Thursday, December 29, 2011

Paul Mathenia, Art On Broadway Member Artist, To Have Work Featured at West Coast Art & Frame Convention

We are proud to share the news that Paul Mathenia, one of our member artists, had a new painting selected by Arthur A. Kaplan and Galaxy Group Publishing to be their feature piece at the West Coast Art & Frame Convention in Las Vegas. The convention opens on January 30 and Paul will be present for the unveiling.

The 30x30 acrylic on stretched canvas is titled, "Magnolia Elegance," and we hope to have it on display in our gallery at the conclusion of the convention. Congratulations Paul!

2012 Begins

As 2011 draws to a close, we would like to thank everyone who came to our receptions and special events during the year, who purchased artwork from the gallery, who encouraged us with their kind words and expressions of support. We want to thank our spouses, partners, families and friends who know how much we love what we do and who help make it possible for us to do it. A big thank you as well to members of the media who help us spread the word of what's happening each month at Art On Broadway. We are blessed with many supporters and we appreciate each and every one of you. The gallery keeps getting better and our presence in the community is stronger and well respected.

We will start the new year with a member group show featuring work by all 20 of our talented artists. We invite the public to an Artists Reception on Saturday, January 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Join us for a glass of wine and a lively discussion of what we do, and how and why we do it!

The above acrylic painting, "Line Dance," by Nikki Dilbeck will be part of our January exhibit. We hope you'll come and see it in person.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree..."

Rockefeller Center and the White House might have some of the most celebrated Christmas trees each year, but Art On Broadway artists have created some of the most original. This is our second annual Holiday Tree Sculptures exhibit and once again we have trees that are festive and fun, elegant and sophisticated. The gallery's proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind trees will be donated to the Community Transitional School in NE Portland, which educates children from homeless families.

The gallery will host a reception for this show on Saturday, December 3, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the exhibit will run through the 29th of the month.

In addition to the holiday trees and our usual display of outstanding original artwork, we have a special gift section this month with handmade items by our artists priced from $3-$20.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another PPASP Image: "Socialite," by Kristina Sellers

The reception for our Members Group Show on November 5 was very well attended and comments on the new exhibit were exciting to hear.

The second reception this month is to honor the PPASP artists show, "Artist to Artist," and will take place on Saturday, November 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Our receptions are always free, with beverages and refreshments for our guests.

Visitors during November are encouraged to vote for their favorite PPASP painting. A People's Choice Award, in the form of a $50 gift certificate to Dick Blick, will be presented by the gallery to the guest artist whose painting receives the most votes. We hope you will join us and participate in the voting.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Artist to Artist" Guest Exhibit

Marcia Vanderschaaf's "Peace In The Valley," and Carolyn Rondthaler's "Labyrinth 1 - My Journey," were two of the twenty paintings selected by the Member Artists of Art On Broadway to be in the November guest show at the gallery's Beaverton location.

In addition to VanderSchaaf and Rondthaler, the following Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters have work in this exhibit: Janet Amundson-Splidsboel, Yvonne Branchflower, Rose Caffarelli, Nathalie Equall, Michael Fisher, Brooks Hickerson, Joe Howard, Susan Jensen, Mary Luzinski, Mary McCoy, Kristina Sellers, and Kitty Wallis.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Member Group Show for November

Please join us on Saturday, November 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. for a reception to celebrate our new exhibit of members' work at Art On Broadway. All of our artists will be featured this month so there is much to celebrate. Here's a sneak preview of work by some of our newest members.

Clarise Kinney joined us this summer and her specialty is painting portraits of animals. She is happy to do commissions of family pets and is wonderful at capturing the unique personality of each of her subjects.

If it's sculpture you're looking for, you'll love the fiber clay/raku works by Roberta Babcock. Roberta is a painter turned sculptor, and she incorporates her sense of humor and style into each and every piece she exhibits.

Finally, if you're a fan of Joni Mitchell's stone sculpture, be sure to visit soon. Joni and her husband are moving to Arizona in the very near future and we will no longer be able to display her sculpture once she moves. She will remain an Art On Broadway member, however, and will continue to exhibit her stone jewelry with us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Artist to Artist" Invitational

The member artists of Art On Broadway have invited member artists from Portland Plein Air & Studio Painters to enter a juried exhibit at our gallery for the month of November. The gallery will host a reception to honor the artists on Saturday, November 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Each PPASP artist had the opportunity to enter from one to three paintings; twenty artists accepted the challenge and will have their entries juried by the member artists from Art On Broadway. Most juried shows have one or two jurors selecting all the finalists. "Artist to Artist" offers a new selection process with each of our 18 member artists choosing only one painting to be in the show. Each of us has a personal opinion of art that's good or even great - and that excites us, moves us, inspires us, teaches us, lingers with us, or stimulates our senses. This show will reveal eighteen paintings that affected the members of Art On Broadway in such a way.

In addition, the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite entry among the finalists; at the show's close on November 26, the votes will be tallied and a People's Choice Award will be presented in the form of a Gift Certificate. Be sure to visit the gallery and vote for your favorite plein air painting.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Party Time at Art On Broadway

We have two celebration receptions during the week of October 2 at Art On Broadway, so the public will have twice the fun and two opportunities to visit with area artists personally.

Three of our member artists will be featured along with nine other westside artists who were juried into Portland Open Studios this year. The reception on Thursday, October 6, from 6 to 9 will help launch the tour of over 100 Portland area artists who open their studios and demonstrate their techniques during the second and third weekends in October. Kris Paul, Willy Paul, and Bruce Ulrich are all members of our gallery and are featured for this reception along with Marta Farris, Patti Issacs, Carli Schulz Kruse, Katherine Mean, Chris Mooney, Barbara Paanaker, Selene Rabinovitz,Deborah Shapiro,and Kitty Wallis. Portland Open Studio Tour Guides will be on sale during the reception.

Our second reception this week honors Myla Keller. Myla is an avid reader and world traveler and has been a member artist of Art On Broadway since spring of this year. She is showing works inspired by her travels and her passion for color and shape. Our reception for Myla takes place on Saturday, October 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. with complimentary wine and refreshments. The exhibit includes impressionist paintings in pastel and mixed media, and abstract studies in watercolor and mixed media. A fascinating mix from a fascinating woman!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I got to see part of Sue Jensen's collage demonstration last Saturday at Art On Broadway and was inspired to try more of this delightful art form on my own. Sue completed three small collages during the morning by applying beautifully colored hand-stamped and hand-painted papers to artist panels. She's getting ready for the Local 14 show at the World Forestry Center later this month.

When I got to Art Media yesterday, I couldn't help but notice the big transformation from AM to its new owner Dick Blick. No matter who owns it, an art supply store is certainly an inspiring place for an artist and with Sue's demo still on my mind, I headed for the handmade papers. I purchased about a dozen new sheets of lucious warm colored papers along with acrylic paints, brushes, and panel supports.

I also picked up the latest edition of "international artist" magazine which has a cover of a wonderful watercolor painting by Alvaro Casagnet, a world respected watercolorist from Uraguay. More of Alvaro's urban landscapes and interiors accompany the article about him. More info and imagery to inspire!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Breakfast In The Gallery Demos

Our series of art demonstrations along with complimentary breakfasts is over for 2011. Our artists did a terrific job demonstrating their specific areas of expertise starting in May with pastel and finishing in September with collage. Our gallery photographer, Willy Paul, captured each of the demos in photos and we are happy to share some of them with you. Enjoy!

Fused Glass with Rae Campbell (August)

Watercolor with Paul Mathenia (July)

Oil Painting with Gretha Lindwood (June)

Monday, August 29, 2011

"The Finely Drawn Image" featuring Steve Kekule and Paul Mathenia

The above image is titled "The Bike Path," and was inspired by a Sunriver, Oregon location where Paul Mathenia returns each year. Paul is a seasoned painter who works easily in acrylic, watercolor, and oil, and has been an inspiring teacher to countless students over the years. He is paired with another artist whose skillful drawing ability is also evident in each and every painting. Steve Kekule's finely drawn images set moods and tell stories within the solid forms of his compositions. Both gentlemen have conquered the challenge of hand-eye coordination, and have gone beyond. Steve's painting titled, "Cables, Bolts and Brackets" is shown below.

Please join us for an Artists Reception to honor Steve and Paul on Saturday, September 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. Complimentary wine and refreshments are always part of our evening events, so be sure to stop by and enjoy the latest exhibit of artwork and a chance to talk directly with the artists.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Silent Auction - Encaustic Painting Demo - All at the Beaverton Old Town Festival

Art On Broadway is doing its part to attract folks throughout the day to the Beaverton Old Town Festival on Saturday, August 27. The parade and festival take place directly in front of our gallery.

Sue Jensen will give a free demonstration of the art of encaustic painting inside the gallery during the afternoon. Sue teaches private classes and just finished a workshop at Menucha earlier this month. Look for her finished acrylic, encaustic and collage paintings that are displayed throughout the gallery space.

In addition, we will host a Silent Auction of items created by our members and offered to the public at very reasonable starting prices. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. and bidding on the first round of items will close at noon. Each hour new artwork will be presented for the next hour of bidding, until the close of the auction at 5 p.m. This is your chance to buy art at a bargain!

We are excited about this special event and hope you'll decide to participate.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Closing Reception for "A Focus On Black & White"

I hope you'll come out and see this exceptional show before it closes on September 3. As a matter of fact, we are having a closing reception for "A Focus On Black & White" because we want as many people as possible to see this exhibit of tactile intrigue in the form of both ceramic and photographic artwork. This will be our first ever closing reception - an idea we're "borrowing" from a gallery in Southeast Portland. Enjoy a glass of wine on Wednesday evening, August 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., as you visit with Kris and Willy Paul and discover what motivates them to create.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Focus On Black & White

The naked raku ceramic designs of Kris Paul and the black & white photography of her husband Willy Paul are featured in August at the gallery. A reception honoring their creativity will be held on Saturday, August 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show continues through Saturday, September 3. We hope you will have an opportunity to join us.

Be sure to observe the beautiful use of contrast throughout the work - light and dark, organic and geometric, natural and architectural, bold yet soft, flowing yet firm - all created through the shape, patterns, and surface quality of the art.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Fire & Water" - Upcoming Show at Art On Broadway

Nikki Dilbeck and Sue Jensen will share the spotlight in July at Art On Broadway Gallery.

Bold, bright and energetic describes the expressionistic paintings of these two Portland artists. Nikki paints mainly with acrylics and creates highly textured abstracted landscapes and nonrepresentational paintings. She invites the viewer to step closer, to see beyond the face of the painting and into the elements and ideas waiting to be discovered in it. Sue works in acrylic, encaustic and collage, and creates works that suggest a subject without actually painting one. She feels her style requires her to focus her attention on strong composition. Both artists love color, which makes this duo's exhibit the perfect summer show!

A reception to honor Nikki and Sue will be held on Saturday, July 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show runs through July 30 during regular gallery hours - Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jewelry Class Being Offered

Starting on Thursday, June 30, Art On Broadway will offer a Jewelry Sampler Class exploring three exciting techniques in a four-class session. Class hours vary by date but all are scheduled during the evenings. Students will learn Pearl Knotting, Copper Enameling, and Picot Weaving. The cost of the session is $165, which includes supplies - fresh water pearls; lamp, donut, and glass beads; closures; copper and glass fusing materials; and all necessary tools. Instructor Rochelle Baker will help each student design her own one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Stop by the gallery to register or call 503.601.3300 during regular business hours.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Staffing Day at AOB

I usually staff at Art On Broadway each Thursday and Friday. Today I had my camera with me and I took some photos of certain pieces of work on display - sometimes the entire image and sometimes details of the work. Thought I would share some of these images with viewers of this blog in case you haven't had a chance to stop by the gallery this month. Tuesday, May 31, is art exchange day so some of these pieces will not be on display in June. Hope you enjoy this snapshop version on our May exhibit.

Plan to join us on June 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for our artist's reception featuring oil paintings by Linda J. Baker, "Oregon Inside and Out." Music, wine and refreshments will complete the evening.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Linda J. Baker "Oregon Inside & Out" - June 4 Reception

Our showcase event for June is a solo show, featuring member artist Linda J. Baker. The gallery will host a reception to open this new exhibit on Saturday, June 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and we hope you'll join us in this free celebration of art. The show will continue through June 27.

Linda will share her classically styled still life and landscape oil paintings which are reminiscent of the old masters. Inspired by Oregon's bountiful harvest and stunning landscapes, Linda says her goal is to "convey what I see when I stop looking at the world in a casual and remote way and instead see things intensely and immediately." Linda prefers to paint from life whenever possible.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Breakfast In The Gallery Resumes

Today was our first Breakfast In The Gallery event for 2011. Chris Helton started us off with a wonderful pastel painting demo done on Wallis pastel paper. Chris first applied an underpainting of watercolor and worked from a series of photographs she had taken at Beaverton's City Park. Her composition focused on the city's newest art installation, with the playful fountain in the background and lounging figures in the foreground. Unfortunately, I left my camera at home so I have no image to post at this time. Along with Chris' delightful demo, guests were treated to complimentary coffee and continental breakfast fare.

Breakfast In The Gallery will take place once a month through October at Art On Broadway with Gretha Lindwood working in oil on June 18 and Paul Mathenia sharing watercolor techniques on July 16. Rae Campbell is scheduled to demo fused glass design on August 20 and Sue Jensen will offer her process for painting with collage on September 10. The demonstrations take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Since we're located just 3 short blocks from the Beaverton Farmers Market you can park once and enjoy both events. Or you can take the MAX train to the Beaverton Round stop and walk three blocks south to Broadway.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Another's Perspective" - New Exhibit at Art On Broadway

Another interesting exhibit is coming up at Art On Broadway Gallery in Beaverton. Rae Campbell and Gretha Lindwood will be featured from May 7 through May 28 in an exhibit titled "Another's Perspective." An evening reception is planned for Saturday, May 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.; and, as always, the public is invited to attend.

The two artists shared original photographs and then interpreted the images in their chosen media, Rae with fused glass and Gretha with pastels on sandpaper or oil on canvas.

The May 7 reception will offer complimentary wine and refreshments and the opportunity to meet and visit with the gallery's member artists. We hope you will join us.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Artists Join The Gallery

It's been a busy couple of months - starting in February, we replaced two openings created when Diane Ahrendt and Beth O'Mahony decided to move on to new beginnings. Willy and Kris Paul, husband and wife from Lake Oswego, accepted our offer to exhibit their art with us. Kris works in naked raku and Willy prints black and white photography on metal. We first saw Kris' ceramics in the 2010 Portland Open Studio show and she introduced us to Willy's work.

In March, we added Rae Campbell, a fused glass artist from Tigard, and Sue Jensen, a Portland painter who works in encaustic, acrylic and collage. Rae is already offering classes at the gallery on Sunday afternoons - each class is a separate lesson resulting in a finished product. Sue served as President of Local 14 in 2010 and brings her talents as an artist and an organizer - we felt so fortunate to have all four of these local talents choose to be a part of Art On Broadway.

Now in April, we have expanded even more. Nanette Davis, Myla Keller and Paul Mathenia of Beaverton, and Stephen Kekule of Cedar Hills are now a part of our group of eighteen. Several of our members knew Nanette from 2008 Portland Open Studios; she works in fiber - hand-dyed silks and papers - creating exquisite scarves, and unique baskets and wall hangings. Myla's exhibit of large abstract acrylics burst with color and use bold geometric shapes and strong emotional lines; Paul's representational acrylics depict traditional subject matter painted with great skill and confidence; and Stephen's meticulous "urban landscapes" are visual tales encouraging the viewer to become a part of the storytelling.

What a wonderful group of artists now make up our membership! Stop by and take some time to appreciate the diversity, skill, and visual artistry of this talented group. We're proud of Art On Broadway and we hope the Greater Portland community will feel the same way.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Show on Broadway in Beaverton

We are so lucky to have a Broadway address - when it comes to announcing a new opening, we can refer to "on Broadway" and it gives instant attention to the event. That said, we couldn't be happier to invite everyone to "Why Waste A Good Planet?," our next show at Art On Broadway Gallery, 12570 SW Broadway in Beaverton. An evening reception to celebrate new work will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 6 to 9 p.m.

This show is a tribute to the planet Earth - its beauty and its creatures - and our need to keep it safe; it features local artists Chris Helton and Joe Pogan. Chris easily moves from one medium to another and she clearly shows her skills with this exhibit of the same scene repainted in three different materials - watercolor, pastel, and acrylic.

Joe is known for his exceptional ability to create wildlife from discarded metal. Ordinary mismatched spoons become feathers; a cluster of nails becomes a nest; screws, keys, bolts, coins cover the surfaces of his birds and fish - no two exactly alike.

We hope you can join us for complimentary wine and refreshments, and a chance to visit with all the artists in our gallery. Mark your calendars now. This show will continue through April 30. The gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Art On Broadway Partners with Cat Adoption Team

The Cat With The Pearl Earring by D. Sanson
Our March 5 reception will be a fundraiser for the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood. Carlton Cellars will conduct wine tasting, and there will be raffles for wine and cat-themed gift baskets, along with some cat-friendly artwork for sale.

Artist Joni Mitchell and her husband, Bob Ewing, are active supporters of CAT and rescued all five of their family of cats through the organization. One of their family members, Princess Odie, is Miss December for the 2011 CAT calendar and will be in attendance throughout the evening.

Hours for the reception have been extended at the request of CAT; guests can stop by between 5 and 9 p.m. and enjoy complimentary refreshments and a chance to visit with member artists.

The gallery has four new artists this month with fresh and exciting artwork. Kris and Willy Paul from Lake Oswego offer naked raku ceramic sculpture and black/white photography on metal; Sue Jensen of Portland introduces encaustic painting to the gallery; and Rae Campbell of Tigard brings wonderful fused glass artwork to our space.

Vincent Van Cat by D. Sanson

Linda Baker, Chris Helton, Sue Jensen, Gretha Lindwood, Kris Paul, Bruce Ulrich, and Donna Sanson all created some cat friendly artwork for the event. The imagery should warm the hearts of all cat lovers. We hope you will join us for a fun evening.

Madame Catisse by D. Sanson

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Drawing Classes Starting at Art On Broadway Gallery

Donna Sanson will offer Beginning Drawing Classes for Adults starting in March. If you ever thought about taking a drawing class, or if it's been a long time since you did and you need a refresher, then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Classes are scheduled for Mondays and students can sign up for either a 1 to 3 afternoon session or a 6 to 8 evening session. The fee includes all basic materials. Each time slot will be limited to six students so sign up early. You'll have fun and learn to really see what you're looking at! Contact the gallery or email Donna at

Saturday, January 29, 2011

February's Special Event, "Love Art, Give Art"

Our February event will be an elegant affair, with champagne and chocolate in celebration of love and romance and to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. The artwork this month will include a touch of pink here and a dab of red there and lots of hearts and roses scattered throughout the gallery. We hope you will stop by on Saturday, February 5, between 6 and 9 p.m. to enjoy a visit with all our members and see the exciting pieces they have submitted for this month's exhibit.

Below is an acrylic landscape by Nikki Dilbeck and a watercolor floral by Chris Helton. Also posted is an image of naked raku work by our newest artist, Kris Paul from Lake Oswego. The photos are beautiful, but the originals are amazing!