January 2015


Join us for a First Thursday Celebration to welcome the New Year! Thursday, January 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Gallery. Our featured artists are  Sandi Kelley, Zentangle artist; and Janice Newton, painter and sculptor. About Sandi Kelley – Zentangle I’ve been surrounded by art and artists my entire life but I’ve only recently come to call myself an artist. I discovered my artistic niche when I discovered Zentangle in  2012. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In October of 2013 I received my Zentangle teaching Certificate … Continue reading

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Marie Wise & Peggy Bird Collaborate

Marie Wise & Peggy Bird

Two unique artists collaborate to bring you color and glass in December! Marie Wise and Peggy Bird love words, color and social media, and they are here to share their work with you! Join us for a First Thursday celebration to see their art for the first time, and enjoy the fellowship of art lovers. First Thursday – December 4 >> mark your calendar! More about Marie Wise (paintings & mosaics) and Peggy Bird (glass) Marie Wise (paintings & mosaics) I’m showing my mosaics for the first time, and I hope you enjoy them! They are a collaboration between Peggy Bird and I. She gives … Continue reading

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Pause, smile and be intrigued by our November Featured Artists!

Kay Crawford, River Run

Each of our November artist brings a unique focus to fine art. Kay Crawford hopes her pastel paintings make you pause, smile, be intrigued or simply rest for a moment. She’s inspired by Pacific Northwest landscape scenes.   Janet Ellis is fascinated when the color, shape and texture of cut glass pieces change dramatically in the fusing process. Her pieces develop through a fluid design process that emerges as she works.   Scott McRae continues to explore the bold colors and textures of acrylic paints, and strives to bring out a ‘joyful person’ in his paintings. He uses bold brush … Continue reading

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October Painters

Debra Chase, painter

Join us for an inspirational October show! Our painters: Debra Chase and Ramona Lauzon each have a unique style. First Thursday – October 2 5:30 – 7:30 pm Music by Keith Hinyard Miniatures Show Awards Featured Artists Debra Chase (paintings), Sandy Brown (pottery), Ramona Lauzon (oil paintings), Collen Little (teapots) About Debra Chase (paintings) Art is a joyful, spiritual and in-the-moment process for me. Nature is a huge inspiration for these interactions. I focus on the language of art whenever I am engaged in the artistic process. Composition, color and mood have been the primary focus of these recent paintings, which were … Continue reading

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Swarovski: the ‘Sparkly-est’ of Crystals

Mary Fortner, jeweler

Mary Fortner works with the ‘sparklyest’ crystals by Swarovski. It’s no surprise a talented jewelry maker would love the fashion design crystals made by the Austrian producer of luxury cut lead glass. The company dates back to the 1800s, when young glass cutter Daniel Swarovski patented an electric cutting machine that facilitated the production of crystal glass. The Swarovski company was formed, establishing its first crystal cutting faculty in Tyrol, Austria. Later the Swarovski company expanded to include Tyrolit (makers of abrasive and cutting tools, and Swarovski Optik (optical instruments such as binoculars and rifle scopes, among other ventures. Today, … Continue reading

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Form Inspires Kit Metlen’s Indian Carvings


“What keeps me interested in returning to a block of wood? I seldom carve straight through on one piece of wood.  I take breaks to let the carving settle in my mind and to allow the mind to wonder of the possibilities.” ~ Kit Metlen Kit started carving with pocket knives when he found one in a camp ground near Early Winters in the summer of 1959. He carved a bird and other things to earn his Boy Scout Woodcarving Merit Badge a few years later. He continued to carve whenever he had a piece of wood and nothing else … Continue reading

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Handicapped boy adds magic to father’s motion photography

AJ Patnode

“I take the photographs and A.J. adds the magic. It’s something this father and son do together,”–Mike Patnode A.J. was born severely handicapped, much like a quadriplegic on December 17, 1998. Our family’s goal has always been to help A.J. use his mind, even though he has minimal use of his body. Our photographic art is a kinetic motion study from the results of interacting with A.J. and his toys. A.J. likes to watch lights and movement. One of the few things he can do for himself is to operate a switch that sets in motion lights and various shiny, colorful streamers … Continue reading

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A Day at the Beach

Day at the Beach

Nothing inspires Earlene Holmstrom more than the people she encounters daily. She loves the challenge of capturing the subtle nuances in each face, and the emotional message in the movement of a figure. “Painting takes me to a place where time disappears and all that exists is me and the emotional connection between me and the portrait or figure I am painting. Soft pastels satisfy my need for intensity, immediacy, and emotion. Painting replenishes my soul and prepares me for another day in the real world.” –Earlene Holmstrom  Almost like the way we feel after a day at the beach! See more of Earlene’s … Continue reading

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Bonnie and Dennis Blake


Jewelry and fiber art by Bonnie Blake, and photography by Dennis Blake join the July featured show this month. Meet Bonnie and Dennis at this month’s First Thursday celebration, July 10, at 5:30 pm in our gallery.  Bonnie is a jewelry maker and fiber artist. Whether sawing and hammering the hard surfaces of silver and copper or manipulating wool and silk, she loves the textures and the tactile nature of the materials. Each piece of Bonnie’s jewelry is hand made from sterling and may include other metals, stones, or found objects. She collects rocks, glass, pottery shards, and other objects which are always waiting to be included … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Local, State and National Parks

Lake Sacajawea in Spring, Longview, Washington

On this Fourth of July 2014, we take a moment to honor parks. They are our nation’s treasures; preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. This month we feature original paintings showing the beauty of our local, state and national by Lola Dennis, an Oregon landscape artist. “We are so blessed to enjoy parks. Whether enjoying a casual family picnic, or experiencing the Grand Canyon for the first time, parks provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature at its finest”, states Lola. Meet Lola and see her … Continue reading

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