Saturday, May 25, 2013

Out & About With Our Artists

Each month a number of our member artists are busy with events outside the gallery. We love to share their awards, activities, and adventures with you, and hope you enjoy hearing about what happens outside the gallery.

Don Schwartz recently learned that his photograph "Snow-kissed Lantern" was selected as the inset image for the month of January in the 2014 Portland Japanese Gardens Calendar. Congratulations to Don for achieving this honor.

Speaking of honors, once again Gretha Lindwood was awarded Honorable Mention for her "Lupine Trail" pastel painting at the prestigious plein air Carmel Art Festival earlier this month. Last year Gretha won several awards including People's Choice and had her painting featured on all 2013 publicity for this event. Congratulations to Gretha!

"Lupine Trail," Pastel Painting by Gretha Lindwood

Diana Unterspan's hats are now being carried by The Real Mother Goose in downtown Portland. They are each one of a kind works of wearable art and have the special loving touches that only Diana can provide. In addition, Diana learned she will be part of Portland Open Studios this year. More about this as we get closer to October. Hats to you Diana!

It's been a very busy Spring for Pam Nichols. She participated in "An Artist A Day" at Muse Art and Design in Portland and had work at Potter's Vineyard in Newberg over Memorial Day Weekend. Coming up in June, Pam will show work during First Thursday at Pulse Gallery at the corner of NW Broadway and Flanders in Portland and will participate in the Utah Arts Festival from June 20-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah She will also be the featured artist at District Gallery in Park City, Utah in July with an Artist Reception on July 5 Makes me tired just writing about all she has on her plate!

Roberta Babcock is participating in the Pacific Northwest Sculptors invitational juried show at the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg. The show opens June 14. The public is invited to a reception on June 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. Roberta tells us to "Be prepared to be impressed!!" Congratulations Roberta.

As always, we are so proud of our AOB artists and like to brag about their many accomplishments.

Have A Party In Our Gallery

Art On Broadway was the location for two separate private parties in May. The next time you want to plan a small event and bring a different twist to it, consider renting our gallery space.

The space is intimate and comfortable, and your guests can enjoy wine and refreshments as they view the artwork on exhibit.

So if you need a location for a small fundraiser, a business meeting, a shower, an anniversary party, or an evening of Bridge or Bunko, call the gallery at 503.601.3300 for more details. We provide the space, you provide the party!


Member Featured Show During June Is All About "Harmony"

Japanese Symbol for Harmony

Jim Johnstone and Donna Sanson are the featured member artists at the gallery during June. Their show runs from June 5 through June 29 and both will be on hand at the gallery's Artists Reception on June 8 (6-9 p.m.) to greet guests and discuss art.

Jim has taught ceramics at PCC Rock Creek and participated in the Portland Japanese Gardens "Behind the Shoji" event. His interest and respect for Japanese culture and design is evident in the ceramic vessels he has created for the "Harmony" exhibit.

Ceramic Vessel with Lid and Bamboo Handle by Jim Johnstone

The nine watercolor and acrylic paintings by Donna Sanson were all inspired by a February visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens. "The perfect placement of water, rocks, plants, and accessories appealed so strongly to me; I knew I had to capture what I experienced in my simple and exaggerated style of painting. The images will forever be embedded in my mind."
"Downward," Acrylic on Paper by Donna Sanson

"Interiors" Guest Show Continues Through June 29

If you haven't seen the current display of guest artwork in the gallery's West Wing, you have until June 29. The exhibit includes work by 14 local artists, many of whom will be in attendance at our monthly Artists Reception on June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Diane Marks-Bestor, one of "Interiors" guest artists, and Susan Schenk, one of the gallery's member artists, will also be sharing their art making processes on June 7 at the Beaverton Masonic Lodge during First Friday. Watching artists at work is a fun, interesting, and insightful way to learn how different artists approach the way they create art. Stop by the lodge between 5 and 7 p.m. to see Diane and Susan at work.

Bird's Nest Collage by Susan Schenk

First Friday at Art On Broadway in June

"South Of Cannon Beach," Watercolor by Donna Sanson

This is just one of many pieces of original artwork that will be part of our Silent Auction during First Friday on June 7. Starting at 5 p.m., guests to the gallery can begin the bidding process and check back from time to time during the evening to see if they still have the winning bid. Artwork will include paintings, photography, glass, jewelry, and ceramics. It's a fun event and a great opportunity to purchase original artwork at bargain prices.

Visitors during the evening will be treated to the rythmic drumming of Portland musician Benjamin Bogosian as they enjoy viewing current gallery exhibits and bid on auction items. Benjamin's original music is designed to "enliven the heart and calm the mind." He will have cd's for sale during his performance.

The gallery is open until 9 p.m. on First Friday.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Surrounded by Beauty

As I sit here staffing the gallery today, I am in awe of the beauty around me. The entire gallery is such a source of pride for me because I know each and every artist who created these works. What talented and supportive friends I have!

I'm facing the paintings and glass pieces that are featured this month in "Conversations in Glass & Paint." Nikki Dilbeck's latest acrylic pieces explode with color and texture; each piece is uniquely different from the next, but the paintings flow together cohesively as my eyes read the paintings on the wall left to right. Many of the swirls and chunks of color in the paintings are repeated in the blown glass vessels by Susette Wilson that rest on a series of pedestals beneath Nikki's paintings. It's as if the two artists sat side by side through every step of their creative journeys.

"Quarto" Acrylic, 24x18 by Nikki Dilbeck

 Blown Glass Bowl by Susette Wilson

The gallery will honor Nikki and Susette at an Artists Reception on Saturday, May 4, 6-9 p.m.

Come join us in an evening of fun, refreshments and good company.

"Interiors" - New Guest Show for May/June

"Meet You At The Teapot," Oil Painting by Anna Lancaster

From now through June 29, our West Wing Guest Wall will feature original artwork by fourteen local guest artists. Works in mosaic, clay, watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic, and photography are included in this exhibit.

Congratulations to the following artists: Bonnie Burlew, Bill Burlew, Susan Coburn, Christine Dentel, Aditi Dongre, Linda Evans-Rigney, Jeanne Henry, Molly Johnstone, Anna Lancaster, Diane Marks-Bestor, Anita Reuther, Eunice Sause, Cherilyn Sunridge, and Marilyn Woods. An artists reception will take place on Saturday, May 4. Come out and meet these talented individuals.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

First Friday Returns to Beaverton and the Silent Auction Returns to Art On Broadway

First Friday returns to downtown Beaverton on May 3 and that means that our gallery artists will once again offer opportunities to purchase original artwork at reduced prices through our popular Silent Auction event. Bidding starts at 5 p.m. with opening bid amounts placed by the artists and continues during the evening. It's a fun way to purchase beautiful artwork and perhaps get a great bargain at the same time. The gallery is open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays, but we stop taking bids at 8:30 p.m.

One of the pieces being offered at the auction is the coldwax painting shown above by Pam Nichols.

There are 37 businesses participating this year, with most offering special promotions like raffles, discounts, demonstrations, wine tasting, and special coupons. Start at Pacific Continental Bank on Tucker and 1st Streets and enjoy refreshments and original art by three local artists. Then stroll thru the downtown core stopping at each business that displays a First Friday garden sign. Stop and listen to the official First Friday band "Riverside Northwest" which will entertain visitors at the intersection of West and Broadway. Shop local and enjoy a delightful evening in Beaverton's downtown!