Cascade Living | February 2020

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, and The Oregon Coast.

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Central Oregon
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon Coast
Portland
SW Washington


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.


Cascade Living | December 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley.

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Central Oregon
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon Coast
Portland
Southwest Washington
Willamette Valley


Unique Open House | Breakaway Lodge

Nestled in the heart of historic Gearhart, just blocks from the beach. Rare opportunity to own a charming and spacious property in a choice location. Operated as a lodge/retreat center the past fifty years, this unique, well-maintained facility on a prime lot is ready for your vision. Potential uses include nonprofit or corporate camps/retreats, school, daycare or private residence. Eleven sleeping rooms can be left alone or reconfigured to make a spacious master suite and guest rooms. Two private bathrooms accompany two communal ones, which have the possibility for spa-like features. Use the commercial-style kitchen as is or turn it into a culinary playground. A large dining hall features one of the two gas fireplaces. Garage has a carpeted room above for added use options.

This is the perfect family compound for generations to come. Consider shared ownership as well. Endless possibilities…just bring your ideas!

History:

 The Breakaway Lodge has been owned and operated by Young Life as a camp/retreat for the past 50 years. The Lodge was purchased in 1969 from the Episcopal Church of Oregon. The church had used the building as an educational retreat for young people. Originally known as The Convent of St. Margaret’s by the Sea, it was built in 1924 by the Society of Sisters of Holy Names. Each summer, the sisters traveled by train from Portland to Gearhart to stay at the retreat for a period of about ten days throughout the summer. The convent closed down each winter.

Located on the North Coast of Oregon, the lodge sits on a half-acre total acreage for this property, as the sale includes two tax lots is actually .92 acres, so just shy of an acre not a 1/2 acre in the middle of the small beach community of Gearhart. Access to the rugged and beautiful Oregon Coast and its sandy beaches is just a short walk away. The beach communities of Seaside and Cannon Beach are in close proximity and are used extensively by groups and for program activities. Accented by large decks and terraced gardens, the lodge has developed into a highly desirable retreat center. There is an outdoor, sand volleyball court, an outside basketball court, and an outdoor octoball courts – so 3, outdoor courts.  

For more information and details about The Breakaway Lodge or to set up a private showing, please contact Nicki Whittle or Sally Conrad or visit www.cascadesothebysrealty.com


Cascade Living | November 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

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Central Oregon
Oregon Coast
Columbia River Gorge

Portland
SW Washington
Willamette Valley


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.


Cascade Living | October 2019

Enjoy our Cascade Living events and newsletter! We cover notable events and news happening in Central Oregon, Portland, Southwest Washington, The Columbia River Gorge, The Oregon Coast, and The Willamette Valley.

Click below to see the newsletter for your region:
Central Oregon
Columbia River Gorge
Oregon Coast
Portland
Southwest Washington
Willamette Valley


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.