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


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.

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.

New artwork in the gallery

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We are please to share some new artwork in the Gallery. We’ve added metal wall art by Idaho artist, Donna Yde, raku by Beverly Curtis and new work by gallery favorite, Philip D. Smith.

Most of you might be familiar with Philip D. Ecola Creek Sunset_Phil SmithSmith’s realistic paintings. Phil has brought us several new pieces, including the one shown here, Ecola Creek Sunset. The image shown here definitely doesn’t do this painting justice, so if you’re a fan, do come by and see it for yourself!

Raku_Beverly Curtis (2)If you love luminous raku pottery, we have a beautiful variety of vases, plates and pots by Beverly Curtis. Beverly’s work reflects the traditional, as well as more modern treatments.

Complimenting Beverly’s work is the metal wall art sculpture of Metal Sculpture_Donna YdeDonna Yde. We have had Donna’s work in the past and are pleased to have it back in the Gallery.

In addition, we are looking forward to our July show where we will be showing the paintings of JM Brodrick and Sally O’Neill. No sneak preview yet, but stay tuned–it won’t be long!

April First Friday

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For the month of April we are pleased to feature work by Mike Rangner, Cynthia Feustel and Phillip Smith, plus the music of Jairus Minsky and wines by Phelp’s Creek! Mike Rangner and Phil Smith will both be present for First Friday. Be sure to meet these fine, fine artists.

RangnerOregon native, Mike Rangner enjoyed a successful career as a professional illustrator in the Portland area for more than 20 years. His professional portfolio includes a diverse client list including Avia, Standard Insurance, Nike, and the Oregon Zoo. He illustrated the children’s book “The Seed and The Giant Saguaro” which was recognized by then Arizona’s Governor, Janet Napolitano. Mike currently lives in the Willamette Valley which has allowed him to pursue his love of plein air and studio painting by capturing the vast and diverse Oregon landscape. Mike’s image shown here is titled “Jetty Light”.Walks with the Morning Dew - Copy

Cynthia Feustel’s figurative work is realistic and true to life, capturing personality and emotion with her use of color and fine brush work. Cynthia has received national acclaim for her portraits and recent recognition in SW Art Magazine. Shown here is “Walks With Morning Dew”.

We are also featuring Phillip Smith’s photorealistic landscape work and PSmith_Mid-cycle-Sundownhave welcomed him back as a regularly exhibited artist. Phil’s work has been hailed as some of the best to come out of Oregon and we are so glad to have him back! Featured here is one of the smaller Mt. Hood pieces currently on display, “Mid-cycle Sundown.”

We have had two great Sculpture 101 classes so far. Our students from the most recent class will be displaying their finished sculptures on First Friday and available to share their inspirations and awesome work. While you’re there, be sure to ask about our upcoming Classical Portrait Sculpture classes or visit Firebird Bronze for more info.

whimsyIf you love artisan jewelry, Katie Hovis of Whimsy will be here to show her beautiful line of unique silver and gemstone jewelry. This lovely Keshi pearl necklace is now available along with matching earrings and other fantastic Whimsy treasures.

Local guitarist and rock vocalist, Jairus Minsky, will entertain from 6-9pm and Phelps Creek Vineyards will offer free wine tasting.

Mt. Hood Community College Foundation representatives will host a Mt. Hoodtable at the gallery during Art Walk, from where they will sell raffle tickets toward winning a new car! Winners will be announced at the MHCC Power of the Dream Auction and Dinner on May 4th, 2013, to be held at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion. For more information about the event and about the raffle, please click here.

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Commissioning a portrait sculpture

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At Caswell Gallery we have a lot of interest in portrait commissions. They are fairly commonplace, but somewhat complex in nature. No worries though, we’re going to break it down for you and answer all your questions.

sculpting Athena's portrait - CopyThe first thing clients think of when entertaining a commission is cost. Commissioned portraits can be affordable, but it’s always best to know your budget. This a topic to discuss at the very beginning so you know what to expect. Details that will be considered when the artist gives a quote include number of subjects, size of the finished sculpture, time frame (additional charges usually apply for a rush order), patinas, bases, travel if the artist has to come to you, or vice versa (this is a charge you will incur), shipping if necessary; approximate time it takes to sculpt, and number of requested proofing sessions. Since every commission brings its own special set of circumstances there might be other considerations in addition to those mentioned. Be sure to ask as many questions as you feel necessary, earlier than later is always best. Any question is relevant as it pertains to your piece. It’s important that you establish trust with the artist and have a clear understanding of the process and expectations.

Portrait sculptures are commissioned to portray a variety of subjects–children, grandchildren, grandparents, and pets; sometimes inTPark_2121_030312 memoriam, but always with affection. You may even find yourself spearheading a movement to commission a portrait of a public figure. When considering a portrait commission give some thought how you want your subject portrayed. Do you want a bust, torso, or full body depiction? How many people will be sculpted? For the sake of budget, to a certain extent regard each individual a separate commission. Next would be the size–miniature, life-size, and monuments are all options.

Figuring out these details are all part of the consultation process for which there is no charge. Because portrait sculptures are a reflection of the subject and traits specific to them, be prepared to share anecdotes, hobbies, personality  characteristics, and sometimes even props. These details can make all the difference in the success of the final piece. Remember you are interviewing the sculptor as well, so you want the relationship to be one of mutual respect and collaboration. Once the decision has been made on the above details, the rest of the process will begin. Standard practice will require a deposit and which point the artist will begin your sculpture.

Most often the artist  will have a sitting where the subject will be posed and have their pictures taken from several angles. Facial and other necessary measurements will be noted. In the case of a deceased subject, be prepared to provide pictures from several angles, if at all possible. From there the artist will start sculpting. Once substantial progress has been made on the piece, you will come in to proof and discuss any changes. At this point there may be a series of meetings until the changes have been made to your satisfaction. The artist will then finalize the sculpture and you will come in one last time to approve the piece before it goes to the foundry for casting. The final step in a bronze sculpture commission will be to decide on the patina and whether or not you will have your piece put on a base.

If you keep these things in mind you will be thrilled with your one of a kind sculpture that is sure to become a treasured family heirloom.

March First Friday

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Our favorite time of the month is upon us. This month we are showing Oregon artist, Mike Rangner is his exhibit, “From the Wild”. This exhibit is showing through April 30, but First Friday will be your opportunity to meet Mike and learn more about his paintings.

SONY DSCOregon native, Mike Rangner enjoyed a successful career as a professional illustrator in the Portland area for more than 20 years. His professional portfolio includes a diverse client list including Avia, Standard Insurance, Nike, and the Oregon Zoo. He illustrated the children’s book “The Seed and The Giant Saguaro” which was recognized by then Arizona’s Governor, Janet Napolitano.

Mike currently lives in the Willamette Valley which has allowed him to pursue his love of plein air and studio painting by capturing the vast and diverse Oregon landscape. His diverse body of work includes landscapes across the Pacific Northwest including the Columbia River Gorge, Eastern Oregon, Coastal scenery and the rich farmlands of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Mike’s image shown here is titled A Coastal View.

We have new art by Gallery favorite, Brad Lorang. Brad creates metal wall sculptures of iconic sites in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Come in and see Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood in a whole new way.

We will also be showing finished bronzes by students from our first sculpting class. The students will be at First Friday to share their experience and their work. The final sculptures are amazing and might inspire you to sign up, too. More information on our March class can be found here.

Rip’s sculpture of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz is in progress and on display. Rip will be finishing this part of the monument shortly andDSC02458 sending it off to Firebird Bronze for casting. Take advantage of this opportunity to see history in the making before the Admiral leaves the building! The monument is scheduled to be installed this summer at the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii.

Not to be missed in the Gallery is Ali Peret Custom Designs. Ali can help you select the perfect piece of jewelry or design something truly unique and special.

If you love artisan jewelry, Katie Hovis of Whimsy will be here with her beautiful line of unique wire wrapped jewelry.

unoaked_chard_with_medal-166x146Local baritone guitarist, Ron Hughes will entertain. Phelps Creek Vineyard will offer FREE wine tasting.

Make sure to start your weekend off with us! Festivities start at 5 PM and most Troutdale merchants participate. Troutdale has great shops, restaurants, and plenty of parking.

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