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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!

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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.

March sculpting class with Rip Caswell

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Introduction to Sculpture 101 at Caswell Gallery and Firebird Bronze
Rip Caswell is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring sculptors to learn about sculpting and lost wax casting with acclaimed sculptor Rip Caswell. You will begin working in Rip’s Studio at Caswell Gallery in Troutdale. Using your own design, Rip will guide you through the sculpting process and you’ll learn about the casting and patina process first hand when you finish your piece with Production Manager, Lonnie Paola at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring. When you take home your own miniature bronze sculpture, perhaps a heirloom, you might even be inspired to start your own artistic journey.sculpting tools

Week one: Design and sculpt at Caswell Gallery in under the guidance of Rip Caswell.
Monday, 3/4 and Thursday, 3/7, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Bring your idea and start to sculpt. You will create your rough sculpture and refine your piece at home.
Thursday: Rip will critique and help you to refine your piece for the foundry. The class will move to the foundry for an orientation and tour with Lonnie Paola.

_Q0A0653Week two: Gating, burn out and pour at Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring.
Monday, 3/11 and Thursday, 3/14, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Foundry and casting expert, Lonnie Paola, will walk you through the entire foundry process. You will then learn how to “gate” your piece and dip your piece in slurry and sand to create the shell.
Thursday: You will watch your piece burned out from the shell and cast. Your piece may be cool enough to come out and be “chipped”. Some will be carried over to next week.

Week 3: Chipping, sandblasting, polish and patina At Firebird Bronze Foundry in Boring._Q0A0714
Monday, 3/18 and Thursday, 3/21, 2013
6:30-8:30 PM

Monday: Lonnie will demonstrate chipping and sandblasting. You will sand and polish your piece to get it ready for the patina.
Thursday: You will apply a basic patina to your piece and attach a base (optional). You are now an experienced sculptor! 

Bronze sculpture by Rip CaswellCost: $495 (materials included); optional base is additional $25. To register call Rip Caswell Sculptures at 503-492-2473.

Note: Sculpture design must be original work and no larger than 6″H x 3″W x 3″D

COMING IN APRIL: For those of you who would like to take Sculpting 101, but are unable to come on weeknights, Rip will be offering a 4 day intensive workshop on two consecutive weekends in April. The class will be the same number of hours and cover the same material, but will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7, and April 13 & 14. Exact times will be determined. Cost is $495. To register, please call the Gallery.

Caring for your new bronze sculpture

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We know some of you may have received a beautiful new Rip Caswell sculpture from Santa Claus and might be wondering how to care for your piece. With that in mind, we are re-publishing an earlier post on the subject. Of course, if you have any questions about your bronze, feel free to contact us at the Gallery.

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Although you may not be charged with caring for Liberty Enlightening the World (see our post titled “In the News…”), you may own a bronze that is your personal pride and joy! Part of the appeal of bronze is its very low maintenance and resistance to atmospheric patination. However, over time a little TLC might be required—or desired—to bring it back to its original luster, especially if your sculpture lives outdoors.

Regular care of your bronze requires little more than a gentle dusting with a soft cloth, but if you’ve owned your bronze for a few years, you might want to brighten the surface up a bit.

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.

Celebrating our 20th anniversary

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We are very excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary on December 2, 2012. Rip first opened the doors of the original Troutdale location in 1992. Having started, and run, a very successful taxidermy business from his home Rip decided he needed to make room for his growing family and find a new spot for his business. Rip had already started sculpting bronzes and after learning that American Art Castings, the foundry that cast his sculpture, was moving to a building with room for him, he also moved into the former potato warehouse at 201 W. Columbia River Highway.

Realizing the size of the space would be perfect for a gallery and a studio, Rip decided to continue with his taxidermy business, and sell his sculpture along with limited edition prints. One thing led to another, and as result of his relationships with the foundry, and other sculptors utilizing the foundry, the gallery started showing the work of these artists as well.

Eventually, the original foundry was sold. Rip soon discovered how fascinated and interested visitors were in the lost wax casting process and opened up his own foundry with a viewing room so visitors could watch. Rip operated the foundry for 5 years before selling it to concentrate on his sculpting.

Over time the gallery space enjoyed a third remodel, creating a 16,000 sq. ft. space large enough to house Rip’s studio, show his many monument pieces, and exhibit the work of dozens of Northwest artists. The building was also home to a popular wine tasting room, frame shop and custom fine jewelry designer.

After residing in that building for over 18 years, the Gallery moved “uptown” last year. Yes, the space is a little smaller, but Rip still has his studio and exhibits work by the Northwest’s most established artists.

Rip has recently acquired a foundry. Firebird Bronze is located in Boring and will be casting Rip’s work as well as work by other artists. There is also a plan in the works for an artist’s condominium community which would have artist’s residences with studios, an artist co-op, Caswell Gallery and Studio, as well as a new wine tasting room.

Come by the Gallery on First Friday, December 7 to help us celebrate and see our new exhibit. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m.

Images:
Rip’s grand reopening of the 16,000 sq. ft. Gallery remodel
Gallery veterans and there from the beginning, Kathy Toynbee and Pattie Shields
The first of many events at the Gallery
Our new home, for now…

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. This will be a great opportunity to visit the gallery and Rip’s studio.

Fall Foliage Studio Tour 2012 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! Part of the Fall Foliage Open Studio Tour includes a passport card which art-goers pick up at the Exhibition Gallery or from the chamber’s Troutdale location. Art-goers present their passport cards to each studio they visit. The artist then initials them, and the visitors leave their passports with the last studio artist or at the Exhibition Gallery. Passports will be entered into a drawing for 5 beautiful metalized leaves. The more studios visited, the better the chance of winning.

The event begins with the opening of the Exhibition Gallery in Fairview on Saturday, October 13. The gallery location at 1515 NE Village Street in Fairview, OR will be open daily 11am to 5pm, October 13 through the 21st. Samples of each artist’s work will be on display October 13 through the 21st. Friday evening, October 19, at 6 pm there will be a gala opening at the Exhibition Gallery to meet the artists and mingle with other art enthusiasts as they sample hors d’oeuvres. The silent auction will continue through the evening. Guests will bid on their favorite leaf-themed art pieces and cast their votes for the “people’s choice” award.

The Tour
Artists’ studios will be open 11am-5pm daily both Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21. The Exhibition Gallery closes Sunday, October 21, at 5 pm with a cast party at 6 pm featuring the artists. The “People’s Choice” award and “Passport” prizes will be awarded at this time. Greet the artists one last time as we celebrate and share our adventures. Next year’s Exhibition Gallery will be in Cascade Locks, OR.

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 at the end of the gala event the evening of October 19.

Remembering September 11, 2011

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It’s hard to believe that eleven years have passed since the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Since then, many artists have used their medium to express the emotions of the world through music, dance and the visual arts. We had planned to highlight some of the art created in response to this event, but it turns out that countless people have expressed their complex feelings through artistic expression. To learn a little about this massive body of work, we refer you to this New York Times article.

Rip was also inspired to sculpt and Strength of America was created. In his inspiration statement, Rip explains the symbolism of the piece. “With determination and pride, the figure raises high a lamp, symbolizing the light of truth, freedom and justice. The serpent in his right hand represents the evil acts and forces of terror from 9/11. Emerging from the jagged rubble, the lines of the piece become more fluid as the eye travels up to see a bald eagle carrying the American flag to safety, emblematic of the American spirit.”

This limited edition sculpture is unique in that the first three of the edition were given as gifts to the cities that lost innocent lives in the attacks of September 11. You can view one at the Pentagon building in Washington DC, which was presented by the artist to the Legion of Valor. The second can be seen in commemoration of those who died in Shanksville, PA; the third is awaiting placement at Ground Zero in New York City.

Strength of America is also publically viewable at the Historic Belmont Firehouse right here in Portland. If you can’t make it to the Gallery or the Firehouse to see this piece, enjoy this video.

To learn more about the evolution of the Freedom Tower, watch this fascinating PBS video.

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