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Artist Profile: Brenda Boylan

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Most of you know Brenda Boylan’s pastel work, but Brenda has been working in oils for the past few years. She has developed her own unique style in this medium and has also been painting city scapes as well as landscapes and still life. New in the Gallery is a series of 6 x 6 inch still life oil paintings. Her new work is guaranteed to have her signature appeal.

Biography
Brenda Boylan began her artistic career in California as a graphic designer, working with such notable clients as NIKE and Columbia Sportswear. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Northwest Pastel Society, and is an award winning and published pastel painter. Boylan is Pink Peoniecurrently featured in the April/May 2012 issue of  Plein Air Magazine, where she discusses and demonstrates her unique technique. Boylan has an affinity for painting ‘en plein air’, which she describes as a combination of joy, poetry, and spirituality that uses all her senses to capture the landscape’s beauty. She also enjoys creating studio works when the winter months keep her indoors. She is often inspired by reflection on water, the seasonal color changes in the landscape, and the occasional urban scene. Boylan’s work can also be found in private corporate collections throughout the U.S. She resides in Portland, OR with her husband and two children.

Artist Statement
Turp, Bestine & PhaloPainting is my refuge and my source. It is where I lose myself and find myself, again. As I layer pigment down in the form of pastel or oil, I am transformed to another level of consciousness, much like meditation, where I develop a joyful, poetic conversation with my subject. Each painting measures another step in my journey as an artist that often results in a never ending discovery of my visual world.  Working both outdoors and in my studio provides room to communicate color relationships, light, and form. This desire to create and interpret what I see around me is a gift, a treasure, and the road map to my best and truest self.

My move into oils has been an expedient one over the course of the year. The oils compliment my pastel work, and on some levels, influencing my technique with pastels, making them loose and more gestural.

Brenda’s most recent awards include:
Second Place Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Sept 2013
Best of Show, Purchase Award, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 2013
Best Farm Scene, Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Sept 2012
Second Place and Honorable Mention, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air, July 2012
Third Place Award, Los Gatos Plein Air, June 2012
Pongson Espada Memorial Award, Northwest Pastel Society 25th Annual International, Nov 2011
Pastel Painters of Hawaii Award, Pastel Society of America 39th Annual, Sept 2011
Honorable Mention Award, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Festival, Aug 2011
1st Place Award, Yamhill Lavender Plein Air Festival, July 2011
Blue Ribbon Award, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, June 2011

Images: Pink Peonie; Turp, Bestine & Phalo

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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

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

Sculpture 101 starting on November 11

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Aspiring sculptors. . . Sculpture 101, “Clay to Bronze” at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze is about to start on November 11. This is a unique opportunity to experience a class where Rip will coach and critique your creation _Q0A0653from sculpting the clay through 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 this class call the Gallery at 503-492-2473.

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.

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.

Images:
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

Taking care of your bronze sculpture

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People often ask if their bronze requires any special care. We’re happy to say that bronze requires little more than a gentle dusting with a soft cloth. However, if you’ve inherited a bronze or owned your bronze for a few years, you might want to brighten the surface a bit. Part of the appeal of bronze is its very low maintenance and resistance to atmospheric patination, but if your sculpture lives outdoors, a little TLC might be required—or desired—to bring it back to its original luster.

If your sculpture is installed outside, Rip recommends using a neutral shoe wax like Kiwi Neutral Shoe Polish (in the tin) to clean the surface. Apply the polish on a sunny day when the sculpture will be warmed by the sun. Rub into the surface with a soft, dry cloth, allowing it to stay for the day until the sun goes down and the sculpture cools. The heat of the sculpture will help the wax melt into the pores of the bronze. Once cool, gently buff away any excess with a soft, dry cloth. Even though shoe shining is almost a dying art, Kiwi shoe polish is available almost everywhere.

If your piece is displayed indoors, you can use Scott’s Liquid Gold. Spray on to a soft, dry cloth and gently wipe your sculpture. Liquid Gold will rejuvenate and brighten the surface and is available almost everywhere.

If you sculpture has highly polished areas, Rip recommends Original Heavy Metal Polish. Follow their instructions and apply this polish to the shiny areas only. Where to buy .

If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your bronze, pick up a copy of Caring for Bronze by Patrick Kipper.  www.patrickkipper.com

If you have any additional questions about the caring for you bronze, feel free to call us at the Gallery. 503.492.2473.

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