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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.

Caswell Gallery & Studio
253 & 255 E. Columbia River Highway
503.492.2473
http://www.RipCaswell.com

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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.