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.  

Head in the clouds

I never knew clouds could be like this until they were right over me.  Ever since this moment my head has been in the clouds always looking upward. Fascinating is what they are!  Foreboding too at times.  And totally enchanting!  Lucy had it right when she explained to Charlie Brown “Aren’t the clouds beautiful…they look like big balls of cotton!  I could just lie hear all day and watch them drift by.” Cumulus, Cirrus, Stratus, Contrails, Mammatus, Orographic and Pileus.  Even the names stir my imagination!  It is no wonder that Zeus built his kingdom in the clouds (thank Disney for this…

Think on theses things

Just recently I read an article how science research is showing that the words we speak actually restructure our brain.   Those positive words, when we dwell on them, changes the function of our brain and over time the very structure, so much so that it may affect the way we look at reality.  The same goes for those negative thoughts.  They stop our brains from operating the way it is supposed to. So I would think it also is with images. Ansel Adams once said “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is…

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…

Beauty lies deep

“Look at those clouds!  Look how deep that color is!  Look at the shadows dancing! Oh my…the light!  Do you see?!” So many words given to my daughter.  They were said out of a desire to share with her the incredible surroundings always in front of us.  The benefits came in fostering a deeper appreciation of the natural world for both of us. Master photographer Dorthea Lange believed that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Photography has helped us both to look below the surface of a glance.  The world has become richer, a constant play of shadow…

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…

Believe in Beauty (or the goose that saves me)

“Beauty will save the world” These powerful words were written in a 1868 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky by the name of “The Idiot”. I have this pastel drawing of a goose hanging in my room.  Every day, throughout the day this character brings a smile to my face.  According to science a smile stimulates the brain’s reward system and reduces mental and physical stress!  Now you are wondering what a goose has to do with Dostoevsky’s words? To me the goose is beautiful.  According to science the goose is healthy for me by bringing a smile to my face.  That…

THE SEA

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