Sculpture 101 starting in November

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Aspiring sculptors…Sculpture 101, “Clay to Bronze” at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze is starting in November. Experience an exclusive opportunity as Rip coaches and critiques your creation _Q0A0653from sculpting the clay to adding the patina. You will begin working in Rip’s Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale and finish your piece at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.

Dates and Times: Starting November 11, running through December 9. There will be no class on Thanksgiving, 11/28. Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $495; optional base $25

_Q0A0714Students will have the option of exhibiting their sculptures in the Gallery during the First Friday Art Walk. This is a great opportunity to mingle , present and promote your art to our clientele. You will also  receive a Certificate of Completion from Rip and Firebird Bronze.

Click here for more details. To register for any of these classes call the Gallery at 503-492-2473.


What about wine?

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2013-09-06 19.21.52 - webIf you’ve been a fan of Caswell Gallery, then you surely know of our long time friendship with Phelps Creek Vineyards of Hood River. More often than not, Jon Wadman of  Phelps Creek Vineyards, joins us on First Friday, and other special occasions, to share his knowledge and recommendations during our complimentary wine tastings. At the Gallery, we all have varying degrees of wine savvy, so we thought it would be great to ask Jon Wadman, our perennial wine rep, to share some of his expertise.

Caswell Gallery: What makes a great wine?
Jon Wadman: A great winemaker. Each palate is different, and with so many wine philosophies, the most important thing is finding your great wine and why you like it.

CG: Is Rosé really making a comeback?
JW: Definitely, but they are dry and more sophisticated; and more experimental with regards to the grapes used—if it’s coming from one varietal or blended.

CG: What wines do you recommend for the fall?
JW: My favorite fall white wine is a Chardonnay with baking spice notes, it suites the chilling weather and hearty foods well. We bottle several great ones, but I love the Chardonnay from Celilo Vineyard on Underwood Mountain, WA.  Also, a really earthy Pinot Noir, with that great cigar box notes found in 2008 from my own collection.

CG: Blends or varietals?
JW: Varietals, personally, but there are many wonderful blends. I like varietals because of the educational aspect of learning about the specific characteristics of the grape, vintage, and vineyard.

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JW: Bottle, no question about it. All romance is lost in the box!

CG: Cork or screw cap?
JW: Depends of the wine and the producer. I have had great and bad wines with both.

CG: Should we store wine laying down or upright?
JW: Laying down, if corked, which helps prevent the cork from failing due to dehydration. This is for longer period storage. Vertical is more than fine in the short term.

CG: Does the shape of the wine glass really matter? Why?
JW: Yes, based on the wine you’re enjoying. For example, Oregon Pinot Noir glasses, being tulip shaped, are better for experiencing the nose and spreading the wine across your palate.

CG: What wine is Phelps Creek Vineyard most excited about at the moment?
JW: We just bottled our first ever Sauvignon Blanc!

CG:  Are there any rules to pairing wine with food?
JW: Sure, but who would enforce them? A wine dinner I recently attended paired two wines with the same dish. One wine contrasted flavors, the other complimented.

CG: What is the most incorrect assumption you hear about wine?
JW: Rosé is for women.

CG: How should we read the wine label?
JW: With both eyes open, starting at the top left, working your way down to the bottom right.

CG: What is your background?
JW: I studied Middle Eastern politics and Arabic and fell into the wine industry.

CG: Does Phelps Creek have a tasting room?
JW: Yes, located at 1850 Country Club Road in Hood River, OR. We share space with Hood River Golf Course Club House. We are open from 11-5 every day.

CG: Would you share a few interesting facts about Phelp’s Creek Vineyard?
JW: Our winemaker, Alexandrine Roy commutes from her family vineyard in Burgundy, France to make our wines. We are the only vineyard offering multiple on-site wine country experience tours, taking guests through the vineyard to where the magic happens. We also have one of the most active and accommodating Wine Clubs. Members enjoy our famous annual “Salmon and Lamb Bake Dinner “which takes place just before harvest!

CG: Clearly you’re a wine lover, but do you ever drink beer?
JW: I’m an Oregonian! Of course I drink beer! Two personal Oregon favorite breweries are Double Mountain in Hood River and Crux in Bend.

2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is in full swing

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The western US is loaded with rich art communities, many of which are pure vacation worthy. Right now, the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival is about to go into full swing. Well known as a breathtakingly beautiful part of the country, Jackson Hole is also known for its abundance of Western, Native American and wildlife art by some of the country’s most talented artists. Along with art, there will be music, culinary, open studio, and cowboy poetry events at this acclaimed arts festival.

Located a short distance from the entrance to Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole (or just plain ‘Jackson’, as it is often called) is the perfect stop on the way into or out of the park. A little further north is the south entrance of the iconic Yellowstone National Park. Be assured the scenery is magnificent along every mile of this mountain range. There are few places in this country where you can see almost every species of North American wildlife and habitat, and Wyoming is one of them.

Originally called Jackson’s Hole, it is believed the town was named after fur trapper David Jackson in the 1820s. Jackson Hole was part of the Oregon Trail route of Lewis and Clark. Fur trappers hunted beaver in this area starting around 1810. The industry declined after about thirty years and few accounts of life in Jackson Hole were evident until twenty more years. It was around this time that the first homesteaders arrived.

thIf you’re planning a visit to Jackson Hole, lots of information can be found here. The 2013 Fall Arts Festival runs through September 15, 2013. If you’re in the Jackson Hole area, be sure to stop by Grand Teton Gallery. Rip is represented by this fine gallery and will be showing several new pieces. In addition, many of his most popular pieces are available there. Rip will also be on site over the next week or two.

Image by artist by Jason Rich, River Overlook, 2013 Jackson Hole Festival poster artist

First Friday at the Gallery

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Celebrating First Friday will new work by Bev Jozwiak, and our regular artists, Sally O’Neill, Phil Smith and JM Brodrick.

2012 CEO's Caucus (sm)Bev Jozwiak has shown many times at the Gallery. We love her ability to capture common subjects and their everyday environments and somehow make them seem exquisitely unique and special. Bev has acquired national acclaim as a watercolor painter. Her work is impressionistic and she strives for realism while expressing the love and energy that goes into each piece. Bev has been the subject of many one-woman shows, has earned signature status into the American Watercolor Society, NWWS, Watercolor West, and the National Watercolor Society. She has won multiple awards and been featured in numerous magazines including American Artist, The Artist, Watercolor Artist, The Collector, and International Artist; and even had calendar published by Hallmark.

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Image3Be sure to visit Ali Peret in his studio. Ali has a vast selection of fine gold jewelry and gems. Choose from something already created or talk to him about custom designing a specialty piece. Ali has been part of Troutdale’s business community for 23 years.

Also during First Friday, free wine tasting by Phelp’s Creek Vineyard.

CEO’s Caucus by Bev Jozwiak
Blackberries in Vase with Lemons by Sally O,Neill
Spring Cycle by Philip Smith
Peet’s by Jm Brodrick
Diamond engagement ring with 1.25 diamond solitaire and tsavorite set in 18k yellow gold by Ali Peret