Friday, October 29, 2010

Meet Frida!

Here she is, glorious, beautiful and confident Frida....representing the many wonderful artists from our gallery. Thank you to all of our painters for contributing their days painting in the gallery....Teaching, sharing and being our friends.

If you are interested in purchasing the finished painting, it is now for sale. The profits from this sale will go to our "Artists in Need" fund. This fund is for when one of our artist needs assistance, we will help.

With this fund, we have helped artists that have had bouts with cancer, dealt with painful surgeries and have been faced with unfortunate deaths in their family. Thank you to all the "artists helping artists", all those who share their talents to help others in need.
Thank you.

Sue-Del McCulloch completes our painting!

Today was the last day of painting for our Face the Public. Sue-Del McCulloch put her finishing touches on our Frida and we couldn't be happier. I enjoyed the day with Sue-Del, visitors came in to see her paint while the sun warmed our space.

Finishing touches.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ahhhh...the face!

Deborah DeWit dropped in today to complete the final touches to Frida's face. Finishing in oil transformed the square, giving the face depth and a beautiful glow. Just look at those eyebrows!!!!

Jane Aukshunas day!

Today when Jane walked in I had to do a double take. She came in dressed in purple with a purple wig! Of course if you knew Jane, you would understand that she has a great sense of humor.

For Jane's square, we always look for the part of the painting that resembles hills.

Jane also had the challenge to do the detailed writing and Frida's name.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Count down time....

Saturday Carolyn Garcia came into the gallery to Face the Public and spend the day with us. I was curious as to just how Carolyn would approach her square but knew whatever she would would be terrific.
Carolyn is such an amazing artist. Her attention to detail draws you into whatever she creates. She began painting with acrylic and then went over to create the detail with colored pencils. I had to laugh because she brought her own electric pencil sharpener.
Great work Carolyn!

Here is a closeup.

This shows her completed square.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Shannon Richardson

Today was a day I looked forward to. Anytime that I can spend time with Shannon is great. You know how it is...just being around someone that has enthusiasm for painting and life, someone who you feel like you've known for a thousand years...someone who makes everyone around her feel comfortable. Shannon is that girl. I feel lucky to have know her and to carry her beautiful paintings in the gallery.

We've all been waiting for the flowers! Shannon brought the painting to life!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Meet Robert Schlegel!

Today was Robert Schlegel Day!
Beginning with ripped paper and applying this to the canvas, Bob painted over the texture with acrylics and charcoal. The day was perfect with the sun shining in, a warm breeze through the door...perfect for watching him paint.

Wow...I can't believe how great this looks! No...I do believe it because our painters are fantastic!

Deborah DeWit Faces her public!

This is a bit out of sequence but I wanted to blog about our dear friend Deborah DeWit and her spending the day for Face the Public.
As is truly a wonderful day when Deb comes to visit.

She knows that when we plan out the painting that she will have the most difficult part...the face. On this day she painted an undercoat in acrylic and will be back on the 27th to do an overpainting with oil. If you missed seeing her on this day, please stop in and visit when she returns. If you can play hooky on the it, she is worth meeting.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet Nancy Lindburg!

Today we had a beautiful day at the gallery. Sunshine, visitors and Nancy Lindburg painting "Face the Public"!
As you can see, Nancy enjoyed the sun and company almost as much as we enjoyed having her at the gallery.
Those that stopped by were enchanted by this wonderful lady.

The painting is progressing! Hello Frieda!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday in Portland...

was spent visiting artist studios...but I didn't get far.
My first visit was with Anna Mcgruder.

Her paintings were so intriguing!

I LOVE figures and loved everything!

This one in particular!

Watch for her wonderful work at the gallery...coming soon!

I've been waiting to meet Scott Conary, he is such a spectacular painter. This was a must see in person.

Watch for more of Scott's work in our Gallery 2 space (appointment only) coming this Spring!

My last stop was to visit my little friend Gramps. You've got to love this face!

Of course Cooper spent most of his day bedded down in the backyard by the airstream while Alan worked on the Portland house. He was pretty comfortable in his blanket.

Finally we headed toward I-5, only to see the most breathtaking sunset for the entire ride home. What a great way to spend and end the day.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last evening we had the pleasure...

of showing works by Elizabeth Bauman at our "appointment only" gallery space. These small shows are "Conversations" with the artist and we loved introducing Elizabeth and her wonderful work. Here is Elizabeth as she spoke about her paintings.

There were many lively "conversations"!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Deborah DeWit

Today Deborah DeWit was "Facing the Public"! She worked most of the day but will be back on the 27th to finish!
She was working on the "unabrow"!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kristin Kuhns!!!!!!

On Wednesday (our fourth artist for the month) Kristin Kuhns arrived, took a small break to visit the Farmers Market and just whipped out her square with confidence and style. Kristin has painted on our "Face the Public" paintings each year and has always said yes to our asking.

What I love about watching Kristin paint is her use of only primary, yellow and blue. Looking closely at her finished square, one would think she used a ton of colors.
I found myself in a trance, watching her mix her paints, seeing her apply the layers to suddenly expose a transformation of depth to this painting. This was quite the learning lesson.

Meet Elizabeth Bauman!

On Tuesday we had the pleasure of visiting with Elizabeth ALL DAY! Lucky us! Watching her paint taught us so much about her style and technique.

I think she was a little nervous when we asked her to "face the public" but as you can see...nerves didn't cause her to falter. The finished square is fantastic!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Meet Renee Hartig...Facing the Public!

Friday was a busy day at the gallery!
Renee's ability to chat, paint and pet animals at the same time had all of us in stitches! We loved finding out more about this girl...she just got married, moved to Oregon two years ago from Michigan, doesn't like driving a car and walks everyday to her NW Portland painting studio with her little dog.
She's adorable!

Here is her finished square (directly above Mark Clarke's square)

Face the Public update!

Close up of Alison's oh my!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Alison is here!

We LOVE watching Alison paint! Stop in this evening and she'll still be here!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Face the Public!

Today was our first day for Face the Public. We couldn't have asked for a better day to start...warm breezes in the door, a talented Mark Clarke to visit with...we couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the day.!

Our first shot shows the blank panel.

Next is a shot with Mark painting...we learn so much about the artists when they come into the gallery.

We just had to take a closeup showing the blending of paints and the brush.

Here is a closeup of Mark's square...I love the brush strokes and soft blending!

Baby Break!!!!!!
Mark didn't seem to mind when we cuddled "Baby Lemhouse"!

Here are the paintings that we are showing in the gallery during the month. Each artist is represented with one of their pieces so please stop in to see their wonderful work while they paint using their unique style!
We feel the importance of making that personal connection when buying art. Learn more about the artist that you admire, spend time listening to their story! We are sure you will love them as much as we do.

Deborah DeWit- "Summer Evening" $2,000

Carolyn Garcia- "Sheltered By the Rain" $800

Elizabeth Bauman - "The Snow Would Catch Them" $900

Jane Aukshunas - "Lush Landscape" $1800

Kristin Kuhns - "Electron Cloud" - $550

Mark Clarke -Untitled $475

Nancy Lindburg - "Meditation I" $500

Renee Hartig - "Wild Growth" $320

Robert Schlegel "House with Barn" $1450

Shannon Richardson "The Infinite Parade" $2700

Alison O'Donoghue -

Sue-Del McCulloch "Comes October" $1400

About Mary Lou Zeek

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We represent Northwest artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. Our second gallery features exhibitions on a monthly basis, as well as selected group shows and special exhibitions. To arrange an appointment, please call 503-581-3229 or email; 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.