This December we have had tons of snow in the Willamette Valley but in our craziness we decided to drive to find more. We drove up to Trillium Lake, snowshoed 1.5 miles in the dark with 3 dogs to find our cozy cabin...it was quite an adventure.
We have closed the gallery to spend time with our family and friends but will reopen on Friday, January 2nd. Our new show is "Playful" art by Kim Murton and Alison O'Donoghue...a show that will bring a smile to your face for the month of January.
I've been working on a quilt for the past year and am finally almost done.(I do have a life outside the gallery!) I have been picking up old woolen sweaters at various thrift stores, washing them in hot water and then cutting them into shapes. Layering and stitching the shapes has been fun until I had to figure out how I would turn it all into a quilt. I really enjoy the creative process BUT hate to follow directions. When people would ask me..."how are you going to put it together?" I really didn't have an answer because I loved the process of creating the squares. After making a zillion of these and having them take over my house I decided that I would go into a quilt store to ask a few questions. After explaining what I was making and looking at their puzzled looks I realized that the quilt ladies at the store like to sew straight, cut straight lines and like order in their sewing lives. I was in the wrong place. Since I don't particularly like to measure OR cut in straight lines I realized that I had to figure this out myself.
This morning I took a walk and encountered these "tortured trees". I couldn't help but spend the rest of my walk thinking about how this relates to life itself. This is about our environment and respecting nature. This just seems wrong.
Our friend and artist Deb DeWit Marchant just released her wonderful new book titled "Painting Cats". We had a book signing at the gallery on Wednesday with many "Deb Followers". This book is a must have for the holiday.
We represent Northwest artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media.
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During our years of operating, we have successfully encouraged the broadening and blossoming of the Salem art scene. We are dedicated to serving our clients as well as our artists. The relationships that we cultivate with our clients and our artists have been and will continue to be long and rewarding. We encourage you to take the time to be acquainted with us and take the time to appreciate the art we enjoy so much.
My name is Mary Lou Zeek and I own the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. I spend my time promoting artists while attempting to keep my creative momentum in my own life. This blog is about people, places and things that inspire my creative process.