Monday, October 31, 2016

Winter Hours

The year seems to be flying by faster than ever and soon we will be setting the clocks back an hour and watching as it gets dark before 5 p.m. When this happens, we reduce our gallery hours accordingly. Please note that starting on Tuesday, November 2, Art On Broadway Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. - except during special events.

Also be aware that we are happy to open the gallery by appointment during evening hours if notified at least 24 hours in advance.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Our Award-Winning Artists

There are lots of art events each fall and a number of our member artists were recognized with awards at this year's juried shows. Our congratulations to the following:

Michael Kelly - new member starting in November 2016 - Michael's "Men In Suits" took Best of Show at this year's BAM event at the Beaverton Library sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission.

Harold Walkup - Harold joined us in September 2016 and took 4th Place at the Watercolor Society of Oregon's fall show.

Linda Baker, an original member of AOB, took People's Choice and Honorable Mention for her oil painting, "The Red Pitcher," at Painters' Showcase at The Reserve.

The Red Pitcher, Oil by Linda J. Baker

Gretha Lindwood, another original member, took Best Pastel and Honorable Mention at the annual Carmel Art Festival this summer in Carmel, CA.

October Featured Shows Continue Through Saturday, October 29

I hope you'll have an opportunity to visit the gallery before the end of October because we have two great featured exhibits to share with you.

Our member show, "Marks of Resistance" by Lake Oswego artist Kris Paul, is a collection of wall art, hanging disc sculptures, and beautifully shaped bottles created in naked raku. Kris plays with the contrast of black and white design and welcomes the exciting marks and patterns that happen during the firing process. The holidays are coming and any one of Kris' creations would make a memorable gift for someone special on your list.

Our October Guest Show is a fundraiser for the nonprofit CraneAge. Funds raised from the sale of chains of cranes and original artwork created by twelve Portland artists for the organization's latest book, "Today I Will Be...," all benefit families of critically ill children who come to Portland hospitals for treatment. We think it's a very worthy cause. 

A little background on the folded crane story...

Shortly after the end of WWII, the folded origami cranes came to symbolize a hope for peace because of the unforgettable story of 12 year old Sadako Sasaki. Diagnosed with leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the bombing of Hiroshima, Sadako was determined to fold 1,000 cranes. She hoped to recover good health, and for the world to know eternal peace. Sadako managed to fold 644 cranes before she died. Her classmates folded the remaining 356 to honor her.

Today, the practice of folding 1,000 cranes represents a form of healing and hope during challenging times. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, as a gesture of support and healing, thousands of cranes were folded, linked together in chains and sent to fire and police stations, museum and churches throughout New York City.

Traditionally, flocks of 1,000 cranes are offered at shrines or temples with prayer, base on the belief that the effort to fold such a large number will surely be rewarded. Chains are often given to someone suffering from illness as a prayer for their recovery, as a wish for happiness and as an expression of sympathy and peace. 

Help us help CraneAge by purchasing chains of cranes or original book illustrations. Thank you.

Friday, October 7, 2016

All Ready For Saturday Night's Reception

Tomorrow night, Saturday, October 8, we will celebrate the work of member artist Kris Paul, and guest artist and CraneAge founder Patrice Demmon. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and continues to 8 p.m. with refreshments, wine, and opportunities to learn more about the work of these talented ladies.

Kris has said of her work, "I approach ceramics with a design aesthetic of wabi-sabi. To transform raw clay into a piece that reflects the imperfect beauty found in nature is my greatest pleasure. My early influence was my Mother who specialized in black and white photography, and as a young girl I would work in her darkroom, transferring her photos from tray to tray, watching the images captured on film come to life. The purity of black & white has kept me captivated, and translating that into my work has been my passion."

Hanging Sculpture - Discs

Naked Raku Zoftis

Patrice created an entire collection of black and white paper cranes just for this show. They hang in one of the gallery's main windows while the colorful chains of cranes adorn the West Wing.

The guest wall is filled with original artwork from twelve Portland artists who have illustrated Patrice's book for young children, "Today I Will Be..." All the artists have donated their original artwork and 100% of the sales of cranes and artwork goes to CraneAge.

This is a wonderful way to own a piece of original artwork by Rick Austin, Chuck Bloom, Alea Ahwahnee Bone, Heide Davis, Jac Evalds, Lisa Kaser, Anna Magruder, Amelia Opie, Roxanne Patruznick, Anjanette Petty-Kountz, Fred Swan, and Consu Tolosa, while supporting a great cause.
The paintings sell between $150 and $750, and the cranes are $1 each.

Chains of Black & White Origami Cranes

Book Illustration by Amelia Opie

Two great exhibits - you won't want to miss either one of them. We hope you will join us.

"Marks of Resistance" Gets Installed

Kris Paul is shown installing three of her latest naked raku creations for the October's featured member show. Because of the weight of some of the pieces, this was a challenging exhibit to hang but the final result is lovely. Stop by this month to see how it all came together.