Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stephen Kekule and Don Schwartz - Featured Exhibitors for October

"Stories Through Pictures - Two Perspectives" is the title of the October featured exhibit at the gallery. It opens on October 3 and continues through November 2, with an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. The two gentlemen behind the "stories" and the "pictures" are Stephen Kekule and Don Schwartz.

Steve paints with acrylics, usually on board, and is meticulous about every aspect of his paintings. He studied architecture, which is evident in the images he creates; but beyond the imagery there is a story to be told, or at least implied, and most often left to the viewer to complete.

Acrylic Painting by Steve Kekule

The stories and pictures that Don has to tell are done with photography - black and white photography. His love of nature is apparent; the viewer can feel the temperature of the image, can listen to the quiet of the moment, can taste and smell the salty sea air, and sense the approaching storm.

"Beyond" by Don Schwartz

Friday, September 27, 2013

Guest Exhibitors for October - International Encaustic Artists of Oregon

Twenty members of the International Encaustic Artists of Oregon will display a total of 40 small encaustic paintings on the Guest Wall during October. The exhibit entitled "Fuse" will open on October 3 and continue through November 2. Enjoy a glass of wine and meet the guest artists at our reception on October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

"Settled," Mixed Media Encaustic by Pam Nichols

Manuela Kalestiantz, President of the IEA, suggests to viewers, "Allow your senses to take you into this art medium world, where everything is possible and where you can travel as far as your imagination dares to take you."

"Coral Reef" encaustic by Manuela Kalestiantz

The encaustic process involves luminous layers of beeswax - combined with Damar resin and colored pigment - to be heated, applied to a surface, manipulated into multi-colored images or carved designs and then fused. Fusing occurs between each layer of material. The word "encaustic" comes from the Greeks and means "to burn in."

October First Friday at Art On Broadway

Art On Broadway will once again remain open until 9 p.m. to give visitors plenty of time to bid on the wonderful selection of Silent Auction artwork created by our member artists. The auction starts at 5 p.m., and continues until 8:30 when bidding closes and sales are finalized. Place your bids early, then stop by often to see if you still have the highest bid on your item(s) of choice. This is a great way to start collecting original art or to add to your existing collection. Don't forget - the holiday season is fast approaching and your art-loving family members and friends would be thrilled to receive a truly unique gift this year! The watercolor image below of "Lovers Point, Pacific Grove CA" will be one of the pieces available for bidding on October 4.

"Lovers Point, Pacific Grove" by Donna Sanson

October 4 is the final First Friday of the 2013 season in downtown Beaverton. The special event planned for the month is a Doggie Dress Up Contest. Visitors are encouraged to dress their family pet in an elaborate costume and stroll throughout the downtown. A doggie information area will be set up in the parking lot behind the Peddler's Pack on Watson with representatives from grooming, vet, and pet supply companies on hand. Between 6:30 and 7 p.m., judges will select the Best of Show, and the owners will win an original drawing of their costumed dog created by Art On Broadway artist, Donna Sanson.

New Artists

The gallery is pleased to introduce our two new artists, Thomas Eldridge and Nancy Cuevas. They will replace departing artists Jim Johnstone and Susan Schenk.

Thomas will join us on October 1 and will exhibit abstract and non-objective paintings. He holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University and studied painting under the late Robert Alston and printmaking under master printer Lyle Matoush. Thomas brings his experience as Director of Stevenson Union Art Gallery at SOU along with him.

"Jousting Peacocks" by Thomas Eldridge
Nancy Cuevas will join us in November. She primarily works in oils, but explores pastels, charcoal and printmaking as well. Nancy studied at the Art Center of Pasadena and attended Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in LA and Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, CA.  In 2004, she connected with Portland painter Alexander Rokoff to pursue her interest in portrait and figure painting. Nancy now teaches oil painting and drawing at her own studio, Cuevas Art Studio, in Hillsboro.
"Private" by Nancy Cuevas
We welcome Thomas and Nancy into our family of local artists!

October's Sunday Demo

Stephen Kekule will discuss his process for painting with acrylics. He plans to share a slide show of how his featured paintings started as an image or idea and were transformed into the finished artwork. Join us on Sunday, October 20, from noon to 3 p.m. and enjoy Steve's presentation. All demos are free.

"I Remember Three Colors Dancing in the Air"
by Steve Kekule

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Sneak Preview" - Washington County Artists Open Studio Tour

I spent most of today receiving and installing artwork from more than half of the 49 artists participating in a tour of Washington County Artists Open Studios, which will take place on October 19 and 20th. As a preview for the event, the artists are offering a sampling of what they will have in abundance when the public is invited into their private work spaces next month.

The work showcases a very eclectic mix of materials - fiber, glass, paper, encaustic, ceramics, felted wool, painted silk, acrylic, watercolor, metal, collage, photography, oil, and more. There are as many styles as there are materials so viewers are sure to find something that catches their fancy.

The exhibit is open through Saturday, September 28; a free reception will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come and have a glass of wine and enjoy some lively discussion about art with the people who make it. Hope to see you on Saturday.
Art On Broadway is one of two fine art galleries participating this year in the tour. To learn more, go to Pick up a free catalog later this month at the gallery. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Passion of Simplicity" is Featured in September

We have a great pairing of artists for our September featured show. Roberta Babcock and Sue Jensen bring their passion for simplicity and their experience with their media to these two new contemporary collections.

Roberta Babcock will share her new series of elongated fiber clay figures with a focus on the figures' emotional connection. She conveys feelings and attitude without a lot of detail, but rather through her choice of color, shape, and movement. Roberta worked for over a year on this collection and will introduce it to the world at Art On Broadway! She considers this work a study in minimalism.

Sue's pieces represent a challenge to work with a different palette. Instead of her usual focus on red and warm tones, she challenged herself to work with hues on the cooler side of the color wheel. At the same time, however, she trusted the form-making that she knows and loves, and continued to paint her favorite subject - nature at its simplest.


Visit with Sue and Roberta at a reception in their honor on Saturday, September 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy wine, appetizers, and an evening of wonderful artwork. Their show continues through September 28.