Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's a Woman's World

First Friday Art Walk
"It's a Woman's World"
featuring women artists, women in art and other womanly elements
June 4th 5pm - 9pm

Featured Artist: Laurel Barbieri
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Laurel grew up in the Olympic National Forest of Washington State. Born the eighth child of thirteen, Laurel and her humble family relied primarily on the land for food and survival. Laurel spent most of her childhood exploring the woods surrounding the family home. Her early recollections are of a natural environment serving as her private sanctuary and playground.
Today, Laurel is an accomplished artist, her “Relief Sculptures” are a unique art method which she alone has created.  “Relief Sculpture offers more dimension than a traditional canvas painting,” Laurel explains, “yet it’s not entirely a three-dimensional sculpture either”.  Laurel's works of art are heavily textured, filled with movement, rich in colors, with an astounding 50-plus applications of paint.  Inspired by the meandering mineral deposits found in rock and coarse irregularities nature provides in cave walls it’s what Laurel calls “natures accidental beauty”.
Featured Artist: Michael Orwick This month we have chosen award winning oil painter Michael Orwick as our singular male featured artist to exhibit during our "It's a Woman's World" show. Michael's work includes colorfully vivid images of serene settings that evoke feelings of nostalgia and delightful familiarity. For this show, we have chosen a few of his female figurative pieces as well - to show how brilliantly he captures both the special and the mundane moments of every woman's life, whether it be sister time in a vineyard sorting grapes or time spent taking special care in preparing for an evening's festivities.
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"There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty, it is the language of God and nature. To me there is nothing more provocative than beauty, it inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create." ~ Michael Orwick
Special Guest and Wine Tasting: One of Oregon's few women winemakers, Delphine Gladhart, pours her Winters Hill Vineyard wine
"Growing up in France, Delphine fell in love with wine. At 15, when she   started working harvests in the picturesque Beaujolais and Burgundy regions, it became inevitable that she would study winemaking at Burgundy's most prestigious academy.
What would have been harder to predict is that, after graduating in 1998, she would go on to make wine in another picturesque wine region-Oregon's Dundee Hills. But after college, during an apprenticeship in Oregon wine country, she fell in love again-this time with her future husband, Russell Gladhart of Winters Hill Vineyard.
Winters_hill_label 2So in 2004, when Winter's Hill had an opening for a winemaker, it was only natural that Delphine would step in. Now she's producing boutique pinot noir and pinot gris that are wowing judges and turning heads. She likes that the wine rules in the U.S. are looser than in France, leaving her free to experiment, though she calls herself a traditionalist, keeping her wines simple and natural, fitting with the Gladharts' dedication to sustainable production." Imbibe Magazine Sept/Oct 2006
FREE WINE TASTING! Glasses of wine for sipping while viewing the art, and bottles to go are available for purchase during our event. Don't forget to try the award winning dessert wine, Golden Nectar!
To learn more about Delphine and Winters Hill Vineyard, click HERE
FREE CHOCOLATE TASTING to accompany your wine, try with Pinot Noir or the Golden Nectar
Join us in celebrating all our women artists:
New Artist: Eileen Holzman, pastels
New Artist: Kris Paul, ceramics
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New Artist: Jerilyn Walker, jewelry
Gayle Weisfield, watercolors
Gay Liebert, raku
Yessica Beckwith, jewelry
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Local returning songstress, Krystal Lariza, will play and sing her original tunes as well as many popular favorites.
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Delicious appetizers will be prepared for us by our preferred caterer, Always Perfect Catering.
Meet our in-house jewelery artist and designer, Ali Peret and view his beautifully handcrafted pieces - made right here in his studio!
Sculptor, Rip Caswell: In honor of the strong women in his life, we will spotlight Rip's beautifully sculpted Athena bust and the powerful piece, Athena and the Red Stag.
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Introducing our Fragrance Expert, Kelly Sullivan: Kelly and her model team will be showcasing the latest fragrances from prestigious fragrance houses. Come and learn what makes a fragrance fit into Kelly's categories of Woody Oriental, Mossy Wood, Citrus and Water, Floral and more!
Live Raffle for women only - win your own couture fragrance just by attending our show! Available for raffle and valued at $85 and above are the following fragrances:
angel_perfume       chanel_chance      flower_bomb      versace
Meet Linda Mobley, Author of "Blessed with Cancer" the book: Linda feels her story is no better or worse than the stories of others, but that it is just her story.  Her positive, uplifting spirit comes out in her zest for life and her will to enjoy the gift of her survival.  As she has learned, it’s not the challenges that we face in life, but the way we deal with them.Linda_pink_cap 2
Are you man enough to wear pink?
Show your support for women by wearing pink to tonight's festivities!
Rip Caswell Sculptures & Gallery of NW Art 
201 W. Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale OR 97060
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Little Creek, new painting from Oregon

"Little Creek" (working title)
30x40 oils on Raymar panel

On the way from Portland to the Oregon Coast the HWy follows along this beautiful little creek.
This is for the show opening up in June at the Caswell Gallery in Historic Downtown Troutdale, Gateway to the Scenic Columbia River Gorge.
201 W. Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR Phone: 503.492.2473 Fax: 503.661.2946

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oil painting on canvas panel, from our camping trip to the Grand Tetons National ParkOil Painting on Canvas panel, from our camping trip to Yellowstone parkOil Painting on Canvas panel, rural farm country around where I live in Oregonoil painting on canvas panel View of sunrise at Fish Hawk Lake Oregon

I am a seventh generation Oregonian and a young fine artist seeking to grow, improve and make a significant contribution to the art world, especially emphasizing the story-telling power of painterly expression and celebrating the beauty of my surroundings. There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty, it is the language of nature. To me there is nothing more provocative than beauty, it inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

NW Oil Painter’s Guild Exhibit and sale at the Pomeroy Living History Farm

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NW Oil Painter’s Guild
Exhibit and sale at the Pomeroy Living History Farm

News release                                                   Date of Event:  May 15 and 16, 2010                           Contact: Denise Beuselinck (360)687-3645
Photos available upon request                        Release Date: immediately

An exhibit and sale of fine art by artist members of the NW Oil Painter’s Guild is being held  in “The Gathering Place” at the Pomeroy Living History Farm during the Herb and Garden Festival held Sat. May 16 10:00-5:00 and  Sun. May 17 1:00-5:00 at 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, WA. Pomeroy Farm is nestled among towering fir trees in beautiful Lucia Valley.    

The Oil Painter’s Guild consists of a local group of artists dedicated to painting with oils.  Many of the artists paint “en plein air”, out-of-doors on location, capturing the beauty of our world.  The members paint in different styles, ranging from realism to impressionism  to expressionism.  The oil paintings on exhibit will be judged by a local expressionistic artist Michael Orwick.  Michael paints oils that are glowing dialogues of light.  Several of the artists will have prints and art cards available for purchase along with their original paintings.  There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” where the public is invited to vote for the “best” painting, and a Silent Auction.

The Pomeroy Farm’s Herb and Garden Festival features thousands of fresh herb and vegetable plants, live entertainment, vendors, hayrides, and a Farm CafĂ©.  Free admission and parking.

More info regarding the art  guild is available at 
Michael Orwick at 
For more information about the Herb and Garden Festival, Pomeroy Living History Farm, and The Gathering Place at the Farm at  or call  360.686.3537 . 
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