Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2016

2015 was a good year!  

We continue to have clients who love placing REAL art on their walls of their businesses. 

We had the support of local businesses who shared their talent and expertise.
We began our year focusing on projects in public spaces. Thank you Affordable Framing for "hanging with us".  
Blink and you'll miss it!
(You may have blinked and missed this one!)
We took over a downtown location to create a pop-up gallery space. Fast and furious, we couldn't have done this without the help of the Salem Convention Center and Jim Eastridge who lent us the space next to Magoos Sports Bar.
Blink was a perfect venue for showcasing many talented artists and to also bring out our ArtBlox machine.  It was a fun week!

Repair and Relocate
7 large art panels graced my kitchen for a week while Alison O'Donoghue repaired the damaged surfaces.
In little time, the artwork was back in it's place, thank you again Affordable Framing. This engaging artwork continues to give patients something to dream about while waiting for their loved ones at the hospital.
Thank you Salem Health.

We continued to visit artists studios
While traveling to Florence, Italy, we loved sneaking peaks of artists in their studios.
All the artists we met had the same dedication and love for meeting and talking about their art. 

Lights, Camera, Action
Being interviewed by Carla Sonheim was a highlight for me this past year. 
I've known Carla for many years and I've watched her expand her creative palette. 
She's painter, illustrator, and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating! Check her out! 

Beyond the gallery door and into the community
We've watched the Oregon Artists Series Foundation GROW and bring sculpture to our downtown. 
I am fortunate to work with such an outstanding board who's main focus is bringing art to our downtown community.

Partnerships strengthen the vision!
We joined forces with Capitol Toyota to bring a different kind of door show to Salem.  We were able to raise money for the Oregon Artists Series Foundation.   

Capitol displayed artwork throughout their dealership, art was reproduced on door panels and for each test drive, the dealership donated to OASF...thank you Scott and Carrie Casebeer for thinking outside the box!
Big projects are in our future!
We are fortunate to work with Salem Health and bring artwork to the new Salem Hospital Rehab building. This is a "work in progress" by two sensational artists, Kristin Kuhns and Jeremiah Williams.  

May I take your photo? 

A threesome of myself, my husband Alan and friend Rich Harcourt traveled to Cuba in November. We were called the "Three Amigos".  
We visited artists studios and set out on our own art project with photography.
With a polaroid and three cameras, we experienced an unforgettable trip. 

Our line started with "May I take your photo?", then progressed to friendships, laughter and our walking away in gratitude and admiration for these wonderful people.


Hallie Ford Museum of Art
A continued friendship and a must see. 
We have continued our partnership with Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art.  So many things to see!  A great place for that perfect artful gift.

Last but not the least...
Lucky for us.  
We are working with new businesses AND established businesses, each of them are dedicated to having art on their walls.  

You can always give us a call to arrange a time to look over your existing artwork as well as suggest new works for your home or office.  
Give us a call

Happy New Year!

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; mzeek@comcast.net 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.