Peace in 2011
Friday, December 24, 2010
Peace in 2011
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, January 8, 2011
6 to 9 P.M.
12570 SW Broadway St., Beaverton
Amato's will start 2011 with an artists reception featuring the jewelry of Bert Cohen and the watermedia paintings of Donna Sanson. Mark your calendars now so you can enjoy the new work by these two talented ladies. The reception will also include live music by Bossa Duo, and complimentary appetizers and local wines.
As always, Amato's will display the latest creations of its twelve member artists who work in an array of exciting materials - glass, stone, metal, fiber, pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor. We have it all at Amato's! We hope to see you on January 8.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Joe Pogan's donation of "Bird on a Hitch" was the first piece of artwork to sell - and well over the asking price. Attendees were very generous and the event was an overall success - happy crowd of people, yummy desserts and coffee, music in the air, and artwork all around. Go Annie.
I posted an album of photos from the event on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=44223&id=1838922784
Friday, December 3, 2010
the gallery is decorated.
We hope to have a good crowd tomorrow afternoon to see the new art, to enjoy the live holiday music, to nibble on the "World's Best Sugar Cookies," (a recipe from the kitchen of dear Mrs. Donovan), and to bid on ten of the most delightful little holiday trees you could ever hope to see in one place at one time.
The trees will be displayed and available for silent bidding through noon on December 18. Be sure to make a visit to Amato's a must-see experience this holiday. You won't be disappointed!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
One of the things I loved as a child was going "downtown" to see the holiday windows at Kaufmann's, Gimbels, and Hornes department stores in Pittsburgh, PA. My husband and I continued that tradition with our own children when we lived outside San Francisco. Each year we would ride the BART train into the city to see the wonderful Christmas displays in and around Union Square and up on Nob Hill.
With our budget, we can't compete with the big stores, but with a little bit of this and a touch of that we can create a festive feeling for the shoppers who walk past our gallery on Broadway Street in Beaverton.
Glitter and glowing ornaments, metallic papers and ribbons, catch the light and add some sparkle to even the most overcast day.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
All ten trees will be installed by November 30 at Amato's in preparation for our holiday celebration on Saturday, December 4, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Guests will be treated to homemade cookies and punch, and seasonal live music by Basso Duo.
You won't want to miss the chance to see these one-of-a-kind artist designed creations. Each one is truly unique. As always, our artists will be available to discuss their artwork and explain how and why they do what they do.
Bidding for the trees will start at the reception and continue for the next two weeks to give the public ample opportunity to view and select their favorite tree. Bring your family and decide together which tree could become a favorite part of your Christmas tradition. At noon on December 18, the bidding will close and the highest bidder on each tree will be notified.
Along with this holiday exhibit, Amato's will feature new art by our talented local artists. Gifts of art will last a lifetime so consider shopping at our gallery for your special friends and family members.
And, from all of us at Amato's, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
If you haven't seen the latest show at Amato's Gallery, you're missing out. Bruce Ulrich's paintings are strong, intense, and fun. The man likes color and uses it in his artistry to express his joy of life.
His show continues through November 30. Amato's hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 5. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will reopen on Friday, November 26, at 10 a.m.
We will be closed Thanksgiving day, but will open at 10 a.m. the following day. We hope you will stop by.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The article goes on to say, "Plans for Broadway have shifted as the Civic Plan evolves. Last month, citizens and the city considered a couplet, where Canyon Road and Broadway would be one-way streets and define a new downtown. That plan has since been scrapped, and the Civic Plan is looking at Broadway as a festival street, which could feature street trees and benches, slow speeds for cars and could be closed to cars for fairs or events."
Sounds like good news for Amato's Gallery and other small specialty shops and restaurants. Read the entire article in the October 21 Beaverton Valley Times.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
12570 SW Broadway Street, Beaverton, Oregon . (Within walking distance of the Max stop at the Beaverton Round and just a few doors west of the Beaverton History Center.)
Please join the gallery artists and the floral designer as we celebrate at our Grand Re-opening Reception on Saturday, October 9th from 6 to 9 p.m.
This event is open to the public and complimentary refreshments will be served!
AND Amato's Floral will be holding a drawing for a floral arrangement valued at $75 !
We look forward to seeing you!
Below are some of the beautiful fine art pieces of our artists:
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It will be fun to teach within the inspiring atmosphere of this fine art gallery. We'll use this real life set-ups and photographs as references. My goal as an instructor is to teach students to really see what they observe by studying shape, value and relationships.
If you - or someone you know - has an interest in learning to draw, please contact me to reserve a space. I taught drawing and watercolor for years out of my studio in California and for the Fremont Adult School in Fremont, CA. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amato's at 503.601.3300. Visit my website http://www.donnasansonartworks.com/ to see some of my work. Donna Sanson
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Fine art gallery rises in Beaverton from business owner’s imagination
Area fine artists find Beaverton does have a gallery to serve their needs
BY KRISTEN FORBES
From floral arrangements to gift items to wine, chocolate and coffee, Amato’s on First Street in Beaverton offers a wide variety of products. Still, when 2010 began, owner Karen Amato was looking to diversify her business and decided to put a posting on Craigslist, seeking local artists interested in displaying their work. Beaverton’s Brenda Boylan was browsing Craigslist on New Year’s Day when she came across the listing.
“I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, who is doing this?’ We know a lot of artists who have really been wanting to have a gallery in Beaverton for some time. There’s nothing out here that you would call a fine art gallery in the Beaverton area,” recalls Boylan.
Boylan began gathering artists whose work would complement one another, including Michael Orwick, who lives blocks away from Boylan, and Cedar Mills resident Gretha Lindwood. The facility operates as an artist-run gallery; each of the hand-picked artists displays work, helps pay the cost of rent and works together as a team – especially when preparing for the shows they host every few months.
“This area has a lot of creative people,” says Lindwood.
Apparently, this area also has a lot of people who appreciate creativity. At its first gala in February, the gallery was so packed, visitors had to leave and come back to wait for the area to clear out.
“We counted around 120 people,” said Boylan. “Throughout the course of the evening, from the time it opened until it closed, there were people here, which was fabulous. We loved that we had that kind of response.”
Most of the artists at Amato’s are veterans of the art scene and display their work at various shows throughout the region – and sometimes throughout the country. Many of the painters have been meeting for years for plein air (painting outside in the tradition of French impressionists). They take monthly field trips throughout the area to paint outdoors and spend time together, combining art, friendship, sunshine and nature.
The background of the artists who display at Amato’s is as varied as the artwork itself. Orwick began as a children’s book illustrator and was able to get his illustrations into galleries.
“It was more whimsical work,” Orwick says. “I began to daydream about what I’d do when I retired and was able to make the transition over to do landscapes. So, now I know what I’ll do when I retire.”
Boylan has a degree in Applied Art & Design. She says graphic design did not come naturally; she was always drawn to illustration and painting classes in school.
“But that was where the money was, and my parents encouraged it so I’d have a career,” Boylan says. “I slogged through that until I finally decided I just couldn’t take it anymore and decided to stay home, paint and raise kids. People kept asking me, ‘Why aren’t you selling in a gallery?’ I started looking into that and, step by step, got into shows regionally and now nationally.”
When Lindood graduated from art school in Seattle, her first job was as a retail illustrator doing fashion illustrations.
“That was really fun. I really liked that,” Lindwood says, “But that sort of went away when photography took over. I was doing graphic design also – layout, they called it in those days – and it was a good creative outlet for me. That was mostly in black and white. When I started working in color, it was like Dorothy in Kansas when she steps out of the black and white world and lands in Oz.”
Until last year, Lindwood was working as a graphic designer for Joe’s. Since that company shut down, she has been focusing more and more of her creative energy on painting.
Though Lindwood, Boylan and Orwick are all painters, the Westside artists who display at Amato’s work in a variety of mediums. Painters, sculptors and jewelry makers all come together to bring the best of their work to the Beaverton community.
A fine art gallery in Beaverton is refreshing, but perhaps most refreshing is the camaraderie, lack of competition and passion these artists have for their work.
“I love the social aspect of being an artist,” says Boylan.
“It’s very rewarding when somebody loves a piece enough to part with their money because that represents their time and their energy,” says Lindwood. “What did it take for them to make that money? It’s very validating and humbling.”
“How many jobs get celebrated?” asks Orwick. “When we come out, there’s music and food and wine and people. It’s a party.”
This is the reward of being an artist, a reward that only comes after many, many hours of hard work. To see the fruit of their labors and celebrate their artwork, too, visit Amato’s Floral, Fine Art, Artisan Jewelry & Gifts at 13230 S.W. First Street in Beaverton or call 503-601-3300. Also visitwww.amatosflowershop.com and www.amatosgallery.blogspot.com.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
'Signs of Summer', Amato's June reception featuring Christy Perrine, Linda Baker, Annie Salness, Gretha Lindwood and jeweler artisans, Sheri Gorman, Bert Cohen and Rosie Long. Amatos served up some fun treats of popsicles, ice cream cups, watermelon-aid, chocolates and of course, wine tasting. A fun crowd! What has been most interesting to note is the many new visitors that attended the celebration. It keeps getting better! Thanks for those of you who came out to recognize the talented artists.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Amato's Gallery announces a new show of paintings to celebrate artists' interpretations of summer. Featured in the exhibit are works by Linda J. Baker, Gretha Lindwood, Christy Perrine, and Annie Salness. In addition the exhibition includes work by jewelry artisans Bert Cohen, Sheri Gorman and Rosie Long. The show runs June 4 through July 3, 2010.
Beach scenes, blooming plants, farmer's market, and lazy days at the lake are just a few of the motifs shown in oil, pastel and acrylic.
An opening reception with wine tasting that will be held 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4th is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Beaverton Arts Commission's Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, "Outstanding Business in the Arts" award.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
This past weekend, Amato's artists' Christy Perrine and Brenda Boylan were invited to demonstrate their talents at Macadam Flooring and Design Center in Portland. Because interior decorators use fine are to enhance their clients environments, the pairing of Amato's art with Macadam's open house "Spring is Green" event was a great way to share what our artists can do and provide. Spearheaded by Amato's artist Donna Sanson with the owners of Macadam Flooring Jenny Ruth and Samir Dean. Thanks Donna!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling Art Walk.
Join me for an artist reception at the Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach on Saturday May 1, 6-9PM. 172 Sand Piper Square, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. (Upstairs next to The Jeffrey Hull Gallery. The Art Walk goes on all weekend. All the Galleries are open late.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
“SECONDARY COLORS” – NEW ART EXHIBIT AT AMATO’S GALLERY
Amato’s Gallery announces a new show that explores the use of artists ‘secondary colors’ of green, orange and violet in works by award-winning Beaverton artists Brenda Boylan, Chris Helton, Michael Orwick and Donna Sanson. In addition the exhibition includes “found metal” animal sculptures by Joe Pogan and runs April 14 through May 24, 2010.
An opening reception with wine tasting on Friday, April 23rd is free and open to the public.
Amato’s Gallery is located inside Amato’s Floral, Wine and Gifts, 12320 SW 1st Street, Beaverton, Oregon. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Phone 503-601-3300 for more information.