Wednesday, May 23, 2007

First Friday Coming Soon!

On June 1 we'll have the second First Friday Art Opening at The Art of Your Life. This month I'll be showing new work, including encaustic, painting, and collage. The opening is 6-9 PM at 1210 SE Oak St., Portland. From 6-7 we'll be treated to the wonderful music of singer-songwriter Julianna Waters, together with two other great musicians. So come early if you can, to hear these folks.

The First Friday openings are organized by the Central Eastside Art District who will be putting out a new map of galleries and sponsoring businesses on June 1. The Eastside District is a lively one with lots of passionate and vivid art on view! The website for CEAD is:

Hope to see you June 1 for art, music, and refreshments!

I also want to take this space to thank the organizers of the Mt. Tabor Art Walk and to thank my lovely hosts, Carol and Steve Sloan, makers of nature-inspired, uniquely crafted garden art. You can reach them at

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Busy, busy May and June!

1. The Mount Tabor Art Walk
Mark your calendars! Artists in the
Mt. Tabor neighborhood in Portland, OR plan to open their in-home studios to visitors on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, 2007, from 11am until 5pm each day for the second Annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk. This is a juried art show, and the artists will be offering their work for sale. In 2006, we had 33 artists in 22 homes participating in this event. 2007 offers 35 artists at 27 locations! You can download a printable map from the website at: A variety of very talented and professional artists will be represented, including painters, photographers, jewelry designers and more. Come meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy a walk in the neighborhood. There is no admission fee to attend. Bring your friends and support your local artists (including this blogger.) Maps will be available at several local businesses a few weeks prior to the event:

Bipartisan Café: 7901 SE Stark
Common Grounds Coffeehouse: 4321 SE Hawthorne

Cooper’s Coffee: 6049 SE Stark
Muse Art+Design: 4224 SE Hawthorne

2. First Friday at The Art of Your Life

That would be me, showing my work this month at 1210 SE Oak,
Portland. Watch this space for more about the show--I'm working like mad on it!

3. Etsy Art & Craft Summer Sale

PSU South Park Blocks
SW Park Avenue between SW Market & Jackson Streets
Portland OR 97205

Saturday, June 9th, 7am to 5pm – 40+ Vendors

Sponsored by PSU Women’s Studies Department and the “Walk of Heroines”

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Still a Chance to "Assemble Yourself"

I inadvertently scheduled the "Assemble Yourself" workshop for Mothers Day--not surprisingly, there are still openings! Bring your mom for an unusual Mothers Day activity!

Using found objects (old junk and stuff), paper, fabric, clay and more, you’ll create a 3-D collage that expresses your passions and your dreams. You'll explore ways to combine objects and images that unite in a striking and meaningful work of art. You'll leave with a unique finished assemblage, perfect for a special gift or cherished keepsake.

May 13, 10 AM to 4PM.

Led by Serena Barton

Tuition: 90. (includes many supplies)

Morning snacks provided. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

More photos from "Emergence"

A few more photos from First Friday!

First Friday Show at The Art of Your Life

First Friday, May 4, saw the blossoming of "Emergence", a show of work by students from Art of Your Life classes, workshops, groups and coaching. Participants were: Polly Burton, Linda Haynes, Andy Serdar, Jennifer Johnston, Mary Stilwell, Paulette Insall, Nicole Lilak, Kristin Maus, Connie Reynolds, Karen Joy Campbell, Cris Skinner, Gretchin Lair, Bonnie Ward, and Diane Havnen-Smith.

Wonderful singing and guitar music was provided by Julianna Waters and Barry Crannell, musicians extraordinaire. Lots of people came to the show and were impressed and inspired by the work. Some of the artists remarked that they gained new respect for their own work by seeing it displayed gallery-style.

Thanks to all who participated, attended, and helped!