FLOWERS!!

“April showers bring May flowers” and they are starting to bloom!  Yes!  I am so hungry for their color and sweet fragrance.  It has been a long wet winter here in the Northwest and while my back yard is still like a sodden sponge of water I have brought flowers to the walls that surround me! Looking into the windows of my studio gallery you will see a perfect Master Copy of Georgia O’Keefe’s “White Flower on Red Earth”, a piece that “desert transplant” artist Mercedes painted this past January while the snow fell outside. The center of attention is the 56″ x 44″ Red Rose by Mercedes truly stunning in it’s size…

30 days 30 Paintings

What does one do when there are endless days of snow, cold and rain as we had this past January?  Outside of work there are lots of books to read, indoor projects to complete, or for me an online marketing course to take, something I am not passionate about but one that came at good time.   Seriously I would rather be painting! But what if one’s passion is about making art? You can paint! You can paint every day and all day. This is just what Anna Lancaster did when winter held sway outside.  She painted every single day for…

The flowers that bloom in the spring tra-la

It’s been a long cold season and we are all a little winter weary.  I feel for you Lake Tahoe who has a record 685″ of snow and still counting.  I feel for you Portland, Oregon who has been given the designation of the most winter weary city in America.   To our neighbor up north, Canada you have had it cold! We all are waiting for spring to decide to show its face but till it does I would like to give you a little remembrance of what is coming. May it lift your spirits and “breathe promise of merry sunshine”!…

The works of Mike Bronco

  “The Americas”  60 x 60 original acrylic on canvas by Oregon artist Mike Bronco. Art is good when it is “unique in conception and well executed”, engaging the viewer. It is  “stunningly right” and “commands your gaze and thoughts whenever you look at it”. “The intensity of the experience of the person making it comes through”. It is “honest, unselfconscious, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, challenging, and a feast for the senses.”   “Native Expressions”  40 x 40 acrylic on canvas “Mountain Song”  30 x 30 acrylic on canvas, framed

BELIEVE IN BEAUTY

“I believe in beauty. I also believe that sharing of beauty will make all our lives better. Here is hoping that what I bring makes your life better.” The show will be up through the month of October in conjunction with the ART HARVEST STUDIO TOUR OF YAMHILL COUNTY.  http://www.artharveststudiotour.org

Summer Salon

Almost three years have gone by since the gallery opened its doors and I love it, love being involved in a thriving local art scene!  So much good has come about.  The most rewarding is working and supporting the fabulous artists that also are wonderful people. The gallery is a great space.  There is nothing fancy about it, just a welcoming labyrinth of small intimate rooms filled with really good art.  It has become the perfect blend of a working studio combined with a fine art gallery and a museum quality gift shop.  One finds a place to visit and talk ‘art”.  Inspiration is found on…

Contemporary art at its best

It has been said that art is good when it is “unique in conception and well executed”, engaging the viewer. There is something “stunningly right” about the work “that commands your gaze and thoughts whenever you look at it”. “The intensity of the experience of the person making it comes through”. It is “honest, unselfconscious, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, challenging, and a feast for the senses.” All can be said about Mike Bronco’s paintings. (http://www.artbusiness.com/how-to-recognize-the-best-art.html) For inquiries about Mike’s work please contact the gallery.  

Life is wonderful

Singer songwriter Jazon Mraz understands. It takes a night to make it dawn,                                                                                                            And it takes some old to make you young It takes some cold to know the sun It takes the one to have the other,                                                                                                            fears to make you trust It takes those tears to make it rust It takes the dust to have it polished We live in a world of opposites, and I am glad of it.  The contrasts make life richer.  It takes the opposing side to foster a deep appreciation for what we have in a given moment. Opposites make life beautiful.  We hear them…

It’s rodeo time!

The 4th of July is here!  It’s our Independence Day (from Great Britain), a Happy Birthday America.  It’s a time for picnics and fireworks, a gathering of friends and family. It’s also time for the rodeo, one of the oldest American traditions going back to the 1700’s when Spain ruled the west.  This was the days of the vaqueros, the original working cowboys known for their skills with a horse and the lariat. The vaqueros, literally meaning cow-man, fostered a proud heritage unique in their adeptness at roping, herding, and branding from a saddle.  At the end of a day’s…