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.”

Tatyana Ostapenko is a Soviet Union (now independent Ukraine) born visual artist living and working in Portland, OR.  Her expressive paintings explore the unsung mundanity and the overlooked details of everyday life.  Lived experience and intimate knowledge is vitally important to her process of image creating in which she employs the infinitely expressive medium to explore the gray scale of the everyday.  Tatyana’s work has been exhibited at Mark Wooley Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, Chehalem Cultural Center, Cascade Gallery and Nisus Gallery.

She is currently pursuing a BFA in Art Practice at Portland State University.

Her work can be seen at

The art of Donald Edward Brown will be shown in the Rolling River Spirits tasting room during the month of May. Brown is an award-winning painter who lives in Portland and focuses on portraiture. He works with ink, pencil, acrylic, and creates mixed media abstract works.

He will attend our grand opening on Friday, May 2, 5 pm – 9 pm, so stop by to meet the artist and try our first Vodka release. For more information on Donald, please visit his website.