carmen Cook and Nicolette Rice.

Artist Bio

Steve J. Giardini is a professional outdoor nature and landscape photographer. He is an artist, educator, speaker and photo tour instructor & guide.

Influenced by both mid-1900 and contemporary landscape photographers, Steve adopted a fine art photography approach that utilizes natural light and a traditional, but unique composition style. The majority of his images are taken an hour before or after sunrise or sunset when the light is soft but dramatic.

Influence

Steve hopes his photographs elicit a visceral response from viewers. He wants his images to motivate people to explore the outdoors. Equally important, he hopes his photos instill a sense of personal obligation to help preserve the natural world.

Published

Steve’s work had been published in the international online Landscape Photography Magazine, the Bend Lifestyle magazine, and is displayed in businesses and homes throughout Central Oregon and around the world. More than 350 of his prints hang in the St. Charles Hospital System.

Learn Nature & Landscape Photography

Creating stunning photographs is one half of Steve’s professional vision. The other half is teaching and mentoring photo enthusiasts. His resume includes 20+ years of teaching experience on a variety of topics. A lifelong learner himself he knows the learning process never ends.

Steve offers photo classes, workshops, and adventure photo tours. Each session is built on the belief that learning should be structured but fun. Participants can “expected to be challenged without being intimidated”. Expect a methodical but flexible learning approach. Expect value-added instruction, endless enthusiasm, and intellectual honesty.


November First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please join us for First Friday on November 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Jeanne Debons.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and hosted by The Ladd Group.

Artist Bio

Jeanne Debons received a diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School in 2005 and has BS and MS degrees in Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York and a PhD from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.   

Living in Central Oregon since 2006, she paints and teaches botanical illustration and has developed the Tracing Frame℗ to help students with starting to draw.

Her work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions, and her paintings have been used for the cover of two books, in magazines and as illustrations in several books.

“Botanical Illustration and Painting is a meditation that if you are fortunate will result in plant portrait that captures the magic of the subject.”

See more of Jeanne Debons’ work here


October First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please Join in the First Friday October 4th at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Dee McBrien-Lee.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and by hosted Julie More and Jared Chase.

Artist Bio
“Painting is something I have done my entire life. It is Passion, Meditation, and Therapy. To create gives me an outlet for thoughts that keep me up at night or ideas and sights that bring me pleasure. A particular piece may be joyful or full of purpose, depending on the place I inhabit when the work is born. From the very beginning I love to use many layers of acrylic and mixed media to build a deep and interesting piece. Along the way I may add found objects or add textures to bring a richness into the work.”

Dee McBrien-Lee has been painting for as long as she can remember. She is best known for her abstracts and bird paintings which she creates with bold color and lots of texture, often mixing a variety of media for a unique look. Dee studied art at SUNY New Paltz in the 70’s and after graduation took a long hiatus from art. In the mid 2000’s she picked up where she had left off and shortly after began to study abstract painting, gradually moving away from the traditional landscape and western style of her past .

 A favorite quote of McBrien-Lee, “I don’t start with a color order, but find the colors as I go” by Helen Frankenthaler is a mantra she lives by. While sometimes an abstract is just an abstract, this artist also explores subjects including current events or issues that we face on a daily basis. Dee has always loved getting fully immersed in her medium and paints with intention as well as just applying color to canvas and letting the mood and the piece take her where it may.  Preferring  bold color and line combined with many layers to create the finished pieces she seeks to create a mood or draw a reaction with her work and strives to create a dialog amongst her viewers. She loves to experiment with textures and while acrylic is her preferred medium, she works with just about everything in an exploratory and experimental way. The list of artists that have influenced her work is long but a sampling includes Klee, Diebenkorn, Klimt and Matisse.

McBrien-Lee was a founding Partner and former owner/artist at the Red Chair Gallery from 2010 through 2018. She has been juried in to various regional and local shows and her work can be found in private collections from coast to coast and in Europe. McBrien-Lee is currently represented by the Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, Oregon and the TClifton Gallery in Memphis, TN. As of May 1, 2019 McBrien-Lee’s work can be found at Tumalo Art Company in the Old Mill District of Bend, OR where she is a Member Artist.

See more of Dee McBrien’s work here.


August First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please Join in the fun Friday August 2nd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Janet Rawlings.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts Silvia Knight and Sheila Balyeat, along with co-sponsor Sabrina Norton from First American Title Company, who will be serving wine and beer samples.

Artist BIO

Janet Rawlings is an Award-winning Fine Artist using Soft Pastels or Charcoal in soft realism.  Janet has received numerous awards, including “Painting of the Year” from Southern Oregon Society of Artists in 2007 and 2011. 

Her art shows exceptional light, color and strong values. “I have an eclectic taste, so you will find any number of subjects in my portfolio; portraits, still- life, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and more.”  Rawlings is also available to paint commissions as requested.

 
Although disabled from fibromyalgia, Rawlings says, “being able to create art is the best therapy I can imagine”.  Rawlings is a member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, Plein Air Painters of Oregon and the SageBrushers Art Society in Bend. 
  
Rawlings tries to display as much of my art as possible through shows in the area, including coffee shops, libraries and the Senior Center along with many specialized shows.  You can also see her art by requesting an appointment at her “in-home” Studio.   

For more about Janet please go to Rawlings Fine Art website


June 2019 Third Thursday in Lake Oswego

Join us for Third Thursday on June 20, 2019 from 4pm-7pm at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR 97034). We will be featuring local artists Evelin Marsh & Ariel Gallagher.

ABOUT EVELIN MARSH

Evelin Marsh is a local artist and home designer for her company Summit Development Group in Lake Oswego. Most of her artwork is displayed in designer studios and offices. Evelin’s pieces are inspired by her design work. For example she adds different mediums, like Resin with crystals and natural elements, to her paintings. The homes she designs have a lot of texture combined with natural elements like Steel fireplaces, Cider, high ceilings and open spaces with natural light. Evelin has also been working on adding her artwork into the fashion world. 

About Ariel Gallagher

Ariel Gallagher is a local artist who grew up loving the vibrant colors of Van Gogh and Kandinsky. Her work is based on experimenting with various mediums and application techniques to create colorful pieces often reminiscent of organized chaos. Current techniques include layering acrylic, spray paint and alcohol ink, as well as texture mediums.


First Thursday in The Pearl | June 2019

Join us for First Thursday on June 6, 2019 from 5pm-8pm at our Pearl Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR 97209). We will be featuring local artist, Laura Janes, as she presents her show: “Hidden Beauty”.

The paintings in this show are all about seeing beauty in places that might not be considered beautiful.

Raindrops in gutters, tropical foliage growing in parking lots, rocks and weeds around the shoreline of lakes and rivers.

Each painting is designed to focus on beauty that might ordinarily be overlooked.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Laura Janes is a fine artist specializing in painting things found in the environment not always considered to be beautiful. She draws inspiration from elements found in the natural world, including desert plants, trees, water, and rocks. She works primarily in acrylic on canvas as well as in watercolor, and occasionally creates mixed media pieces using images, gold and silver leaf, and encaustic materials.

Her work is available through galleries and design professionals for both residential and commercial applications.  

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She came to the Portland area from Palm Springs and continues to work with designers and their clients in both parts of the world.

Additionally, to share in the celebration of designs and structures she paints small watercolors of homes, buildings, interiors and landscapes. These vignettes are a way to show more than the standard “documentary” image.  The paintings are sometimes of a small area, overlooked in the more formal portrait of a room or garden. In addition to the original watercolor painting, notecards and notecard sets are created. 

Currently she is painting for the Restore Oregon Modernism Home Tour, Lake Oswego Heritage Council to record and honor the homes in this year’s Home and Garden Tour as well as painting watercolors for the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection, at Luscher Farm, for their spring events.  She also works with the Palm Springs Art Museum and their Architecture and Design Center and Palm Desert location to paint and make cards of important midcentury modern buildings in the Palm Springs area for sale in their museum stores. 

LEARN MORE

Learn more about Laura Janes at laurajanes.com


May 2019 Third Thursday in Lake Oswego

Artwork by Michelle Ketterman

Please join us Thursday, May 16 at our Lake Oswego office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR 97034) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Michelle Ketterman. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Artwork by Michelle Ketterman

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Michelle relocated to Oregon with her husband and daughter in 2015. Inspired by her mother and brother’s artistic talents, Michelle began drawing and painting at the age of 5. Today, Michelle uses oils, acrylics and watercolors to make her paintings come to life. She draws using various mediums and enjoys clay sculpting as well. Her recent work focuses on brightly-colored abstract florals and landscapes which she creates using acrylics, oils and palette knives. “There is something beautiful, fun and modern about making chaotic blobs of paint come together to produce a scene,” Michelle explains, “and Oregon has given me the best backdrop possible for my painting style”.

Artwork by Michelle Ketterman

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