Largely self-taught, I work in both black and white and color, analog and digital photography. These days I take the majority of my art photos in the context of other daily activities: going for a walk, running errands, visiting family and friends, etc. I believe there are always interesting images to be created if only I have the eye and skills to make them. My photographic interests include nature, urban and rural scenery, the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, cats, soft focus pictures, street art, abstract photography and images of Japan where I lived for nearly 10 years. The primary focus of my framed work in the gallery is Alberta Street itself.
Relying heavily on the power of eye contact, I use the eyes of my subjects to provoke conversation. I intuitively play with my mediums to help convey the unexpected psychological state of my subjects.
The underlying negative thoughts and emotions of humanity lack visual and verbal structure; they simply cannot be easily portrayed. They have their own organic form, color, movement and spontaneity that I can only accurately portray through the impulsive fragility of a paint stroke.
Many of my portraits are visually unappealing to some, however, I encourage my viewers to avoid breaking eye contact. By bringing forth emotion, each painting serves as a unveiling of who we are and what we’re often hiding. It serves as an opportunity to explore the truth behind social encounters. Each portrait contains great ambiguity, but through a reflection of personal experiences, there's an attainable reason as to why my characters appear as they do.
For me art is one's inner voice.
My name is Kim and I am a quilling artist.
I only recently discovered my love of paper.
I feel lucky to have found this part of myself.
I create with paper, glue and a rolling tool.
It is a slow process but very enjoyable.
I am inspired by nature and see it in almost every aspect of my work.
I started quilling about a 3 years ago. I saw a photo of quilling paper
on- line and with one click everything changed. I self taught from
you-tube videos, but mostly just trial and error.
My husband made me my first quilling tool while I waited for one to come in the mail. Most supplies I order on line. The tool was made with a wine cork and piece of metal. It worked!
I have been creating ever since.
My work is always changing. I never get tired of it because there is always someting new to try.
Eryn is a Pacific Northwest artist whose passion for nature and adventure, inspires her modern, impressionistic paintings. A hiker and outdoor enthusiast, she translates her adventures into fresh interpretations of recognizable, beloved, natural treasures.
Eryn’s style is uniquely brilliant, full of vibrancy, texture and emotion. A modern colorist, Eryn is captivated by color, and uses professional, non-toxic pigments, for environmental safe, yet optimal depiction of familiar landscapes.
Handmade cycling themed jewelry. Stunning, unique and must see selection of one of a kind pieces.
When I started bending and twisting up my first bike spoke bracelet I had no idea it would lead to all this. I realized the parts of bicycle chain become a great media and multi-purposed. I like to use nice Campagnolo, Shimano and other high end or exotic bicycle chains. However, I can do something with most bike chain. Then it was a simple leap to add in break cable and bike inner tubes.
Moth & Twig
I create miniature mosaics. I find that I am happiest when I'm working with my hands, manipulating materials into small, wearable works of art. I utilize various materials including smalti, glass, millefiori, mosaic gold smalti, filato, and ceramic tile that I source from Morocco. Fashioning miniature art pieces into jewelry combines my loves for jewelry and mosaic arts. I combine traditional mosaic techniques with daily experimentation. Working small scale requires patience, a steady hand, good eyesight, and an array of interesting tools.
Working in acrylic, watercolor, and ink, M3AT has been journeying through art for ~12 years. They are inspired by nature, dreams, emotions, and the curiously morbid. Their work is centered around bold colors, flowing lines, happy mistakes, and refusing to color in the lines.
As a Xicanx transplant in the Oregon/Washington area, M3AT is especially interested in their indigenous roots and the delicate grasp we have on identity and cultura.
If thoughts and dreams were photographed then Ben Patterson's works would be just that. Bizarre animals, graffiti birdhouses, and child-like characters are all posed in surreal settings. There is an innocence reflected in his works, yet an underlying sadness that sits upon them. Rendered in a high low style, polished yet simple at times, Patterson's art emphasizes the dream and the possibility of change. Many works seem to be on the verge of a tipping point, depicted at the peak of a transition where the viewer is left to decide which direction it will take. Patterson pushes this idea of the contradictory state, where there is no absolution of right or wrong, no definitive choice, but only a harmonious variation where both exist.
Julia's abstract works take craft into a new contemporary art context. The forms such as knitting, crochet, and weaving take on the materiality of electrical cabling like extension cords, ethernet cables, audio cables, which harmonizes traditionally discordant gendered forms. Her designs bring new life and new discourse about the cables that are becoming obsolete as society goes wireless. In general her artwork and use of materials aim to work through topics such as femininity, delicateness/strength, and breaking gender stereotypes/expectations.
Blue Fox Glass
FUNctional Fused Glass Art
My fascination with glass began in the early 90s when I took my first stained glass class. Purchasing my first glass kiln in the fall of 2009, expanded my world and opened up a wider range of possibilities for my art. Since then I have been sharing my art in various art shows, festivals, and retail locations.
Largely self taught via books, experimentation, and “happy accidents”, I draw inspiration from looking around at everyday objects and the world around me.
Each piece of glass I use is hand selected and purchased directly from the manufacturer.
In jewelry, as in life, balance is key - playful yet elegant, distinctive yet wearable, well-crafted yet affordable. I love creating colorful anodized aluminum and silver jewelry that helps you celebrate your day simply by wearing it.
I took my first jewelry class in High School. I loved working with metal and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University in Northern California. There I learned the importance of strong design and craftsmanship and it's where I learned how to anodize aluminum. When I realized that I could play with color and metal at the same time, I was hooked for good.
So, what is anodized aluminum?
Anodizing is a three step process that allows me to custom dye the metal a wide range of luminous colors. It also strengthens and protects the surface. It does not tarnish or rub off.