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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

There Is Still Time...

Yes, there is still time to see the September featured show "Ceramic Constructions" at the gallery. Thom Caccamo has presented a truly unique collection of unglazed low fire earthenware sculptures that are made to hang on your walls. The show continues through Saturday, October 1 during regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 p.m.

Pedestals by Thom Caccamo

The Other by Thom Caccamo

Wall of Thom's Sculptures

The exhibit includes a total of sixteen sculptures; it captures Thom's views on politics, the environment, and life's lessons in arrangements of various geometric and organic shapes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CraneAge Fundraiser - October's Special Exhibit

We are honored to partner with the Beaverton Arts Commission to present an October fundraiser at our gallery for the nonprofit, CraneAge.

Patrice Demmon is the founder and force behind this wonderful organization which raises money in support of families who have come to Portland seeking medical treatment for their critically ill children. One hundred percent of all proceeds go directly to these families to assist with expenses: housing, food, transportation, etc.  Patrice describes this mission as the "dearest thing to my heart."

To achieve her goal, she came up with the idea of folding origami paper cranes and selling them for $1 each. She has personally folded over 30,000 cranes which she displays and sells as chains of cranes. In addition, Patrice has written a book for elementary school age children, Today I Will Be and invited prominent Portland artists to illustrate her story. The original artwork for the book will be displayed and for sale during the month of October at AOB Gallery.

Chains of Cranes Created by Patrice

Illustration from Today I Will Be

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, October 5, and continues through Saturday, October 29. An Artists Reception to celebrate the show will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments and a chance to meet Patrice in person. We encourage you to attend and help us raise money for this important cause!

Patrice Demmon and some of her 30,000+ cranes

To learn more about Patrice Demmon and CraneAge go to: and/or

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Jigsaw Challenge

I love jigsaw puzzles. My kids brought a 1000 piece puzzle of Gustav Klimt's The Kiss to the house we rented last week in Sunriver. I stayed up twice through the night working on it and almost got it done before we had to head home.

Working on puzzles is a great way to study the details of a painting - the variations of the values, hues, and texture. This one was a real challenge but very satisfying to get so many pieces in the right spots. Another way to better understand and appreciate what the artist has achieved!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Jewelry for Art Lovers

Wearing classy jewelry is one way we express our appreciation for artistic design. It makes us feel special and can change a simple outfit from daytime wear to a look suitable for an elegant dinner or evening at the theater.

We have four jewelry artists at the gallery - each one has a unique approach to the choices she makes in materials, texture, line, and style. But all four create jewelry that makes a statement and identifies with the designer's individual aesthestic.

We offer one-of-a-kind glass pendants and earrings by Carli Schultz; classic natural and semi-precious stone necklaces and earrings by Elaine Tan; stunning felted wool and beaded neck wear by Wendy Robinson; and silver/copper necklaces, bracelets, and earrings embellished with Swarovski crystals by Bert Cohen.

A sample of the selection you'll discover at our gallery is shared below:

Artists Reception on September 10

In case you missed the reception on Saturday night, here are a few photos from the event.

Thom Caccamo's exhibit, "Ceramic Constructions" continues through October 1. I hope you'll have an opportunity to stop by and see this outstanding collection of wall sculptures.

"The Other"

While you're there, you'll discover an extra treat on our guest wall where Paul Tice has paid tribute to his love and muse Michele. His tribute on Saturday night included a love song which he wrote and performed especially for her. In return, Michele rewarded Paul with a kiss!

Virginia Parks & Pam Nichols

The Silloway Sisters

Thom and friends

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Quote from Georgia O'Keeffe

         "A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower - the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower - lean forward to smell it - maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking - or give it to someone to please them. Still - in a way - nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small - we haven't time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small.

          So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - "

Georgia O'Keeffe,
"About Myself," 1939


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Featured Exhibit In The Gallery

Exciting...Thoughtful,..Unique...just a few words one might use to describe the featured show for September at Art On Broadway Gallery.

Thom Caccamo has put together an exhibit of sixteen unglazed low-fire earthenware sculptures that invite the viewer to study and react. His show is titled "Ceramic Constructions" and his creations begin with a collection of individual pieces of clay that Thom has formed into various sizes of geometric and organic shapes. The creativity comes in when Thom takes these basic shapes and uses them to make a visual statement about the environment, the economy, the human condition, or sometimes just a fun combination of odd pairings that make me smile.

I bought one of Thom's sculptures about a year ago and it hangs on the wall just outside my home office/studio. I see it every time I enter that space, which is multiple times each day. The title is "Tranquility" and it is a welcome reminder to me to let any stress or discomfort slip away. I'm sharing an image of "Tranquility" on this blog and wish all of you stress-free, tranquil moments in your life.


To see Thom's latest work, you will need to come to the gallery. I'm not even going to post a sneak peek because you need to see these pieces without a preview. "Ceramic Constructions" is open daily from 11 to 6 through October 1 (Tuesday-Saturday). An Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 5 to 8.

Join us for a glass of wine, some light refreshments, and an exciting/thoughtful/unique exhibit of Thom's artwork.

A Thought From Edgar Degas

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas
July 19, 1834  -  September 17, 1917

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

AOB Welcomes Harold Walkup

We are thrilled to welcome Harold Walkup as our newest gallery member. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

In 2015 Harold was living and painting in Valencia Spain where he demonstrated his work at the Valencia Watercolor Society and was invited to paint with professional artists at locations throughout Spain. One of his recent works was acquired by the Valencia Watercolor Society for their permanent collection.

He resumes teaching watermedia at Oregon Society of Artists on September 7. Classes are drop in and offered at $25/class; 9:30 to 12:30 each Wednesday.

Please stop by the gallery and see some of Harold's paintings in person.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sold Yesterday

It was such a pleasure to assist a kind gentleman from Portland in finding the perfect wedding gift for his friends. While picking it out, he happened upon another piece that he had to have for himself. Those things happen when you come to Art On Broadway Gallery - there is eye candy everywhere you look. Congratulations to Rae Campbell and Jim Scheller, and a sincere thank you to the gentleman from Portland.

Bridgetown by Jim Scheller

Multicolored Platter by Rae Campbell

Monday, August 22, 2016

Washington County Open Studios Tour

Once again the gallery will participate in the Washington County Open Studios tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the 7th annual tour for Washington County artists.

Last Saturday Bert and I attended a planning meeting for the tour and picked up a supply of tour guides and bookmarks. The guides are free and were designed by Joyce Gabriel who is one of the artists on the tour. She created a beautiful guide which lists information and images on all 42 participating artists and five galleries, along with a map to assist visitors with locating studios. Guides are available now at the gallery; stop by and pick one up!

Five of our current artists will have their studios open for this event: Linda Baker, Gretha Lindwood, Pam Nichols, Virginia Parks, and Donna Sanson. We all hope you will visit us during this event so we can share our creative spaces with you.

Stinger, Oil by Linda J. Baker

Colors of March, Pastel by Gretha Lindwood

Marked by Time, Mixed Media Encaustic by Pam Nichols

Pear In A Square, Encaustic by Virginia Parks

Across, Watercolor/Acrylic by Donna Sanson