I started this watercolor several months ago as a demonstration for the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. While I don’t teach or offer workshops for artists I do answer questions and reveal techniques and secrets readily when I’m in my gallery. A frequently asked question is how do you get the appearance of sparkle in your watercolors? In this case I used Holbein Gold mixed in with other pigment because when applied very thinly it communicates “salty air” so appropriate for a painting of the setting sun along the pacific coast.
This painting sat partially completed in my studio where I would see if often as I waited for the right moment to finish it. Probably the most common question artists are asked is how long did it take you to paint that? In this case it literally took months.
Quiet peaceful sunsets always inspire me but capturing their brilliance and purity is challenging even after 40 years of painting watercolor.
Original Framed Watercolor 33 ½” x 41 ½” $3,500 – Image 23” x 31 ½” All Rights Reserved
Mixed Media Paintings
November 7 thru January 5
view exhibit online: http://www.whitebirdgallery.com/mathie/index2014_15.html
White Bird Gallery
251 N. Hemlock, Cannon Beach, OR
February, 2015 With Guest Curator, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson
The Cannon Beach Arts Association is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, as the guest curator for the Winter All Juried Show. A steward of the art scene in the Northwest, Laing-Malcolmson promises to be a dynamic curator and a great draw for artists from across the region.
The Winter All Juried Show will run from February 4 – March 1, 2015. The Submission date for artists to drop up to three original pieces of artwork to the Cannon Beach Gallery will be Friday, January 30 between 10 am – 4 pm.
The curatorial process will happen on Saturday, January 31 during the morning hours. Artwork that is not accepted into the exhibit will be available to pick up starting Saturday afternoon between 2 pm – 4 pm and on Sunday, February 1 between 10 am – 4 pm.
The opening Artist’s reception will be held the following weekend, Saturday, February 7, 2015. Laing- Malcolmson will be on hand during the artist’s reception to meet artists and patrons.
A Seattle native, Malcolmson has spent most of her life in the region. As the Northwest curator at PAM, she curated a solo exhibits each year for the museum’s APEX program, which highlights artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In addition, every two years, she’ll assemble the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, a group show that focuses on the work of several regional artists.
The Juried Show Program has received a grant from Cannon Beach’s Tourism and Arts Fund to help facilitate the program.
December 21 – January 25, 2015
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, January 3, 5-7 pm
Fary Tea & Craft Party: Sunday, January 4, 2-4 pm
The winner of the 2014 Individual Artist Grant, Peter Greaver, will present his year-long project in an exhibition that opens on December 21 with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, January 3 from 5-7 pm. The exhibit will run until January 25, 2015.
Greaver has spent the last year exploring the hidden world of fairies in a reflection on the mystical aspects of the natural world. Greaver will show a collection of Fairy Houses and mixed media work, two-dimensional work.
“Raised in a family of artists, I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon. Many of my earliest drawings are images of elves and fairies,” Greaver explains about his early inspiration for the project that he has been working on for the last year.
“These fairy houses are inspired by Victorian fairy painting and vintage children’s books, as well as older folklore. I am also inspired by old Chinese spirit houses; miniature houses where the spirit of ancestors were welcomed and remembered,” Greaver writes in his artist statement.
Painter Carl Annala will be exhibiting a series of paintings of the forest as a personal cathedral to accompany Greaver’s work.
“The forest is a cathedral and my heaven lies in the quiet wreckage of the forest. In the forest I see echoes of the modern world; networks, collapse, growth, fruit and homes. I look with a modern painter’s eye to find powerful compositions to photograph in the most chaotic areas of the forest. Being a student of both Lucinda Parker and Christie Wyckoff, I see their marks in me now, I stand one foot in a pile of minute twigs an the other in a heap of thick paint, pushing photography towards abstract expressionism, pushing painting towards neo-post-impressionism,” Carl Annala writes of his latest body of work.
Funds were received from U. S. Bank’s charitable giving grant program for the Columbia Pacific Region to sponsor the Individual Artist Grant show as an Exhibit Underwriter.
Cannon Beach Gallery
opens November 7, 2014
Collectors Preview Party, Friday, November 7 from 6 -8 pm
Artist’s Reception, Saturday, November 8 from 5-8 pm
Jeweler’s Showcase, Sunday, November 9, 10 am – 3 pm
The 28th Annual Miniatures Show, Glimpses, will open on Friday, November 7 with special events planned to coincide with Stormy Weather Arts Festival. The featured artists for the show are basket makers Donna Sakamoto Crispin, and Kathleen Kanas. In addition, the Miniatures Show is a juried exhibition that features artwork in all media created by artists from across the Northwest. This year’s guest curator is Jennifer Zika of the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery.
On Friday night, the CBAA will kick off the Stormy Weather Arts Festival with a Collectors Preview Party from 6-8 pm with guest curator Zika and artist Donna Sakamoto-Crispin. This is a great opportunity for serious buyers to come in and see the show at the beginning of this busy arts festival weekend while getting a chance to meet the curator and featured artists in an intimate setting.
On Saturday night, November 8, there will be an open Artist’s Reception from 5-8 pm which will celebrate the artists whose work was selected for Glimpses. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served, this is a free event open to the public.
On Sunday, November 9, there will be a Jeweler’s Showcase featuring local Cannon Beach and Manzanita artists from 10 am- 2 pm.
Featured artist, Donna Sakamoto Crispin, is known for her work both in natural materials and using wire to crochet vessels. Since 1986, Donna Sakamoto Crispin has been creating contemporary baskets that incorporate Pacific Northwest indigenous techniques, Japanese aesthetics, and materials and inspiration from the natural world. Her work ranges from baskets of handmade paper and cedar bark to life-size figures woven from willow branches. To master traditional techniques, Sakamoto Crispin attends workshops by Japanese and aboriginal instructors. “The influence from other cultures isn’t something I take lightly,” says Sakamoto Crispin, a third-generation Japanese American. “I try to be respectful.”
Sakamoto Crispin hand-gathers about 80 percent of her basketry materials. She grows several willow species in her garden for the twigs, and she harvests leaves from daylily and iris plants. Weaving materials fill two bedrooms of her Eugene, Oregon, home.
Jennifer Zika is the current Director at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, where she has served in that position since the fall of 2000.
As director, Zika is a liason for Oregon artists, clientele, and a staff of approximately 100 volunteers who help operate the gallery and greet the public. The gallery showcases some 250 artists and presents 3 large shows each year, in addition to various events to educate the patrons and volunteers about the artists’ work.
Prior to moving to Oregon, Jennifer worked as a manager and district manager for The Limited Inc. in San Francisco, New York city, and for a short while in Portland. She was a volunteer for SFMOMA in the photography department for several years when she resided in San Francisco, working on various projects to help organize components of their photography collection.