Announcing The Pearl Art Auction

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tpaa Logo finalThe people of the Pacific Northwest have waited a long time for a signature art auction and the wait is finally over. The inaugural auction is scheduled for Labor Day, September 1, 2014, and will be held at Urban Studio, a contemporary event venue located in the arts culture hub known as the Pearl District of NW Portland. The event will be held in conjunction with the popular Art in the Pearl Festival, which operates in the Pearl Park Blocks, a short walking distance from Urban Studio.

Rip Caswell saw that the Pacific NW region of the U.S. was missing an art related event of such caliber, and so planning began on The Pearl Art Auction in order to fill that void. Expectations are that the event will draw buyers from the entire western states and that The Pearl Art Auction will become one of the west’s greatest art events. Visit the website for more information on how to register, submit art for consideration, and more!


Artist Profile: Katie Hovis of Whimsy

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LabrinthNL8Katie Hovis of Whimsy has a great selection of her gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and earrings. If you are still looking for just the right Christmas gift, come by and take a look at her jewelry. We like to share info on our artists and what inspires their work and process. In her own words, here is Katie’s story.

“Whimsy is my own line of unique, hand crafted wire and gemstone jewelry.  I use hard to find semi-precious gems, natural jaspers and agates and combine them with hand forged sterling silver and 14k gold fill components — each piece is bound together with fine wire like an intricately woven tapestry — my process is akin to assembling a puzzle:  I start with various basic shapes, pick out my stones and move them aNuvoER4round until they fit perfectly together, adding texture and other details as I see fit.  I use only “cold connection” methods, meticulously wrapping each little piece with my hands and an occasional set of pliers, using my trusty hammer to strengthen and shape the thicker metals.  No torches, heat or treatments (aside from oxidization for a dark sheen on the silver). 

My current collection is inspired by love, nature, music and the spiraling, flowing forward motion of life.  I am drawn to asymmetry and try to create balance in all my designs with color, movement and proportion.  The right piece of jewelry can LapisNL1change your mood, your appearance and lift your spirits (much as music can) and I LOVE knowing that something I made with my own 2 hands is being worn and cherished long after it’s left my studio.

It all began as a childhood obsession with agates and other stones for my prized rock collection.  Family trips to the Oregon and Washington coast were spent digging in the sand, hunting for the perfect agate. After years of collecting, I became interested in the names and origins of each type and wanted to learn more… I am still discovering new types of gems and rocks to this day, and have a new favorite each week!

Working out of my home studio in Vancouver, WA, I am able to be a single, stay at home parent to my 2 young wonderful boys while living my ultimate dream.  And they get to see firsthand that it IS possible to take something you love and turn it into a successful endeavor when you have the unyielding determination and passion to do so.

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.

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

Fall Foliage Studio Tour this weekend

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Rip will be participating in the West Columbia Gorge Fall Studio Tour this coming weekend, October 19 and 20, 2013,  with an opening reception on Friday, October 18, 6-9 p.m. The opening reception will be held at the Exhibition Gallery at 360 Wanapa St, Cascade Locks, OR. At the opening reception you’ll be able to see samples of each artist’s work, meet the artists, and pick up your map. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge ad visit participating artist’s studios at the same time. Of course, Rip will in his studio, too, so make us your first stop!

The 2013 Fall Foliage StuHeader-Overlay2dio Tour event is a free, self-guided event sponsored by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce. See Mother Nature’s finest work as she and artists throughout the area create with the magic of nature and inspiration! Enjoy a historic and spectacular scenic journey as you experience our communities and meet the artists who live and create here. Awe-inspiring views will surround you as you meander through the Gateway to the Columbia River Gorge visiting the artists as they work in their studios!

The Tour
Artists’ studios will be open 11am-5pm daily both Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20. The Exhibition Gallery closes Sunday, October 20, at 5 pm when the “People’s Choice” award will be announced.

Leaf-Themed Auction
To raise money for subsequent studio tours, each participating artist has created and donated a leaf-themed piece of art. The pieces will be displayed at the Exhibition Gallery all week and final bids will be accepted until 9 pm on October 20.

We hope to see you on the Tour!

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

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!

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