Join us this Friday, November 7th, 4:30 – 8:00 pm for First Friday – Portland’s Eastside Artwalk.   Shanna Trumbly presents her remarkable series “Daydream”

“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

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014   Read Mary’s Vindulge blog here or below.

 

Let’s talk about vodka shall we?

Why not? Kids are back in school and folks are already talking about cooler weather and heartier food… in other words, the F word — fall! This whole fall business makes me uneasy since I’m a little obsessed with summer and don’t want to see it go (ever!). Vodka cocktails, like the one below, are a way to make it feel like summer year-round. And because we’re talking about vodka today I wanted to introduce you to a new vodka producer on the block.

Founded in 2011 Rolling River Spirits is a small family-owned and operated craft distillery located here in Portland, Oregon. Run by the Rickard family (Tim, Rick, and Joan), the company focuses on artisan spirits using fresh organic ingredients.

I had the opportunity to meet the family earlier this summer and check out their newly opened tasting room located in Portland’s Distillery Row to see what they have going on.

The small facility is home to hand-built stills, production equipment, and a quaint tasting room where you can enjoy their current offering.

At the time of my visit they were only making Vodka, with plans to soon release a Gin and Whiskey.

The Vodka ($25), made from wheat in a small reflux column still, is smooth with a spice kick that hits you at the end. A nice vodka to use in your favorite vodka based cocktails. Continue reading

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

 

reviewed by Brett Konen – Sip Northwest Magazine.  Read article here or below.

 

Rolling River Spirits Vodka

by Brett Konen

Portland’s Rolling River Spirits hones in on one thing: distillation as a pure art form. Founded in 2011, Rolling River (part of the Rose City’s spirit-saturated Distillery Row) is owned and operated by the Rickard family, each member an artisan in his or her own right and all with “a keen interest in craft and dimensional arts.” The core team members—Tim (whose art has been commissioned and showcased in galleries up and down the coast), Joan (in her free time an avid quilter and gardener) and Rick (fascinated by the intersection of art and spirits)—are on the first bottling of their first vodka recipe, which provides a concrete example of that focus on artistic purity.

Crystal-clear in color, distilled from pure and organic grains with pure Portland water direct from Portland’s iconic and tallest neighboring peak (Mount Hood), the vodka is designed to showcase grain character rather than slink guiltily away from it. Warm with the smoothness of wheat and the subtle spice element imparted by rye, the spirit will play well with other mixers but should also be sampled straight at least once to appreciate the artistry behind it.

Follow on Facebook: Rolling River Spirits

Track on Twitter: @rollingriverpdx

Here is Rolling River’s section of Mike’s blog.  To read his entire blog PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 29, 2014 click here.

…   ~BOOZE~

Rolling River Spirits |1215 SE 8th Ave, Suite H |rollingriverspirits.com

A family owned and operated distillery, Rolling River Spirits encapsulates dreams and hard work coming to fruition. Their vodka, made from winter wheat, is proof of their earned success. The name, Rolling River is inspired by the majestic rivers in the area and underscores the importance of pure water in their distillation process. The end result is a vodka so smooth that you’ll have to reorganize your top shelf and make room. With so much passion behind their craft, I can not wait to return when they release their gin and whiskey.

PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 29, 2014.

farmers market by Philip Pittsenbarger
farmers market by Philip Pittsenbarger

Our August featured artist is Philip Pittsenbarger. This series of paintings is based on scenes in and around Portland. Philip’s paintings are not intended to be photographic representations of a particular building or street scene but rather strive to capture the character and emotion of a given place much like a fleeting memory or dream. He likes to convey a strong sense of light, shadow and movement to bring the scene to life. The spontaneity and fluidity of watercolor make it the perfect medium for achieving these qualities. Philip believes that every good painting should tell a story and not just be a pretty picture.

Visit us in the tasting room to view the work of this great local artist!

According to Greg, “I like to take real images and condense them into altered realities. With collage it is possible to play with (observed) gravity and even time.  They are stories in one frame. And turn up the volume. I like collage because each piece of the whole holds an image on it, that then is juxtaposed into a more complex and rich meaning, thus giving the viewer more to chew on and ponder.”