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.  

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…

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…

Painting to inspire others

Meet Mike Bronco. This self taught artist who picked up a paint brush at the age of 50 produces sophisticated works that are rich in color, texture and strong in emotion. Twenty-two years and hundreds of paintings later Mike still cannot put the brush down.   I had the honor and complete pleasure in visiting Mike’s home and studio this afternoon where I was greeted by colorful canvases on the walls, laid out on the tables and stacked against the walls.  The paintings were rich and varied as Mike’s life has been.  Not limited to one genre Mike paints intuitively, rarely…

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…