Sunflowers by Debbie Marvin

 

Debbie Marvin’s paintings will be shown in the Rolling River Spirits tasting room gallery from November 6 through November 29th.    Join us Friday, November 6 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk  artist reception.

About the Artist:
My name is Debbie Marvin and I was born and raised in the Northwest. I am a painter, a pianist and a writer. As a child, I did a lot of drawings but did not start dabbling in paints until I was in my early 30’s. My favorite mediums are watercolor and acrylic.
I am a self-taught artist that firmly believes everyone has artistic talent within them. I am drawn to color and specifically am attracted to the unique beauty and variety of colors nature provides us with flowers. Botanicals have been my theme for the last year or more, though I also enjoy painting landscapes and ocean scenery.

Visit Debbie’s website caringart.org

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The art of Whitney N. North will be shown in the Rolling River Spirits tasting room from June 12th to July 26th.

Artist’s Statement:
My name is Whitney North and I paint acrylic on canvas. Those are all the facts of the matter. Why I paint? What inspires me? Those answers are far more vague…
I can conclude that I paint what I paint because that is what I have in me to paint; and the images that lurk behind my eyes desire to come out into the light. Sometimes a simple suggestion for a new subject matter can spark a blazing fire of creativity inside me, sometimes I just feel like challenging myself and trying something new, other times I do the same subject over and over again in different colors, patterns or sizes because I enjoy improving upon my previous attempts. That is the truth in the simplest terms that I can describe them in.
I like to work on a large scale because I feel that it gives me more space for expression. Think of my general aversion to smaller canvases as creative claustrophobia. I use acrylic paint because I don’t enjoy waiting for oil paints to dry and because I dislike the lucidity of water colors.
I prefer not to blend my colors, instead using areas of flat color to add to the simplicity of the images I create. To my way of thinking, if you can tell it’s supposed to be a tree then it’s a tree.
As for “how to appreciate my work”, “how to look at my work”, or “how I hope others will see my work” I will leave that up to the viewer. I simply hope that the work that I create will evoke a fraction of the emotional response in others that creating it brings to me.

For more information about Whitney N. North go to http://northpaintings.com/

The art of Paul ONeill will be shown in the Rolling River Spirits tasting room during the month of May. Paul was born in Connecticut, moved to Portland and attended Portland State where he earned a BA in Fine Arts.  For the last 30 years he has lived and worked as an artist in SE Portland.  Paul has shown work at numerous venues and galleries throughout the Pacific NW and the New York Tri-State Area.

According to Paul, “The thick texture medium used in the foreground of my paintings was first used about 12 years ago – was a happy accident.  I used the sculpting medium as a last resort attempt to fix a painting I was working on at the time and had not stretched the canvas correctly thus making for a bad outcome.  It was then I discovered it was an incredibly versatile medium that could be used in a wide variety of artistic applications.”

More of Paul’s work can be seen at Fine Art America.

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Dianna Ferenz presents her paintings at Rolling River Spirits April 3 – 26.

Artist’s Reception Friday, April 3, 5 -8 pm.

Artist Statement:
“For everything that is unique to an individual, if it does not wish to be silent, needs its proper language.” (Rilke) My mode of language is painting in a highly abstracted voice of dream, poetry, myth. Between space and shadow, paintings emerge more stream of consciously than contrived. My work have been described as ethereal, evocative, emotive, sometimes nostalgic–perhaps trying to capture fleeting moments-the viewer adds the signified. Solitude and silence provide the back space for these reflections; themes of mirrors, water and night recur.

The words of poets and storytellers resonate then fade, their echoes transforming into time-intensive, multi-layered images…

The Organic/Vortex series by John Gamboa

Artist’s Statement:

The Spirit of the Work: This series of paintings represents years of developing not only a personal style, but a new technique for creating a sustainable series of exciting paintings. Although I am usually alone when I paint, I only create these pieces when I am in a performer’s state of mind; these pieces are the result of physical activity that is focused, intense and emotionally vulnerable, as I feel either thrills or frustration with them as they are transformed from molten chaos into radiant order.

I use the term “Organic” for any of my images that neither represent nor are abstracted from some real subject, but are entire compositions that grow spontaneously and innocently of themselves. Although I prepare the ground and select the colors with care, once I am actually working with the paint on the panel, I watch what develops with minimal guidance. I also use the term organic because many of these paintings look like flowers or some other living thing and I wish to evoke that association.

The term “Vortex” refers specifically to my organic pieces created by cutting spiral patterns into thick oil paint.   Continue reading

ON COLORING | An Exhibition on Art History & Coloring  – February 6 – March 1

Curator, artist and author Catherine Haley Epstein has arranged a colorful exhibition of works by local and national artists.

February 6th – March 1st, Rolling River Spirits will display an exhibition of beautifully colored posters by 13 professional artists from throughout the US. The images are from her coloring book In a True Democracy the Many are Obligated to the Few, and are an homage to contemporary artists and thinkers. The exercise in coloring is an exercise in distilling art history and playing with the seriousness that is “Art”. There will also be a colorful mural of 22 soup can images inspired by Andy Warhol and executed by local third graders.

Proceeds from the sale of the works, and coloring books will go to arts in education programming.

Artists: Analisa Goodin (CA), Angela Voulgarelis (NY), Ann Ploeger (OR), Carla Repice (NY), Chris Leib (CA), Cynthia Mossier (OR), Luke Dolkas (OR), Meghan Hunt (MD), Diane Jacobs (OR), Paolo Salvagione (CA), Patrick Hinds (OR), MJ Dowling (CO), Tereza Swanda (MA), Dorothy Fox Elementary School 3rd Graders

For more information on Catherine Haley Epstein: www.mindmarrow.com

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Daydream~
This series asks us to question what happens when we let our dreams inhabit bodies in our waking worlds. The paintings work to tell a story without beginning, without necessary end. These are stories wherein the viewer holds each answer in their exploration of color and image as the paintings open themselves, each a small gift, a secret private and beautiful. When we let ourselves ride in that shadow-space between wakefulness and dream, images are alive in a swirl of calm and readiness. Whatever we carry from our pasts and into our present is allowed room within these paintings. Where the crow crowns herself queen and the wings of creatures are more than we imagined, these images give us an opportunity to see past ourselves and into what we wish.

Thus far, Daydream is a 27-piece series in which acrylic paint is applied to stretched canvas. The abstract background in each piece consists of a variety of textures, stamping, and a blend of bold, earthy tones achieved through use of a variety of carved vegetables. The images are inherently organic and speak to a collective creative consciousness, both through the execution from mind-to-canvas, and through their interpretation from canvas-to-mind.

Bio~

Shanna Trumbly was born into a family of highly creative individuals who always encouraged her passion for art. Three generations of Oregonian creativity produced a child determined to offer her unique vision of both the natural and imagined world.

At nineteen, Shanna graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle where she studied graphic design, anatomy, illustration, and life drawing. After graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon and became a member of the Portland Saturday Market. Shanna’s art has been birthed through many different mediums such as clay sculpture, glass torch work, mosaics, leather sculpture, and, recently, a clothing line.
While Shanna began giving life to her illustrations using colored pencil, she realized upon completion of her first painting, “The Unforgettable Kiss” her true love was the fluidity and challenge of acrylic paint on canvas.
Her remarkable series “Daydream” explores the playfulness of wakeful dreaming and how the search for meaning in our lightly conscious world can reveal a new and vivid Self. She incorporates myth, the liquidity of the unconscious mind, and a profound and whimsical respect for the inhabitants of the natural world within each gorgeously wrought image.

Her works can be found online, at a variety of shows on the west coast, a number of galleries and boutiques, and at the Eugene Saturday Market.           www.trumblydesigns.com

Victory (Ode to McQueen) oils and enamel on canvas by Jason Phelps
Victory (Ode to McQueen) oils and enamel on canvas by Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps presents “Sojourn”; a collection of work pairing glances of the human form with the designs of nature.  His work ranges from figurative to abstract while employing both traditional and found media.  He is a transplant from Southern Oregon and enjoys the creative process of making and teaching art.   His experience of growing up around the mountains and rivers of Southern Oregon helped to develop his instinct to wander, collect, and create. He aims to layer his work with both material and meaning; in addition, Jason hopes that his work will encourage the viewer to contemplate our relationship with the intelligence of the Earth, animals, and stars.  As he states in his statement for Sojourn:

We are not outside nature. We are part of the great events which occur all around us;  whether beneath our feet or in our night sky.

His work can be seen at  www.jasonwadephelpsart.com

Victory (Ode to McQueen) oils and enamel on canvas by Jason Phelps
Victory (Ode to McQueen) oils and enamel on canvas by Jason Phelps

Jason Phelps presents “Sojourn”; a collection of work pairing glances of the human form with the designs of nature.  His work ranges from figurative to abstract while employing both traditional and found media.  He is a transplant from Southern Oregon and enjoys the creative process of making and teaching art.   His experience of growing up around the mountains and rivers of Southern Oregon helped to develop his instinct to wander, collect, and create. He aims to layer his work with both material and meaning; in addition, Jason hopes that his work will encourage the viewer to contemplate our relationship with the intelligence of the Earth, animals, and stars.  As he states in his statement for Sojourn:

We are not outside nature. We are part of the great events which occur all around us;  whether beneath our feet or in our night sky.

His work can be seen at  www.jasonwadephelpsart.com