Thursday, February 4, 2016

February's Guest Show - "Time & Place"

Scott Cutler is one of eleven guest artists showing artwork on our Guest Wall this month. The show continues through February 27. A reception to honor the artists is planned for Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. Come celebrate an early Valentines Day with us and talk art with Scott and the other artists in attendance. 

"A Thin Thread Unwound," Acrylic

"A Surreal Day at the Beach,"   Acrylic & Sand

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Inside Monet's World

Last September I got to visit Giverny, and the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Of course I took photos and when I came across them this week, I thought they would make an interesting post to the blog.

Monet spent a long time choosing the right blue-green paint for the windows and stair rails so they worked well with the pinkish tone of the home's exterior.

"Everywhere in Monet's house you come across the same colors as in his pictures and his garden. In effect, his aesthetic concept embraced the entire world that he lived in." 
Living Monet  by Doris Kutschbach

The above photos are of Monet's first studio which was the former barn on the western side of the house. This space later became a day room used by the entire family. Monet and his second wife Alice lived here along with eight children, two from Monet's marriage to Camille Monet and six from Alice's first marriage.

The kitchen and dining room were bright and sunny. The Japanese prints on the walls were arranged by Monet himself.

"The everyday life of the painter and his family in Giverny followed a strict pattern. Every morning, Monet got up between four and five, sometimes had a cold bath, and after a substantial breakfast of bacon and eggs, cheese and jam along with baguettes he began painting at six o'clock."
Living Monet by Doris Kutschbach

Sunday, January 31, 2016

February's Featured Artist - Alex Boyden

Alex's featured show, "The Heart of the Matter," will open on Wednesday, February 3. Typically a painter of landscapes, Alex took a different direction for the work in this month's show, which is all about artichokes and Alex's father. Come to the reception on Saturday, February 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. and talk with Alex about the similarities she sees between these two very different subjects.

"Veggie Rose," Pastel
Alex studied art at L'Ecole de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y., and Haystack School of Arts and Crafts in Deer Isle, ME. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991 with a BFA. She participated in Portland Open Studios in 2013, had work included in Street of Dreams and CAP Art Auction in 2014, and has been a member of Art On Broadway for two years.  
Her paintings seem simple at first, but they invite the viewer to take a longer look and discover the complexities within each piece. Stop by the gallery during February and look closely at these exciting paintings.     

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gretha is Teaching

Gretha Lindwood is now teaching pastel. If you've ever wanted to try painting with pastels, you should contact Gretha for details. Two of her beauties are shown below and are currently available at Art On Broadway through the end of February.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

I love Paris in the Springtime, I love Paris in the Fall....

I have been to Paris twice and both times the city stole my heart - it's beauty, it's energy, it's architecture, it's sense of freedom, and it's dedication to art. When the newspaper was attacked over a year ago, I felt compelled to express my love for the City of Light and for all it represents to me - the result was the collage depicted below. Currently available at Art On Broadway.

"Love Letter To Paris," Collage by Donna Sanson

Saturday, January 23, 2016

This Beauty Is By Linda Baker

Linda Baker has been a member of Art On Broadway from the very beginning. From our early days to the present, visitors to the gallery marvel at her traditional still life oil paintings. I have seen her demo on several occasions and am always amazed at how she creates the illusion of metal or china or cloth by applying paint to canvas.

Friday, January 22, 2016

January Guest Artist - Najwa Alghabban

Guest artist, Najwa Alghabban, stopped by today to share her painting with her mother. The current guest exhibit continues through Friday, January 27. 

Najwa Alghabban with "Raging Beauty"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Beautiful Boxes

Peggy Harkins sculpts beautiful boxes out of blocks of wood and then embellishes them with designs of luscious color. One is shown below - more are available throughout the gallery. Better than candy or flowers because they last a lifetime!

Wooden "Ginko" Box by Peggy Harkins

The Movers and Shakers of Marketing

We have formed a new marketing team for Art On Broadway for 2016. The group met for the first time  today to set goals and strategies for 2016 and ended the collaborative effort with five target areas to work on throughout the year - Improved Networking, Effective Advertising, Guest Wall Outreach, Community Building Within Our Membership, and Getting the Most Out of Social Media.

Kris Paul will be our leader in these endeavors and the rest of us will bring our skills and energy to make Art On Broadway known throughout the land!
Left to right around Bert Cohen's kitchen table:
Sam Hingston, Bert Cohen, Kris Paul, Pam Nichols, and Virginia Parks.
My presence is represented by the blurred thumb in the upper right hand corner.

Look out world  - here we come!



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Gifts of Glass

Rae Campbell has been a member of AOB for almost five years. She offers fused glass items in a wide variety of size, color, and price. Three of the pieces currently on exhibit are shown below. Stop by to see them in person along with other glass artwork by Rae.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guest Wall Artwork

Below are several pieces of artwork on exhibit by guest artists who responded to our Call To Artists for the "Solitude" show for January. Enjoy this sneak preview, then stop by to see the work in person.

Scott Cutler - Acrylic

Diane Holland  - Pastel

Bruce Reed -  Oil   

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pam Nichols - Always On

Pam Nichols is always either making art, thinking art, promoting art, teaching art, and I suspect dreaming art. She is truly a creative person and an inspiration to all who know her. Pam will be our featured artist in April but until then you can see a selection of her recent encaustics, including the two shown below, at AOB now through the end of February. Her prices on the works in the gallery this rotation range from $225 to $1400. Stop by to see "Dreams" and "Dreamcatcher" while they're on exhibit.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Kris Paul's Naked Raku Pots

At our last reception we sold one of Kris Paul's stunning naked raku pots. The shapes are classic, the touch is sensual, and the play of black on white is magical. Have no fear, we still have a selection from which you may choose.

Naked Raku Pot by Kris Paul - $150

A Sale For Wendy

We were closed on Monday, but I had some catch-up work to do and was at the gallery in the afternoon. I noticed a woman trying to open our West Wing door, which was locked. I beckoned her to the main entrance and invited her to come in and look around. She had spotted Wendy Givens' painting, "First Cup," through the window and ended up buying it. A happy customer, a happy artist, and a happy me. So nice to have a sale on a day when we're not even open!

"First Cup" by Wendy Givens

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Hello Again!

It's been several months since my last post. "Life" things get in the way sometimes, but hopefully the new year will get me back on track and posting on the latest shows and happenings at Art On Broadway.

Let me begin by wishing all of you a healthy and fulfilling new year with many opportunities to participate in the wonderful world of art. I was able to see the Paul Allen collection at the Portland Art Museum this December and was so glad that I made a point to go.

January will feature a group show in the main gallery with works by all twenty members. The show opens on Wednesday, January 6, and continues through Saturday, January 30.

The guest show on the West Wing wall will feature work by non-member artists who responded to a theme of "Solitude."

A public reception to celebrate both installations is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. Please note this is a change in time from previous receptions - we will start and end an hour earlier than in the past.

Here's a peek at a few of the pieces you will see this month.

Encaustic Painting by Virginia Parks

Beaded Necklace by Wendy Robinson

Acrylic Painting by Wendy Givens

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Experimental Journeys" - Paintings by Sandy Dutko

Sandy has been a member of Art On Broadway for a year; October will be her first featured show since joining us. However, Sandy's work will be familiar to many of you through her memberships and exhibits with Painters Showcase, Lake Area Artists, Buffalo Grass Society and Oregon Society of Artists.

Her experimental paintings begin with either an inspirational idea from nature or from an abstract start that she creates from making marks, stamping, monoprinting, marbling, spraying, or pouring paint onto the painting surface. Sandy's painting starts give her the initial idea of where to begin. Each step leads her to the next and the finished work is always a surprise. She likes to try something new in each painting and believes that taking risks leads to more interesting work. Because of this approach, her work is continually changing and evolving.

The gallery will host a public reception in honor of Sandy on Saturday, October 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Complimentary wine and refreshments.  Her show opens on October 7 and continues through October 31. Come join us and enjoy the wide range of Sandy's many talents!

"Two Worlds" watermedia by Sandy Dutko

October Guest Exhibit - "HIVE"

Twelve members of the International Encaustic Artists, Portland Chapter, will offer a cooperative exhibit in October on the Guest Wall in the West Wing of the gallery. "HIVE" is a fascinating concept spearheaded by Pam Nichols and includes individual pieces by Bridget Benton, Robyn Bogardus, Betsy Bustamonte, Kathleen Curtis Cosgrove, Dianne Erickson, Chantel Greene, Sue Jensen, Manuela Kalestiantz, Pam Nichols, Virginia Parks, Ruth Ann Skodacek, and Kelly Williams.

These artists have combined their collective energy using the power of beeswax to build a body of work by sculpting, carving, inlaying, fusing, burnishing, drawing, and painting - the result is HIVE. Just as bees gather together in a place of great activity to create wax,  these twelve artists have come together to turn that gift of wax into an assemblage of hexagonal paintings that honor the Hive and link each piece to the others.

We are honored to share this thoughtful exhibit with you.

Encaustic Painting by Bridget Benton

Encaustic Painting by Chantel Greene

Encaustic Painting by Kelly Williams

5 Year Anniversary Celebration - More Details

The date and time is set so put us on your schedule for Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bert and I are planning some tasty hors d'oeuvres for your enjoyment and six of our former artists will return with a piece of artwork they will offer for sale during the event - Margaret Carter - Printmaker, Chris Helton - Painter, Stephen Kekule - Painter, Beth O'Mahony - Ceramic Artist, Don Schwartz - Photographer, and Susette Wilson - Glass Blower.

In addition to visiting with all the artists and enjoying the refreshments, enter to win one of the five spots (one for every year) in a "Paint Party" to take place in my home studio in Beaverton at a date to be determined. All materials will be provided to complete an acrylic painting on canvas. Refreshments will be included. You'll have fun, make some new friends, and go home with your very own finished painting.

Our new sidewalk is complete so there's easy access to our front door once again. See you on October 4.

Monday, August 31, 2015

October 2015 - Our 5 Year Anniversary Will Be Here Soon;

Plans are underway for the 5-year anniversary of Art On Broadway Gallery in historic downtown Beaverton. We have made it through some very tough economic times and had to adapt to a number of unexpected changes - but we have survived and we want to celebrate the ups and the downs of our journey so far. The "ups" because those times make us happy (and help to keep us in business) and the "downs" because those times challenge us to be stronger, more inventive, and better problem-solvers than we were before.

We plan to pop some champagne and nibble on great hors d'oeuvres,  plus invite all the member artists who shared our space and vision over the years to exhibit a piece of their latest artwork at the reception.

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 4 p.m., and watch for future updates!

"Fragments" by Peggy Harkins - Featured September Exhibit

Look for a fabulous featured show in the main gallery when "Fragments" opens up on September 2. Peggy Harkins will exhibit her beautifully crafted wooden art objects, all sculpted, carved, and painted by hand. 

Peggy's creative life began with fabric, and fabric still plays a major role in the inspiration for the color and design patterns that cover the surfaces of her creations.  Whether the finished piece of art is a purse, a box, a tray, a mirror, a "rug," fabric designs from all over the world have influenced Peggy's choices for the surface of the wood that she carves. Her designs and shapes are sensitive to the history and aesthetics of different cultures and their appeal is universal.

Wooden Box with Lid by Peggy Harkins

 Wooden Rugs by Peggy Harkins

"Fragments" opens on September 2 and continues through October 3. Please help us celebrate the talent and dedication of this highly talented artist at a reception on Saturday, September 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Let Peggy tell you about her process and the journey that brought her to this high level of quality artwork. 

First Friday - September 4, 2015

September 4 is the final First Friday of the 2015 season. We invite you to visit the historic downtown district of Beaverton and enjoy the live music at three locations, the variety of street vendors, the special promotions by store owners, the free Party Bus that offers hop on/hop off service, and the opportunity to dine at one of the many restaurants in our area. Broadway will be closed to through traffic starting at 4 p.m. but there are several public lots nearby with free parking. The farmers market lot off 3rd Street accommodates a lot of vehicles and the Party Bus stops at 3rd and Washington if you don't feel like an evening stroll.

Art On Broadway will once again offer our Silent Auction - a chance to buy original artwork at great savings. Jewelry items by Bert Cohen, paintings by Donna Sanson, and wooden sculptures by Peggy Harkins are just some of the works included. The gallery remains open until 9 p.m. The auction closes at 8:30 p.m. Come by and place a bid!

The Streetscape Project is nearing completion with trees in place and the brick plaza area already being used for seating and outdoor dining. Thai High 5, Gloria's Secret Cafe, and Chuck's Substation have set out cafe tables and chairs and businesses are lining the street with greenery and flowering plants. The transformation offers a pleasant space to sit, stroll, shop, dine - and on First Fridays enjoy the live musical performances.

In addition to the new businesses in the Holland Plaza Center - Tulen Center for martial arts and self defense, and Moontalla's gifts and accessories - two other businesses have opened this summer. Be sure to check out Ambrosia Boutique at Farmington and Angel; owner Brenda Currier would love to show you the gently used "wears" and "wares" her store has to offer. At the corner of 1st and Main discover the newest health and beauty salons in the downtown - Tamara Sullivan recently opened Dulcederm at 12825 SW 1st Street and shares the space with building mate, Breathe Bodywork. Stop by all these businesses on First Friday and make their owners feel welcome.

The new sidewalk in front of Art On Broadway

New Look at Gloria's Secret Cafe

Three Artists Join Art On Broadway

We are proud to announce the addition of three artists to our group at AOB. Starting in September, Mary Burgess, Virginia Parks, and Wendy Robinson will share their creations along with the rest of the gang. Each brings their own style and medium to the gallery; you can see their work starting on September 2 when the new exhibit opens. In the meantime, let me briefly introduce them:

Mary Burgess works in watercolor, acrylic, and paper media. She lives in Lake Oswego and taught art at David Douglas High School for 15 years. She is a member of Lake Area Artists and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Mary participated in the Spring Guest Boutique at the gallery where she offered hand painted Ukrainian eggs, artist's journals & handmade cards, plus wonderful watercolor paintings.

If you're a fan of watercolors, you could find yourself  spending a lot of time at the gallery enjoying Mary's work.

Virginia Parks lives in Tigard, is an archaeologist by day, and loves to paint with encaustics (beeswax, pigment, and Damar Resin). She was drawn to encaustics by its antiquity. Beeswax was originally used by shipbuilders to waterproof ships in ancient Greece. Today it has experienced a resurgence as an exciting art medium. Virginia says she embraces encaustic painting for both its unpredictability and its adaptability.

She is a member of the International Encaustic Artists of Oregon and exhibited at Art On Broadway in several of our Guest Shows.

Wendy Robinson "enjoys creating," and her creations are pieces of jewelry from fiber, fabric and beads. Like Virginia, Wendy has a full time job but has filled her "free time" this year as Volunteerism Chair for Portland Open Studios in addition to creating artwork.

Since I don't have a photo of Wendy at present, I'm introducing her through an image of one of her necklaces. Wendy says her pieces are crafted through a process of spontaneity and chance - an internal process of exploring possibilities based on choice of materials. "Every finished piece is a visual story of texture, color and form."

Wendy is the fourth jewelry designer to become a part of Art On Broadway gallery.

A warm welcome to Mary, Virginia, and Wendy

Watercolor by Mary Burgess
Mary Burgess Art's photo.

"Red  Balloon," Encaustic by Virginia Parks

Felted Fabric Necklace & Earrings by Wendy Robinson

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Sneak Peek" - Preview of Artwork by Washington County Artists

Thirty five artists and two galleries throughout Washington County will participate in this year's Washington County Open Studio Tour on October 17 and 18. Art On Broadway is one of the two galleries and will host "Sneak Peek," a preview of the tour on our Guest Wall during the month of September.

A grant from the Beaverton Arts Commission helped us sponsor this exhibit which opens on Wednesday, September 2, and continues through Saturday, October 3. There will be a public reception on Saturday, September 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the artists and their work. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served.

Catalogs will be available at the gallery starting the evening of September 12. The catalogs are free and contain images, directions, and information on each of the participating artists, as well as general information about the tour.

A peek of the "Sneak Peek" is show here...

Photography by Portland Artist, Chris Goldthorpe 

Kiln-formed Glass by Hillsboro Artist, Joann Wellner

 Recycled Acrylic House Paint Art by Forest Grove Artist, Helvi Smith

 Woven Fabric Art by Beaverton Artist, Peg Sillaway

Mixed Media Art by Hillsboro Artist, Barbara Martin

Other artists participating in the Sneak Peek are Darla Boljat, Sierra Briano, Michele Bufton, Peg Falconer, Evelyn Fritz, Susan Gallagher-Turner, Linda Gerrard, Marj Greenhut, Lori Hicke, Patti Isaacs, Denise McDonald, Angela Neiwert, JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Lorraine Pascuzzi, Ana Quinn, Jo Reimer, Jewel Starz, and Emma Weber. Two of AOB's member artists will also have work in this exhibit - Pam Nichols and Virginia Parks. Works in paper, clay, glass, fabric, silk, collage, encaustic, acrylic, etc. will be shown.

This should be a great preview for a wonderful studio tour in October. Be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August First Friday - August 8

Our popular Silent Auction returns in August for First Friday only. The auction starts at 5 and ends at 8:30 p.m. Our artists have a selection of wonderful pieces of original artwork with the bidding starting at highly reduced prices. Their hope is that there will be lots of bidding on their work and it will end up selling for close to its value price. Original paintings, jewelry, and hand-dyed scarves are among the offerings. Bidding ends at 8:30 and the person with the highest bid wins the item. Many times the artwork sells at opening bid prices or close to open bid prices. It's fun and a way to purchase original artwork at a real savings.

Special promotions by other downtown businesses include $1 ice cream cones at the Sub Station, beer garden and barbecue at Broadway Saloon/Bootleggers, 20% discount storewide at The Vault Vintage Clothing Store, wine tasting at Rose City Modern, fresh floral bouquets at Beaverton Florists, drawing for lunch and a "Picking Experience" with the owner of Peonies & Possibilities, and 10% off any rental or purchase of merchandise from Costume Avenue during First Friday.

The Tulen Center will celebrate its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. in front of their business in the Holland Shopping Center at the intersection of East and SW Broadway. They will offer martial arts demos on the hour and half hour throughout the evening

There will be four bands sponsored by the Beaverton Downtown Association - Rich Layton & The Troublemakers will perform Cajun music on Broadway at West Street; Power Pep will offer rock & roll at Angel & 1st; Suzanne Calloway & Two Spirit Jazz will perform at 2nd and Watson, and Zack Bryson will entertain with country music at Beaverton Bakery

Take the free "Party Bus" to get around to all the happenings at First Friday - hop on and hop off at any one of five stops. Plan to eat at one of Portland's favorite food trucks, Grilled Cheese Grill; then grab a snow cone at Beaverton Florists as a cool and refreshing finish to the evening.

Come on out and eat, drink, dance, shop - and check out the progress on the new construction taking place on Broadway. Lots to enjoy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August Summer Group Show

Several times a year, we exhibit the works of all our member artists on the featured walls of the main gallery - August is one of those times. Come by and see what everyone has been up to and how the work all comes together.

The member show will officially open on Wednesday, August 5, and continue through Saturday, August 29. Our reception to celebrate this latest installation is Saturday, August 8, from 6-9 p.m. No matter what size or shape of artwork you're looking for, you should be able to find something in this collection.

Sam Hingston's brand new Jellyfish Series #4 is one of the featured pieces in this exhibit. 
Be sure to find out if you're as tall as #4 - 70" in height. It's amazing!

Above The Beach, Arcadia State Wayside, 9"x18" brand new Pastel by Gretha Lindwood.
This is such a soothing, relaxing painting. Perfect for a bedroom or quiet area of your home. 

Guest Show is Installed & Ready for Visitors

Fifteen artists from Painters Showcase group delivered their paintings this morning to Art On Broadway and Kris Paul helped me hang the work. It's a lovely display of a variety of media by these talented ladies. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays, with an Artists Reception on Saturday, August 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. This exhibit is a preview to the group's big September show at the Reserve Golf Club in Aloha.

The preview will also be featured on First Friday, August 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Check out the opportunity to purchase original artwork by our member artists at the same time during the Silent Auction promotion we offer during First Fridays. Starting bids are often very low and you can get some incredible deals if the bidding goes your way.

Photos of the Guest Wall artwork are shown below. Stop and see the exhibit in person.