During the month of June we are pleased to be showing Peter Mathios, Philip Smith, and Carlos E. Noriega in our exhibit “Is it Real or is it Kodak?”

American Kestrel 5x5Wildlife artist, Peter Mathios has been painting since he was a child. Inspired by memories of hunting with his father in Northern California, his favorite subjects are ducks and other waterfowl. He has been named the International Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year (’09) and Oregon Ducks Unlimited Duck Artist of the Year (’08). He has been published in Wildlife Art, US Art and California Waterfowl magazines. Mathios makes his home in the Willamette Valley and is a full-time artist.

Philip D. Smith is a native of Portland, OR and has been painting for over 35 years. He was born legally blind and has limited vision PSmith_Mid-cycle-Sundownin only one eye. Because of this, his innate perception of color, light and depth is amazing as demonstrated by his paintings. Phil paints in acrylic and oil and has explored a full range of subject matter including landscape, seascape, still life and portraits. He is also commissioned artist.

Carlos E. Noriega started his interest in photography while in high school. As a fighting Sea Bee in the U.S. Navy, he DSCN0300served two tours in Vietnam and photographed construction sites in the DMZ. After returning he became a police officer and applied his skills as a crime scene and autopsy forensic photographer. Carlos now devotes his time to photographing some of the most beautiful sights of the world. He loves to travel and capture the essence and spirit of a place through his images. Some of his most favorite subjects are the National Parks. His wildlife photographs are a specialty. This collection of photographs is from trips this past fall to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and the Columbia Gorge.

We will be open on First Friday, June 7, 5-9p.m. Stop by and enjoy free wine tasting by The Pines Vineyard and entertainment by Ron Hughes. Most Troutdale merchants participate in First Friday. Troutdale has great shops, restaurants, and plenty of parking. Make sure to start your weekend off with us!