Saturday, January 30, 2010

First Friday 2/5/10 at Art on the Boulevard


First Friday is once again upon us and this month we are featuring Denise McFadden's watercolors. Saturated with light and color, Denise's remarkable watercolor paintings capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Included in her new works will be several of her "woven" paintings where she paints two like paintings then cuts them into strips and weaves them together to
create one painting.

The First Friday reception is on February 5th from 5 to 9 pm. Come enjoy complimentary light refreshments, live music and meet Denise. To preview the show please visit our website and click on "upcoming events" then click on "visit the exhibition".

Remember, art makes a wonderful Valentine's day gift for that someone special in your life!

Kevin Weaver
Gallery Director
Art on the Boulevard
210 W Evergreen Blvd.
Suite 300
Vancouver, WA 98660

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cannon Beach Workshop with Michael Orwick, March 26, 27 & 28

--Strengthen your Visual Sensitivity and Creative Visual Language with Michael Orwick--
This workshop is designed to explore the fundamental reasons behind a painting's success as you create your own masterpiece. Class is March 26, 27 and 28, 10 am to 4 pm daily.

Through informative conversations and step-by-step demonstrations, students will gain an understanding of the interrelated components of painting- including value, shape, color, and edge relationship. You'll be painting right alongside artist Michael Orwick. Each of you will be given personal attention and friendly critiques.

Michael will also discuss the benefits and drawbacks of photo references. He will provide some reference material for you, but you are encouraged to bring your own landscape photos to paint. Michael will emphasize emotion, color, composition, and ways to turn a photo into a spirited painting.

Emphasis will be placed on composition, editing and selection skills as well as clarifying light effects for strong, personal design. You’ll study the power and importance of balance, unity, variety, interest and contrast through the tonal and color aspects of your paintings. You'll also learn about mixing colors from a limited palette while still achieving dynamic light and shadow effects with lively color. You’ll discover how values and temperature work to keep your paintings in harmony.

On Saturday after class (4:30-5:30) a special reception with appetizers and wine is being offered free of charge at Dragonfire gallery for this group.

Bonus: Get ready for painting outdoors with a Plein-air equipment overview and suggestions list.
Weather permitting Michael invite you to join him before and after class to paint the magic of Haystack rock in plein air.

Class is meeting at Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce building in the beautiful Chamber Hall, 207 N Spruce St Cannon Beach, OR 97110 (503) 436-2623

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Tuition is just $250 for all three days and the special reception, there is also an open option of $100 per day.

To sign up for the workshop contact Eeva, Lotta, or Marsha DragonFire Gallery 123 South Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR 97110 503 436 1533

Monday, January 25, 2010

"Painting Expressive Still-Lifes in Oils" Saturday workshops with Eric Jacobsen

When: Saturday March 13 (10-2)
Saturday March 20 (10-2)

Where: Art on the Boulevard (in the courtyard), Vancouver, WA

Cost: $50/per day

This class is open to beginners on up. We will cover composition,
color, edges and the use of expressive brushstroke to give life and
energy to your painting. The atmosphere will be informal and friendly
so come enjoy a Saturday or two of still life painting.

You will need: An easel, canvas, paintbrushes, odorless mineral
spirits, and a drop cloth. Also, bring a lunch and something to drink.
There is a restaurant and coffee shop in the courtyard where we'll be painting so you can get snacks, lunch, drinks etc... there if you like.

Contact Eric Jacobsen to sign up for the class:jacobsenstudio(at) or 509-364-0018

Monday, January 18, 2010

Silverton Fine Arts Festival seeks artists (Silverton, OR)

Reply to: johnl(at)

You are invited to apply for acceptance to the 10th Annual Silverton Fine Arts Festival, to be held August 21 and 22, 2010, in Silverton, Oregon. Our goal for this festival is to celebrate the virtuoso talents of our finest local and regional artists, as well as to provide the public and our selected exhibitors with a show of the highest quality. The site, historic Coolidge–McClaine Park in the heart of Silverton, on the banks of Silver Creek, is a beautiful area surrounded by towering oak and Douglas-fir trees. It is a popular summer gathering place and a wonderful setting for the festival.

Silverton area artists, art patrons and community leaders involved in event planning are committed to providing pre-event and on-site service for all selected participants. We are further committed to quality marketing focused on art communities and major populations within a 50-mile radius (including Portland, Salem, and Vancouver, WA).

The Silverton Fine Arts Festival is within easy (and scenic) driving distance of Oregon's metropolitan areas, and is adjacent to the Oregon Garden and Silver Falls State Park. Now in its tenth year, this show has established an excellent reputation for both quality of art and entertainment and for good organization. It features entertainment and hands-on activities for both children and adults, and encourages an atmosphere of conviviality between festival attendees and participating artists.

The festival is open to all artists and craftspeople producing original work. A jury of individuals with experience as working artists, gallery owners, and festival directors, will select artists to participate based on images submitted. Application deadline is March 31.

For more information, and to download a PDF file with the prospectus and application, please visit:

--John Labovitz
Co-Chair, Silverton Fine Arts Festival

Friday, January 15, 2010

Talking with Richard Ferguson

There are only 2 days left to see "Caught in the Moment", 611 N. Tillamook, Portland, OR. I visited today with Richard Ferguson, Director of Genre, Art Advocacy Center (GA2C) and Curator of "Caught in the Moment":

CB: Ok, you are the curator, are you an artist too?

RF: Yes, “they” made me put a couple of my pieces in, I resisted, but “they” won. *

CB: I’ve heard that the paintings are from all over the US?

RF: The majority of paintings are regional, meaning Portland and Oregon. I would say 75%. Paintings by artists from other states represent the remaining 25%.

CB: How did you make your selections?

RF: Artists were invited to show based on their demonstrated ability of what might be called realism, modern realism, classical realism and painterly representational.

CB: Tell me, if you have time, how did the idea for this show came about?

RF: Yes, I certainly have time. I believe all curators should be on hand to answer any question. People who visit galleries generally don't get to meet the curator, much less ask any questions. It shouldn’t be that way. These days when a person visits a gallery there might be no one there at all, much less the person who made decisions about the show. It is my personal mission to make changes in that regard. I know that it is a huge undertaking, but I believe that education for gallery goers as well as artists can change things. I feel that way and so do the others involved in Genre/Ga2C.

We’ve noticed that many galleries aren’t showing much work that can be classified as classic or traditional...We are advocates for traditional painting.

CB: What do you mean, exactly..that it shouldn’t be that way?

RF: The general population loves this type of work (gesturing to the paintings). They can’t get enough of it when it is shown. Recently at a museum I stood 5 people deep in order to see a Bouguereau. Realism is immensely popular, but critics still cover mostly “modern” work. Genre hopes to put more and more traditional work in front of people and to get critics involved too…in order to start a dialog.

CB: A dialog?

RF: Look, I would not expect to buy a ticket to the Symphony..go there and then learn that no one knows how to play. I would be very put off if I bought a ticket to attend a Trailblazer game only to spend an entire evening watching a team that didn’t know how to play basketball. When we go to galleries, shouldn’t we be rewarded with art that has been produced by people who have trained properly? The whole concept that art (that is any good) has to be “anything goes” is simply not accurate. We hope to invite dialog about the subject of contemporary traditional art among educators, artists, critics and art supporters and appreciators.

CB: What’s next for Genre GA2C?

RF: In September of this year we propose to launch another show that will encompass the natural world, figure and landscape. It won’t be in this location, it will be somewhere else (to be determined)…but we will implement all the same standards that we have in place here. We’ll find artists in the same way we did for this show. It will be outlined on our website.

CB: You did an outstanding job here.

RF: Thanks, I really am proud of it.

*editor's note: Richard Ferguson’s pieces were/are beautiful. He not only has a very keen eye as a curator, I guess we will have to just classify him as a modest man as well.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Art on the Boulevard's January show--MITCH BAIRD Friday Reception 1/8/10

Art on the Boulevard Artist Mitch Baird is featured in the January 2010 issue of Southwest Art. Mitch is featured in the “Artist to Watch” section as the editor’s choice for up-and-coming talent. Mitch was contacted by Southwest Art after his painting “Morning Ensigns, Italy” received both the Best of Show and the SW Art Award of Excellence at the prestigious Annual American Impressionist Society show held in Denver, CO in October. Southwest Art Magazine has long been considered to be one of the finest art magazines by collectors and artists in the United States. The awards add to a long list of accolades Mitch has received over the years and his reputation as one of the premier painters living in the Northwest today continues to grow.
In celebration of his recent awards Mitch will have a collection of 12 new works on display at Art on the Boulevard starting on January 5th. New works will also be on display from various gallery artists. The “New Works” show runs Jan 5th-30th. To preview the show online please visit our website and click on "upcoming events" then click on "visit the exhibition".
Please Note: Due to the New Years Day landing on First Friday, the First Friday Art Walk will be on the SECOND Friday, January 8th from 5 - 9 pm. (reprinted with permission from Art on the Boulevard)
Come celebrate with Art on the Boulevard and Mitch! MAP
(Click to enlarge this entry from Artist's Magazine blog):
(Dancing Brook by Mitch Baird)