For the love of it

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done”.  Vincent van Gogh One thing I have learned since opening the gallery is that the artists here love what they do.  I mean really love it! They all have a passion for creating in their chosen medium and they definitely ‘accomplish much’ and do it very well.  That passion shows not only in the finished works but also in the many impromptu discussions that end up being a master…


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…

Believe in beauty

  “Every summer the lilies rise and open their white hands until they almost cover the black waters of the pond. And I give thanks but it does not seem like adequate thanks, it doesn’t seem festive enough or constant enough, nor does the name of the Lord or the words of thanksgiving come into it often enough Everywhere I go I am treated like royalty, which I am not. I thirst and am given water. My eyes thirst and I am given the white lilies on the black water. My heart sings but the apparatus of singing doesn’t convey…

Why we make art

I know many artists.  Some wear that title with ease while others reject it outright not wanting to be labled with any expectations of what ‘art’ should be. Either way it comes down to this.  They just want to create.  The reasons may vary;  to give a voice to oneself and others, to express emotion, to tell a story, to show beauty,  or maybe the most well known, first qouted by Peter Finley Dunne and later made famous by Cesar Cruz and Bansky, “art should comfort the disturbed and distrub the comfortable”.  Then there is the pure simplicity of “it…

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.