Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our year in pictures

2011 started with our remodeling of the gallery...lots of changes happened and it took us the whole month of January. We've streamlined the space, cleaned out the cobwebs. We opened with new hours and moved the office to the upstairs. We love it and hope everyone else does as much as we do.

Our first show of the year was the 9th annual 100 Artist show. 100 clay artists sent plates to the gallery in support of CERF.

Tina and Roz celebrated their birthdays with handmade party hats and fun.

New shops were opened on State Street...we loved the cotton candy!

One of our favorite artists had a baby (Kim Hamblin and baby Cash).

We visited our art that had been placed in public spaces.

We had our 5th Door Show

We met clients in our Gallery 2 space.

We met with ceramic artists at Mahonia Hall (Governors Mansion) and curated a display of their beautiful work. We also had lunch with the First Lady.

Mary Lou visited Chicago

Class reunions

More art placed in public spaces. Thank you Cory and Marni Redding!

Summer Art Fair party

A few visits to the beach house.

August wedding!

Preparing and distressing envelopes for our 100 Artist show

A new business on State Street! Sugar.Sugar.

The gallery was featured on Art Beat!

We had 9 artists Face the Public with a Diego Rivera painting.

Our new addition to the gallery and our home...Meg

A trip to Cuba...this deserves more than one photo

Visits from artists (Diane Culhane)

Another birthday party

Along with crazy photo...

Our Ugly Christmas sweater party!

Christmas decorating and preparing for a new year at the gallery. We appreciate all your support of the gallery and the artists. Have a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Meg and I....

drove down to Eugene to visit Beverly Soasey. I drove, Meg rode in the seat next to me and slept the entire time...lucky dog.

There are days like today when I am able to see a studio and feel like I've walked into a wonderful dream. I thiink Meg felt the same way....

We couldn't believe her beautiful home filled with found objects and art from her friends.

Meg had to sit down because she was overwhelmed.

She also decided to scratch herself a nice little resting spot while I picked out work to bring back to the gallery.

Here are a few of the fabulous pieces...they will be out and ready for YOU to see on Tuesday.

This wall piece was created after Bev went beachcombing on the Oregon Coast. She told me that she couldn't believe all the white pieces of plastic she found all together. I love the bird on the top (all this horrible plastic affects all of our bird life!) and the wishbones at the bottom...wishing for things to change.

I love this birdhouse on a vintage skate...notice her little details and the whistle!

These sweet little wall vases in test tubes are amazing....the dried objects can be taken out and replaced with fresh flowers.. oh my.

These little objects are just plain wonderful....they hold bits of nature and stand alone or in a group. These photos don't give them justice...a must see in person.

Bev also told me about these wall pieces made from recycled cardboard that she found while at IKEA. I love her re-using of this cardboard and her imagination! Move over Dan May!

Last but not least...Bev has made these wonderful necklaces using found objects. She calls them "Objects of Desire". Take a close look at the knife, bottle opener and religious icons. What a perfect combination for a necklace because you never know when you may need these items.... First...blow the whistle to alert everyone letting them know of your arrival, open your drink with the opener, defend yourself with the knife and then say a prayer....I think that's perfect!

Bev is truely one of the best found object artists I know.

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.