Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 - The Year In Review

Another year has gone by - flown by it seemed - and the artists of Art On Broadway Gallery stand ready to face 2017 with hope for the world and high expectations for our own professional growth and creative satisfaction.

Seated: Bert Cohen, Wendy Robinson, Kris Paul;
Standing Front: Wendy Givens, Harold Walkup, 
Angela Ridgway, Michael Kelly, Sam Hingston;
Standing Back: Carli Schultz, Pam Nichols, Donna Sanson

Let me start this year's blog with a quick review of last year's gallery highlights. I like creating lists - they help me remember and stay on task; they make me realize that things actually did get accomplished despite my scattered nature; and the physical copies are somehow easier for me to find in a stack of papers than a digital file which I ackwardly named and then forgot its title. So here goes - what we accomplished in 2016:

  • In September, we celebrated 6 years in business on SW Broadway in Beaverton
  • Welcomed new artists Michael Kelly, Angela Ridgway, Jim Scheller, and Harold Walkup
  • Created our first Member Marketing Team 
  • Redesigned our Website - www.artonbroadway.net
  • Invested in a full-page ad in Portland Open Studios Tour Guide, Page 73
  • Hosted 12 Member Shows and Artists Receptions - Added brief talks by featured artists
  • Presented 2 Guest Boutiques - Spring Boutique in April and Holiday Boutique in November/December (featuring 28 guests artists)
  • Presented two solo guest shows featuring works by Norm Ensor and Paul Tice
  • Presented one group guest show featuring works by seven members of Abstract Artists Group.
  • Presented five Open-Call-To-Artists Shows featuring works by over 90 guest artists.
  • In partnership with Beaverton Arts Commission presented one Community Show as a fundraiser for nonprofit CraneAge, founded by Patrice Demmon.
  • Participated in multiple Westside Cultural Arts Networking events 
  • Gallery sponsorship of Washington County Open Studies 
  • Five AOB artists participated in Washington County Open Studies
  • Four AOB artists participated in Portland Open Studios
  • Submitted Angela Ridgway's metal sculpture to City of Beaverton for consideration as a permanent part of the city's art collection. "Embracing Your Inner Self" was installed on SW Broadway plaza on November 9.
  • Consistently present ongoing, high quality fine art 5 days a week, 12 months a year. 
  • Represent outstanding local member artists - Linda Baker, Mary Burgess, Thom Caccamo, Rae Campbell, Bert Cohen, Wendy Givens, Vicki Green, Sam Hingston, Michael Kelly, Gretha Lindwood, Pam Nichols, Virginia Parks, Kris Paul, Angela Ridgway, Wendy Robinson, Donna Sanson, Jim Scheller, Carli Schultz, Elaine Tan, and Harold Walkup

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Annual Holiday Boutique is Here!

So much to choose from - and all of it created by local artists. You won't find a collection like this at any other boutique this year.

We have invited the following artists to participate; they offer beautiful gift items with prices ranging from $5 to $600; most prices around $50 or under.

Leslie Burtt & Chris Warren - Decorated Gourds and Gourd Ornaments
Kathleen Chamberlin & Molly Bowman - "Recycled" Earrings & Necklaces
Joyce Gabriel - Pen & Ink Cards, Playing Cards, & Mirror Designs
Debra Glanz - Paper Boxes, Books, & Dolls
Vicki Green - Glass Platters, Bowls, & Dishes
Sharon Greenwood - Sculpted Ceramics - Functional & Decorative 
Tim Havens - Ceramic Jars, Vases, Bottles, and Bowls
Sine Morse - Framed Paper Art and Paper Globe Ornaments
Patricia Rehm - Felted Wool Purses
Barb Sedgwick - Embossed Pewter Wall Art
Peg Silloway - Handwoven Scarves & Wall Art
Jane Simpson - Silver Bracelets and Earrings
Carolyn Woody - Paper Ornaments, Cards and Magnets
Russell Young, Framed Photographs, Matted Photo Prints, Coffee Table Photo Book

A sampling of the boutique artwork is shown here:  

An artists reception with refreshments is scheduled for November 12, from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m.  Plan to do some shopping in our friendly gallery. 

Angela Ridgway's Sculpture Graces Broadway

We are so proud that a sculpture by one of our artists, Angela Ridgway, was chosen by the city of Beaverton to be the latest pieces of public art installed by the city. The sculpture is titled "embrace your inner light"and is shown below as it appears on the street's brick plaza. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. to present the artwork to the public. Join us and Mayor Doyle in honoring Angela and the team of people who made this possible.

Elaine Worden, Director of the Beaverton Arts Commission, led this project from beginning to end. She coordinated funding of the project by the City of Beaverton, the Beaverton Central NAC, the Beaverton Visioning Committee and the Beaverton Downtown Association; and was able to arrange for staff from the city's Public Works Department to fabricate the concrete pedestal and handle the in-house installation of the artwork.

Art On Broadway will host a reception in the gallery immediately following the dedication and offer a champagne toast to Angela and all those who made this project possible. Refreshments will be provided by the SubStation, Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, and Art On Broadway Gallery.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Winter Hours

The year seems to be flying by faster than ever and soon we will be setting the clocks back an hour and watching as it gets dark before 5 p.m. When this happens, we reduce our gallery hours accordingly. Please note that starting on Tuesday, November 2, Art On Broadway Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. - except during special events.

Also be aware that we are happy to open the gallery by appointment during evening hours if notified at least 24 hours in advance.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our Award-Winning Artists

There are lots of art events each fall and a number of our member artists were recognized with awards at this year's juried shows. Our congratulations to the following:

Michael Kelly - new member starting in November 2016 - Michael's "Men In Suits" took Best of Show at this year's BAM event at the Beaverton Library sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission.

Harold Walkup - Harold joined us in September 2016 and took 4th Place at the Watercolor Society of Oregon's fall show.

Linda Baker, an original member of AOB, took People's Choice and Honorable Mention for her oil painting, "The Red Pitcher," at Painters' Showcase at The Reserve.

The Red Pitcher, Oil by Linda J. Baker

Gretha Lindwood, another original member, took Best Pastel and Honorable Mention at the annual Carmel Art Festival this summer in Carmel, CA.

October Featured Shows Continue Through Saturday, October 29

I hope you'll have an opportunity to visit the gallery before the end of October because we have two great featured exhibits to share with you.

Our member show, "Marks of Resistance" by Lake Oswego artist Kris Paul, is a collection of wall art, hanging disc sculptures, and beautifully shaped bottles created in naked raku. Kris plays with the contrast of black and white design and welcomes the exciting marks and patterns that happen during the firing process. The holidays are coming and any one of Kris' creations would make a memorable gift for someone special on your list.

Our October Guest Show is a fundraiser for the nonprofit CraneAge. Funds raised from the sale of chains of cranes and original artwork created by twelve Portland artists for the organization's latest book, "Today I Will Be...," all benefit families of critically ill children who come to Portland hospitals for treatment. We think it's a very worthy cause. 

A little background on the folded crane story...

Shortly after the end of WWII, the folded origami cranes came to symbolize a hope for peace because of the unforgettable story of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako was determined to fold 1,000 cranes. She hoped to recover good health, and for the world to know eternal peace. Sadako managed to fold 644 cranes before she died. Her classmates folded the remaining 356 to honor her.

Today, the practice of folding 1,000 cranes represents a form of healing and hope during challenging times. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, as a gesture of support and healing, thousands of cranes were folded, linked together in chains and sent to fire and police stations, museum and churches throughout New York City.

Traditionally, flocks of 1,000 cranes are offered at shrines or temples with prayer, base on the belief that the effort to fold such a large number will surely be rewarded. Chains are often given to someone suffering from illness as a prayer for their recovery, as a wish for happiness and as an expression of sympathy and peace. 

Help us help CraneAge by purchasing chains of cranes or original book illustrations. Thank you.

Friday, October 7, 2016

All Ready For Saturday Night's Reception

Tomorrow night, Saturday, October 8, we will celebrate the work of member artist Kris Paul, and guest artist and CraneAge founder Patrice Demmon. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m. with refreshments, wine, and opportunities to learn more about the work of these talented ladies.

Kris has said of her work, "I approach ceramics with a design aesthetic of wabi-sabi. To transform raw clay into a piece that reflects the imperfect beauty found in nature is my greatest pleasure. My early influence was my Mother who specialized in black and white photography, and as a young girl I would work in her darkroom, transferring her photos from tray to tray, watching the images captured on film come to life. The purity of black & white has kept me captivated, and translating that into my work has been my passion."

Hanging Sculpture - Discs

Naked Raku Zoftis

Patrice created an entire collection of black and white paper cranes just for this show. They hang in one of the gallery's main windows while the colorful chains of cranes adorn the West Wing.

The guest wall is filled with original artwork from twelve Portland artists who have illustrated Patrice's book for young children, "Today I Will Be..." All the artists have donated their original artwork and 100% of the sales of cranes and artwork goes to CraneAge.

This is a wonderful way to own a piece of original artwork by Rick Austin, Chuck Bloom, Alea Ahwahnee Bone, Heide Davis, Jac Evalds, Lisa Kaser, Anna Magruder, Amelia Opie, Roxanne Patruznick, Anjanette Petty-Kountz, Fred Swan, and Consu Tolosa, while supporting a great cause.
The paintings sell between $150 and $750, and the cranes are $1 each.

Chains of Black & White Origami Cranes

Book Illustration by Amelia Opie

Two great exhibits - you won't want to miss either one of them. We hope you will join us.

"Marks of Resistance" Gets Installed

Kris Paul is shown installing three of her latest naked raku creations for the October's featured member show. Because of the weight of some of the pieces, this was a challenging exhibit to hang but the final result is lovely. Stop by this month to see how it all came together.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Open Studios Are Coming!

October is a busy time with both Portland and Washington County open studio tours taking place. If you've never taken a tour, you should add this to your bucket list.

Four AOB artists are on the Portland tour, which includes a total of 106 artists and takes place on two weekends - October 8-9 and October 15-16, 10 to 6. Visitors can purchase a tour guide at New Seasons markets for $15. I got mine on a Wednesday with a 15% off senior discount.

The guide is organized by communities and contains detailed maps, an alphabetical listing of all participating artists, and images/information/directions on each artist. Art On Broadway Gallery is a premium sponsor of the tour this year - check out our ad on page 73. Be sure to include the studios of Linda Baker, Gretha Lindwood, Wendy Robinson, and Carli Schultz when you plan which studios to visit. Our gallery will be open both weekends during this event.

Washington County Open Studios takes place on October 15 and 16 and five of our artists will have their studios open - Linda Baker, Gretha Lindwood, Pam Nichols, Virginia Parks, and me, Donna Sanson. The guide for Washington County is free and available at the gallery while supplies last.

These artists offer visitors an opportunity to see where and how the artists make their art, and in most cases, visitors will see the artists actually making art.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, "An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it." (1) I'm not sure that the majority of today's artists would agree. Below are images from several famous artists studios - which one most suits your way of working? 

Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch N.M. Studio

Studio of David Hockney

Studio of Pablo Picasso

Studio of Alexander Calder

Chuck Close's Studio

Studio of Jackson Pollock