Artwork by Southwest Washington and Oregon artists.

April 2016 Featured Artists

Join us at First Thursday, April 7th to meet the featured artists: Sue Kramer, Mirabelle Hobson and The Birds & Bees Show

Mingle with fellow art lovers in historic downtown Longview. Live music provided by local musicians. Featured artists artwork is on display all month.
During the April 7th First Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, enjoy the guitar music of Keith Hinyard.

musician

About The Artists

Sue Kramer

Sue Kramer

Sue Kramer

I have always loved art and admired all types of art since I can remember. I took art classes in school every chance I could. Over the years I was so involved in raising four children and working full time and, like so many other parents this left no time or very little time for personal art work. When my children were older or moved out of the nest, I took some art classes in my spare time both privately and at Clark College. I retired in 2014 and decided one day to try pastel art as I had a box of pastels given to me years ago and have discovered a new joy. I am self taught and learn more and more each project. I have won awards a various County Fairs and have done commission work of people’s pets, boats and children. I enjoy painting in between my other love for basket making and love the time to do these projects that retirement affords me.

One day while on a break at work one of my coworkers was working on a small item that drew my attention. She showed me the start of a pine needle basket she was working on and explained that she had been making baskets for almost thirty years. She showed me what she was doing and I wanted to learn more. Once she started teaching me on our lunches and breaks, I was hooked!

That was 5 years ago and I have been weaving ever since.I have won numerous awards at various County Fairs for my baskets. There is an old saying that I heard about basket weavers “Each basket you make holds a piece of the weaver’s soul”.  I believe that to be true. By the way, my teacher became one of my dearest friends and we still continue to weave together every chance we get.

lid and container

Moab – Pine Needle Container

grape basket

Grape Basket with Handle

carved gourd

African Quilt, Carved Gourd

painted gourd

Serenity, Painted Gourd

elephant gourd

Decorated Elephant, Gourd

poster for birds and bees show
Birds and Bees Display

Birds and Bees Display

Paintings

Paintings

Sculptures

Sculptures

Jewelry

Jewelry

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic Tiles

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