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 ‚Äėart”.¬† 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. ( For inquiries about Mike’s work please contact the gallery.  

Loving original art!

Art is at its best when it’s the original!¬† Compare it to eating really good food or listening to an amazing concert live!¬† A meal out of a box just can’t meet up to the experience of eating that succulent dinner¬†al fresco in a garden.¬† The car speakers will never match¬†the surround sound of your favorite musician on stage. So it is with original art. Here is my most recent art purchase by a local artist Michael John Bittle; original art that makes me smile. ¬†The vibrant energy starts the day with a fresh happiness and an “all is well…


It’s a group show coming to the gallery! ¬†Ten of our artists have come together with new work to pay homage to the sea. Dee Boyles, Lori Wallace-Lloyd. Marilyn Affolter, Ruth Orschel, Amy Brodie-Scout,¬†Candice Cameron,¬†Jeanne Drevis,¬†Maida Cummings, Eric Sappington and introducing ¬†Mike Bronco

Paying homage to the ‘The Sea’

The sea, that large restless body that is in constant movement, every changing, never settling. It is such an immense soul, alive with waves that seem always to be seeking a new path on their way to the sand. And oh what a voice! We call it a roar, and appropriately so, but haven’t we all closed our eyes and heard the different instruments of an orchestra playing to a tune that never seems to follow the same score. Maybe that is why I find it so hard to capture these waters on camera, and for now it is beyond…

365 paintings

There are a few things it seems that¬†our hands never forget to do no matter how much time intervenes.¬† Artist Mary Rash proved this to herself when she picked up her paint and brushes again after 40 years.¬† Not only did she resume painting but she did it with a determination not found in many of us. It had been a while since¬†Mary’s name was known in the art world of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.¬† Putting aside any doubts of her abilities¬†and moving past¬† ‘fear, that great inhibitor’,¬† she challenged herself to paint one painting a day for a…

Fine ART Gallery

Marilyn Affolter Fine Art Studio & Gallery opened up two years ago in November and is quickly developing a reputation as an advocate and promoter of the fine art community
in Oregon. One will find paintings by some of the regions most talented artists, emerging artists, and Marilyn’s own
award winning photography. Nestled just off 3rd street in historic downtown McMinnville OR, the gallery is a gathering place for art enthusiasts of all mediums.