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.