Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Fond Farewell to Kris Paul and Wendy Givens

Working-Hands-5It's always with sadness that we say farewell to our artists. Over the years we have become friends, and it's always hard to say so-long to friends. But both Kris Paul and Wendy Givens will remain in the area and we hope to stay in touch. 

Kris has been with us from almost the beginning. Her signature work is naked raku bottles with their Asian-inspired design and flawless surface quality. Over the years she challenged herself to learn new techniques and work in various media. One new direction led her to discover the world of natural dyes and silk fabric and she created a collection of luscious and elegant silk scarves. Both bottles and scarves will still be available at AOB through the end of August. 

As a member, Kris shared her knowledge, experience, and creative ideas with all of us and we will miss her. She has taken a full time job with Portland's Japanese Gardens; we wish her well.

Wendy joined us in March of 2015 and has shared her whimsical acrylic paintings with us since that time. I first spotted her work at Southminster Presbyterian Church's Celebration of Creativity and loved her palette and how her paintings made me smile - her subjects are fun. I invited her to join us, she accepted, and so the story goes. As with Kris Paul, her work will continue to be available at Art On Broadway Gallery through August 26.

Wendy started out staffing the gallery, then last year took over the task of writing and distributing our press releases. Not only did she share her talent with us, but her kind, cooperative, and reliable nature made her a real asset to our group. Our best wishes to Wendy in all that her future holds.

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