March Mosaics, Photography and Ceramics

Meet our March Featured Artists!

Ruth Doumit (Ceramics/Mosaics), Virginia Paul (Photography), Neeltje (Nellie) Vos (Ceramics)

First Thursday: You are invited to join us for a First Thursday celebration on March 5 at 5:30 pm at the gallery.


Ruth Doumit – Ceramics

Artist Ruth DoumitI grew up in beautiful Wahkiakum County! I lived in Skamokawa until I married my high school sweetheart over 48 years ago and then moved to Cathlamet. We have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

When I went to school there were no art classes, except for 3rd and 4th grades. I went to Lower Columbia College in ’65’ 66, ’76 ’77, and then again in the ‘90s, taking all of the art classes available. Design is the class that I learned the most from, otherwise, I am self-taught.

I had a great aunt who was an art teacher. I feel that I got my ability to create art out of found pieces from her. I can visualize the finished piece of art from a pile of stuff.

My art work is all one of a kind pieces. I know what my finished size is, a basic design is drawn, and then the glass and ceramic speak to me and I use the materials like paint. I have hundreds of colors of glass, tile, and ceramic. Copper wire, copper bee-bees, washers. I keep it all of my leftovers and use it when it calls to me.

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Bluebird Lamp

My major artwork since 1976 has been stained glass, adding bas relief tile design in the late 80s. My work is all over the United States, plus other countries. At the present, I am combining both glass and ceramic work into mosaics. I also have a line of ceramic dishware that I design, paint, glaze and fire. I have worked with Wahkiakum High School on 2 year-long projects in metal sculpture for public art. I will be doing a project again this next school year.

I enjoy coming to my studio every day of the week! I have a huge studio on the top floor of the historic Doumit Building, which was built in 1903. My husband Steve’s grandfather bought it in 1905 and it has been in the Doumit family since. Steve and I own it now and lovingly take care of it.

I am also a member of the wonderful Tsuga Gallery 70 Main St. in Cathlamet, and have artwork at the Redmen Hall in Skamokawa.

Mosaic Wall Hanging

Mosaic Wall Hanging

Mosaic Table Mallards

Mosaic Table Mallards

Mosaic Table (Detail)

Mosaic Table (Detail)

Mosaic Table

Mosaic Table

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Virginia Paul – Photography

Virginia PaulWith a painting and drawing background, I made the transition to photography about 15 years ago. I photograph what I know and love, as my entire life has been infused with horses and the Western Lifestyle. Time is always in motion so I enjoy “freezing” my favorite moments with my camera.

As a member of a local camera club, it challenges me to widen my horizons and experiment with new ideas.

Going for It

Going for It

Buckaroo

Buckaroo

Stirring up the Dust

Stirring up the Dust

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Neeltje (Nellie) Vos – Ceramics

Blue Platter

Blue Platter

Bowl

Bowl

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Dark Blue Bowl

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Green Crystalline Glaze Bowl

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White Crawling Glaze over Mirror Vase

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February Featured Artists

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Join us at our February First Thursday Celebration on February 5 at 5:30 pm to meet our featured artists and see their artwork for the first time. They are Hilarie Couture, Painter;  Susan Supola, Silk Painter and Tim Foertsch, Metal Artist. Scroll below to learn more about their artwork. About Hilarie Couture, Painter I am a direct painter who loves to work from life. I know it isn’t always possible to do that, but my work is the freshest when I do. My style is colorful,impressionistic and full of energy, not a photograph, but my own depiction and interpretation of the subject. My work is … Continue reading

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January 2015

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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

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“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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