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First Friday: Father Daughter Duo

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Gallery favorite, Michael Orwick paints in a style all his own, self-described as “Inspired Expressionism.” He is a master of creating mood through atmosphere and color, utilizing space, a sense of place, and time of day to convey his vision. His work hints at a story and it is what he leaves untold that engages the viewer in the creative process of storytelling.

Also showing on First Friday will be Elena Orwick, the 9 year old daughter of Michael Orwick. She has already had several gallery shows. “I see beauty in everything, everyone. Why do I see everyone’s beauty? Because everyone is special, and that is what inspires me to show and share my art.”

Enjoy entertainment by guitarist and vocalist, Bryan Arakelian and complimentary wine tasting.

Be sure to visit Ali Peret and see what’s new. As always, our Gallery is full of beautiful work by some of the Pacific NW’s most popular painters: Bev Jozwiak, Brenda Boylan, Jm Brodrick, and Phil Smith. Not to mention, raku pottery by Bev Curtis, and metal wall art by Donna Yde. Katie Hovis of Whimsy hasDSC01506 (958x1024) brought in brand new, gorgeous jewelry for summer.

Come buy the Gallery on June 18-22 when Native American Pueblo potter, Jeff Roller will be in the Gallery sculpting and offering some of his pieces for sale.

We continue to receive new art for The Pearl Art Auction. As a reminder, we are accepting work through June, so if you would like to downsize your collection, this would be a great tpaa Logo finalopportunity. The Auction is scheduled for September 1 at Urban Studio in the Pearl District of NW Portland. We are now accepting registrations to attend. For all the Auction details visit, http://www.thepearlartauction.com. While in the Gallery, be sure to visit our Auction Preview corner where you can view some of our lots right now.

If you are an artist consider setting up at the East County Bite, scheduled for Saturday, July 26. Coordinated by the Troutdale and Fairview Business Associations, this event should be fun and well attended. They are seeking art vendors for each 10’ x 10’ space. For more information contact Renaye Delano at renaye@kaardelsafety.com.

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Artist profile: Lillian Pitt

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Lillian Pitt will be joining us for First Friday on May 2, 2014. A Native American artist from the Big River (Columbia River) region of the Pacific Northwest, Pitt was born on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. She is a descendent of Wasco, Yakama, and Warm Springs people.

04_SS_1-whitePitt is one of the most highly regarded Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest. Her works have been exhibited and reviewed regionally, nationally and internationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. Her awards include the 2007 Earle A. Chiles Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 1990 Governor’s Award of the Oregon Arts Commission, which declared that she had made “significant contributions to the growth and development of the cultural life of Oregon.”

Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, Lillian’s lifetime of works include artistic expressions in clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, and most recently, glass. The focus of her work draws on over 12,000 years of Native American history and tradition of the Columbia River region. Regardless of the medium she chooses to use, Lillian’s contemporary works are all aimed at giving voice to her people.

“Everything I do, regardless of the medium, is directly related to honoring my ancestors and giving voice to the people, the environment and the animals. It’s all about maintaining a link with tradition, and about honoring the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.” While glass is her most recent medium, Lillian continues to create works in all of the various media she is known for, including clay, bronze, jewelry, prints, and mixed media.

Lillian’s works are found in personal collections, art galleries and museums. They are also found in numerous public spaces including parks, schools and cultural institutions throughout the region. Her most recent public works are featured at the Vancouver Land Bridge, one of the seven “confluence” projects along the Columbia River, designed by internationally renowned architect Maya Lin.

Just as her ancestors would have done, Lillian makes creative use of whatever materials are available and appropriate to the task at hand. Lillian’s most recent works are made from the mediums of cast glass and fused glass.

Lillian says, “I love using glass because of the sense of depth I can create in my sculptures, and because it helps me to create the kind of spiritual quality I’m often trying to achieve.”

Be sure to join us on First Friday and meet this unique artist and learn more about her work and technique.

Images: Shadow Spirit in the Grasses; Dreamer

Artist Profile: Sally O’Neill

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Gorge Crest Vineyard ViewThe paintings of Sally O’Neill are vibrant and impressionistic. Her subjects include landscapes and still life. We’re happy to report we have quite a selection of her work in the Gallery right now.

A native of Southern California, Sally O’Neill has lived in the foothills of the Northern Oregon Cascade Mountains since 1991. As a child, she enjoyed painting and drawing in addition to music studies. She majored in music in college and is an accomplished pianist. Sally worked in the medium of watercolor for a period of time in the 1980’s. In 1998, Sally went back to painting seriously working solely in oils.

“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. Overall, I want my paintings to bring the viewer into a world they would love to be in, that of beauty and sun drenched days.”

O’Neill’s plein air and studio paintings reflect her enthusiasm for life October Sunsetand an appreciation for her subject matter. O’Neill has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her work can be seen in a number of private as well as corporate collections. She also teaches group workshops in addition to private art students.

We think her work has wide appeal. Visit the Gallery and take a look. You might just find the perfect piece to give for Christmas.

Image: Gorge Crest Vineyard View; October Sunset

First Friday in December

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Celebrating First Friday with work by our most popular artists. Back in the Gallery with gallery favorites Michael Orwick, Brenda Boylan, Jm Brodrick, Sally O’Neill, and Phil Smith. Jackson Hole artist, Carrie Wild will be in attendance and have some new work on display. We have also just received new work by Lillian Pitt. Get a closer look at new work by Rip, including sculptures from his “Simply Wild” series.

Simply Wild Group shotBe sure to visit Ali Peret in his studio. Ali has a vast selection of fine gold jewelry and gemstones, as well as gorgeous selection of cameo carved glass vases. If you’ve always wanted to design a custom piece of jewelry, be sure to talk to Ali. Ali has been based in Troutdale for 23 years.

2013-11-18 13.09.36We also have new jewelry in the Gallery by Katie Hovis of Whimsy. Christmas is just around the corner!

First Friday festivities in the Gallery include FREE wine tasting with Phelps Creek Vineyards. Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, Quincy Blanchette, will entertain.

We have lots of ideas for Christmas gift giving, including jewelry, pottery and wood. Take advantage of our precast opportunities for Rip’s “Simply Wild” miniature sculptures. They are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to reserve one of these adorable pieces.

First Friday, 5-9 p.m. Downtown Troutdale celebrates First Friday with most shops and restaurants staying open. Plenty of free parking, too.

Caswell Gallery
253 & 255 E. Columbia River Hwy.
Troutdale, OR 97212
503-492-2473
http://www.ripcaswell.com

Lillian Pitt is back in the Gallery

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We are pleased to have artist Lillian Pitt back in the Gallery. Lillian Pitt is a Native American artist from the Big River (Columbia River) region of the Pacific Northwest. Born on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, she is a descendent of Wasco, Yakama, and Warm Springs people.

04_SS_1-whiteShe is one of the most highly regarded Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest. Her works have been exhibited and reviewed regionally, nationally and internationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. Her awards include the 2007 Earle A. Chiles Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the 1990 Governor’s Award of the Oregon Arts Commission, which declared that she had made “significant contributions to the growth and development of the cultural life of Oregon.”

Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, Lillian’s lifetime of works include artistic expressions in clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, and most recently, glass. The focus of her work draws on over 12,000 years of Native American history and tradition of the Columbia River region. Regardless of the medium she chooses to use, Lillian’s contemporary works are all aimed at giving voice to her people.

“Everything I do, regardless of the medium, is directly related to honoring my ancestors and giving voice to the people, the environment and the animals. It’s all about maintaining a link with tradition, and about honoring the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.” While glass is her most recent medium, Lillian continues to create works in all of the various media she is known for, including clay, bronze, jewelry, prints, and mixed media.

Lillian’s works are found in personal collections, art galleries and museums. They are also found in numerous public09_SS_6-CoolGreen spaces including parks, schools and cultural institutions throughout the region. Her most recent public works are featured at the Vancouver Land Bridge, one of the seven “confluence” projects along the Columbia River, designed by internationally renowned architect Maya Lin.

Just as her ancestors would have done, Lillian makes creative use of whatever materials are available and appropriate to the task at hand. Lillian’s most recent works are made from the mediums of cast glass and fused glass.

Lillian says, “I love using glass because of the sense of depth I can create in my sculptures, and because it helps me to create the kind of spiritual quality I’m often trying to achieve.”

Lillian will be present at our next First Friday on December 6, 2013. Take advantage of this special opportunity to meet this unique artist and learn about her work and technique.

Images: Shadow Spirit in the Grasses; Spirit Bird Standing Alone

First Friday in November

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Celebrating First Friday with work by our most popular artists. Back in the Gallery with new work are Michael Orwick and Brenda Boylan. Get a closer look at new work by Rip, including sculptures from his “Simply Wild” series.

Simply Wild Group shot

Pink PeonieBe sure to visit Ali Peret in his studio. Ali has a vast selection of fine gold jewelry and gemstones, as well as gorgeous selection of cameo carved glass vases. If you’ve always wanted to design a custom piece of jewelry, be sure to talk to Ali. Ali has been based in Troutdale for 23 years.Sunrise in the Gorge (2)

We also have new jewelry in the Gallery by Katie Hovis of Whimsy. Don’t forget, Christmas is just around the corner!

First Friday festivities in the Gallery include FREE wine tasting with Phelps Creek Vineyards. Vocalist and guitarist Bryan Arakelian will entertain.

We have lots of ideas for Christmas gift giving, including jewelry, pottery and wood. Take advantage of our precast opportunities for Rip’s “Simply Wild” miniature sculptures. They are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to reserve one of these adorable pieces.

Images:
Simply Wild Collection by Rip Caswell
Pink Peonie by Brenda Boylan
Sunrise in the Gorge by Michael Orwick

First Friday is October 4, 5-9 pm!

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Celebrating First Friday with work by Gallery favorites, Jm Brodrick, Phil Smith, Sally O’Neill, and Bev Jozwiak. Here’s a preview of what’s in the Gallery now:

2013-09-21 10.28.34   DSCN0393  Debby Scott   Metal Sculpture_Donna Yde

Images:
Luminesce by Bev Jozwiak
Franciscan Villa by Sally O,Neill
12 x12 paintings by Debby Scott
Metal wall sculpture by Donna Yde

Ali PeretBe sure to visit Ali Peret in his studio. Ali has a vast selection of fine gold jewelry and gemstones. 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 years2013-09-21 10.36.48.

We also have new jewelry in the Gallery by Katie Hovis of Whimsy. Come by and start thinking about Christmas.

First Friday festivities in the Gallery include FREE wine tasting with Phelps Creek Vineyards. We have jewelry, pottery, wood and other wonderful work by local artists!

Ron HughesEnjoy the smooth sounds of Ron Hughes on his baritone guitar as he plays and sings favorites from the 60’s and 70’s.

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