April’s First Thursday in Portland’s Pearl District

First Thursday Art Walk

April marks the first month of 2016 that the Pearl District, in the heart of Portland, will close down 13th street and host artists for their monthly First Thursday event. Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, located at the end of the 13th street art walk, will be holding our doors open as well, hosting local artist Robert Bickel and offering wine samples from Cooper Ridge Vineyard.

Robert Bickel

Robert Bickel is an architectural designer and artist who is fascinated by the concept of time and its dynamic relationship with the aesthetics of architectural structure. He explores this through the imagery of the passing wave in its graphic and conceptual power. Bickel’s work is a subjective expression of human limits in perceiving the fundamental physics of the universe.

“The structures and images humans see are not necessarily ‘real’ at all. They are moments in motion like the wave. In this relationship between time, the passing wave, and human consciousness lies great artistic potential which captivates me.”

Cooper Ridge Vineyard

Located in Roseburg, Oregon, Cooper Ridge Vineyard will be supplying wine for April’s First Thursday event. Cooper Ridge wines are produced with all estate grown grapes. They’re tasting room is located in the heart of the Umpqua with a breathtaking panoramic view over Garden Valley. Click here for more information about Cooper Ridge.
Please join us Thursday, April 7th from 5-8pm at our Pearl District Location (1321 NW Hoyt St.) for art, wine and appetizers!


First Fridays in Bend and Vancouver

Bend’s First Friday with Artist Sue Smith

We are thrilled to be displaying the work of Sue Smith for April’s First Friday event in Bend, Oregon.Born in 1928, Sue is a California native now living in Oregon. Sue did not think seriously consider becoming an artist until she turned fifty, and then it became the only thing she wanted to do.  She returned to school, where she focused on abstract painting, and developed an appreciation for the artist’s response to what was happening on the canvas. She earned a degree in Art from Oregon State University – Cascades, as well as the Distinguished Student Department of Art award in 2005. Influenced by historical and contemporary masters, she paints landscapes and still lifes and has participated in numerous national juried exhibitions – her work is in private collections around the United States and Canada

I like the challenge of painting without being trite, a lofty goal considering how many landscapes and flowers have been painted over the centuries.  But a mentor told me to paint the concept not the object. And that is what I try to do.

Sue describes her work as an expression of what she is observing. She paints still lifes and landscapes and is attracted to a moment and the mystery in the environment that generates a narrative. It may be an open expanse of land, or moving water, but Sue finds herself drawn to the idea that someone stood there and observed it before she came upon the scene. It’s the same with still life: seemingly random objects, arranged in a relationship that suggests a human presence  and begs the question, who were they? Why did they leave these objects like this, or wander through this space? Like walking into an empty room and catching the faint sound of a lingering conversation. This is why Smith likes the Spanish Realists, such as Antonio Lopez Garcia, whose work is so intimately detailed and the total opposite of her own. It raises a curiosity, a human connection, things sensed and not seen.
Please join us from 5-8PM at our Downtown Bend location (821 NW Wall Street) for art, wine and appetizers!

Vancouver’s First Friday with Artist Kara Krieger-Mcghee

Artist Kara Krieger-Mcghee will be joining us for April’s First Friday event in Vancouver, Washington. Kara sees her art as a story of relationships – how light affects color or how a subject interacts with its environment. Sometimes it is a story of exploration with new techniques, ideas or media.

Through storytelling, I hope to inspire creative curiosity in others.

Please join us Friday, April 1st from 5-8pm at our Vancouver Gallery Location (402 W 8th Street) for art, wine and appetizers!


March’s Third Thursday with Maud Durland

Please join us at our Lake Oswego Office for our Third Thursday Event. This month, we are featuring-

Maud Durland

Welcome artist Maud Durland who will have her works in our Lake Oswego office for the entire month of March.
Maud is an award-winning watercolor artist based in Portland. She is known for her calming renderings and waterscapes. A native of Sweden, Maud has spent many years in the Pacific Northwest. She illustrated a children’s book in 2006 and several of her waterscapes are on display at Kaiser Permanente’s Westside Medical Center. She is also a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Cooper Ridge Vineyard

We are delighted to have Cooper Ridge Vineyard hosting a wine tasting for us this Thursday evening. Cooper Ridge is a stunning vineyard in Roseburg with an array of recent award winning wines. To learn more, please click here.

Crafted Life

Samplings will also be poured this Thursday by Crafted Life. Crafted Life is a collection of artisan distilleries from the Northwest.  Each distillery brings its own unique interpretation to the creation of hand-made spirits and this company brings them all together in a unique membership for spirit lovers. For more information on Crafted Life, please click here.
Please join us this Thursday, March 17th from 4-7PM at our Lake Oswego office in Lake View Village (310 N. State Street) for art, live music and appetizers.


First Friday in Bend with SageBrushers

We are thrilled to be displaying the work of SageBrushers for March’s First Friday event in Bend. Founded in 1952 by five local artists, SageBrushers has grown to 112 members. The building located at 117 SW Roosevelt was purchased in 1959 from Deschutes County for $1. By 1968, the membership had grown and so had the building.
The original part of the building contains the ample gallery and the library of over 100 art books on various topics. The studio hosts daily painting groups and painting classes, including watercolor, intuitive painting, color theory, abstraction and painting basics are taught weekly. On the second Friday of every month, a lecture is given on an art topic by a member of the community and the gallery also hosts shows by the members and outside groups such as Plein Air Painters of Oregon. The works are very reasonably priced and beautifully executed.
Please join us from 5-8PM at our Downtown Bend location (821 NW Wall Street) for art, wine and appetizers!


First Friday in Vancouver with Steve Ludeman

Artist Steve Ludeman will be joining us for March’s First Friday event in Vancouver, Washington. Steve’s inspiration comes from the varied scenic beauty and remarkable natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. For many years, he has enjoyed hiking, climbing, kayaking, skiing or backpacking in some of the Northwest’s most wild and scenic places. Now he enjoys telling stories of those outdoor adventures through his landscape and seascape paintings.
Steve grew up in Iowa and was fortunate to live, work and paint in Switzerland, Germany and Australia before settling with his family in Oregon. When not painting en plein air, he creates art while his wife Jean enjoys quilting in their home studio in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains.
Many collectors in the US and overseas have acquired Steve’s art. He is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Lake Area Artists, Lake Oswego. He is honored to be represented by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum. Steve’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of Timberline Lodge, Oregon (National Historic Landmark) and the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. His favorite quote, by Ed Whitney, is “Nature gives us facts. Artists give us art.”
Pleases join us Friday, March 4th from 5-8pm at our Vancouver Gallery Location (402 W 8th Street) for art, wine and appetizers!


First Thursday in Portland with Bonnie Junell

Please join us this Thursday, March 3rd from 5-8pm at our Pearl District location  (1321 NW Hoyt Street) for art, live music, appetizers and spirit sampling provided by a Crafted Life!

About our Evening with Bonnie Junell and Crafted Life

We are happy to be displaying the work of artist Bonnie Junell for March’s First Thursday event in the Pearl District. Bonnie grew up in a family of artists. Her grandmother and aunt were always painting, which influenced her love of art. She started drawing as a young child, and her first oil painting class was with her grandmother at the age of 8 – from then on, she was hooked. Following high school, she pursued her desire to become an artist by attending the Portland Commercial Art School, while working at Nordstrom to pay her way through school. After 31 years and living in three states, she ended her career with Nordstom as Vice President within Women’s Apparel. Bonnie retired in 2005 to spend more time with family, and to pursue her lifelong desire as an artist.

 As an artist you look at everything through an Artists perspective. When you look at clouds, you think about shape, color and light.

This attention to detail is evident in her work, whether it’s a cityscape or landscape, there is a connection with the subject the viewer can’t miss.
Currently living in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and son, Bonnie is a member of OPG (Oil Painters of America) and NOPG (Northwest Oil paints Guild). Her work can be seen in Gallery’s throughout Oregon and Washington.

Crafted Life

Samplings will be poured this Thursday by Crafted Life. Crafted Life is a collection of artisan distilleries from the Northwest.  Each distillery brings its own unique interpretation to the creation of hand-made spirits and this company brings them all together in a unique membership for spirit lovers.  Members enjoy free tastings at participating distilleries, invitations to private events, release parties and monthly recommended cocktails. For more information on Crafted Life, please click here.


February’s Third Thursday with Chet Malinow

Welcome artist Chet Malinow to our Lake Oswego’s Third Thursday.
As a painter, Chet is constantly combining different colors and mediums to create depth on a flat surface. He enjoys working with aerosol paint, oil and acrylic paints and uses tape, stencils and rubber squeegees to alter these mediums. With graffiti as a backbone for his style, he brings what he has learned from the streets to the canvas.
When he is not working on schoolwork for his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Oregon, he is creating something – whether it’s a new song on his piano, a painting, or a sketch.

The Pacific Northwest is a huge inspiration for my work. I go back and forth from Portland to Eugene. In both areas I have the opportunity to constantly be subjected to impressive artists and inspiring family and friends.

Please join us this Thursday, February 18th from 4-7PM at our Lake Oswego office in Lake View Village (310 N. State Street) for art, live music, appetizers and spirit samplings served by Crafted Life.


First Friday in Vancouver with Mary Burgess

Artist Mary Burgess will be joining us for February’s First Friday event in Vancouver, Washington. Mary Burgess began painting in watercolor in 1997 while teaching art at David Douglas High School, and has been hooked ever since. Mary is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Lake Area Artists, Art on Broadway and has shown and sold her work throughout the Northwest. Now retired from teaching in the public school system, she shares her skills by teaching adult watercolor classes at the Village Gallery of the Arts.
Mary’s paintings reflect her appreciation of nature and her love of observing the world, including her four chickens whom she paints frequently. She has called Lake Oswego home since 1963 when her family moved from Missoula, Montana.
Pleases join us Friday, February 5th from 5-8pm at our Vancouver Gallery Location (402 W 8th Street) for art, wine and appetizers!


First Thursday in Portland with Annie Meyer

Please join us this Thursday, February 4th from 5-8pm at our Pearl District location  (1321 NW Hoyt Street) for art, live music, appetizers and spirit sampling provided by a Crafted Life!

About our Evening with Annie Meyer and Crafted Life

We are happy to be displaying the work of artist Annie Meyer for February’s First Thursday event in the Pearl District. Her landscapes come from her yearly travels. They are of specific places, but with minimal colors and shapes they are more emotional rather than factual in content. She has an affinity for minimal landscapes, which she attributes to growing up in the Midwest, staring out at farmland with a few lines and few trees. Over the past 21 years, she feels that her work has evolved into what she considers an abstract sense of time and place, and with it she aims to translate the sense of identity she feels with these landscapes that are both from her childhood and herself today.

French Landscapes:

Since 1994, Annie has spent the month of September plein air painting in France. The paintings and ideas she produces in France are the basis of inspiration for a body of work developed in her studio during the rainy Portland winters. This yearly sojourn to France, a beautiful place where she has some time to think and paint, has singularly been the most important thing she has done as an artist to develop her work.

Oregon Landscapes:

Since 2005, Annie has worked on a body of paintings and monotypes based on the landscapes around the Pendleton/Blue Mountain and Palouse area of Oregon and Eastern Washington. She works there at the wonderful and inspirational Crow’s Shadow print studio.

Waterscapes:

Inspiration for this body of work comes from a collection of waterways that she visits or that are part of her life. They aim to capture the beauty and mood she feels when viewing skies and the reflection of that sky on the water.  She has been developing her water series over the last 6 winters.
All of Annie’s work is original and she has no reproductions. Annie welcomes commissions, and her body of artwork translates well from very small to several feet in size and varied shapes.

Crafted Life

Samplings will be poured this Thursday by Crafted Life. Crafted Life is a collection of artisan distilleries from the Northwest.  Each distillery brings its own unique interpretation to the creation of hand-made spirits and this company brings them all together in a unique membership for spirit lovers.  Members enjoy free tastings at participating distilleries, invitations to private events, release parties and monthly recommended cocktails.
 


First Friday in Bend with Barton DeGraaf

We are thrilled to be displaying the work of Barton DeGraaf for February’s First Friday event in Bend. For Barton, it all started when his son was born in 2006. He quit his corporate job in the pursuit of happiness and time to be together with  family. In 2007, Bart was asked to be the featured artist for the month at a winery in Spokane whose theme was “From the Earth.” Without having any paintings ready for the show, Bart frantically began painting wine still lives that included frogs, ravens, cats, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. The show was a hit.
Now that Bart has come to accept his calling, he often dreams of new paintings and never seems to run out of ideas. He loves to come up with original, creative images that tell a story, reflect a personal experience, or just make you laugh. His goal is to bring a smile to the viewer and bring some happiness to the world.
Bart has been painting his whole life. Born in Chicago, he fell in love with art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He pursued his passion and received his BFA in 1999 from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado. He currently lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife Heidi and son Jon.
Please join us from 5-8PM at our Downtown Bend location (821 NW Wall Street) for art, wine and appetizers!