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.


Explore the Award-Winning Sunriver Arts Fair, Aug 9-11

Central Oregon may be best known as a mecca for beer lovers, mountain tamers, and intrepid cyclists, but this booming mountain-side community is also home to a thriving and exciting arts scene with a yearly tradition that’s made its way into the national spotlight.

Coming into its tenth year, the annual Sunriver Arts Fair has been named a top-ten Best Art Fair in America by Artfaircalendar.com, a patron-voted program meant to encourage attendance by highlighting innovative and exciting shows nationwide. Cascade Sotheby’s is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of the Sunriver Arts Fair, as a way of helping to make art, music, and culture more accessible throughout the community.

Raising Funds for Local Families & Children

The fair serves as the largest fundraising event for the Sunriver Women’s Club, a nonprofit corporation which, since its founding in 1974, has distributed $537,055 to agencies working to provide basic necessities, such as shelter, health, food, clothing, and education to families and children in the Three Rivers and south Deschutes County areas. All net proceeds of the Sunriver Arts Fair directly benefit these children and families. 

About the 2019 Fair

This year, the event features more than 80 artists and makers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and as far away as Illinois. Each brings a unique aesthetic, mission, and craft to the table, making the diversity of mediums represented truly reminiscent of of Central Oregon, and of the west itself. 

With hand-spun ceramics and mosaic sculpture to woodworking, metalworking, textiles, and painting, the fair is an opportunity for attendees to experience creation in various forms and connect with the local art community in an intimate and lively setting. And because no great summer celebration is complete without a live soundtrack, each day of the festival hosts different musical acts to inspire the spirit and, hopefully, the feet with a little incentive to hit the dance floor. 

For information about this year’s artists in attendance, explore the full list here. 

Tips for Enjoying the Fair

If you are travelling from outside of the area or just making the drive from Bend, you can make the most of your trip to the Sunriver Arts Fair with these simple tips. 

  • Shade tents will be set up, but hats and sunscreen are still the best bet for saving your skin from a long day of sun exposure. 
  • Displays and vendors are set up on grass, pavers, concrete, and other terrain, so plan shoes accordingly.
  • Reusable water bottles are welcome.
  • Pets are welcome/ not welcome.
  • If you are in need of local accommodations, the fair organized have compiled a helpful list. 

We hope you enjoy your experience with the Central Oregon art community. To stay informed of upcoming local events, including arts and culture, outdoors, and more, subscribe to our blog. 

Art Fair Hours

August 9-11, 2019

Fri. and Sat., 9:30am-6:00pm

Sun., 9:30am-4:00pm


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.


April First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Bend

Please join us Friday, February 1st at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St, Bend, OR) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Vivian Olsen and Barbara Slater.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts for the evening, Natalie Vandenborn, Laura Blossey and Breanne Brand, along with co-sponsors Academy Mortgage, who will be serving wine and beer samples.

The  Animal paintings of two local artists, Vivian Olsen and Barbara Slater, are featured at Cascade Sotheby’s Realty on Wall St. during the month of April. Both artists will be present to meet with visitors during First Friday Art Walk for their painting exhibit, “Kaleidoscope”.

Vivian Olsen’s interest in portraying animals began as a girl living in the California hills and continued to grow while living in the mountains of Idaho. There she began painting waterfowl, birds of prey and various mammals while she worked as an assistant for a wildlife biologist and she set her goal to become a wildlife artist. Long ago she attained that goal and for years has been painting wildlife portraits with watercolors or pastels that capture the animal’s beauty and lively personality. Vivian says, “Animals have always given me a sense of peace and joy so, I paint what I love – animals.”

Barbara Slater’s oil painting subjects are lively  animals ranging from curious goats to dreamy-eyed cows, and other farm-yard animals  She paints her subjects with bold brush strokes and rich oil pigmentation. She says, “Color, to me, is magic and the color in nature just kills me! – it’s where color comes from!” Slater’s love for art began when she was 10 and took an art school correspondence course. Over the years she has continued to challenge herself as an artist and learn new techniques and skills.

More About these 2 local artists:  www.highdesertartleague.com


Third Thursday Art Walk Lake Oswego | Spring 2019

Please join us Thursday, April 18, 2019 at our Lake Oswego office location (310 N State Street, Suite 102, Lake Oswego, OR 97034) from 4 – 7 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Christopher B. Mooney. Delicious wine and appetizers will be served.

About the Artist

Christopher Mooney is known as a professional artist in Portland, OR for his urban landmarks, primarily bridges, industrial sites and working heroes, and is currently creating commissioned portraits. He creates his large-scale oils from photo references.  Born and raised in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, surrounded by an artistic family of writers, musicians, and architects amidst the vast New York art scene, he received a Bachelor Fine Arts Degree from Parson’s School of Design. He continues to enjoy studies in portraiture and figurative workshops at Pacific Northwest Collage of Art, Portland, OR and the Oil Painters of America.

Inspiration

“I enjoy hiking around the bridges of Portland, Oregon, with my camera,” Christopher explains, “I step off the sidewalks to get a different perspective of the city where the landscape is framed by its bridges. The photos I use are references for me to create original oils. I create large scale images using projections or grids, from photo references, mixing colors similar to old masters’ technique to at least match the likeness.”

 

Learn More

For more information about Christopher B. Mooney, please visit his website: christopherbmooney.com.


First Thursday Art Walk in The Pearl | Spring 2019

Please join us Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at our Pearl office location (1321 NW Hoyt Street, Portland, OR 97209) from 5 – 8 PM, to enjoy the artwork of Aneela Fazal. Delicious wine and appetizers will be served.

About the Artist

Aneela Fazal is a self taught contemporary artist whose modern compositions use color, texture and energetic brushstrokes to evoke emotion in the viewer. Her art possesses a vibrant and powerful energy, created with a carefully balanced pairing of strong and loose impressionistic painting styles. Her art has taken her all around the world with shows in Barcelona, Florence, Monte Carlo, France, Oxford and a yearly show in New York. Aneela’s recent body of work is called “Outside the lines”. The color palette for this series consists of colors that are opposites on the color wheel. The idea behind this is to look beyond perfection and to break some rules.

Artistic Inspiration

Aneela’s daughter is the inspiration behind “Outside the lines”. Aneela noticed her daughter’s ability to look at imperfections in a way that allowed the imagination to take over, and captured this in her artwork. Just like her color palette for this series, Aneela and her daughter are complete opposites. For example, Aneela likes to stay very organized and has a systematic way of thinking, while her daughter has taught her to look outside of the box and break some rules. The medium Aneela is using is Fluid Ink. As it comes in contact with the canvas it has a mind of its own and as an artist Aneela loves this unpredictability.

Aneela aims to draw people to her art and hopes her pieces evoke a sense of joy. Growing up as a kid, Aneela was always the one who wanted to spend hours in her room painting. Aneela could always find a reason to paint and create art, and that has been a constant throughout her life as an artist.

Learn More

For more information about Aneela Fazal, please visit her website: https://www.aneelafazal.com.