The Art of Restoration: Deb Spicer Brings Works of Art Back to Life

The owner of Eastlake Framing in Bend finds her true passion in bringing works of art back to life. Written by Kim Cooper Findling
When Deb Spicer was a little girl growing up in Eugene, she and her twin sister liked to play the game of art gallery. Deborah and Annalea would spend a day creating works of art, and then display them for sale in a room of their house. One sister would act as the store owner and art seller, and the other the interested art buyer and collector.
“Those were the early days of both my passion for art and my entrepreneurial spirit,” said Spicer, who today owns Eastlake Framing in Bend, where she specializes as an art restorer.
True to those early childhood inclinations, art and business became the dual defining factors in Spicer’s career trajectory. At the age of 22, she became a business owner, opening a photo processing shop in Wagner Mall in Bend. The era was the early 1990s; digital photography was a technology of the future and photographers both pro and amateur had to mostly just accept the images they’d captured on film.
But Spicer, a self-admitted perfectionist, wasn’t content to take the prints she made as final. “I became interested in photo retouching,” she said. She traveled to Florida to study the practice, and soon had earned photo-retouching accounts all over the country. “I spent my days air-brushing out power lines in the sky or touching up negatives of pimply kids,” she recalled with a laugh.
Spicer ran that shop, which she called Sudden Developments, for a decade. When photography went digital, she changed directions and opened an art framing business. But the detail- driven love of hunching over an image and making it perfect lingered in her blood. Soon, she found herself a student once more, this time in oil painting restoration.
Art restoration has been around as long as art has needed restoring. In the United States today, conservators earn their chops via a master’s degree, on the job training or both. Many go to work for big museums or institutions. Spicer wasn’t interested in upending her life or moving to an urban area, so she dove straight into practical learning. “I traveled to California and apprenticed in the restoration of frames and old paintings with an elderly woman who was an expert restorer,” said Spicer.
Spicer spent a few months as an apprentice, feeling that she’d found her true calling. “Even as a child, I would get so upset when an old building was torn down,” she said. “I’m passionate about saving old things, no matter what they are. Learning restoration felt very natural and normal to me.”
Today, Eastlake Framing remains Spicer’s bread and butter, but her side gig as an art restorer is her passion. “I just love it,” she said. “Working on client’s family heirlooms, seeing a painting come to life, getting things just right—it’s very personal, and very fulfilling.”

Back to Life

Art restoration is a little bit science, a little bit magic. For the would-be restorer, artistic talent is a valuable asset, but equally helpful are understandings of chemistry, history and even anthropology. So is openness to risk and the unknown. Each piece arrives on Spicer’s table with a dose of mystery. “I never know quite what I’m getting into,” she said.
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First of all, Spicer must attempt to determine what has happened to the painting since it was created. Most of the artworks are old, and have been moved around and stored who-knows-where over decades. “The life list of what a piece was exposed to can be lengthy,” said Spicer. Cigarette smoke is a big culprit, but oil, dirt, dust, heat, cold, humidity, insects and sunlight can damage art, too.
Wearing a ventilator and rubber gloves, Spicer sets to work on each restoration using Q-tips and a cache of twenty chemicals. She begins by testing the very edge of the painting, delicately: “I try to figure out what I need. It’s a very meticulous, slow and careful process.”
The next mystery is the task of figuring out what sort of paints are on the canvas. Usually there is a varnish to remove, and then a series of tests to determine the paint composition. “I never know,” said Spicer. “It depends on what the artist had on hand, the time period of the painting, the region in which it was created.” Each layer signifies a detail the painting’s owners—let alone Spicer—may not have.
Once she’s determined the nature of the paint, Spicer can begin the painstaking process of matching colors and touching up damage. Finally, a layer of varnish protects the restoration work.
Spicer works on art restoration from her home studio instead of from the framing shop. At home, a huge picture window offers natural light, and she’s less likely to be interrupted. “It’s a very cautious process that requires utter concentration,” she explained.
Despite the focus required, and the fact that Spicer restores art in addition to her many hours working at the framing gallery, it’s common for her to dive into a piece first thing in the morning and work all day. She becomes completely engulfed in the process and often loses track of time. “I’m a perfectionist,” she laughed. “This satisfies some weird need in me.”

The Human Connection

The process of art restoration suits Spicer’s temperament, but the relationships she builds with clients are just as rewarding. Works of art come to Spicer by word of mouth, as she doesn’t do any advertising.
“You never know what will wander in the door,” she said. “I take whatever falls in my lap.”
Spicer estimates that she restores about fifty pieces a year and, as far as she knows, she’s the only person doing art restoration in Central Oregon. Her rates depend on how much time she will spend, and vary from as little as $50 for a simple repair to more than $1,000 for complicated fixes on larger works.
The works themselves are typically not valuable in the financial sense, but are usually very meaningful to the owner as sentimental or family-linked possessions. It’s not unusual, Spicer said, for clients to display emotion as they communicate the story of a painting, passing it over the counter and into to her care.
“What they ask me to do, working on objects with such sentimental value, it means a lot to me that they trust me,” said Spicer, adding that she herself is a “big mushball” about saving family heirlooms. “When we reconnect later—when they see the finished product—I get to see the joy, excitement, amazement and appreciation in their eyes. It’s very rewarding.”
Vickee Schons is one person who has passed a family heirloom across the counter to Spicer. When Schons’ mother-in-law passed away, she inherited a painting that had been made by her mother- in-law’s uncle. “It is a classic desert scene, a beautiful painting,” said Schons. “It’s not overly sophisticated, but it’s very dear to me.” The painting, she added, was never cared for. “It had years of wear.”
Spicer approached the project carefully and methodically. “Deb worked to get smoke and junk off of the canvas,” said Schons. “She took care and time to work between the branches of the tree, to not compromise softness and not allow the imagery to become smudgy.” The painting now hangs in Schons’ Tetherow condominium. “The differentiation in coloration is amazing,” she said. “My family was so tickled.”
Tom Ryder came into possession of a very large painting, made by his grandmother in the late 1800s, of Rooster Rock in the Columbia River Gorge. “It’s an accurate portrayal of the time before the dams went in on the Columbia,” said Ryder. “You can even see canoes on the water.”
The painting, which Ryder said had been “tucked away in attics here and there over years,” was dirty and the ornate, gold frame had been significantly damaged. Spicer restored the canvas and repaired chunks that had broken out of the frame. “You wouldn’t even know it was a repair,” said Ryder, who gifted the beautifully restored painting to his daughter.
For now, Spicer balances art restoration with her work at Eastlake Framing, but she imagines a “retirement” where restoring works of art for clients is her only gig. “The pace at the framing shop is fast-paced and chaotic,” she said. “We’re always trying to make deadlines.” At home, pouring over an oil painting in the silence of her studio, she finds a break in that pace. “I’m forced to slow down. I love the process, watching artwork come back to life under my touch. It’s very fulfilling.”
This feature also appears in our flagship publication, Cascade Living Magazine.


April Art Walks Featuring Kristina Sellers, Lindsey Roderick, and Rae Senarighi

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Kristina Sellers

Painting is a bit like putting a firefly in a jar and sharing it with others. Moments, memories and senses are captured, placed on the wall so the viewer can revisit as often as they like. There’s a spark of inspiration in each of my paintings. Sometimes it’s a color harmony or an object I’m nostalgic about that inspires me. Or the pleasure of a perfect day outside painting en plein aire. I use oil paint because I appreciate its tactile quality. I often paint on location and from life.

Kristina Sellers is an award winning impressionist painter. She has participated in local, regional and national art competitions and is now featured in art collections internationally. She resides in the Portland, Oregon area with her husband, calico and beagle. To see more work by Kristina, please visit kristinasgallery.com.
Please join us Thursday, April 6th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Sellers’ art as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Artist Lindsey Roderick
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Lindsey Roderick is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Central Oregon. Lindsey’s paintings are inspired by her Native American heritage and the landscape that surrounds her. Artistic since she could hold a pencil, she started painting in 2013 and has been blessed with an extremely supportive family who has allowed Lindsey to follow her dream. A mix of realism shown through a vibrant acrylic medium, Lindsey’s work is inspired by her love of animals, music, her culture and nature.

I love to explore with color and configuration in a more controlled manner, when painting a traditional piece, while, when working on other creations, the flow is a bit more relaxed and natural.

Please join us Friday, April 7th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art, wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Rae Senarighi
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Rae Senarighi is best known for compelling, abstract acrylic on canvas, colorscapes and vibrant, colorful mural work.
Born in Missoula, Montana, Rae began his art studies under his mother’s mentorship. His formal fine art training began at the University of Montana. Rae completed a BFA with distinction, at the Art Institute of Seattle, and was named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. After years of political artwork, his impressionist inspiration, deep admiration for Keith Haring and Mark Rothko, and love of the natural world came together in his first Portland show, Movement.
In his most recent post-graduate show, The Love Series, Rae dedicated his work to spreading a message of love and interconnection, with a collection of a twenty-five large works; this show will be on display at nine locations in Portland and Seattle, through May 2017.
Rae’s commitment to community connectedness and art education is substantial. He has taught art in community programs for LGBTQ youth and served on the Board of Directors for Bent Queer Writing Program. He is dedicating proceeds from his current show to nonprofit organizations Sanctuary Arts and Trans Lifeline, with the hope of spreading love and connection to homeless and transgender youth.
Please join us Thursday, April 20th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy artwork, food and wine.


Upcoming March Art Walks Around Lake Oswego

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Chet Malinow
Chet Malinow is a Portland-raised local artist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at University of Oregon. Chaos and control is an ever-present theme in his work, striving to create a juxtaposition of chaotic patterns and defined images. Chet’s art is primarily mixed media, utilizing spray paint, oil and acrylic.
Please join us Thursday, March 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Chet’s art as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Journeys Art Quilt Group

Journeys is a group of artists expressing their passion for art through creating and sharing their love of quilts and fiber arts. They define art quilts as original work, consisting of fabric, layered and stitched together. Seeking to move beyond the boundaries of tradition quilt making, each quilter develops a unique style.
Formed in 2007, they create a new exhibit annually. Starting in September, their opening show is at the Sisters Art Works; they have additional showings in Oregon, throughout the year.
Please join us Friday, March 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art quilts as well as complimentary wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Aneelah Fazal

An award-winning, international contemporary artist from Portland, OR, Aneela Fazal’s paintings are about experiences, love, joy and sorrow. Each painting starts with a feeling – the subjects are imperfect and raw, abstract and modern. Aneela paints her emotions on the canvas. The vibrant colors and textures are captivating, the stories behind each piece inspiring.
Fazal has developed her own techniques, but her style of painting is constantly evolving. She finds great joy in experimenting with different mediums.

The trick is being able to retain your own style throughout the medium or technique changes, for me I’d say I want people to feel a sense of comfort looking at my pieces, and if I am able to achieve that then I’ve done what I intended to, to spread a little happiness.

To view more of her pieces, visit www.AneelaFazal.com.
Please join us Thursday, March 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy Aneelah’s artwork and wine.


Art Walks around Oregon

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Chet Malinow
Chet Malinow is a Portland-raised local artist who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at University of Oregon. Chaos and control is an ever-present theme in his work, striving to create a juxtaposition of chaotic patterns and defined images. Chet’s art is primarily mixed media, utilizing spray paint, oil and acrylic.
Please join us Thursday, March 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Chet’s art as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Journeys Art Quilt Group

Journeys is a group of artists expressing their passion for art through creating and sharing their love of quilts and fiber arts. They define art quilts as original work, consisting of fabric, layered and stitched together. Seeking to move beyond the boundaries of tradition quilt making, each quilter develops a unique style.
Formed in 2007, they create a new exhibit annually. Starting in September, their opening show is at the Sisters Art Works; they have additional showings in Oregon, throughout the year.
Please join us Friday, March 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy art quilts as well as complimentary wine and apps.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Aneelah Fazal

An award-winning, international contemporary artist from Portland, OR, Aneela Fazal’s paintings are about experiences, love, joy and sorrow. Each painting starts with a feeling – the subjects are imperfect and raw, abstract and modern. Aneela paints her emotions on the canvas. The vibrant colors and textures are captivating, the stories behind each piece inspiring.
Fazal has developed her own techniques, but her style of painting is constantly evolving. She finds great joy in experimenting with different mediums.

The trick is being able to retain your own style throughout the medium or technique changes, for me I’d say I want people to feel a sense of comfort looking at my pieces, and if I am able to achieve that then I’ve done what I intended to, to spread a little happiness.

To view more of her pieces, visit www.AneelaFazal.com.
Please join us Thursday, March 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy Aneelah’s artwork and wine.


Upcoming February Art Walks Around Bend

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
Please join us Thursday, February 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Jan’s art, as well as wine and appetizers.
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.
Please join us Friday, February 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to view Ken’s artwork, while enjoying complimentary wine and apps.
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.
Please join us Thursday, February 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy artwork by Joy, as well as wine and appetizers.


Upcoming February Art Walks Around Oregon

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
Please join us Thursday, February 2nd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Jan’s art, as well as wine and appetizers.
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.
Please join us Friday, February 3rd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to view Ken’s artwork, while enjoying complimentary wine and apps.
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.
Please join us Thursday, February 16th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy artwork by Joy, as well as wine and appetizers.


Upcoming January Art Walks in Bend, Oregon

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Christopher Bekins
Christopher Bekins has been painting since 1999. In 2002, he moved to a remote portion of the Central Coast of California, from the San Francisco Bay Area, to pursue painting full time. In 2015, he moved to Portland, OR, to return to an energized, urban environment. Bekins’ paintings have been in numerous shows and exhibitions, receiving multiple awards. You can see more abstract and representational works, at his website www.ChristopherBekins.net.
Please join us Thursday, January 5th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Christopher’s art, as well as wine and appetizers.
First Friday in Bend with Artist Karen Ruane
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“I love color, I love nature, I love form.”

This has been the common thread throughout artist Karen Ruane’s career, though her medium and methods have evolved over time. She is fascinated with the marriage between the manipulation of the medium, and the “happy accidents” that happen by chance, when allowing the medium to flow as it wants. Naturally, Karen was drawn to the art of marbling – a method where paints are floated upon a viscous surface where they spread and push other paint and the artist uses tools to guide and manipulate the paint further. From this process, a single contact print is taken, making each piece completely unique. In her more traditional paintings, Karen explores color, nature and form in a more controlled manner, putting the parts of the marbling process she loves under a metaphoric microscope, magnifying the relationship between shape and aligned color. For over 15 years, since graduating from Art School, Karen Ruane has been producing, showing and selling artwork in Arizona, California and now Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Most recently, Karen’s art was featured on the 2016 label of Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale.
Please join us Friday, January 6th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy  artwork, as well as complimentary wine, Jubelale and appetizers.
Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Jennifer Smith
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Jennifer Smith is the creator of Visual Lifesavers Art. Her artwork is colorful, happy and intriguing, as it draws the viewer in to look, examine, and contemplate. Jennifer began her professional artistic business in 2012, when she began painting in oil. Jennifer had always been creative, painting and sculpting for fun, but when she began using oil paint after taking a community college summer class, her career began.
It is Jennifer’s goal to grow her business to a point where she can support herself financially on both the sale of her artwork and teaching adults to find and use their creativity. Jennifer has created her own recognizable style through many hours of painting, critiquing and analyzing. As she continues to grow as an artist, she is open to taking classes, learning and collaborating with other artists.
Please join us Thursday, January 19th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Jennifer’s artwork as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.


Upcoming December 2016 Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Molly Reeves

Molly Reeves received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Portland State University, before her career path took a turn and she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University.  A decade later, she returned to her artistic roots and continues to paint landscapes and birds in oils. Her work is evocative of plein air studies with energetic brushwork and impressionistic feel, yet her style has evolved consciously over many years in the studio and represents a nuanced use of color, light and composition.
Please join us Thursday, December 1st at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Molly’s art, as well as wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Bend with Artist Megan Myers

Megan Myers is a Bend based artist and illustrator. Producing artwork by hand, Megan primarily creates acrylic on canvas paintings. She works in pen & ink, as well, but her true passion is painting murals that explore intimate landscapes inspired by our region’s mountains, forests, deserts and beaches. The animals and children in Megan’s work exude innocence and a sense of wonder, as they journey through the outdoors exploring themes of companionship, protection, wilderness and the greatest adventure of all: love.
In early 2016, Myers moved her studio (from Portland) to Bend, OR where she paints, illustrates and sells original artwork, fine art prints and greeting cards, spending a lot of time on commission projects.
Please join us Friday, December 2nd at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Megan Myers’ artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Reid Trevarthen


A life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest, Reid Trevarthen uses the medium of collage to visualize the interconnected and complex relationships between people, the planet and the universe as a whole. His self-taught technique draws inspiration from the work of Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and Dali, among others. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Trevarthen is a member of North Bank Artists Community Project in Vancouver, WA.
Please join us Friday, December 2nd at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Reid’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and apps.

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Jan Youngman


Jan Youngman’s art experience began as a child; as an adult, she took a couple of classes at the Seaman’s Institute in New York City. Then, after relocating to Portland in the 70s, Jan took classes at PCC and joined the Oregon Society of Artists, Painters Showcase and Lake Area Artists. She also began participating in group shows, workshops and paint outs, both local and out of state.

It’s a wonderful journey that takes you into so many unexpected and surprising places. There’s something magical about turning a blank canvas into something you’ve created from nothing. It’s the process and great friends that keep me motivated to continue this wonderful journey for the rest of my life. And, of course, I just love to paint.

Please join us Thursday, December 15th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Jan’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.


Upcoming November Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Raina Stinson

Raina Stinson is an international award winning commercial and fine art photographer based, in Portland, OR. Her work has been published in magazines, books and exhibited nationally and internationally. She is known for her authenticity, creative direction, use of color and thought provoking imagery. With her gift of empathy and joyful personality, she is able to connect deeply with her subjects, thereby creating indelible images that excite and delight audiences around the world.
Please join us Thursday, November 3rd at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Raina’s art, as well as live music, wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Bend with Artist MaryLea Harris

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Local contemporary artist, MaryLea Harris, specializes in mixed media and painting. Her whimsical and colorful images of leaves and trees are outlined in creams and whites to analogize the interplay between positives and negatives in space and life.
In addition to her career as a visual artist specializing in painting, mixed media, sculptural books, and fiber arts, MaryLea is a parent, educator, author and founder of Pink and Green Mama, an award-winning arts and crafts website for caregivers of young children.  With over 15 years in the field of Arts Education, MaryLea has degrees in Studio Art and Art History from with an emphasis in painting and print making and holds an MFA in painting.

My paintings have three visual components that connect them: calling attention to detail by showing natural subject matter in a still state, flattening the image to a simplified silhouette, and introducing layers of color and texture.

Please join us Friday, November 4th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy MaryLea’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Earlene Holmstrom

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Earlene has been drawing since she was a child, but she didn’t seriously take up art until after she retired in 2002. She tried various media and subjects, but none gave her the pleasure she finds in soft pastels and the human (and, more recently, animal) face and figure.

I feel very strongly about creating “original” art.  When working from photos, I DO NOT “trace and paint” or “project and paint.”  I believe these practices deaden my creativity.  Instead, my process includes the use of thumbnail sketches (notans), color sketches, and keen observation before I begin putting pastel to paper.

Please join us Friday, November 4th at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Earlene’s artwork, as well as music and complimentary wine and appetizers.

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Evelin Peralta Marsh

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Evelin Peralta Marsh is a Salvadorian artist residing in Lake Oswego. Her paintings use acrylics and oils, with a mix of resin. These paintings have a heightened sense of emotion, with vivid colors and abstract imagery. Her unique artistic perspective draws from two very diverse worlds – the intense urban environment of El Salvador with a touch of the serene Pacific Northwest; she weaves together these worlds on the canvas, honoring her personal journey with grace and love.
Please join us Thursday, November 17th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Evelin’s artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.


Upcoming October Art Walks

First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District with Artist Teri Tompkins Read

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Teri Tompkins Read is fascinated by nature’s textures and patterns, captivated by the colors and shapes and especially drawn to the interplay of light and water. Teri’s inspiration comes from travel, getting outdoors and seeing what is around her; she discovers new things, by looking harder in familiar places.

Taken individually, my photo might convey a whimsy, an emotion, a curiosity. Taken together, my photos should evoke movement and joy, color and pleasure.

Please join us Thursday, October 6th at our Pearl District Office (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy Teri’s art, as well as live music, wine, appetizers and spirit sampling courtesy of Crafted Life.
 
 

First Friday in Bend with the Sundance Art Quilters

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The Sundance Art Quilters was formed in 2011; members include Barbara Doust-Boggess, Helen Brisson, Dianne Browning, Julia Jeans, Kris Lang and Leotie Richards. These artists come from varied backgrounds but are joined by their desire to inspire, create and critique pieces. They individually focus on their own unique style as well as work collaboratively, all the while growing as artists and friends.  Additionally, all are members of the local chapter of SAQA – Studio Art Quilters Association.
Dianne Browning ~  Inspired by music and nature, Dianne loves designing in a large graphic style and creates patterns with lots of motion by using curved piecing (piecing or pieces?). Her use of silk, suede and decor fabrics gives her art enhanced texture and variety.
Helen Brisson ~  Helen’s work reflects her illustrative and graphic design background and her desire to take designs to the next level is often reflected in her dimensional pieces.
Barbara Doust – Boggess ~  Barbara enjoys using  her hand dyed fabrics to create abstract pieces, incorporating curved lines to instill life and balance.
Kris Lang ~ Kris’ creative style is to work intuitively, exploring unique embellishment ideas in order to create one of a kind art quilts.
Leotie Richards ~ Leotie listens to jazz music to get into a loose and intuitive state of mind, as she creates her abstract art quilts. Experimenting with fresh new combinations of color, shapes and lines, she incorporates both ready-made and hand dyed fabrics into her designs.
Julia Jeans ~ With a diverse background, Julia creates an array of unique one-of-a-kind pieces that depicts mood and feeling, using hand dyed and printed fabrics.
Please join us Friday, October 7th at our Downtown Bend Office (821 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy quilted artwork, as well as complimentary wine and appetizers.

 

First Friday in Vancouver with Artist Jennifer DeWeber

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Jennifer deWeber is a painter, sculptor  and inventor, with a passion for light, color and painterly realism created in a direct painting method. She paints commissioned portraits, landscapes andflorals. She also does ink painting on silk scarves, designs greeting cards and has invented a patented plein air easel that is lighter, more efficient and easy to carry than standard easels. Now residing in the lovely Woodland area of Washington state with her childhood sweetheart and best friend Kevin, she enjoys spending time with her family, raising chickens, ducks, goats and one giant golden doodle dog.  When she isn’t reading books, having tea parties, or spending time in the gardens, she creates works that reflect her love for beauty in landscapes and the ever intriguing human face.
Please join us Friday, October 7th at our Downtown Vancouver Office (402 W 8th St. Vancouver, WA) from 5-8 PM, to enjoy Jennifer’s artwork, as well as live music and complimentary wine and appetizers. For more information on downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk, visit here.
 

Third Thursday in Lake Oswego with Artist Anna Porter

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Anna Porter began painting watercolors in art therapy in 1994, and has been painting ever since. Her  paintings are directly influenced by her love of nature and photography, which became both a passion and profession later in her life.

I am happiest when I am painting and photographing outside, at one with nature. I carry my digital camera with me everywhere, capturing images that move me. I am also an avid gardener, and my flower gardens provide constant inspiration for my photography and my paintings. I learned how to paint using watercolor as my only medium. While some artists consider watercolor unforgiving and difficult, I love surprises! I love the way that the water and paint effortlessly flow across the paper, creating unique surprises within my paintings. Since then I have branched out to embrace other media like fluid acrylic, gouache, pastels, collage, photography, digital media, and even a sculpture or two; however, watermedia and photography remain my favorite mediums.

 
Anna has been an active member of Oregon Society of Artists since 2012, and has shown work in the OSA Gallery in Portland on a regular basis in monthly group exhibits. As an art student, her work was featured in the annual Sylvania Student Art Exhibitions in the North View Gallery at Portland Community College, where she was honored to receive multiple awards.

I am honored and thrilled to have my artwork displayed at Sotheby’s beautiful offices in Lake Oswego, OR in my first solo art exhibit titled Anna’s Gardens, from October 20 to November 16, 2016. The exhibit will feature floral paintings and digital photography from my artist gardens in Lake Oswego, OR, as well as from public gardens in the Portland metro area, and from nature. My hope is that my artwork will help people notice and appreciate the beauty that is all around us, and that they will experience the same sense of awe and tranquility that I do in nature.

For more information, please feel free to contact Anna at info@annaporterartist.com or visit her website at  www.annaporterartist.com.
Please join us Thursday, October 20th at our Lake Oswego Office (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR) from 4-7 PM, to enjoy Anna’s artwork, as well as live music, complimentary cocktails and appetizers.