Fleet Admiral Nimitz

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DSC02456Since we are about to send Fleet Admiral Nimitz off to Hawaii, we thought we would share some history of this remarkable man.

Fleet Admiral Nimitz enjoyed an illustrious Naval career. Born on February 24, 1885, in Fredericksburg, TX, he hoped to start his Army career by attending West Point. When this didn’t materialize, he tested for selection to Annapolis and was appointed. After graduation, he fulfilled his required two years of sea duty in the Far East and upon returning to the U. S., was ordered to submarine duty. ManyDSC02458 years later he returned to land duty where he was assigned to diesel engine training; then back to sea duty to set up a submarine base in Pearl Harbor. Following this, he was assigned to the Naval War College, where his varied expertise was put to good use studying Pacific Ocean war logistics.

At the height of World War II, he was promoted to Fleet Admiral—one among only four. When the Japanese surrendered on September  2, 1945, on board the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Fleet Admiral Nimitz signed the surrender document on behalf of the United States.

Following the war, he became a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations and worked to repair relations with Japan by raising funds to restore the Japanese memorial ship, Mikasa, and encouraging the return of any ancestral Samurai swords that had been acquired during the war. He believed in the importance of turning “swords into plowshares”. Post World War II, he turned down his many offers of prestigious positions in consideration of “how the Gold Star Mothers might feel”.

Fleet Admiral Nimitz died at his home in San Francisco on February 20, 1966. He was the last surviving five-star admiral. If you’d like to learn more about Fleet Admiral Nimitz, click here.

Rip considers it an honor to have been selected to memorialize Fleet Admiral Nimitz in bronze. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the completion of this sculpture. Read more here about the planned festivities.


Two very special events in Troutdale

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Unveiling and send off of the Admiral Nimitz monument at Mayor’s Square
July 31, 2013, 10am to noon and August 2, 2013, 5 – 9pm

Admiral Nimitz for Memorial“Five-star Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz is arguably the most important  American Naval Officer of the 20th century.” Rear Admiral Douglas Moore, Commander General of the Naval Order of U.S.

July 31, 10am to noon: Honoring the past, the present and the future
Join us as we celebrate our U.S. Naval history which includes the legendary Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz and now the completion of a national monument that will grace the entry to the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor; now a museum of the Pacific War. We have a very special morning planned in Mayor’s Square in Old Troutdale and are honored to announce the following:

Rear Admiral Douglas Moore (ret.), now Commander General of the Naval Order of the U.S., will give an address and assist with the unveiling of the monument.

Pearl Harbor MemorialRip will also speak about the project and give insight to an artist’s perspective and about what this major artwork means to him. Our local Navy Color Guard will perform the flag ceremony and we will celebrate the future sailors in attendance!

Local news personalities, Shirley Hancock and Mike Donahue will emcee.

Recording artist, Gino Vanelli, will open the ceremony with our National Anthem. Gino has made Troutdale home to his studio for several years and we are honored to have him involved with the Admiral Nimitz Bon Voyage!

First Friday Art Walk “Bon Voyage”
August 2, 5 – 9pm

HulaWe will be celebrating “Hawaiian Style” with hula dancers, food, wine and music in the park and at the Gallery during Art Walk. First Friday festivities in the Gallery include free wine tasting with Phelps Creek Vineyards and live music by Crystal Lariza. We have jewelry, pottery, wood and other wonderful work by local artists!

If you only have one day to spend in the Gorge

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We have many out of town visitors come by the Gallery throughout the year. Often they are tourists with a limited amount of time to explore the area. Luckily, one can enjoy much of what the area has to offer in single day (with a little strategy). Since most visitors to the area want to see Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood, with a little shopping and dining mixed in, we are happy to offer a few ideas.

Make Troutdale your first stop for a coffee and shopping. Of course, stop by Caswell Gallery, but Troutdale also has antique stores, specialty shops and a country store. If you are interested in taking the scenic route to the Falls, continue on the Old Columbia River Highway, stopping along the way at the Women’s Forum and Crown Point for magnificent views. Along the route you’ll enjoy several falls before arriving at Multnomah Falls. If this is where you tour stops, check in at the wildlife center for information on many lovely hikes in the vicinity. Definitely take the short walk up to the bridge. It’s easier than it looks, and more fun, too. If you’ve got more touring in you, continue east on I-84 and head to Hood River. There you will find restaurants, galleries, shops and all the wind surfing gear you might need. Hood River is about 50 miles from Portland, so head back directly on I-84W and you’ll be home in no time.

Another way to make this trip is to head directly to Hood River. In either direction you will be able to stop at Multnomah Falls by pulling out at the designated parking area and strolling over to the lodge. When returning from Hood River, either take the Old Highway, or stick to the freeway, but definitely stop in Troutdale to stretch your legs, shop and have dinner.

Other options for seeing the area by car are to take I-84E straight to Hood River. Pick up coffee and lunch-to-go in Troutdale. Slow down while cruising by Multnomah Falls (although we do recommend even a brief stop because you can’t really see it’s full magnificence from the road). Take a picnic at the Columbia Gorge Sailpark where you will enjoy thrilling entertainment by some of the best wind surfers and sailboarders in the countryfor free. Cruise through the town of Hood River before picking up Hwy. 35 toward Mt. Hood. On the way you’ll discover why this area is called “The Fruit Loop”. If traveling during summer or fall, stop by the many farm stands and grab some Hood River apples. After an hour or so, you’ll pick up Hwy. 26 heading west toward Mt. Hood. An easy 6 mile drive up to Timberline Lodge will not disappoint. If you’re traveling on a clear day you will be able to “see forever”. Explore this historical Lodge in all its handcrafted glory, sit by the fireplace, and have dinner or a drink. When leaving, follow Hwy. 26 westerly and you’ll end up right back in Portland in a little over an hour. This is a great trip in reverse, too!Timberline

All along these routes you’ll find natural areas, easy hikes, picnic spots and scenic splendor to rival any other part of the country. Most Troutdale businesses are veterans at offering travel tips and suggestions, so take full advantage of these local resources.  P.S. Don’t forget your camera!

First Friday on July 5

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Believe it or now, First Friday is coming ’round again! We will have a brand new show featuring painters JM Brodrick and Sally O’Neill. In addition we have LOTS of new pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and even hand crafted one-of-a kind pens. First Friday starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. There is plenty of parking throughout Troutdale and most businesses participate. Plan to come early and dine at one of Troutdale’s many great eateries. (See our blog post for more information on restaurants in Troutdale.)

JM Brodrick

Oregon artist, JM Brodrick studied painting and classical music as a youth. Her Grandmother, who was also a Peets-Broderick-18x24-acrylicprofessional artist, guided her love of the arts. “My Grandmother helped me connect with other artists and shaped me at an early age to express myself with painting.” In 1977 she moved to Fairbanks, AK where the rugged lifestyle and freedom of the open country inspired her to further develop her artistic talents. Brodrick will show a variety of subjects. Shown here: Peet’s

Sally O’Neill
O'Neill-Sunshine and Daisies-8x10-OilSally’s plein air and studio paintings reflect her enthusiasm for life and an appreciation for her subject matter. “As soon as I started painting with oils I knew I had found the perfect medium to express my artistic vision. As an admirer of the impressionists, I am obsessed with light, color and atmosphere. Through the layering of colors and texture I’m trying to achieve the effects of light at different times of the day. I want my paintings to bring the viewer into a world they would love to be in, that of beauty and sun drenched days.” Shown here: Sunshine and Daisies

New in the Gallery! Donna Yde – Metal Wall SculptureMetal Sculpture_Donna Yde
We are pleased to have the work of Donna Yde back in the Gallery. Donna is a metal artist from Idaho who creates lovely floral wall art. We have a nice variety of her pieces right now so if you’re looking for a special gift, these might be perfect.

Artist and Caswell sculpture student, Debby Scott, will show a variety of her paintings and mell.five.jpgsculptures. “My life has been a study of contrasts. All along seeing the world in patterns. My art reflects my eclectic interests and my love of figures, emotion and movement.” I usually start with my camera. Capturing quirky angles, strong compositions, and patterns that evoke a visceral response. Then the fun begins. The translation into alla prima oil strokes, or the transformation of clay into bronze to tell my story. Shown here: Five

Entertainment from 6-9 p.m. by guitarist and singer, Bryan Arakelian.

Free Wine Tasting by Phelp’s Creek Winery!

Rip has made a lot of progress on the Ascending Christ monument, commissioned by the Diocese of Wichita and slated for the Ascencion Cemetery in Wichita, KS. This sculpture is the third to be commissioned by the Diocese and will be installed atop of a 20 foot pillar overlooking the cemetery near the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, where Rip’s earlier images of Mary and Joseph and The Crucifixion are installed.

If you are interested in taking one of our sculpture classes, or want to learn more about them, take a look at this short video. Visit our foundry, Firebird Bronze for additional class details.