Thursday, December 14, 2017

Last Minute Gifts of Art

We are ready to help you make last minute purchases of tasteful and lasting gifts created by our local artists.

 For instance, 
  • Russell Young's beautiful coffee table book of photographs, along with poetry from area writers, would be something truly memorable for those people on your list who appreciate both the visual and literary arts. $40

  • A 6x6 encaustic "Peace On Earth" painting by Virginia Parks for $100. A family treasure you could display each year - or year round if you wish - and pass down from generation to generation.

  • Hand dyed and felted wool purses, pouches, and wine bottle sleeves by Patricia Rehm from $18 to $45 - rich in fiber and color. 

  • Original mini paintings by Linda Baker (oils from $40 to $70) and Donna Sanson (wc and mixed media - $25 and $30) that can sit on your tabletop or hang on the wall.

Mini Oils by Linda Baker

 Mini Watercolors by Donna Sanson

  • Holiday glass collection by Rae Campbell, from $5 to $125, as well as $5 glass icicles and ornaments.

We have something for everyone's taste and budget, so if you're looking for stocking stuffers, hostess or teacher gifts, or gifts for art lovers or for yourself, stop by and see these items in person. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mary Burgess's Demo

For those of you who missed Mary Burgess's demo on Saturday evening, I'm posting some photos from the event. A big thank you to Mary for offering this hands-on opportunity as part of her "Oregon Lovescapes" featured show in December.

After coffee and cookies, guests were invited to join Mary as she demonstrated how she warms up to begin painting by creating blind contour drawings and then adding watercolor to enhance them. About seven lucky beginning artists got to try out Mary's methods after she demonstrated what to do.

Mary began by explaining the rules - your pen doesn't leave the paper, you draw large, and you keep your eyes on the subject you're drawing without looking at the paper as you draw.

Using her left hand as her subject Mary demonstrated the technique as her students watched; they then followed her directions drawing their own hands using the blind contour drawing rules.

They added watercolor and then moved on to a second drawing of fresh veggies and other items Mary provided for reference.

Their third subject was a portrait of the person opposite them at the table using the same method.

The results were fun and fresh, and the guests left with three original paintings and smiles all around.

Once again, Bob Ewing joined us on this 2nd Saturday of the month to add holiday music to the evening's event.

Contact The Village Gallery in Cedar Mill to check out Mary's schedule for watercolor classes.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Hustle in Downtown Beaverton

The gallery will be one of two dozens businesses in the historic district of Beaverton to participate in the Holiday Hustle promotion sponsored by Beaverton Downtown Association. The event starts now and continues through January 6. When customers make a purchase with us, they will be given a game board and get a stamp from the gallery. Once they have collected nine or more stamps they will submit their stamped game board to any of the participating businesses and be eligible to win the Grand Prize of a Visa gift card.

Or, customers can post a picture of themselves on Instagram with their favorite item from each business they visit. Post using hashtag #BuyBeaverton and be entered to win daily prizes of $20 gift certificates.

Some of the other two dozen businesses include Beaverton Bakery, Beaverton Florist, Clockwork Rose Tea House, Rose City Modern, The Vault, Ava's Roasteria, Beaverton Sub Station, and Gloria's Secret Cafe. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

And so it goes...

Eleven down, one to go. The end of 2017 is at our doorstep. We hope this has been a year with more pluses than minuses, more smiles than tears, more steps forward and less back - and that somehow, sometime, someway, art has made a difference in your lives.

We are grateful for your interest and support of Art On Broadway this past year. We want you to know how much we appreciate your visits, your purchases, and your referrals. Our best wishes for a wonderful holiday and for exciting times in 2018.

          "Year's end is neither an end nor a beinning but a going on, 
          with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. 
          Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." 
                                                                        Oprah Winfrey

"Peace On Earth," Encaustic Painting by Virginia Parks $100

Give a Gift of Art

Having a hard time deciding what to give to those on your list this year?

May I suggest you consider a piece of original artwork. It won't be duplicated, it doesn't need batteries, and it won't put on pounds or cause dietary problems. Giving a gift created by the hands and heart of an artist seems more meaningful, more thoughtful, more personal.

We have added some small gift items to our collection of artwork at this time of year - more jewelry by Heather John, small metal tree luminaries by Angela Ridgway, felted wool wine bags and pouches by Patricia Rehm, fused glass photo holders, ornaments and holiday glassware by Rae Campbell, 2018 art calendars by Gretha Lindwood, a book of art photos/poetry by Russell J Young, and mini paintings by Linda Baker, Nancy Cuevas, Virginia Parks, and me, Donna Sanson. Most of these items are very reasonably priced and would make wonderful gifts for teachers, hostess gifts, co-worker gift exchanges, etc.

Glass Photo Frames $10 each

Felted Wool Wine Bags & Pouches

Fine Art Quilt by Elizabeth Bamberger/Mini Oil Paintings by Nancy Cuevas

When couples don't know what to get each other, a great solution might be to visit the gallery together and select a piece of artwork that both find exciting. It can be the beginning of your collection of original art or it can be an addition to your current personal art galley at home or work.

If you're contributing to a group gift along with a number of friends, family members or coworkers, once again consider a piece of artwork that the recipient will remember and appreciate for years. This beautiful watercolor by Mary Burgess is priced at $200 and currently is part of our featured show for November and December. 

Watercolor Painting by Mary Burgess

The fine art quilt by Elizabeth Bamberger or any of the cat themed mini oil paintings by Nancy Cuevas would warm the heart of anyone who receives such a gift. Or we have an equisite selection of glass clocks, platters, dishes, and bowls by Jim Scheller, Rae Campbell, and Vicki Green that are both functional and decorative and would make memorable gifts to be handed down for generations to come.

Come by Tuesday thru Sunday, 11 to 5, and allow us to help you select the perfect art gift for those on your shopping list. Don't forget to attend the December 9 drawing/watercolor demonstration by Mary Burgess - 5 to 8 p.m. Refreshments by member artists and music by Bob Ewing.

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well at Art On Broadway Gallery.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Second Saturdays - A Recap and A Reminder

If you missed the reception on the 2nd Saturday of November for Mary Burgess, you can still see her exceptional watercolor exhibit of "Oregon Lovescape" Tuesday through Sunday, 11 to 5, until the end of December. Our gallery photographer, Russell Young, captured some great shots of the evening and I've included them below.

Be sure to join us on the Second Saturday of December from 5 to 8 when Mary will present a demonstration on how she begins a painting with contour drawing exercises.  There will be limited opportunities for guests to try some of Mary's techniques firsthand so don't be shy.

Once again, our friend Bob Ewing will provide music on his keyboard; plus the gallery will provide coffee and dessert to all who attend. Sounds like a great way to spend an evening!

Mary Burgess & Friend

Chandra & Sam Hingston & guests

Mary's Family Members

Artists Patricia Rehm and Janet Ronacher

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Johnson & Scheller Join Art On Broadway Gallery

When our new show officially opens on Wednesday, November 1, the work of two new artists will be be included in the exhibit.

Blaine Johnson is an oil painter who was recently featured on our guest wall in September. This time he returns as a member of the gallery.

He shares the following about the role painting plays in his life...

"Painting is the very key to my soul - my own delirious rabbit hole. From the beginning process of deciding what to paint, I let inspiration guide me and particularly pay attention to the feeling I want to evoke upon completion.        
I spend a lot of time outdoors painting en plein air - incorporating sight, sound, feeling, smell and intuitive mark-making to create spontaneous and intimate paintings of place and time. I invite you to join me on my  journey." 

"Sauvie Island," Oil On Panel

Beate Scheller is a printmaker - the first printmaker to join our gallery as a member; and she is the second Scheller to become a member. Not a relative, but she shares the same last name as one of our glass artists, Jim Scheller. It's such a small world.

Originally from Germany; Beate works with many types of printmaking including drypoint, etching, and lithography to name a few. She shares this about about her art..

"Experiences from many different countries have shaped my artwork. To see the world in different environments, in different time periods and with a global view is a constant challenge. With my memory (through mind or photographs) of former landscapes in European countries, but also the changes that happen every day around us, is one idea I transform into my work. The main influences of each piece, with a combination of lines, shapes or architectural components, are influenced through these experiences from nature and architecture. "

"Peek Through," Beate Scheller

Friday, October 20, 2017

"Oregon Lovescape," Watercolors by Mary Burgess

You're going to love this show! Because Mary Burgess' new works were painted with the love she has for all things Oregon, and that feeling shines through this entire series of watercolors.

"Oregon Lovescape" opens on Tuesday, November 1, and continues through the end of December. You can meet and chat with Mary at the Artist's Reception in her honor on Saturday, November 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. 

"Majestic Hood," Watercolor

Mary has generously offered to donate a percentage of her sales to SOLVE Oregon, an organization that works on clean up and maintenance of Oregon's rivers and shoreline.

In December, Mary has something else planned that you won't want to miss. Ask her about it at the November reception, or check back with us for more details.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time for Open Studio Tours

Call your closest art-loving friends and plan to share a day - or two - going from artist studio to artist studio to experience the personal work spaces of artists in the greater Portland area. Both Portland Open Studios and Washington County Open Studios are scheduled for this coming weekend, October 21-22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 130 artists are involved.

AOB will be open both days, plus a number of our artists will be waiting to greet you and share their inspiration, process, and materials. Sam Hingston, Gretha Lindwood, Virginia Parks, Donna Sanson, and Carli Schultz will each welcome you into the space where their creative juices come alive. Each  works in a different medium so you can watch Sam crafting wood sculptures, Gretha painting pastel landscapes, Virginia creating whimsical encaustics, Donna playing with watercolor, and Carli creating magic with glass and metal.

WCOS catalogs are free and can be picked up at your nearby library or at Art On Broadway Gallery. A few might also be available from participating artists. PDXOS catalogs are $15 and can be purchased at New Seasons, Blick Art Supply, Bullseye Glass, and Portland Art Museum. Both publications include maps, directions, and imagery/info on the artists involved.

Here's a peek at what you might find from our talented AOB artists - in order from top to bottom: Sam, Gretha, Virginia, Donna, and Carli...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cultural Art & Tasting Walk in Beaverton

 I hope you'll join us on Saturday, October 14, from 2 to 6 p.m. for Beaverton's first ever Art Walk. The event is sponsored by the Beaverton Arts Commission and the Beaverton Downtown Association, and includes a display of works by 16 local artists on our Guest Wall and their mini galleries temporarily located in 12 downtown businesses. 

Ruby Vineyard will be on hand at Art On Broadway during the event and will offer free tastings of several of their wines. First planted in 1973, Ruby Vineyard has some of the oldest vines planted in the rich Laurelwood soil. Ruby continues to be one of the hidden gems in the Willamette Valley, offering some of the finest Pinot Noir in the region. 

You can pick up a Passport for the event at any of the participating businesses* - visit all twelve and qualify to win one of a number of prizes donated by the business owners and sponsors. Total value of prizes is over $800. 

A sample of the work on display on our Guest Wall - "Writing On The Wall," by Scott Cutler (located at Natural Grocers); "We're All In This Together," by Barb Sedgwick (located at Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium); and "Lady In Red," by Rebecca Benoit (located at Ichabod's). Look for more work by these artists and others during the event.

*Art On Broadway, Beaverton Bakery, Beaverton High School, Beaverton Kia, Beaverton Sub Station, Big O's Pizza, Bootleggers Whiskey Bar, Clockwork Rose Tea Emporium, Cozy Coffee Company, Ichabod's, Natural Grocers, Rose City Modern, and The Rise at Old Town. All are located within an easy walk of one another. 

Then stay for our regular monthly Artists Reception which starts at 5 and continues through 8 p.m. Featured Artist is Pam Nichols through October 28. Enjoy a full day celebrating the visual arts in Beaverton. Music provided by Bob Ewing during the reception. Wine & Refreshments.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Beaverton Art Mix Winners

Such a pleasure to see two Art On Broadway Gallery artists honored with awards at this year's annual Beaverton Arts Mix (BAM) show at the main library. Sam Hingston's Bloom #22 took Best of Show and Michael Kelly's self portrait received a Juror's Award. The show continues through September 8.

We are so proud of these artists - both are such fine representatives of the high quality artwork you will always find at our gallery.

Sam and Michael at the BAM Reception

Three of Sam's Blooms were juried into the event and his most recent creation, Bloom #22, shown here in the middle of the three, won Best of Show.

Michael received a Juror's Award for his strong mixed media self portrait.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our October Exhibit at 1st Unitarian of Portland

A number of us attended the coffees and service at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland last Sunday, and Elizabeth Bamberger was smart enough to take a few photos of our exhibit. I'd like to share them here in case you don't get to see this show. Thanks to the hanging committee for doing such a nice job. The exhibit will remain in place through the end of October but is only available for viewing during Sunday coffees at 10:20 and 12:15.